AMD recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of Ryzen, the family of processors that put AMD back on the map for serious CPU performance. With the celebration, AMD also announced a refresh of their Zen 3-based CPUs will be launching next year, using their new 3D V-Cache technology for a 15% performance uplift.
“That's like a generational uplift,” said John Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer at AMD. 15% is certainly a big boost for a simple refresh, and with Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake processors launching later this year, AMD needs something to answer with. Whether that 15% is enough though will remain to be seen based on leaked benchmarks for the Core i9-12900K.
AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series - based on the Zen 3 architecture - are already some of the best CPUs for gaming at the moment, letting AMD take the top spot against Intel. However, based on those leaked benchmarks for Intel’s Alder Lake, AMD will need some sort of pressure on Intel to stay competitive.
Intel Alder Lake is also set to get a performance boost in Windows 11, whilst conversely AMD Ryzen chips are experiencing performance issues in Windows 11. We’re not saying at all that this more than a coincidence, but it seems like Intel will have a major advantage over AMD in the new operating system.
AMD didn’t confirm which CPUs exactly will be getting the refresh, so it could be a small selection like the XT refresh last year, or a full refresh of the entire Ryzen 5000 series lineup. Some are saying that these will become the reportedly-cancelled Ryzen 6000 series processors, though that’s just speculation at the moment.
What do you think? Are you excited for a Zen 3 refresh next year? Do you think a 15% uplift is enough to compete against Intel Alder Lake? Are you looking to upgrade your CPU soon? Let us know!