Computex is currently underway and AMD’s keynote just finished. As expected, the company announced their new series of processors were still on track to launch later this year, and even gave us a tease of the performance capabilities for the new Zen 4 architecture present in the Ryzen 7000 processors.
According to AMD, the Ryzen 7000 series of CPUs will still be officially launching in Fall 2022. Not many details about the next-gen processors are known yet, though AMD has revealed that the Zen 4 architecture promises a 15% or greater performance uplift over Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000 series).
AMD Ryzen 7000 specs and performance
Once again, the top-end CPUs of the Ryzen 7000 series will feature a maximum of 16 cores. AMD even demoed the performance of one of their upcoming 16-core 32-thread Ryzen 7000 CPUs (likely one of the top-end models in the series) against Intel’s 16-core 24-thread Core i9-12900K, and beat it by up to 31% in a Blender test.
Plus, Zen 4 will come with double the capacity of L2 cache compared to Zen 3, and of course an increase in IPC (instructions per clock). Additionally, that same mysterious 16-core CPU was seen running GhostWire: Tokyo with some crazy fast clock speeds between 5.3GHz and 5.5GHz.
“We designed Zen 4 to run significantly faster than our previous generation,” said AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, “and that increase in frequency can translate into a smoother gaming experience. And while this is just one example we're really excited for gamers to get their hands on our Ryzen 7000 series.”
Some other exciting news for AMD fans comes in the form of integrated graphics. Traditionally, AMD has only offered their APUs with iGPUs, with most of their CPUs released without any built-in graphics capabilities. However, that will soon change as every Ryzen 7000 chip will include some form of integrated graphics.
AMD AM5 socket 600-series motherboards
And of course, a new generation of processors means a new generation of motherboards will be needed. The new Ryzen 7000 series will sport the AM5 socket, and AMD announced 3 new board options for their new generation of CPUs: the X670 Extreme, X670, and B650 motherboards.
Each board has the typical prices and features you’d expect from the AMD platform, with the top-end X670 Extreme boards offering the most features and highest price points, and the X670 providing a good middle ground, and the B650 going for the more budget-friendly range. Unfortunately, however, the 600-series mobos will not support DDR4 RAM, so you’ll be forced to fork out for the new DDR5 memory kits.
- "Extreme" overclocking support
- PCIe 5.0 everywhere
- "Enthusiast" overclocking support
- PCIe 5.0 Storage and Graphics
- "Mainstream price points"
- PCIe 5.0 Storage only
Watch full AMD Computex 2022 keynote:
What do you think? Are you excited for the Ryzen 7000 series? How do you feel about the alleged performance improvements/uplifts? Are they better or worse than you expected? How do you feel about each CPU coming with integrated graphics? And how do you feel about the new motherboards only supporting DDR5 RAM? Let us know!