AMD is gearing up to launch its next generation Ryzen processors in the second half of this year. Zen 4, the new architecture that AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7000 processors will be based on, is supposedly the biggest jump in performance since the literal introduction of Ryzen. This is made possible by an all-new socket, the second Ryzen platform since its introduction in 2017, and new packaging technologies to increase IPC.
Technically, AMD has already announced Zen 4. At CES 2022, the company officially announced the next generation series, announcing its existence alongside the Socket AM5 platform. However, the formal presentation is still fine and we could get it as early as Computex 2022 in May if the leaks are to be believed. That being said, to keep our appetite in check, today AMD gave us a major new update for Zen 4.
In a press release published yesterday, the company announced its roadmap for Zen 4. There is one main picture that includes all the information and reveals a lot that we didn’t already know from the leaks. Zen 4 desktop processors are scheduled for release in 2022, but all mobile Zen 4 chips will be released next year, in 2023. More importantly, AMD has divided high-performance mobile processors into a new category called “Dragon Range”.
Zen 4 “Raphael” for desktop
This is the Zen 4 line that we all care about first and foremost. Codenamed Raphael and branded as Ryzen 7000, mainstream consumer desktop processors are the only Zen 4 processors to launch this year. All models in this range will have a TDP of 65W+ and, thanks to the new AM5 socket, will include support for PCIe Gen5 as well as DDR5 memory.
AMD is expected to follow the same release model with Zen 4 as it did for Ryzen 5000. This means we will get at least 4 “X” SKUs as part of the initial launch, then AMD will gradually release more and more SKUs over time time. Although not yet confirmed, Zen 4 desktop processors will include integrated graphics, a first for mainstream Ryzen releases. What’s more, AMD’s new 3D V-Cache stacking technology is rumored to not be part of the 2022 SKU.
The company appears to only have one production line for 3D packaging technology, so it will need to first meet its production target with the Ryzen 5800X3D before moving to Zen 4 processors. Additionally, AMD hasn’t confirmed any further information, and the road The map doesn’t tell us anything either. However, we do know that Raphael and every other Zen 4 processor, for that matter, are manufactured using TSMC’s 5nm process.
Zen 4 “Phoenix” for laptops
Next, we have one of two Zen 4 mobile lineups coming out next year. AMD Zen 4 laptop processors, designed for thin and light laptops with 35-45W TDPs, will also support PCIe Gen5, but are dropping support for DDR5 memory in favor of LPDDR5. What’s more, this range of low-cost Zen 4 mobile chips is codenamed “Phoenix” and will most likely feature 8 cores and 16 threads. This could be labeled as the Ryzen 7000U series if AMD wants to replace the current generation Ryzen 6000U line.
Zen 4 “Dragon Range” for Enthusiast Gaming Laptops
Last but not least, we have arguably the most exciting Zen 4 lineup in the form of a new product segment dedicated to high-end gaming laptops. AMD is calling this new sub-category “Dragon Range” and it represents the company’s best of the best for extreme mobile performance. Details were not disclosed, but AMD says the Dragon Range will have the highest core count and cache memory of any mobile processor.
From this bold statement, we can conclude that the top Dragon Range SKU can potentially handle 16 cores, and in terms of cache, this could be AMD’s first mobile implementation of 3D V-Cache, allowing the processor to have extraordinary volumes. cache. The company also promises the highest performance and performance among mobile processors, suggesting that they cover both gaming and professional applications.
Lastly, the Dragon Range is based on Raphael silicon, which means it shares the same design as the Zen 4 desktop processors. Not only will this result in unparalleled performance, but it could also mean we’ll see integrated graphics across the entire Dragon Range line. since Raphael is said to use an iGPU. If that turns out to be true, AMD will go down a path identical to Intel’s, in which Blue Team borrowed Alder Lake desktop silicon and ported it to the Alder Lake-HX mobile line.
AMD Zen 4 coming soon
With so much information from both unofficial and official channels, Zen 4 can’t be here sooner. The upcoming lineup is expected to shake up not only AMD, but the CPU market as a whole. Intel has successfully gone from being a meme to harboring arguably the best desktop processors right now with Alder Lake, while AMD has started to get a little too comfortable sitting on the throne.
Now that the crown is almost split between the two companies, the competition for consumer pockets is intensifying. The inevitable war between Intel Core 13th Gen and Ryzen 7000 will see the semiconductor giants become the most competitive in recent years. While Intel is already past the innovation phase and will simply be building on the monumental success of Alder Lake with this year’s release, AMD is leaning heavily on Zen 4 and so far it looks like it’s worth the wait.