AMD’s Ryzen 3000 lineup features some of the best CPUs of the decade. The Ryzen 5 3600 and the 3700X offer almost twice as much performance compared to equivalent Intel chips. While some of these gains come from TSMC’s cutting-edge 7nm node, the majority of improvements are the result of the new Zen 2 microarchitecture. AMD isn’t showing any signs of slowing down and if rumors are to be believed, then the Ryzen 4000 CPUs based on the Zen 3 design will be even more impressive.
According to a report from RedTechGaming, the 4th Gen Ryzen lineup will be quite an upgrade. According to the source:
Ryzen 4000 will have the same core count
The Zen 3 based lineup won’t see a bump in the core count and for good reason. Even today, most games don’t scale well above the Ryzen 5 3600X. Although content creation and professional workloads are a whole new matter, for most consumers 8 cores are quite sufficient (at least for now).
Higher Boost Clocks (By 100-200MHz)
Thanks to the improved 7nm+ node, the Zen 3 chips will have higher boost clocks compared to the Matisse lineup. Just like the 2nd Gen Ryzen 2000 lineup, we can expect boost clocks higher by at least 100-200MHz in comparison to their predecessors.
An IPC Uplift of 17%
The next-gen Ryzen 4000 lineup should also see a healthy IPC boost. The floating-point arithmetic should see a hefty increase of as much as 50% while the integer units will get a relatively smaller increment of 12%. Overall, this will result in an average IPC boost of 17%
IPC refers to the number of instructions per clock cycle a single CPU core can execute. Single-core performance is the product of IPC and core clock. The latter itself is a measure of how fast one clock cycle completes.
Memory and Socket
It seems like AMD will continue to use the AM4 socket with Ryzen 4000 with an updated X670 chipset to speed things along. As for memory, DDR4 should be still good to use. The Ryzen 5000 lineup will most likely see a socket change along with DDR5 memory support and PCIe 5.
As far as SMT4 is concerned, as AMD CTO Mark Papermaster said, it’s not that viable for the consumer space, but the server processors might get it in some form.