There has been a bit of confusion regarding the process node utilized by the newly announced Ryzen 5000 processors. Some sources claimed that Matisse and Vermeer both leveraged the same 7nm (N7) process from TSMC while others argued that it was the enhanced version (N7+). We spoke to AMD regarding this and it turns out that Zen 3 uses a more mature form of the 7nm process, but not exactly N7+.
Vermeer uses the same 7nm transistors employed by Matisse 2 or the Ryzen 3000XT processors that were launched earlier this year. This basically means that the boost clock residency will be better than the vanilla Zen 2 chips with a more consistent boosting algorithm. The overclocking capabilities should also be a step up from the 3rd Gen Ryzen lineup.
However, from what we saw in the Ryzen 7 3800XT review, although these fine-tuned 7nm transistors have better boost residency, they do generate a lot more heat. As such, higher-end air-coolers or AIO liquid coolers are a must for the Ryzen 5000 CPUs. It’s no surprise that the higher-end parts lack the stock cooler.