According to AMD’s latest roadmap, the chipmaker plans to launch the Ryzen 7 5800X3D in Spring 2022. Featuring the Zen 3 core architecture paired with 3D stacked L3 cache, the final AM4 product is expected to take back the gaming crown from Intel’s Core i9-12900K. After this, all eyes will be on the Zen 4 core which will leverage TSMC’s 5nm EUV process.
The next-generation Zen core will first come to the server segment in the form of Genoa. We’ll get up to 96 cores across 12 CCDs, succeeding Milan-X, the server equivalent of the 5800X3D. Following the 4th Gen Epyc lineup, the Ryzen 7000 range will bring the Zen 4 core to consumer PCs. We’re looking at a fall launch, somewhere between September and October.
The first Genoa samples are rumored to have already reached board partners, with early adopters getting them by the second quarter of the year. Large-scale shipments for both consumers and data centers will commence in the third quarter with sufficient stock of DDR5 modules on the market.
Along with the Ryzen 7000 processors, AMD will also launch the Ryzen 6000 APUs based on the 6nm Zen 3+ core and the RDNA 2 graphics architecture. This will bring discrete GPU-level performance to the desktop APU market for the first time. In comparison, Raphael will feature only two compute units as a stopgap for OEMs and ODMs.
As for Zen 3D, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D will be the only processor featuring the V-Cache technology. Thermal and scaling limitations past eight cores in gaming workloads, and limited margins prevent a higher-end SKU with 12 or 16 cores. A six-core variant may arrive at a later date, but considering the close proximity to the Zen 4 launch, the chances are slim.