AMD is slated to launch its next-generation Ryzen 7000 lineup roughly two and a half months from now in mid-September, reports DigiTimes. The desktop Zen 4 family codenamed Raphael will succeed Zen 3 (Vermeer) launched roughly two years back. Since Zen+, this will be the least disruptive desktop Ryzen lineup. The IPC uplift averages 8-10% (compared to 15-20% with Zen 2 and 3) and the overall core counts are unchanged at 16. Furthermore, for the first time, the L3 cache is likely to stay largely untouched.
AMD first unveiled its Zen 4 core architecture leveraging TSMC’s 5nm N5 process node during its Computex 2022 keynote, further detailing it during its Financial Analyst Day (FAD) 2022. We’re going to see a major transition from the AM4 to the AM5, bringing notable upgrades in memory (DDR4 to DDR5), I/O (PCIe Gen 4 to Gen 5), and instead of a BGA, an LGA 1718 socket.
Earlier, it was rumored that the Ryzen 7000 desktop CPU would launch on the 15th of September, lending further credence to this report. The next two months will give AMD partners time to clear Zen 3 inventory and make for the next generation of Ryzen processors.
There have been rumors that AMD would also launch a few more Zen 3D parts or even AM4-compatible Zen 4 SKUs but it’s hard to confirm their validity. Releasing buffed-up variants of older parts right alongside newer offerings does sound rather impractical.
Raphael will introduce up to five different chipsets spanning from the sub-$100 market to as much as the ultra-enthusiast $1,000 segments. These include A630, B650, B650E, X670, and X670E. The E variants will come with additional PCIe Gen 5 lanes while the standard ones may limit it to just the NVMe slot. The 650 and 670 chipsets will technically be the same with the difference being in terms of the number of chipsets used. B650 will feature a single Promontory 21 chip while X670 will feature two.