A rumor from a reputed source on the Chinese Bilibili forums indicates that AMD will be announcing its next-gen Ryzen 7000 processors as early as late May. Based on the 5nm Zen 4 core architecture, these CPUs will be unveiled by AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su at the chipmaker’s Computex 2022 keynote. As is the trend with high-end SKU launches, they will be accompanied by the X670 motherboard launch. The X670 chipset will support DDR5 memory, PCIe Gen 5 interface, and the new LGA1718 socket, marking the beginning of the AM5 family.
The actual hard launch won’t be happening anytime before August (mid-Q3), with the processors slated to hit the market sometime between September and December, following the same cadence as Zen 2 and Zen 3. This falls in line with the recent info from Greymon55 that the Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” lineup would enter volume production later this month.
Interestingly, the source also expresses concern over the product life of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. It looks like the thermal issues associated with the 3D stacked L3 cache are worse than initially anticipated, and the SKU might turn into another Radeon VII (overshadowed by the impending Ryzen 7000 launch). At the same time, from what we’ve heard, the production of these chips has been scaled up rather significantly, indicating that AMD expects to sell tons of these.
On Intel’s side, the upcoming 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors are also going to see a healthy increase in gaming performance as well. Team Blue is once again following AMD’s lead here by buffing up the cache sizes. Both the L2 and L3 caches will be fattened across both the P-cores and E-cores. The core architecture of Raptor Cove will be largely the same as Golden Cove with minor alterations to the cache hierarchy. However, the Gracemont “P-core” count will be doubled to improve multi-threaded capabilities. Overall, the situation in the CPU market is expected to reverse, with AMD taking the lead in single-threaded workloads (including gaming) and Intel winning in the multi-threaded (including content creation) segments.