AMD’s next-gen Ryzen 7000 processors will enter mass production by the end of the month. Based on the Zen 4 core architecture, these chips will be fabbed on TSMC’s 5nm node. The compute chiplets have already been mass-produced in Taiwan, while the packaging is set to begin in China in the coming weeks. The mass production of the Epyc Genoa server processors is already underway.
The Ryzen 7000 processors codenamed “Raphael” will be the first 5nm chips to hit the PC market later this year. Although the official roadmap places the launch near the end of the year, we might see a launch as early as August or September. This can be seen as a response to Intel’s newly launched 12th Gen Alder Lake and the upcoming 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors.
AMD will be a little disadvantaged in multi-threaded workloads this time around as Intel plans on launching its next-gen Raptor Lake CPUs with as many as 24 cores/32 threads (16E+8P). Team Red has decided to stick with 16 cores at the top end for yet another generation. Ironically, single-threaded and gaming performance will be the key strengths of the Ryzen 700 processors, segments where Intel chips have traditionally excelled. The Raptor Cove core architecture powering Intel’s 13th Gen offerings is likely going to be a refresh of sorts so the IPC (and single-threaded performance) won’t see a drastic change.