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AMD Zen 4

AMD Zen 4 was previously revealed to be launched in AMD Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs. This new version of Ryzen CPU has been mentioned way back in 2020 to be the next generation of AMD’s Zen architecture. Since the very first release of Ryzen CPU in 2017, Zen architecture has been proven to be a powerful competition against Intel’s 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPU.  

Zen 3 chips have also managed to grab success in the market with their 7-nanometer process making AMD CPU an advantage over their counterparts. Not to mention that it’s been integrated within major laptop brands such as Razer and HP. Even going as far as winning awards.  

So what can we expect from this upcoming Zen 4? Here’s what we know so far: 

Rumoured Release Date:

After years of dropping crumbs about the progress of its design, it was finally revealed at CES in January 2022 that Zen 4 will be likely released within the second half of 2022. It was announced by AMD CEO Lisa Su during the event. However, there had been information going around that the release date will be in Q3 of 2022, sometime between July and September. Although it is unclear, half of 2022 is almost just around the corner.  

AMD Zen 4 Specs

This new Zen architecture is rumored to boost gaming performance and IPC improvements by 18%, others even saying up to 25%. It is expected to be faster and better than its Zen 3 7nm predecessor with the new architecture more efficient with its 5nmprocessing node. 

Back in 2020, according to Wikichip, a 5nm processor could have a transistor density of 87% more than its predecessor. AMD CEO Lisa Su also noted that 5nm chips will offer twice the power efficiency and 1.25 times the performance better than Zen 3 process. 

AMD has not yet officially announced the number of cores and threads for its upcoming Zen 4 processors. However, spotted SKUs are said to indicate 8 to 16 core processors. According to the recent demo, a 16-core Ryzen 7000 hits 5.5 GHz clocking speed. The processor surpassed Intel's flagship Core i9-12900K on a gaming demo and completed a Blender render 31% faster. 

AMD Ryzen 7000 across the board will also support the latest memory and connectivity technologies DD5 and PCIe 5.0, and up to 4 displays including DisplayPort 2 and HDMI 2.1 ports.  It also has a newly integrated Radeon RDNA 2 graphics engine that supports AVX-512 AI instructions.  The processor also comes with a new motherboard with AM5 socket.  

Speculated Specs:

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  • TSMC 5nm process - Up to 16 cores and 32 threads  
  • 5.5 Ghz boost
  • 6nm I/O die, DDR5 memory controllers, PCIe 5.0 interface display
  • RDNA 2 integrated graphics chip
  • AM5 Socket LGA 1718 
  • X670E Extreme, X670, and B650  new wave motherboards
  • Support for AVX-512

AMD Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 Pricing

AMD has not released any official specifications for the Ryzen 7000 yet, as well as its market pricing. What we can compare it to though is that a 5nm processor is more expensive than the Zen 3 7nm process. It also definitely will cost more than the Ryzen 5000 series if you compare the 12nm I/O die. DD5 pricing also remains expensive regardless of the supply against DDR4. Given these noteworthy comparisons, we can set Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 to cost a few extra cash than Intel’s Raptor Lake. 

It was also leaked that AMS is launching 2 mobile chips under Ryzen 7000 CPU- AMD Phoenix and Dragon Range. Both are based on Zen 4 architecture with Dragon Range for high-end laptops and AMD Phoenix for mainstream laptops.

Zen 4 CPUs are expected to be available in gaming PCs and expected to be available as early as September 2022. Ryzen 7000 CPUs are expected to be integrated into many major laptop brands and mobile PCs in 2022 and 2023.