Since Intel’s latest generation of processors, speculations regarding the latest entry by AMD. According to our observations, AMD isn’t going to stop breaking limits and inventing, especially after Intel’s announcement of Alder Lake. The only way for AMD to remain competitive in the face of Intel’s massive 12th Gen processors is with their latest 7000 series.

AMD skipped from 5000 to 7000 since Ryzen 6000 was determined to be a mobile-only CPU. It’s a little perplexing but based on AMD’s older processors, they did make the 4000 series exclusive for mobile devices only and launched 5000 for desktops.

AMD new lineup
Source: AMD

It was only last week that we had the first image of Zen4 Ryzen 7000 series surface on the internet but it was immediately taken down. The leaked picture only showed the voltage of the processor with the B650, which peaked at 1.5V. 

However, there has also been another leak that has given us further information on the Zen4 series. The biggest highlight from the leak is that the 7000 series will have an 8 and a 16-core processor. The processor’s L2 cache has been expanded from 512KB to 1024KB, implying that the L2 cache corresponding to 16 cores totals 16MB, while the L2 cache corresponding to 8 cores totals 8MB.

The Ryzen 7000 is projected to have a 16-core architecture with a 5nm technology, adapt to AM5 interface (LGA1718), support dual-channel DDR5 memory, 28 PCIe 5.0, and require 105-170W of power, according to the available information. The increased cache capacity directly benefits the CPU’s operational efficiency, which is said to be one of the reasons why Zen4 can maintain a 19 percent rise in IPC. Comparing these stats to the previous generation of the 5000 series, the top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 5950X maxed at 142W power, whereas the Ryzen 7 5800X, when overclocked, could reach a max power draw of 105W. The newer 7000 series will also introduce a new socket, replacing the AM4 with AM5 socket.

Ryzen 7000
Source: GeekBench

The Ryzen 7000 series are also expected to completely ditch DDR4 memory for DDR5. The new AM5 socket on the X670s and B650s won’t have support for DDR4. So, you can’t pull out your previous-gen memory from your older motherboard and pair it with your Ryzen 7000 CPU, instead, you’ll have to buy DDR5 RAMs, which at the moment are really expensive. 

Considering these specs and expected performance, the 7000 series are set to give some real competition to Intel’s 12th gen processors, which seem to be doing really well with their performance and efficiency cores. The Ryzen 7000 series launch is expected to be in the Q3 of 2022. New motherboards, including the X670 and B650, are also expected to launch along with the Zen4 processors. How exactly they perform in real-life scenarios will be seen with their launch later this year. 

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