AMD Introduces Ryzen 7000 Series CPU Running at 5.5GHz

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Speaking today at Computex 2022, AMD made a series of announcements, including details on its upcoming Ryzen 7000 desktop processor series, as well as several new technologies and laptop details.

Starting with the desktops, AMD hasn’t shared information on exact SKUs or an architectural breakdown of the Ryzen 7000 parts. However, the company did mention several key features along with motherboard details.

The Ryzen 7000 series processors will be based on AMD’s new 5nm Zen 4 architecture. The new processors will have double the L2 cache per core, taking it from 512KB per core to 1MB. AMD also claims a more than 15% increase in single-threaded performance.

The big claim of the night is increased clock speeds. AMD claims clock speeds of over 5 GHz while gaming. In a demo running Ghostwire: Tokyo, an unidentified 7000-series 16-core processor was able to reach clock speeds as high as 5.5 GHz.

AMD Introduces Ryzen 7000 Series CPU Running at 5.5GHz

By running a full-core Blender workload, AMD was able to demonstrate 30% faster render time in a custom test on the same 16-core 7000 series processor as before compared to the Core i9-12900K .

In addition to the 5nm Zen 4 compute die, the processor will also have a new 6nm I/O die. This includes AMD RDNA 2-based graphics, which will be a standard feature of all Ryzen 7000 processors. The new I/O die also enables support for features like DDR5 and PCIe 5.0.

AMD has also been developing the Socket AM5 platform quite a bit, which will house the Ryzen 7000 and presumably future Ryzen processors. AMD, however, has not provided any firm information on future compatibility for this platform.

AMD Introduces Ryzen 7000 Series CPU Running at 5.5GHz

The biggest change to the socket is the change from PGA to LGA, which means the pins will now be on the motherboard rather than the CPU. It will have 1718 pins and native support for parts with TDP up to 170W. Despite the design change, AM5 will be compatible with AM4 coolers.

AM5 motherboards will offer 24 PCIe 5.0 lanes, up to 14 Superspeed USB 20 Gbps and Type-C ports, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 LE, and up to 4 HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 ports.

AMD Introduces Ryzen 7000 Series CPU Running at 5.5GHz

AMD has announced three new AM5 motherboard chipsets. At the top of the range is the X670E, which will have all the new features and the most connectivity options with PCIe 5.0 available for two graphics slots and one for storage. Next is X670, which provides PCIe 5.0 lanes for a storage slot and optionally for graphics. Finally, there’s the budget-oriented B650, which will offer PCIe 5.0 for storage only.

Motherboards will be available from all major OEM partners. AMD has also promised PCIe 5.0 storage availability by the time Ryzen 7000 hits shelves. They will have up to 60% faster sequential read speeds compared to 4.0 drives.

Besides desktop announcements, AMD also had a few other announcements to share. The company will launch a new series of “Mendocino” processors for laptops in the price range of $400 to $700. These will include Zen 2 CPU cores and RDNA 2 graphics.

AMD also announced AMD SmartAccess Storage, which is based on Microsoft’s DirectStorage and uses AMD Smart Access memory and other AMD technologies to speed up game load times and texture delivery.

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