AMD Computex 2022 keynote: Here comes the new Ryzen 7000 processors
AMD at Computex 2022: Ryzen 7000, Zen 4 and AM5
AMD is back at this year's Computex, and like in years past, it's unveiled some of the new developments it's been working on. While the company has an extensive portfolio, AMD has decided to hone in on PC products with this iteration of Computex, including new desktop processors powered by Zen 4 architecture, a new AM5 CPU socket, as well as a new mobile processor.
Ryzen 7000, Zen 4 and AM5
Beginning with the biggest announcement, after almost two years of Ryzen 5000-series CPUs, the company has unveiled its successor, the Ryzen 7000 series. The Ryzen 7000 processors are powered by new Zen 4 architecture, built on a TSMC 5nm process. AMD claims that clock speeds on Zen 4 can run "significantly above 5GHz", and along with that, L2 cache has been increased to 1MB per core. All told AMD expects Zen 4 to provide a more than 15% increase in single-thread performance.
Aside from the 5nm Zen 4 chiplets, Ryzen 7000 CPUs will also have a 6nm I/O die, with integrated RDNA 2 graphics and DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 controllers. And alongside the Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs, AMD is also debuting a new AM5 socket to succeed the five-year-old AM4. The new socket, which utilises LGA instead of PGA, makes some leaps in regards to I/O, including 24 PCIe 5.0 lanes and up to 14 SuperSpeed USB-C ports.
The introduction in AM5 also precipitates changes with AMD motherboards. For starters, AMD has unveiled three new motherboard chipsets:
- B650, which only supports PCIe 5.0 storage.
- X670, which supports PCIe 5.0 storage with one NVMe storage slot and optional graphics slots, along with "enthusiast overclocking".
- X670E (for Extreme), which supports PCIe 5.0 storage with one NVMe storage slot, along with two graphics slots and "extreme overclocking capabilities".
Motherboards with the AM5 socket will also support a TDP of up to 170W as well as dual-channel DDR5 memory, and will remain compatible with AM4 coolers. As for availability, AMD says it expects Ryzen 7000 and AM5 motherboards to hit store shelves come fall this year. Manufacturers are also prepping for the release of Ryzen 7000 and the AM5 platform, with flagship AM5 motherboards including the ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme, the Gigabyte X670E Aorus Extreme and the MSI MEG X670E Extreme being announced.
Apart from the desktop announcements, AMD also took some time to talk about its developments within the mobile space. Particularly, it unveiled a new, budget-oriented 'Mendocino' mobile processor. Built on Zen 2 and with integrated RDNA 2 graphics, AMD is targeting the quad-core processor for Windows 11 notebooks and Chromebooks priced between US$399 - 599.
Details include support for LPDDR5 memory, as well as what AMD called "cutting-edge" video codecs for better performance with platforms like Zoom, Teams and Google Meet (to give you any indication as to what kind of user the processor is for). AMD expects availability for notebooks with Mendocino in Q4 of this year.
As for other mobile-oriented announcements, AMD also talked a bit about AMD Advantage, its framework that allows OEMs to manufacture laptops with AMD exclusive technology. One of these new technologies it unveiled is SmartAccess Storage. Though information about it is rather sparse, with AMD revealing more in the coming months, the aim of SmartAccess Storage is to make game load times faster, utilising AMD Smart Access Memory to do so, and supporting Microsoft DirectStorage.