Later this year, AMD’s Ryzen 7000 and RDNA 3 processors are expected to dazzle
For all the people who truly count in the world of consumer electronics: incredibly wealthy investors, AMD’s Financial Analyst Day is when it offers a sneak peek at its future portfolio. But, thankfully, we, the common folk, have access to the same information, which includes information on impending plans for the Zen CPU line and RDNA3 graphics chips.
On the desktop side, we learned more about Zen 4, also known as Ryzen 7000, which is expected later this year and will give a 15% single-thread performance gain over Zen 3. The upcoming 5nm and 4nm chip series will also have faster clock speeds.
which we saw in a prior demo of a Ryzen 7000 processor running at 5.5 GHz, plus enhance instructions per clock by 8 to 10% and memory bandwidth per core by “up to 125 percent” for data center application) There’s also a significant boost in efficiency: Zen 4 CPUs, according to the business, will enhance performance per watt by 25% and total performance by 35%. This is with a Cinebench multicore test done on a 16-core, 32-thread Zen 4 CPU (the next-gen counterpart of the current Ryzen 9 5950X.
Beyond Zen 4, there’s Zen 5, which will drive production to 4nm and 3nm on the AM5 socket. These chips, according to AMD, will be available in 2024 and will be “designed from the ground up to achieve performance and efficiency leadership.” There was no more technical information about these Granite Ridge CPUs. Standard and 3D V-Cache products will be available on both the Zen 4 and Zen 5 processors, as well as a high-density “C” version designed for servers.
On the GPU front, AMD claims that its next-generation RDNA 3 architecture (Radeon RX 7000 series on retail boxes) will be paired with 5nm and 6nm manufacturing, enhanced chipset architecture, and further Infinity Cache system upgrades. When they arrive later this year, they will give “50 percent more performance-per-watt compared to the last generation,” but no further raw performance comparisons were provided. News on the RDNA 4/Navi 4X GPUs was even scarcer; AMD has yet to reveal which manufacturing node would be used for the 2024 GPUs.
AMD also promoted its “Phoenix Point” next-generation laptop SoC designs. These laptop boards will have Zen 4 CPUs and RDNA 3 mobile GPUs, as well as new image scale processors, improved refresh and response capabilities, and “extreme power management.” This is encouraging news, especially given the remarkable results of the Ryzen 6000 series laptops… even if it is lacking in technical detail. Laptop SoCs slated for 2024 are known as “Strix Point.”
AMD also talked about its AI software breakthroughs, cloud computing technology, and data center innovations in other parts of the presentation. However, the action will actually begin for consumers by the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. Naturally, the competition isn’t waiting: Nvidia’s RTX 4000 series GPUs are due at that time, and Intel is bolstering both its core CPU technology and its impending foray into the hot GPU sector.