AMD 5nm Zen 4-powered Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” processors set to go into mass production this month

It looks like AMD’s Zen 4 5nm-powered Ryzen 7000 ‘Raphael’ processors will enter mass production much sooner than expected, as reported Greymon55.

AMD Ryzen 7000 ‘Raphael’ processors, featuring next-gen 5nm Zen 4 Core architecture, go into mass production this month

Last month the possibility of AMD’s Zen 4 powered Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” processors was highlighted and now it looks like Greymon55 has more information assuring them that these chips will enter the mass production phase. later this month. This is great news as we can now expect the chip sooner than expected.

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Considering the previous timeline of Zen 3 ‘Vermeer’ and Zen 3D ‘Warhol’, these chips typically take 4-5 months to hit the market after mass production begins. So in that case, we could expect the AMD Ryzen 7000 ‘Zen 4’ line of desktop processors in September or October at the earliest, which is aligned with the 2H 2022 launch schedule that AMD had confirmed at CES 2022. This also puts the new family on the right around the same time as Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake processor lineup.

Here’s everything we know about AMD’s Raphael Ryzen ‘Zen 4’ desktop processors

The next generation Zen 4-based Ryzen desktop processors will be codenamed Raphael and will replace the Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 desktop processors which are codenamed Vermeer. Based on the information we currently have, the Raphael processors will be based on the 5nm Zen 4 core architecture and will feature 6nm I/O dies in a chiplet design. AMD has hinted at increasing the core count of its next-gen mainstream desktop processors, but recent rumors have pointed to up to 16 cores and 32 threads for the flagship part with TDPs up to at 170W.

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The all-new Zen 4 architecture is rumored to offer up to 25% IPC gain over Zen 3 and achieve clock speeds of around 5 GHz. AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3D V-Cache chips based on the Zen 3 architecture will feature stacked chips, so the design is expected to carry over to AMD’s Zen 4 line of chips as well.

AMD Ryzen ‘Zen 4’ Desktop Processor Expected Features:

  • New Zen 4 processor cores (IPC / architectural improvements)
  • Brand New TSMC 5nm Process Node with 6nm IOD
  • Supported on AM5 platform with LGA1718 socket
  • Dual channel DDR5 memory support
  • AMD RAMP (Ryzen Accelerated Memory Profile) support
  • 28 PCIe Gen 5 lanes (CPU exclusive)
  • TDP 105-170W (upper limit range ~170W)

As for the platform itself, AM5 motherboards will come with the LGA1718 socket which will last for quite some time. The platform will feature DDR5-5200 memory, 28 PCIe lanes, more NVMe 4.0 and USB 3.2 I/O, and may also come with native USB 4.0 support. There will initially be at least two 600-series chipsets for AM5, the flagship X670 and the mainstream B650. X670 chipset motherboards are expected to support both PCIe Gen 5 and DDR5 memory, but due to an increase in size, it is reported that ITX boards will only include B650 chipsets.

The Raphael Ryzen desktop processors are also expected to feature RDNA 2 integrated graphics, meaning that just like Intel’s consumer desktop lineup, AMD’s consumer lineup will also include support for iGPU graphics. As for the number of GPU cores there will be on the new chips, rumors say between 2 and 4 (128-256 cores). This will be less than the RDNA 2 CU count featured on the soon to be released Ryzen 6000 “Rembrandt” APUs, but enough to keep Intel’s Iris Xe iGPUs at bay. More information on the Ryzen 7000 desktop processors here.

Comparison of AMD Mainstream Desktop processor generations:

AMD processor family Code name Process Processor Processors Cores/Threads (Max) PDT Platform Chipset Platform Memory support PCIe support To throw
Ryzen 1000 summit ridge 14nm (Zen 1) 8/16 95W AM4 300 series DDR4-2677 Generation 3.0 2017
Ryzen 2000 Pinnacle Ridge 12nm (Zen+) 8/16 105W AM4 400 series DDR4-2933 Generation 3.0 2018
Ryzen 3000 Matisse 7nm (Zen 2) 16/32 105W AM4 500 Series DDR4-3200 Generation 4.0 2019
Ryzen 5000 Vermeer 7nm (Zen 3) 16/32 105W AM4 500 Series DDR4-3200 Generation 4.0 2020
Ryzen 5000 3D Warhol? 7nm (Zen 3D) 8/16 105W AM4 500 Series DDR4-3200 Generation 4.0 2022
Ryzen 7000 Raphael 5nm (Zen 4) 16/32? 105-170W AM5 600 series DDR5-4800 Generation 5.0 2022
Ryzen 8000 granite ridge 3nm (Zen 5)? To be determined To be determined AM5 700 series? DDR5-5000? Generation 5.0 2023

What are you most excited to see in AMD’s next-gen Zen 4 Ryzen desktop processors?