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.
A painter will go into mass production later this month.🤫
— Greymon55 (@greymon55) April 9, 2022
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.
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|