Here’s AMD’s next generation of PC
New processor series, base and chipset.
On Monday morning, AMD had a pure launch event at the Computex trade fair in Taipei.
Here the company introduced the Ryzen 7000 family, a completely new family of processors for desktop computers. They also introduced a new generation processor base called AM5, as well as new chipsets in the 600 series.
In addition to the new hardware, we also got more details about AMD’s technology that will reduce game load time and provide other benefits for gamers, called SmartAccess Storage.
AMD has said that the upcoming family of processors, called the Ryzen 7000 series, will be released this fall. These will be based on the new “Zen 4” architecture that AMD has spent years developing, including a new 5nm process that will increase its performance and power efficiency over the current Ryzen 5000 series.
No specific models were shown, but AMD said the most powerful Ryzen 7000 processors will have 16 Zen cores and 32 threads. They demonstrated a model that kept 5.5GHz while gaming and said that more people will have a so-called boost speed above 5GHz.
Furthermore, AMD has claimed that the new processors will have “more than 15 percent” higher single-core performance, which is particularly important for gaming and an area that has proven difficult for AMD to get a real hat on over rival Intel. Plus, everyone will get an integrated graphics solution based on the company’s RDNA2 architecture, for those cases where you don’t need a dedicated gaming graphics card anyway.
To make performance improvements, as well as facilitate future improvements, processors use a new socket, which is the socket that connects to the motherboard.
The new socket is called AM5, and it’s actually different from the AM4 socket that AMD has used for the past four generations, since 2016, when the first Ryzen processors arrived. This means that anyone who wants some new processors should also buy a new motherboard with an AM5 socket, and possibly new memory as well.
This move is a bit unfortunate, of course, but it was absolutely necessary according to AMD to ensure that the Ryzen 7000 series had support for new standards such as DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0. Rival Intel changes the shelf every two years, so AMD doesn’t have much to be ashamed of anyway.
PCIe 5.0 allows for faster speeds from future storage solutions and graphics cards, while DDR5 memory is in turn faster and more expensive than the most popular type of memory today, DDR4.
However, AMD has at least ensured that processor coolers designed for the current AM4 socket can be used with the AM5.
For those who still have to upgrade large parts of their PC in connection with the move to the Ryzen 7000 processor, it will be possible to choose from several motherboards based on one of the three chipsets in total.
The chipset determines, among other things, the number of connections, slots, and functions that the processor can access.
X670 XtremeThe chipset promises the largest area for processor overclocking, as well as PCIe 5.0 support for storage and graphics resolution.
X670The chipset will provide overclocking and PCIe 5.0 storage support, while support for the graphics solution will be the responsibility of the motherboard manufacturer.
B650The chipset will be the “budget” option at launch, and there’s no mention of overclocking capability. In addition, PCIe support for graphics cards is disappearing. However, you are guaranteed to have at least one PCIe 5.0 slot for storage.
The new motherboards can support up to 14 USB ports with speeds up to 20Gb/s, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 2.0 and WiFi 6E, the latest generation of wireless internet.
With both a Ryzen 7000 processor, a new motherboard, and a PCIe SSD, you can get support for what AMD calls SmartAccess Storage. This is a technology that can significantly reduce loading time in games and make the so-called “fast travel” in games much faster, perhaps even without a loading screen. AMD reports that it has already measured 60 percent faster performance on some critical processes.
AMD is promising more details about the Ryzen 7000 series and the processors in the family over the summer, ahead of launch this fall.
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