AMD Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs and AM5 Motherboards Launching August 30

AMD has announced that it will launch the first of its Ryzen 7000 series processors and their new AM5 series motherboard platforms at a livestreamed event at 4:30 a.m. IST on August 30 (7:00 p.m. EST August 29). The event will be hosted by AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su, CTO and EVP Mark Papermaster, and other company executives. Fans around the world can tune into AMD’s YouTube channel and watch a replay shortly after the live stream ends. The chipmaker will finally unveil pricing and product specs and divulge more details about the Zen 4 architecture these new processors are based on.

AMD had confirmed the upcoming launch of the Ryzen 7000 series at its Computex 2022 event in May this year, promising unparalleled performance for gamers and desktop PC enthusiasts. Now, the company has teased “a new era of high-performance desktop PCs” in its announcement. We can expect Ryzen 7000 series laptop releases to be announced later.

The Ryzen 7000 series processors, codenamed “Raphael”, are based on the new Zen 4 architecture. So far, AMD has confirmed at least one model with up to 16 cores, manufactured by TSMC on a new 5nm process and arranged in modular “chiplets” that enable scalable designs and cost-effective integration. Boost clock speeds are expected to be “significantly above 5GHz”, according to previous announcements. A new core IO chip fabricated at 6nm will also be introduced.

The Ryzen 7000 series processors will use a new LGA (Earth Grid Array) processor package with pads instead of pins, which forces the motherboard socket to have pins contacting them. Additionally, AMD said all of these processors will feature integrated graphics capabilities for the first time, based on the RDNA2 architecture. Other changes include a doubling of L2 caches and new instructions to speed up AI workloads. AMD promises a 15% increase in single-threaded performance over the previous generation, as well as significant power efficiency gains.

The new socket and AM5 platforms break upgrade compatibility with AM4 motherboards, which have been in use since the original Ryzen desktop processor launch in 2017. This was necessary to introduce DDR5 RAM support and Upgrade to PCIe 5.0 interconnect standard. However, the mounting and clearance of the cooler remains the same, ensuring compatibility with all existing air and liquid coolers.

There will be at least three tiers of desktop motherboards at launch. Those based on the X670 Extreme chipset will be aimed at “the most demanding enthusiasts” who want multiple PCIe 5.0 peripherals as well as overclocking capabilities through high-end power features. The X670 chipset is aimed at “the majority of enthusiasts and gamers” and will allow PCIe 5.0 lanes for at least one graphics card plus one M.2 storage device. Motherboards based on the B650 chipset will only support PCIe 5.0 for storage devices, which will be fine for most mainstream users.

Recent leaks indicate that AMD is announcing models with the designations Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5. Due to the positioning of the new platform, it is likely that previous generation AM4 products or even new products will continue to serve price-conscious customers for a period of time.


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