Ryzen 7000: production of Zen 4 “Raphael” chips will begin, launch end of 2022

AMD is set to launch a new generation of Ryzen “Raphael” chips by the end of the year, based on the Zen 4 architecture. Thanks to their 5nm engraving, they should offer a significant performance increase over compared to the previous generation.

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According to leaker @Greymon55 on Twitter, Generation Raphael, codenamed for AMD’s Ryzen 7000 ‘Zen 4’ line of desktop processors, will soon enter mass production. In fact, according to his information, the packaging plant is ready and will begin mass production in the month of April or early May.

Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 CPUs would thus follow a similar schedule to their Zen 3 predecessors, so we could see AMD heading towards a fall 2022 release date. give the red team a lead over their main competitor, as Intel has yet to announce when its next 13th Gen Raptor Lake chips will launch. The latter would offer performance up 40% compared to Alder Lake.

Up to 170W TDP for the Ryzen 9 7950X?

Also according to @Greymon55, the three Ryzen 9 processors, which for now will be called Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 9 7900X, and Ryzen 9 7950X if AMD sticks to its usual pattern) will have TDP of 65W, 105W, and 170W, respectively. This is therefore significantly more than the Zen 3 Vermeer chips, which were satisfied with a TDP of 65 W for the Ryzen 9 5900 and 105 W for the Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X.

This increase in energy consumption would be due to an increase in the number of cores for the two most powerful models. The Ryzen 9 7900X should use 12 cores and 24 threads, and the Ryzen 9 7950X 16 cores and 32 threads, which is as much as a high-end Threadripper. As a reminder, the new Ryzen 7000 processors based on the Zen 4 architecture will mark the end of the AM4 socket, giving way to a next-generation platform. Various new technologies will be supported, including the DDR5 RAM as well as the PCI Express Gen 5.

Although consumers will be forced to adopt this new socket if they opt for a Ryzen 7000 processor, AMD has already announced that all socket AM4 cooling solutions will be compatible with the new generation of motherboards. You will therefore not have to change your cooler or your watercooling if you already have a computer with a Ryzen processor.

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