AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Release Date, Specifications, Price, and Benchmarks

AMD has had quite the journey over the past several years since the initial release of their Ryzen processors in 2017.

From what we’ve seen, it seems that AMD will not stop breaking the barriers and will continue innovating, especially after Intel’s Alder Lake release. The only way for AMD to stay competitive against Intel’s big.LITTLE is with Ryzen 7000 Series.

Yes, AMD did skip from 5000 to 7000 because they decided Ryzen 6000 to be mobile processors only. A bit confusing, but we’re here to clear that up.

We have been able to collect numerous rumors, official details, and leaks into this article to deliver you information about the new Ryzen models.

Let’s see when these new CPUs will release and what we can expect from them.

Related:AMD Ryzen 6000 Series Release Date, Specifications, Price, and Benchmarks

Updates +

March 24, 2022: Added AMD’s official announcement for the new Zen 3 SKUs.March 15, 2022: Added leaks on new Zen 3 SKUs and new release date assumptions.February 28, 2022: Added another segment for possible RDNA 2 iGPU and reformed article.February 21, 2022: Added another possible Ryzen 7000 release date.January 14, 2021: Initial publishing of article.

Release Date

AMD has not provided any specific release date, probably because it is still early, but Ryzen 7000 are expected in 2H of 2022.

At the end of July 2021, Lisa Su confirmed that both RDNA 3 and Zen 4 (Ryzen 7000) would be released in 2022. During CES 2022, AMD showed a quick glimpse of Ryzen 7000, Ryzen 6000 mobile, and the Ryzen 5800X3D, which should release by July of 2022.

New leaks from Chinese forums suggest that the Ryzen 7000s could release earlier than originally thought. Specifically in late July or early August. Another leaker supports this release date (as reported by BollyInside).

Also, there are some claims that AMD Zen 4 CPUs may release after July 2022 together with new Z670 and B650 motherboards. These claims may hint at the announcement date instead of the release date. We will have to wait and see.

AMD’s latest announcement for several new Zen 3 processors has also created some confusion regarding the release of the Zen 4 series. Here are the CPUs we’ll be expecting on April 4th: Ryzen 7 5700X, Ryzen 5 5600 (non-X), Ryzen 5 5500, and Ryzen 3 5100.

These new CPUs will be a great option for anyone that’s on an AM4 motherboard and looking to upgrade.

Here’s what greymon55 has to say about that:

If ZEN4 were coming in July-August, then the factory would have started mass production by now, but they didn’t.🙃

— Greymon55 (@greymon55) March 6, 2022

So, even though there are tons of leaks saying that Zen 4 will release earlier than we originally thought, it seems like Ryzen 7000 are still not in mass production in March.

That’s a bit concerning because Ryzen 7000 had to be in production by now to reach a July-August, 2022 release date.

Raphael-H, the Zen 4 based mobile CPU, will probably release after the desktop Zen 4 series. So, either very late 2022 or early 2023.

Specifications

Before CES 2022, the whole Ryzen naming scheme was very confusing, but things are a bit more cleared up now. The Zen 4 CPUs will be called Ryzen 7000, and they are the final answer to Intel’s Alder Lake.

But, fighting against Intel won’t be easy. AMD has a lot to worry about, considering Intel’s new hybrid technology, big.LITTLE, which improves efficiency and brings an increase in performance. So, we have high expectations for this new generation of AMD processors.

We didn’t get a lot of information about Ryzen 7000 during AMD’s keynote at CES 2022, except a few slideshows, but there are still a couple of things you might find interesting.

The first big surprise was that AMD completely skipped the 6000 naming scheme and went straight for 7000. It seems that the 6000s are dedicated to mobile chips only.

Also, we were finally introduced to the new and unique type of heat spreader on the CPU. Even though we already had information and renders, it is still cool to see it showcased by Lisa Su.

Whether this new heat spreader is used to cut costs, improve thermals, or if the free space is needed for the chip, we do not know at this time. But we’ll surely figure it out once people can get their hands on these processors.

That’s it from official information. The rest of the information we’ve found is based on leaks, rumors, etc.

The data found in this leak also shows the size of the L2 cache. It seems to be 1,024 KB per core which is double compared to Zen 3 processors. Doubling the L2 cache will surely translate to performance improvements.

RDNA 2

All generations of Ryzen processors did not come with any graphics solution. AMD promoted the idea of getting rid of an iGPU to boost the CPU’s performance. And, it made sense at the time. At least, for gamers.

Most gamers have a dedicated graphics card in their PC, so an iGPU isn’t really needed. And, if it is needed, consumers can get a (slower) G-type Ryzen CPU that has an iGPU. For example, Ryzen 2400G, 4700G, 5600G, 5700G, etc.

This time around, things might be different. Ryzen 7000 may have an iGPU. And not just any GPU, but an RDNA 2 one.

Google/Twitter translation of Komachi_Ensaka’s tweet

PC Hardware insider, Komachi_Ensaka thinks that the RDNA 2 iGPU could come with two WGPs (Work Group Processors) at 1.1 GHz. In other words, it could actually be useful.

Recently, we’ve seen the RDNA 2 iGPUs in the mobile Ryzen 6000 perform incredibly well, blowing Intel’s XE iGPUs out of the water. That’s a good sign for Zen 4.

Although based on the tweet from Komachi, it seems that Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs might have a much more powerful RDNA 2 graphics card.

Moving To The AM5 Platform

AMD processors on the 5nm process will be moving to a new platform and leaving AM4 behind. That is not a bad thing, considering that the last five generations of CPU stuck with AM4, so it is time to give it up and update to something faster, more efficient, and overall better.

Keep in mind; Ryzen 5800X3D is still on AM4.

Moving to AM5 is the best possible decision because it provides scope for many new technologies, most importantly DDR5 memory.

DDR5 Memory

DDR5 is considerably faster than DDR4, rocking much higher frequencies. Furthermore, considering that this is just the beginning for DDR5, frequencies will probably go even higher as this new technology develops.

However, unlike Alder Lake, it is possible that Zen 4 will not be compatible with DDR4 RAM at all based on information from the leaker, Enthusiastic Citizen.

Is that a good move by AMD? The decision removes the option to combine a cheaper DDR4 RAM kit and motherboard with a Zen 4 CPU. DDR5 is fast and it is the future, but it has not yet matured, so we are unsure if we should say goodbye to DDR4 just yet.

PCIe 5.0 And LGA

New DRAM is not the only improvement AM5 will bring. PCIe 5.0 and USB 4.0 will also be introduced. This means more PCIe lanes, faster PCIe lanes, and much faster USB.

Leaks suggest that AM5 will upgrade to LGA and 1718 pins. Not only will LGA 1718 have more pins for the CPU, but it will also have the pins on the socket itself instead of on the processors like current Ryzen SKUs.

The switch from PGA to LGA won’t bring any significant advantages or disadvantages. It is a matter of personal preference. Some say that PGA is better, while others prefer LGA.

As you can see in the image above, AM5 looks a lot more like Intel’s LGA sockets than AMD’s PGA AM4 motherboards. Objectively, this type of bracket does a much better job at keeping the CPU seated correctly in the socket, and the process of removing it from the socket is also much safer.

Price

Can we expect similar pricing with Ryzen 5000? Considering that Intel will be very competitive throughout 2022, AMD will need to be very careful with these prices. This is why we believe Ryzen 7000 might be cheaper than the 5000 series.

Here are some estimates:

Ryzen 5 7600X – $279Ryzen 7 7700X – $359Ryzen 7 7800X – $419Ryzen 9 7900X – $499Ryzen 9 7950X – $759

Keep in mind that, if they are better than expected, they might even be more expensive than the previous generation.

Ryzen 5800X3D

Before Zen 4 releases, AMD wants to beat Intel’s i9-12900K and take back the fastest gaming CPU title. The Ryzen 5800X3D seems to be the solution to the problem. At least that’s what their charts show.

As we can see from this (probably cherry-picked) benchmark above, the 5800X3D is faster than Intel’s flagship i9.

They achieved this by 3D stacking L3 cache right over the chiplets. With this method, AMD achieved to add 96MB of L3 Cache which is considerably more even than the Ryzen 5950X (64MB L3 Cache).

This new technology is called 3D V-Cache, hence the 3D suffix on the Ryzen 5800X.

If this chip can really outperform the 12900K up to 20% in multiple titles, then it will definitely be the fastest gaming chip available until Ryzen 7000 processors release.

For further insight, here’s a chart of AMD’s comparison of the new 3D stacked chip against Ryzen 5900X.

Additionally, here’s a specification table for Ryzen 5800X3D.

CPU Cores Threads Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache TDP Ryzen 7 5800X3D8163.4 GHz4.5 GHz64MB 3D V-Cache + 32MB 2D Cache105W

Performance

If you’re looking for performance numbers on the Zen 4, you are a bit early. At the time of writing, we don’t even have first-hand benchmarks for Zen 4.

There is one recent leak though of a 16-core and an 8-core Ryzen 7000 CPUs. The supposed successors to the 5950X and 5800X.

What we can say about the next generation of AMD CPUs is the potential increase in performance. Given that AMD will be switching to a 5nm node and moving away from the 7nm process used for Zen 3, an IPC improvement of about 10 to 15% is expected.

However, that is only the bare minimum because AMD probably has a lot more planned than a simple reduction in architecture size. We might be looking at higher clocks, faster memory, and more.

Take their new 3D V-Cache technology as an example. By 3D stacking cache, another 15% performance uplift is possible. Combine that with the IPC improvement and more which can make Zen 4 30% to 40% faster than Ryzen 5000.

This Chips and Cheese blog post uses the same logic based on the information from their sources.

Keep in mind that you should take all of this with a massive pinch of salt. None of the statements above have been confirmed by any official source. All of these performance numbers are currently only estimates, leaks, allegations, etc.

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