AMD’s keynote over at the COMPUTEX 2022 has officially concluded and we are here to bring you the essence of the new goodies that will be coming in the future months.
Ryzen 7000 Series Desktop Processors
As AMD speeds up its R&D process, Team Blue’s best rival is now capable of churning out generational leaps for its architecture and avoiding the recurrence of the “+” denotation typically used to define refinements rather than new technologies. Therefore, the new Ryzen 7000 Series desktop processors are powered by the 5nm Zen 4 architecture that effectively doubles the amount of L2 cache per core, achieve higher clock speeds as expected, and in a more general sense, projects a more than 15% increase in single-threaded tasks versus the older generation. The demo clip of AAA game footage shows that even a pre-production chip is capable of hitting the 5.5GHz mark while the Blender test absolutely wrecked the rivaling Intel Core i9-12900K as Team Red’s chip completed the task 30% quicker.
The 5nm compute dies aren’t the only cream of the crop here as it is assisted by the new 6nm I/O die that wraps everything into a package including an RDNA 2-based graphics engine, low-power architecture adopted from the boys over at the mobile department, and support for the latest memory and connectivity protocols like DDR5, PCIe 5.0, and a maximum of 4 display output at once, all within a single CPU package.
GG AM4. Hello AM5.
As the AM4 socket has been around for like years, it is justifiable for AMD to slide the aging man into ICU while releasing the new AM5 to keep up the game. The new LGA design feature 1718 pins with processor support of up to 170W, dual-channel DDR5 RAM, and a new SVI3 power infrastructure to deliver the all-core power the brand is always known for but in a much more efficient way. With up to 24 lanes of PCIe 5.0, normal users like you and me will be getting speeds and performance like never before.
The new chipsets released with the socket are given the names X670 Extreme, X670, and B650. As usual, the B650 will be the base tier, delivering all the essential stuff at an accessible price point while the X670 matches the top-tier of previous generations with enthuasist-level overclocking support, PCIe 5.0 support onto one storage slot, and optional graphics support. What’s interesting is the X670E (Or Extreme, take what you want) that cranks up the numbers to 2 GPU slots and 1 storage slot, green-lighted by a thumbs up from PCIe 5.0.
The usual brands like Asrock, ASUS, BIOSTAR, Gigabyte, and MSI will be releasing more info about their own set of offerings while storage-focused partners like Crucial, Micron, and Phison will continue their mission of bringing PCIe 5.0 products down to a matured and accessible state to the mass public.
Old Chips Reheated? – The Mendocino
While technically a new offering, AMD will be shipping the “Mendocino” APU running the Zen 2 architecture plus RDNA 2-based integrated graphics to fit into the budget to mid-range laptops which reportedly will be priced at around USD399-699 and are expected to ship by OEM partners starting Q4. Could be great if the 400 bucks mark can be achieved as this can really open up the wide adoption of cheaply priced machines suitable for online education and light workloads.
More Advantage with AMD Advantage + New SmartAccess Storage
In case you’re not familiar with this, AMD Advantage laptops is a term coined to describe a modern laptop running a CPU and GPU both by AMD which unlocks several exclusive software-based enhancements, and one of those things is the Smart Access Memory (SAM) launched a couple of years back that reduces the latency between both components by removing the default block limit a GPU could request and if you throw away a limiter, of course, the speed is going to improve. Thanks to that, the new SmartAccess Storage tech that utilizes SAM in parallel with Microsoft DirectStorage, can greatly accelerate load times by cutting down the overall path stored data needs to travel.
As for fellow partners, the old guys such as Alienware, ASUS, Lenovo, and HP already have something in the works while some new kids also decided to hop on the “AMD YES” train which are Metamechbook, Origin PC, and Corsair. More info will be released by the respective brands down the line.