AMD Ryzen 7000 Launching Fall 2022: Everything You Need to Know – MUO – MakeUseOf

AMD just unveiled the latest Ryzen 7000 chips, based on its new Zen 4 architecture. Here’s everything you need to know.
The day has finally come. At Computex 2022, AMD took the stage to announce its next step in desktop computing. Ryzen 7000 was finally announced after an initial unveiling earlier in 2022, and it's looking like a very promising update. While Intel managed to reclaim the performance crown with its 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs, AMD is firing back hard—and it's showing.
Ryzen 7000 chips are a return to form for AMD in multiple ways. But they also represent a radical change. So, what are the Ryzen 7000 new features? And more importantly, will they be worth your money once they come out this fall?
The new Ryzen 6000 laptops making the rounds right now are based on AMD's Zen 3+ architecture, which builds upon its existing Zen 3. But it was teased right during the announcement of those chips that AMD would be saving the best for last. Zen 4 is finally here with Ryzen 7000 chips in Computex 2022, and it's looking awesome in more than one way.
For starters, it's the first AMD chip to support the new AM5 socket. We've talked about it many times before—it switches over to an LGA design, like Intel chips, where pins are on the actual motherboard socket rather than in the chip. In doing so, AMD has managed to fit more contact points—1,718 of them, to be precise—into a similar physical size while also keeping a similar design for the heat spreader to allow for backward compatibility with CPU coolers made for AM4 chips. The new socket will support TDPs of up to 170W, from a previous cap of 105W. We're not sure if that means that the higher-end Ryzen CPUs will be getting toasty, but it sure looks like it.
Zen 4 also moves to a 5nm process and 6nm I/O dies, a big step forward from the 7nm process and 14nm dies we saw in Zen 3. And it also gets some AI acceleration features, although we'll have to wait until they launch to see what exactly AMD means here and whether it'll make a difference.
It also comes with juicy performance improvements. For starters, we now have PCIe 5.0 connectivity across the board. If you're grabbing yourself a lower-end B650 motherboard, you'll only have PCIe 5.0 storage support, with that extending to graphics in X670 boards. It also supports DDR5 memory—in fact, it only supports DDR5, so if you were expecting any kind of dual DDR4/DDR5 support like with Intel's Alder Lake, you're out of luck. You'll have to shop for new RAM when you start looking for your new chip.
Core counts will still be capped at 16 cores and 32 threads, but clock speeds are increasing. In a demo shown by AMD, a pre-production Ryzen 7000 chip with 16 cores (presumably what'll launch as the Ryzen 9 7950X) was shown to go up to 5.5GHz. By contrast, the Ryzen 9 5950X currently goes up to 4.9GHz.
The new generation of Ryzen chips also represent a big shift in how AMD integrates GPUs on their chips. The days of APUs with G suffixes attached to the model names are long gone. Now, all AMD chips are getting integrated GPUs. Just like Intel chips, they're going to come with a GPU, meaning that you don't need an external GPU anymore to fire up your PC.
Not only that, but they'll also be pretty good integrated GPUs, thanks to them being based on AMD's RDNA 2 architecture rather than its older Vega architecture. You still shouldn't expect to get a gaming powerhouse out of just these parts. They're still going to be too weak for most serious gaming purposes, and if you're building a proper gaming PC, you should definitely get yourself a discreet GPU, be it from Nvidia or AMD itself—but at least you'll be able to fire up your PC and have a backup if you don't have or need one.
So far, on paper, they're looking great. But while AMD rarely disappoints in its delivery of whatever it hypes, we still need to wait for the individual chips themselves to test performance, not to mention their price. So while we can assume that the lineups will remain the same, and so will the prices, we can't count on that—especially after a convoluted couple of years.
We also need to clarify that, most certainly, Intel will have an answer to AMD ready sooner than later. The company is already hard at work to release its 13th gen Raptor Lake chips, which should be coming out later in 2022, maybe even a few weeks or months apart from AMD's launch.
AMD isn't letting CPU competition die—and we're here for it.
Arol is a tech journalist and Staff Writer at MakeUseOf. He has also worked as a news/feature writer at XDA-Developers and Pixel Spot. Currently a Pharmacy student at the Central University of Venezuela, Arol has had a soft spot for everything tech-related since he was a child. When not writing, you'll either find him nose-deep into his textbooks or playing video games.


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