The Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 has landed! A new era of performance has arrived with the long-awaited Ryzen refresh, on sale from 27/9/22. The first consumer chips to employ the new Zen 4 microarchitecture (competing with intel for the title of World's Fastest Gaming CPU). The Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 has four new models in the lineup: 16 core Ryzen 9 7950X, 12 core 7900X, 8 core Ryzen 7 7700X and 6 core Ryzen 7600X.
What's the G?
Traditionally on-chip graphics was reserved for only select Ryzens, signified by the "G" after the model number. Now, with the new processors, on-chip Radeon Graphics (based on RDNA 2 architecture) come as standard. However, RDNA 2-based graphics cards are categorised as display-adapter-grade, NOT a gaming solution.
Socket to me
While Intel has changed its sockets every two generations. AMD has remained consistent with its AM4 socket since the debut of the original Ryzen 1000 in 2017. Even though every AM4 motherboard and chip hasn't been interoperable, the upgradability of AM4 has been one of its greatest strengths.
With the new AM5 socket, AMD is moving away from a pin grid array (PGA) design to a land grid array (LGA) design. With the new AM5 socket LGA1718 AMD hopes to better power management and delivery to the CPU. AMD has stated its intention to support the new socket through 2025 and beyond.
With the new AM5 socket, AMD has been able to lay the groundwork for the next generation of innovations. The new platform will support DDR5 and PCI Express Gen 5.0. To get the most out of DDR5, AMD introduced AMD EXPO. EXPO provides users with a simple solution to optimise memory speeds and timing, to get better than stock memory speeds. Another change of note is the first usage of the high-performing 5nm process technology.
We eagerly await reviews from users... will the new Ryzen live up to the hype? We will be having our own stock arriving soon and are looking forward to testing it ourselves. Check back on our blog to see what we find.
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