AMD announced its next generation of CPUs won’t be arriving to consumers until the second half of 2022. The company is planning to speak more about these CPUs soon.
The Ryzen 7000 series of CPUs is going to be a major change for AMD, as it contains Zen4 architecture that’s moving to a new 5nm process manufactured by TSMC. This will require a new socket for the CPUs, meaning backwards-compatibility with existing AM4 sockets is not an option. It does mean consumers can look forward to support for the new DDR5 RAM and PCIe Gen5 (Intel already supports this with its new Alder Lake chips).
AMD is also adjusting the design of its CPUs to an LGA design. So, the pins for the CPU will now be on the motherboard as opposed to the CPU itself. This is a design intel has used for years and it may be harder to break during installation. Despite these changes, AMD says that existing AM4 socket cooler will still work with he newer AM5 socket.
AMD is also releasing a brand-new Zen3 CPU in the future. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is what the company calls its best gaming CPU, despite having fewer cores than its flagship Ryzen 9. It features a base clock speed of 3.4GHz that can boost all the way up to 4.5GHz, as well as an 8‑cores and 16-threads.
The performance difference comes from the CPU’s new 3D stacked cache, which AMD says will grant consumers around 15% better performance in games. It continues on the same 7nm process as the rest of the Ryzen 5000 series, but it’s compatible on current AM4 motherboards.
A price for the Ryzen 7 5800X3D was not announced. However, AMD also announced a new budget GPU at CES 2022 that will retail for $200.