AMD Zen 4 - release date, capabilities, devices, specification

Though it's hard to believe now, AMD Zen 4 launched the first Ryzen processor just four years ago, in 2017. He built it from scratch, which

AMD Zen 4 - release date, capabilities, devices, specification
AMD Zen 4 - release date, capabilities, devices, specification

Though it's hard to believe now, AMD Zen 4 launched the first Ryzen processor just four years ago, in 2017. He built it from scratch, which took five years. The moment of the premiere changed the course of events on the laptop market and made a strong competition appear on it. At the moment, AMD's latest hit is the Zen 3-based processor, the Ryzen 5000 processor, which is a serious opponent of Intel processors. And at the end of this year, the Ryzen 6000 models are to appear - for them, in turn, the competition will be Intel Tiger Lake from the H series. And when can you expect systems based on Zen 4?

AMD Zen 4 - release date

The Zen 3 architecture was presented relatively recently - in October 2020. At the show, Mark Papermaster, AMD's Chief Technology Officer, said that Zen4 was already in development and showed the following schedule:

  • Zen - March 2017
  • Zen 2 - August 2019
  • Zen 3 - October 2020
  • Zen 4 - 2022

So we will wait for the premiere of Zen 4 until 2022, and in what month will it take place? So far, the leaks speak of February or April. However, whatever the date may be, it does not mean that devices with processors using the new architecture will appear immediately. The due date means that you will be able to create processors that use it. In the case of Zen 3, the waiting time for Ryzen 6000 processors is around 18 months!

In June, there was information about the premiere of Zen 4 only in October or November 2022. At the end of July, we already know that the earliest we can expect Zen 4 in the second half of 2022.

AMD Zen 4 - devices

Therefore, it is far too early to specify which devices will use the Zen 4 processors. AMD plans to move to the 5nm production process, which means that motherboards using the AM4 socket will not be compatible with the new processors. Application? Socket A5 will appear, but it will not be designed for current AMD A520 and X570 motherboards. The Ryzen 7000 family, intended for mobile devices, is also likely to appear. Even if they are integrated processors, hardware manufacturers will face the task of developing assembly methods.

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The latest information indicates that the processors made of Zen4 will have 64 cores. One of them will be Genoa 7004 - the release date is mid-2022. Then the processor with the designation 3004 will appear - 32 and 64 cores will be available here. It will hit the market in the first quarter of 2023.

AMD Zen 4 - specification

So far, the specs are mostly based on rumors. The only confirmed information is the use of the 5nm technological process - it comes from AMD itself, which can be seen in the first graphic. Switching to such a process means providing the same power with a smaller footprint. Now it's time for the rumors:

  • WikiChip said the transition to 5nm will take place using technologies developed by TSMC. Compared to 7nm, this can provide 87% higher density. TSMC is working with AMD on the production of the current Ryzen, so it seems natural that it will work on the next ones. And since the packing density of the transistors is crucial to performance, the Zen 4 can be really powerful;
  • A leak on the Chips and Cheese blog reports 40% more performance with IPC raised by 25%.
  • The next information is about the AM5 socket, which will appear with Zen 4. Its specification is as follows:
  • LGA 1718
  • DDR 5 in dual channel mode
  • PIC-e 4.0
  • 600 chipsets

That's all about it so far, but the text will be updated as more information about Zen 4 becomes available.

The leak from Gigabyte servers confirms socket A5, also says about full support of HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 by Zen4 processors. However, the most important news of the day is that the processors will have an integrated graphics chip (iGPU).