AMD’s upcoming Zen 4 CPUs will reportedly be up to 37 percent faster than their Zen 3 counterparts. Alongside Intel, AMD is one of the two x86 CPU-makers in the world, and its current Ryzen 6000 lineup competes with Intel‘s 12-gen Core ‘Alder Lake’ processors. However, benchmarks scores suggest that the Alder lake CPUs are miles ahead of their AMD counterparts, something that the company is trying to rectify with its Zen 4 lineup.
At its Q1, 2022 earnings call earlier this month, AMD confirmed plans to launch a slew of Zen 4 ‘Ryzen 7000’ products, including ‘Raphael’ for desktops, ‘Dragon Range’ for enthusiast gaming laptops, and ‘Phoenix’ for thin and light gaming notebooks. The Raphael desktop chips will be based on the company’s new AM5 platform and targeted at enthusiasts and serious gamers. They will be released in the second half of this year, but there’s no exact time frame for their launch.
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Prolific tipster and YouTuber ‘Moore’s Law is Dead’ has shared a ton of information about AMD’s upcoming Zen 4, Zen 4C, Zen 5 and Zen 6 architectures. According to MLID’s latest video, Zen 4 will improve the IPC (instructions per clock) by 15-24 percent and single-threaded performance by 18-37 percent over Zen 3 cores. The multi-threaded performance is also expected to see a similar boost. Zen 4 will also support AVX-512, PCIe 5.0, DDR5, LPDDR5, and more. Zen 4 is expected to be a faster version of the Zen 3 core with enhanced cache and higher clocks, and if the new details are correct, it will offer a massive performance boost over its predecessors.
Zen 4: Higher Clock Speeds, Increased Performance
One of the major changes in the upcoming Zen 4 processors would be their higher clock speeds compared to their Zen 3 counterparts. Recent leaks have already revealed prototypes and engineering samples with up to 5.2 GHz clock speeds, and MLID’s latest video now seems to confirm that. According to the video, the Zen 4 CPUs might also see an 8-14 percent improvement in sustained clock speeds, which should also help increase their performance levels compared to Zen 3.
Another major change in the new chips will be the increased amount of L2 cache. According to the report, the Zen 4 processors would have double the amount of L2 cache as their Zen 3 counterparts while retaining the same amount of L3 cache. That means they should have a full 1MB of L2 cache instead of 512KB in Zen 3 while the L3 per core will remain at 4MB.
Overall, the Zen 4 lineup is slated to include the EPYC Genoa 7004 lineup for servers alongside the aforementioned Raphael, Dragon Range and Phoenix chips. It will also include Threadripper 7000 Storm Peak lineup that is expected to be released in Q1, 2023. Processors with AMD’s Zen 5 core are expected to include EPYC Turin 700X, the Ryzen 8000 ‘Granite Ridge’ and the Ryzen 8000 ‘Strix Point’ lineups that are slated to release between H2, 2023 and H1, 2025.