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AMD to announce a slate of new Ryzen 5000 & 4000 CPUs in April

AMD might launch 10 brand-new processors next month

Updated: Mar 10, 2022 3:34 pm
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While Intel continues to claw back market share as reflected in the latest Steam Hardware survey, AMD is looking to shake up the midrange and high-end using new, dedicated ships based on a couple of their different architectures, as we’ve previously reported. First reported by WCCFtech, there appears to now be a sharper picture of what these chips are actually going to look like. Firstly, they are bringing the AM4 platform into the endgame with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, in addition to further midrange CPUs, and an entrance for lower-end 4000 desktop CPUs. The 4000 monikers were only seen in the laptop space, so it makes sense that AMD wants to denote these newer CPUs as 4000, especially if they don’t exactly go toe-to-toe with the Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 processors.

The most interesting thing about this new slate of CPUs across a range of price points is that they’re all due to be released fairly soon. We’re expecting an official release date to trickle out for the slightly less-powerful variants first, with availability in early April, and then the Ryzen 5800X3D to arrive on the scene slightly later in the month. Here’s a rundown of all of the CPUs that we’re expecting to be released soon. Curiously, there is also an AMD Ryzen 4600G with Vega 8, so don’t expect any fancy RDNA2-based APU here, you’ll still want a Rembrandt laptop for that one.

  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5700X
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5700
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5500
  • AMD Ryzen 3 5100
  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700
  • AMD Rzyen 5 4600G
  • AMD Ryzen 4500
  • AMD Ryzen 4100

New Ryzen processor overview

CPUCores & ThreadsBase Clock & Boost ClockL3 CacheTDPMSRPAvailability
Ryzen 7 5800X3D8-core, 16-thread3.4 / 4.5 GHz96MB105W$449 April 20
AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 8-core, 16-thread3.4 / 4.6 GHz32MB65W$299April 4
AMD Ryzen 7 5700 8-core, 16-threadTBC16MB65WTBCApril
AMD Ryzen 5 5600 3.5 / 4.4 GHz6-core, 12-thread3.5 / 4.4 GHz32MB65W$199April 4
AMD Ryzen 5 5500 6-core, 12-thread 3.6 / 4.2 GHz16MB65W$159April 4
AMD Ryzen 5 5100 4-core, 8-threadTBCTBC65WTBCApril
AMD Ryzen 7 47008-core, 16-thread 3.6 / 4.4 GHz8MB65WTBCApril
AMD Ryzen 5 4600G 6-core, 12-thread 3.8 / 4.0 GHz11MB65W$154April
AMD Ryzen 5 4500 6-core, 12-thread 3.6 / 4.1 GHz8MB65WTBCApril 4
AMD Ryzen 3 4100 4-core, 8-thread 3.8 / 4.0 GHz4MB65WTBCApril 4
Source: WCCFtech

A part of the reason why AMD is reheating Zen 3 and Zen 2 for another round is going to be because they want to be reliant on an already mature platform for their upcoming battle, and before anything AM5 releases, just in case launch doesn’t go to plan, or if AM5 sells out immediately, or if the new die has yield issues, that AMD has something to lean back on. The incredibly successful Zen 2 and 3 chips, fully equipped with the AM4 chipset for a wide range of options right from the get-go. With the calculated risks of changing platform in this way, which is a first for AMD Ryzen, it can be daunting to run into the big wide world without any insurance, or any new products for consumers to buy if they just can’t wait for Zen 4 to arrive on the scene.

Competition is good for customers

Whether you’re an AMD stan or are sticking by old and traditional Intel, the fact that AMD managed to cut into Intel’s market share in the first place was great news for customers who were looking for getting more from their PC. Ryzen represents a sea change for the industry, where the CPU market was previously stagnating ever since Sandy Bridge arrived on-scene in 2011. But, now that AMD has a firm foothold on the enthusiast market, you can now expect to see Intel kick itself into gear, and force itself to innovate on the front of price, consumer-friendliness and of course, power. This means that AMD now needs to retain its position, with the heat turning up with the arrival of Intel’s 12-gen processors, they’re looking to do just that.

Therefore, when you combine all of these factors, AMD is now going on a full-on assault, utilising whatever chips that they had at their disposal, with mature processes that ensure that yield is good so that their stock can go into international channels with ease, and eventually over to consumers. While this is a good gambit for the coming months, it does leave us speculating as to what exactly AMD has planned for their Zen 4 chips? Could the tactical deployment of midrange and lower-end chips mean that AMD’s AM5 offerings for the more affordable chips could see customers waiting until this time next year? It is looking more likely than you probably think.

Firstly, AMD is likely to want to make use of as much of the mature manufacturing processes of Zen 2 and Zen 3 as possible. As with every new platform, to begin with, AM5’s yields will start low, before normalising after around a year or so, you’ll see this trend happen with graphics cards too. The reason you see more discrete products at the end of a lifecycle is that the chips are gaining more yields, allowing for a finer binning process, therefore allowing the companies to create more products. It’s probably the reason that we’re seeing so many new AMD chips on older manufacturing processes. The nodes are now mature enough to segment like this while allowing them to also stay competitive across a range of price points with Intel.

What’s next in the future remains to be seen, but if these reports turn out to be true and that AMD is indeed launching a further 10 or so processors into an older stack with AM4 still on the horizon, it has to mean that they’re looking to do battle to recapture the majority market in the midrange and lower-end, where most people are really going to be making their own PCs.

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