At AMD’s virtual press conference at CES 2022 Tuesday, the company unveiled new Ryzen processors for the desktop and mobile segments as well as Radeon graphics devices for desktops and laptops, all of which we’re supposed to see this year. This includes the Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors, the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors, and several new SKUs in the Radeon RX 6000 series lineup.
Ryzen 6000 Series Mobile CPUs for Laptops
The upcoming mobile processors are based on TSMC’s 6nm production process along with Zen3+ architecture which is said to provide efficiency and performance gains over the previous generation that was released in 2020. The new chips sport 50 new and enhanced power management features said to extend battery life. The new processors are said to support DDR5 memory along with supporting PCIe 4.0 and USB4 connectivity. AMD also announced U and H series processors for low-power devices. You’ll also find RDNA2-based graphics in the mobile CPUs. Availability is expected in February.
Ryzen 7 CPU
AMD announced the new Ryzen 7 CPU and touts it as the “world’s fastest gaming processor” in part to its use of the 3-D chipset technology. AMD states this performance is possible because of the 3-D vertical cache stacked on top of the CPU which gives the processor a total L2 and L3 cached of 100 MB. Best results will be found in games that are sensitive to memory latency. Titles such as Final Fantasy XIV, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Far Cry 6. The new Ryzen 7 5800X3D comes with eight cores, 16 threads, 105W TDP with a base frequency of 3.4 GHz, and a maximum boost frequency of 4.5 GHz. These are compatible with AMD 400 and 500 series motherboards.
Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs
Next up is a brand new generation of Ryzen desktop processors that are due in the second part of 2022. The new lineup uses the Zen 4 architecture on a 5nm process node. These changes, and others, allow the chip to push a whopping 5 GHz on all cores. Along with the new processors, a new AM5 LGA1718 socket-based motherboards will be needed to support the new processors and the DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 interfaces that come with it. The good news is that AMD mentioned the AM5 socket is compatible with existing AM4 coolers.
AMD Expands Radeon RX 6000 Lineup
AMD announced it’s expanding the RX 6000 lineup with eight new SKUs for laptops and two for desktop. The 6000M series for gaming laptops will be available in Q1 2022 with improvements ranging from 7-20% than previous generations.
On the desktop side of things, AMD added to the budget side of its current lineup unveiling the Radeon RX 6500 XT and RX 6400. The 6500 XT is more of a mid-range option and said to compete with and beat NVIDIA’s GTX 1650 by 20-60 percent in select titles. The RX 6500 XT is available as of January 19th starting at $199 while the RX 6400 will only be found in prebuilt systems in 1H 2022.
You can watch AMD’s entire (~41 minutes) presentation below.
AMD was a busy bee this year and we’re looking forward to seeing all the new goodies they’re coming out with. Please read on for all of our CES 2022 coverage.
Joe Shields (Earthdog)