Gigabyte’s enterprise arm, Giga Computing, recently announced a couple of servers based on AMD’s Zen 4 processors. But, more importantly, the company confirmed that the successor to the Ryzen 7000 lineup, which includes some of the best CPUs on the market, will arrive later this year.
The AM5 socket, like the AM4 socket, will support multiple generations of Ryzen processors. AMD has committed to supporting the AM5 socket until 2025. It is widely assumed that Zen 5 will succeed Zen 4. According to AMD’s most recent desktop processor roadmap, Zen 5 will be available in 2024. According to Gigabyte, AMD may have accelerated the Zen 5 launch date so that the next-generation processors can be purchased before the end of the year.
The next-generation chips that Gigabyte is referring to could be the rumoured Zen 4 refresh (Zen 4+).
“Even though these new products are entry-level servers, CPU support does not end here and the AM5 platform is supported until at least 2025. In addition, the next generation of AMD Ryzen desktop processors that will come out later this year will also be supported on this AM5 platform, so customers who purchase these servers today have the opportunity to upgrade to the Ryzen 7000 series successor,” wrote Gigabyte in its press release.
Zen 5 does not yet have a commercial name, but assuming AMD follows the naming sequence, the upcoming chips will be known as Ryzen 8000. AMD has developed a penchant for using the names of famous painters as codenames for previous generations of desktop Ryzen processors.
Similarly, AMD refers to Zen 5 as Granite Ridge, seemingly returning to the days of using locations. Summit Ridge and Pinnacle Ridge were the names given to Ryzen 1000 and Ryzen 2000, respectively.
There isn’t much information about Zen 5. AMD has only confirmed that Granite Ridge employs a “advanced node,” limiting the options to TSMC’s 3nm or 4nm process nodes. According to an early leak, the Zen 5 will use the latter. However, 3nm variants are likely to arrive later.
Furthermore, AMD has previously referred to Zen 5 as a “new ground-up microarchitecture,” implying that Zen 5 will be more than just an upgrade over Zen 4. Nonetheless, the general consensus is that Zen 5 will be significantly faster and more efficient than Zen 4.
AMD’s Ryzen 7000X3D V-Cache processors were released not long ago. However, it appears that the chipmaker will launch Zen 5 in 2024, which was previously planned. AM4 was the platform for four generations of desktop Ryzen processors. AM5 with Ryzen 7000 will be available in September 2022. With less than a year under its belt, a successor is reportedly in the works.
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