When AMD introduced the Ryzen 7000 processors just a month ago, it made it clear that the arrival of socket AM5 was not going to mark the end of socket AM4. The Sunnyvale giant was very clear, the AM4 platform he still has a lot of life ahead of himBut how does AMD plan to reinvigorate that platform without putting its new generation in trouble? It’s a good question, and we have the answer.
The first key will be in the Ryzen 5000 processors with 3D stacked cache. According to new information, AMD plans to expand its catalog of products that is currently limited to the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. In theory, the Sunnyvale giant will introduce two new chips, the Ryzen 5 5600X3Dwhich will have six cores and twelve threads, 32 MB of L3 cache and 32 MB of 3D stacked L3 cache, and the Ryzen 9 5900X3Dwith 12 cores and 24 threads, 64 MB of L3 cache (32 MB per chiplet), and an additional 96 MB of 3D stacked L3 cache.
Those two processors will be compatible with the AM4 socket, since they will use the Zen 3 architecture and will have a PGA (pin matrix) design as a connection system. Both will offer superior performance in games, and also in applications that have a significant dependency on the L3 cache, although as we already saw in the Ryzen 7 5800X3D benchmarks, the differences in the end are not too great.
Said chip performs less than the Ryzen 7 5800X in synthetic tests because it works at a lower frequency, and in games it only performs, on average, 8% more in 1080p. Raising the resolution we see that at 4K the performance difference is just over 1% in favor of the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. I wanted to give it context because, in the end, these two new models with 3D cache for socket AM4 would only be interesting if the price is right, which has not happened with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, which it is too expensive for what it offers.
The Ryzen 7000 could reach the socket AM4
We already discussed it a few days ago, and since then the rumors have gained more and more strength. It seems that AMD is aware of the weight that the AM4 platform has, of the enormous number of users who will not be able to afford to change the motherboard and RAM to mount a Ryzen 7000, and of the the competitive advantage it will give Intel the simple fact that Raptor Lake-S will work with LGA1700 600 series motherboards and with DDR4 memory.
With all that in mind, the rumors that AMD will release specific versions of the Ryzen 7000 for socket AM4 are not only getting more and more weight, but they also make a lot of sense. It is evident that in order to bring this new generation of CPUs to the AM4 socket, those from Sunnyvale have to introduce important changes in the packaging and the connection system to the socket, and also on the I/O chip (memory controller) to work with DDR4.
On the other hand, the possibility of AMD expanding the catalog of low-end and mid-range processors available for the AM4 platform has not been ruled out. Perhaps the giant from Sunnyvale decides to center the shot there, and just bring the cheaper Ryzen 7000 series models to the AM4 platform.
We are waiting to see what AMD finally does, but Everything seems to indicate that we are going to get a surprise in the coming months. As always, we will be attentive to tell you all the news. In any case, and regardless of what ends up happening, be clear that if you have a Ryzen 5000 you will not need to update for a few years, unless you are so demanding that you always need to have the latest.