AMD’s Ryzen Roadmap Describes How It Plans to Beat Intel

AMD showed its Ryzen roadmap on desktop and mobile during Financial Analyst Day on Thursday, explaining how it plans to beat Intel to have the best processor. The roadmap reveals several key details about the upcoming Ryzen 7000 processors, as well as future CPUs for laptops and desktops. While AMD didn’t provide hard performance figures, the company still revealed the expected performance for its Ryzen 7000 CPUs.

Specifically, AMD says that Ryzen 7000 comes with an 8% to 10% increase in instruction per clock (IPC), and that it has a 25% performance-per-watt advantage over Ryzen 5000 CPUs. AMD reconfirmed the more than 15% single-core performance boost it also announced on Computex, which the company says is a very conservative estimate. In a pre-briefing, AMD says it wants to underline the “greater than” part of the claim.

AMD's Ryzen roadmap to 2024.

Overall, AMD says Ryzen 7000 is 35% faster than the previous generation, which is a huge jump. It doesn’t stop at Ryzen 7000, though. In addition to the 3D V-Cache returning to Ryzen, AMD’s Ryzen roadmap (above) also reveals some details about Zen 5 CPUs. AMD says they are coming in 2024 and will offer a much bigger performance boost.

These chips will use a 4nm desktop manufacturing process, but that’s about all we know for now. The only significant development is that Zen 5 CPUs can use a multinode architecture, similar to Intel Alder Lake. AMD hasn’t outright confirmed that this is the case, but it talked about the fourth-generation Infinity architecture that enables multi-node designs.

In addition, the roadmap confirms that Threadripper processors built on Zen 4 are in the works. A leaked roadmap earlier this year pointed to Threadripper 7000 and is expected to launch in early 2023. However, you may not be able to buy them for your next PC build. For example, Threadripper 5000 processors are currently only available in the Lenovo P620 workstation.

AMD's Ryzen Mobile Roadmap to 2024.

AMD has also provided a roadmap for its laptop processors (above). The company has just launched Ryzen 6000 mobile, so AMD’s sights are now on Phoenix Point chips in early 2023. We don’t have a confirmed name for this range yet, but AMD says they will use Zen 4 cores like Ryzen 7000 and built with using a 4nm manufacturing process.

Perhaps more exciting, these next-gen mobile CPUs will come with built-in RDNA 3 graphics — that’s the architecture behind AMD’s upcoming RX 7000 GPUs. Laptops have become a bigger focus for AMD over the past generations. While Ryzen 6000 doesn’t beat Intel across the board, next-gen processors can.

Phoenix Point processors target a power range of 35 watts to 45 W for high-performance laptops, but AMD has previously confirmed an even more powerful line of mobile chips called Dragon Range. These should launch around the same time as Phoenix Point, although they are not included in AMD’s new roadmap.

In addition to Phoenix Point, AMD is launching Strix Point built on Zen 5 CPU cores. We don’t know the manufacturing process yet and the details are light, just like with Zen 5 desktop CPUs. The biggest announcement was that they will include RDNA 3+ graphics, which appears to be an upgraded version of AMD’s upcoming graphics architecture.

AMD Ryzen processor display.

Both Phoenix Point and Strix Point will also introduce an AI engine developed by Xilinx – a company AMD recently acquired. It’s hard to say what the engine will do specifically, but it will likely focus on features that improve battery life, webcam performance, and system noise. AMD has not disclosed any details, however.

AMD is gearing up for a fight after the release of Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake processors. Looking ahead, Ryzen 7000 will compete with Intel Meteor Lake, Intel’s next-generation processors. Intel sticks to the same manufacturing process as Alder Lake, which could give AMD an edge in the next generation. Intel has its own roadmap, though, so it’s going to be an interesting couple of years.

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