AMD Zen 4 – everything we know about the future gaming CPU range

The next generation of AMD processors may not be here for a while yet

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While we expect Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake processors to release later this year, AMD could be a little later to the party, with its next-generation 5nm Zen 4 chips pinned to launch almost a year later in the second half of 2022. These are expected to be the first AMD chips to support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0, as the upcoming Zen 3+ processors will reportedly stick with the current generation.

Intel’s possible year-long head start to DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 isn’t necessarily a disadvantage for AMD, when high early adoption costs of the future best SSD for gaming and best gaming RAM will likely push the components into enthusiast territory. There’s a chance prices could be more affordable by late 2022 when AMD joins the fray, but this is difficult to predict with the Chia cryptomining boom.

With possible performance gains of 40% over the previous generation, some of these new chips have a high chance of making our best gaming CPU guide next year.

Here’s everything you need to know about AMD’s Zen 4 architecture.

zen 4 release date

Leaker Broly_X1 suggested we’ll see AMD announce its Zen 4 lineup in September or October of 2022, with a release a month or two later.

We can expect Intel’s 13th generation Raptor Lake processors to launch around the same time, too.

zen 4 performance

Zen 4 should move to a more efficient 5nm process, compared to Zen 3’s 7nm. There are rumoured IPC gains of 25%, with an overall performance boost of 40%. That’s probably not too far from the truth, when AMD’s first generation Ryzen CPUs saw a 52% IPC gain over the previous Excavator processors, but we’re currently a long way from accurate benchmarks.

Although we’ll see the new architecture on Intel’s Alder Lake series, it seems AMD’s giving the big.LITTLE design a miss this generation, although we could see it appear within Zen 5 in 2024. We’ll have to wait and see whether this puts the red team at a disadvantage against Alder Lake, as Apple’s big.LITTLE M1 chip has surprisingly smashed benchmarks.

zen 4 price

While MSRP should stay similar to Zen 3, actual pricing for these future chips will depend on how the silicon shortage is faring next year. Currently, Zen 3 CPUs are widely available at, or at least near MSRP, so let’s hope this continues for Zen 4.

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