AMD Unveils Ryzen 8000, Zen 5 Architecture with Navi 3.5

During a recent presentation directed at retail channel vendors, AMD made clear its plans to unveil the highly anticipated Zen 5 architecture in the form of the Ryzen 8000 series for desktop computers. The upcoming mainline desktop processor from AMD, codenamed “Granite Ridge,” is projected to offer a maximum of 16 CPU cores based on the Zen 5 architecture, spread across two CCDs.

While the processor’s I/O, including the 6 nm cIOD (I/O die), is expected to remain largely unchanged, there is a possibility of an upgrade to enable support for higher DDR5 memory speeds.

The AMD Ryzen 8000 series processors for AM5 will be available in 2024. AMD’s Ryzen 8000 desktop processor family, as revealed, will encompass three main lineups. These include the standard desktop CPUs, as well as one or possibly multiple processors based on the Zen 5 architecture that utilize 3D V-Cache packaging, offering enhanced performance. The third lineup comprises the Zen 5c series, featuring lower power consumption, reduced specifications, and a more compact design.

During this time, AMD also confirmed that the AM5 socket will be used until 2026. In addition to confirming the Ryzen 8000 nomenclature, AMD has revealed that their current AM5 platform for motherboards will also be compatible with the forthcoming Zen 5-based processors. Moreover, the AM5 socket is expected to provide long-term scalability until 2026. AMD has a history of ensuring longevity and stability for their motherboard sockets across generations, and the AM5 socket appears to follow suit in this regard.

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This compatibility signifies that users who have Ryzen 7000 processors and AM5-based motherboards such as X670E and B650E could potentially install the upcoming Ryzen 8000 chips directly into the socket and enable their usage through a firmware update. It’s important to note, however, that AMD has yet to officially confirm this capability.

An intriguing revelation regarding AMD’s Ryzen 8000 series is that it will not feature integrated graphics based on the RNDA 3 architecture. Instead, a new codename suggests an update to their existing Navi 3 products, referred to as Navi 3.5, is in the works. While official details regarding the AMD GPU architecture and specifications are currently unavailable, more information is expected to surface closer to the launch of Zen 5, which is slated for 2024.

The updated roadmap from AMD brings attention to a significant aspect—the inclusion of Navi 3.0 graphics in the AMD Ryzen 7000 series (Zen 4) processors. Notably, the existing Ryzen 7000 series processors, such as the Ryzen 9 7950X, incorporate an integrated graphics chip based on RDNA 2 (Navi 2x). This development strongly implies that AMD may release Ryzen 7000-based processors with integrated graphics, referred to as ‘APUs’ in the past, later this year, indicating a shift in AMD’s terminology.

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