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AMD Ryzen 7000 release date, specs and everything we know

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Editor’s Note: AMD unveiled a few new CPUs in the Ryzen 7000 line at CES 2023, most notably the Ryzen 7040, the first (and so far only) laptop CPU in the lineup — and the first AMD laptop CPU to ship with onboard Ryzen AI tech.

The AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop processors have arrived. AMD announced the pricing and availability of its upcoming Zen 4 architecture-based CPUs during the company’s “Together we advance PCs” live stream in August 2022. As previously revealed during Computex 2022, the new chips will feature TSMC’s 5-nanometer process and run on AMD’s new AM5 platform.

AMD released four Ryzen 7000 series CPUs on September 27, 2022. As it did with the previous Ryzen 5000 chips, the company plans to release the higher-end (i. e. more expensive) CPUs first and then follow up with more budget processors later this year. Prices for the initial crop of CPUs ranges from $299 to $699.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen 7000 processors.

AMD Ryzen 7000: Price and release date 

AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series processors will launch on September 27, 2022. The line will consist of four CPUs.

The chips will start at $299 for the Ryzen 5 7600X, which is the same price as the Ryzen 5 5600X. The Ryzen 7 7700X is priced at $399, the Ryzen 9 7900X at $549 and the Ryzen 9 7950X at $699.

AMD Ryzen 7000: Performance and specs 

The AMD Ryzen 7000 series chips are the first desktop chips based on a 5-nanometer process. During the live stream, the company claimed that the Zen 4 processors (codenamed «Raphael») have a 13 percent IPC (Instructions Per Clock cycle) uplift over the Zen 3 architecture-based Ryzen 5000 series. This is higher than the eight to ten percent IPC uplift the company claimed during Computex 2022.

AMD had previously said the new processors would be capable of reaching clock speeds over 5GHz and, based on the specs provided, that seems to be the case. The company also says the chips will have a 29 percent increase in single-thread performance over the previous gen. It also said the Ryzen 9 7950X will have a six to 35 percent performance boost in games compared to its last-gen equivalent. As always, we’ll need to conduct our own benchmark testing to verify these claims.

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AMD Ryzen 7000 price and specs
Ryzen 5 7600X Ryzen 7 7700X Ryzen 9 7900X Ryzen 9 7950X
Price $299 $399 $549 $699
Cores/threads 6-core / 12-thread 8-core / 16-thread 12-core / 24-thread 16-core / 32-thread
Clock speeds (base/boost) 4. 7 / 5.3 GHz 4.5 / 5.4 GHz 4.7 / 5.6 GHz 4.5 / 5.7 GHz
Cache 38MB (6+32) 40MB (8+32) 76MB (12+64) 80MB (16+64)
TDP 105 W 105 W 170 W 170 W

AMD compared the Ryzen 9 7950X’s performance to Intel’s i9-12900K in the V-Ray benchmark test. AMD’s CPU had a 47 percent better performance-per-watt over its rival. That’s interesting, but keep in mind this is just a single test and isn’t indicative that AMD’s Raphael CPUs will outperform Intel’s Alder Lake chips across all metrics.

AMD says the new processors will outperform last-gen CPUs by 35 percent when set to a 170W TDP, 37 percent when set to a 105 TDP, and 74 percent when set to a 65W TDP. Those are bold claims, which we will have to verify independently.

Since Ryzen 7000 CPUs use the AM5 socket platform, you’ll need to upgrade your motherboard. AMD plans to sell AM5 motherboards starting at $125 and will support them until 2025. As The Verge notes, this coincides with the predicted launch of Zen 5 in 2024. Zen 4 CPUs and AM5 motherboards will require DDR5 RAM and there won’t be compatibility for DDR4.

AMD Ryzen 7000: Outlook 

Though AMD has been making notable progress with its CPU line in recent years, it will still face an uphill battle against the juggernaut that is Intel. But if the Ryzen 7000 series is as powerful as AMD claims, the new CPUs could give Intel a run for its money. Of course, we’ll need to see independent benchmark tests to see what the new CPUs are capable of. But if you’re a PC gamer, particularly one who is a fan of Team Red (as AMD is affectionately called), then the Ryzen 7000 series is worth keeping an eye on.

Of course, the ever-present elephant in the room is the ongoing semiconductor shortage. Though the Zen 4 CPUs are slated to launch on September 27, we’re not sure how readily available they’ll be. After all, we’ve already seen Intel delay its Arc desktop GPUs to the latter half of this year because of the effects of the global pandemic. With luck, AMD can launch its new processors without incident.

Incidentally enough, a new leak alleges that Intel will launch its Raptor Lake CPUs a month after AMD’s processors. If this is accurate, prospective CPU buyers will have to choose between Team Red and Team Blue.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Release Date, Pricing & Spec News


New CPUs continue to be announced

By Anyron Copeman

Senior Staff Writer, Tech Advisor JUN 15, 2023 1:59 pm BST

AMD’s remarkable rise in recent years means it’s now one of the leading component manufacturers worldwide. Much of the growth has been led by its Ryzen CPUs, which have proven to be more than a match for Intel.

There’s been plenty of excitement surrounding the new Ryzen 7000 Series, which AMD debuted in August 2022. The bulk of its CPUs were then announced at CES 2023, but plenty have been revealed since – including some as recently as June. Here’s everything you need to know.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series release date

AMD revealed the first Ryzen 7000 Series processors on 29 August 2022. That’s earlier than we’d usually expect, but makes sense given there were no desktop CPUs in the Ryzen 6000 Series.

Those first four desktop chips went on sale from 27 September 2022, but that was just the beginning.

At its CES keynote on 4 January 2023, AMD revealed the bulk of its Ryzen 7000 Series lineup. That included several more desktop CPUs, and versions without the new 3D V-Cache were released on 10 January.

However, we had to wait until 28 February for the Ryzen 9 7950X3D and Ryzen 9 7900X3D to go on sale. The slightly less powerful Ryzen 7 7800X3D didn’t go on sale until 6 April.

Laptops powered by the Ryzen 7000 Series are beginning to emerge, and plenty more are expected throughout 2023.

Some will be powered by the Ryzen 7000U Series, which was revealed on 3 May 2023. They’re specifically designed for thin and light laptops.

But Chromebooks will use Ryzen and Athlon 7020 C-Series, which are built for ChromeOS devices. They were first announced on 23 May 2023.

Designed for high-end business laptops, the Ryzen Pro 7040 Series for laptops and Ryzen Pro 7000 Series for desktops were revealed on 13 June 2023.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series pricing

Alongside the announcement of the first four Ryzen 7000 Series desktop CPUs, AMD also revealed suggested pricing:

  • Ryzen 9 7950X – $699
  • Ryzen 9 7900X – $549
  • Ryzen 7 7700X – $399
  • Ryzen 5 7600X – $299

AMD revealed the following desktop CPUs at CES 2023. We initially only knew suggested US pricing for the ones without the 3D cache, but the others were revealed in a February 2022 tweet:

  • Ryzen 9 7950X3D – $699
  • Ryzen 9 7900X3D – $599
  • Ryzen 9 7900 – $429
  • Ryzen 7 7800X3D – $449
  • Ryzen 7 7700 – $329
  • Ryzen 5 7600 – $229

Remember, that’s probably not what you’ll end up paying. Individual retailers can choose how much to sell the processors for, so there’s likely to be some variation.

Laptop-focused CPUs are designed to be integrated into devices and not available as standalone components. How much you pay will therefore depend on many other factors, including the other key specs and the brand in question.

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series specs and features

Desktop CPUs

Many of the key features of the Ryzen 7000 Series were announced alongside the first desktop processors in August 2022. The new CPUs shift to a 5nm process and adopt the Zen 4 architecture that launched alongside them, which AMD claims takes “gaming and content creation performance leadership to new levels”.

Here’s a summary of all 10 desktop CPUs announced so far, both at that initial event and CES 2023:

  • Ryzen 9 7950X – 16 cores, 32 threads, 5.7GHz max clock speed, 80Mb cache, 170W TDP
  • Ryzen 9 7950X3D – 16 cores, 32 threads, 5.7GHz max clock speed, 128Mb cache, 120W TDP
  • Ryzen 9 7900X – 12 cores, 24 threads, 5. 6GHz max clock speed, 76Mb cache, 170W TDP
  • Ryzen 9 7900X3D – 12 cores, 24 threads, 5.6GHz max clock speed, 128Mb cache, 120W TDP
  • Ryzen 9 7900 – 12 cores, 24 threads, 5.4GHz max clock speed, 65W TDP
  • Ryzen 7 7800X3D – 8 cores, 16 threads, 5.0GHz max clock speed, 96Mb cache, 120W TDP
  • Ryzen 7 7700X – 8 cores, 16 threads, 5.4GHz max clock speed, 40Mb cache, 105W TDP
  • Ryzen 7 7700 – 8 cores, 16 threads, 5.3GHz max clock speed, 65W TDP
  • Ryzen 7 5800X3D – 8 cores, 16 threads, 4.5GHz max clock speed, 96Mb cache, 105W TDP
  • Ryzen 5 7600X – 6 cores, 12 threads, 5.3GHz max clock speed, 38Mb cache, 105W TDP

You might notice four new CPUs ending ‘3D’, which adds more L2 and L3 cache than the regular versions. This aims to improve responsiveness and framerates without a significant effect on clock speeds or overclocking capabilities.

All the new desktop CPUs are based on AMD’s latest Zen 4 architecture, and are compatible with existing AM5 motherboards – provided you perform a BIOS update. Other key features across all the new processors include the PCIe Gen 5 support and DDR5 memory (DDR4 has been dropped).


Inside each Ryzen 7000 desktop CPU you’ll find three chiplets; two 5nm Zen 4 CPU modules and a new 6nm I/O die with integrated RDNA 2 graphics, along with DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 controllers and built-in power management. This means every chip has some level of graphical power, with a separate graphics card only necessary for gaming or other very demanding workloads. 

The Zen 4 architecture the chips are based on will offer a “greater than 15 percent” improvement to single-threaded performance compared to Zen 3 according to AMD, though with the caveat that the new chips may need more power to provide that level of performance.

Laptop CPUs

AMD revealed its first Ryzen 7000 Series laptop CPUs in September 2022. Known as ‘Mendocino’, the Ryzen 7020 Series is specifically designed for everyday laptops, offering options for both basic Athlon chips and regular Ryzen 3 & 5 processors:

  • Ryzen 5 7520U – 4 cores, 8 threads, 4. 3GHz max clock speed, 6Mb cache, 8-15W TDP
  • Ryzen 3 7320U – 4 cores, 8 threads, 4.1GHz max clock speed, 6Mp cache, 8-15W TDP
  • Athlon Gold 7220U – 2 cores, 4 threads, 3.7GHz max clock speed, 5Mp cache, 8-15W TDP

All three are based on enhanced versions of the Zen 2 architecture, and use the 6nm process rather than shifting to 5nm. AMD specifically highlights their benefits for battery life, with up to 12 hours possible on some systems. However, that’ll depend on a variety of different factors, including battery capacity, screen size and brightness.

It combines with the latest Radeon 610M integrated graphics, which AMD says can deliver 720p gaming at over 60fps. You also get support for up to four displays and DDR5 RAM.

Compared to Intel’s 11th-gen core i3-1115G4, AMD says the new Ryzen 3 7320U is up to 80% faster at file compression, up to 57% faster at multitasking and up to 31% faster in “office productivity” – scenarios that are important to many people. You can also supposedly expect up to 31% faster app launches. But there are no direct comparisons to the more recent 12th-gen and 13th-gen, which have both delivered significant improvements.

But it was at CES 2023 where we saw the bulk of the new CPUs announced. These are split into the Ryzen 7030 Series (thin and light laptops), Ryzen 7035 Series (premium thin and light laptops), Ryzen 7040 Series (elite ultrathin laptops) and Ryzen 7045 Series (extreme gaming/creator laptops). Here’s a summary of what each offers:

  • Ryzen 7045 Series – Zen 4 architecture, up to 16 cores/32 threads, 5nm node, up to 80Mb cache, DDR5 memory
  • Ryzen 7040 Series – Zen 4 architecture, up to 8 cores/16 threads, 4nm node, up to 20Mb cache – DDR5/LPDDR5 memory
  • Ryzen 7035 Series – Zen 3+ architecture, up to 8 cores/16 threads, 6nm node, up to 20Mb cache, DDR5/LPDDR5 memory
  • Ryzen 7030 Series – Zen 3 architecture, up to 8 cores/16 threads, 7nm node, up to 20Mb cache, DDR4/LPDDR4 memory
  • Ryzen 7020 Series – Zen 2 architecture, up to 4 cores/8 threads, 6nm node, up to 6Mb cache, LPDDR5 memory.

Understandably, AMD wants to draw specific attention to the high-end Ryzen 7045 Series, a new addition for this year. Known as ‘Dragon Range’, it’s designed to be integrated into the most powerful laptops you can buy and capable of AAA gaming or almost any other demanding workload.


It’s headlined by the top-spec Ryzen 9-7945X, which features a huge 16 performance cores and 32 threads. Intel’s equivalent Core i9-13980HX has a total of 24 cores, but 16 of those are for efficiency. With that in mind, AMD claims it can deliver a 78% increase in performance on Cinebench, a popular measure of CPU rendering performance.

The 7040 Series and 7035 Series are less exciting by comparison, offering only 8 cores and 16 threads, but these will likely make their way into premium laptops than consumers will consider. However, it’s worth reiterating that the latter uses the Zen 3+ architecture rather than the latest Zen 4.

Many of the new high-end laptop CPUs are designed to be paired with discrete GPUs. AMD launched four from the RX 7000 Series. However, there aren’t successors for all the RX 6000 Series, which continue to hold up well.

May 2023’s Ryzen 7040U Series CPUs are based on Zen 4, but a step down from the most powerful laptop processors in the range. They’re specifically designed for thin and light devices, aiming to deliver big improvements to both performance and power efficiency.

The lineup also offers up to 8 cores and 16 threads, with clock speeds supposedly reaching 5.1GHz. They’re paired with integrated Radeon graphics rather than a discrete GPU, but that makes sense considering the intended devices.

Here’s a summary of what you can expect:

  • Ryzen 7 7840U – 8 cores, 16 threads, 5.1GHz max clock speed, 24Mb cache, 15-30W TDP
  • Ryzen 5 7640U – 6 cores, 12 threads, 4.9GHz max clock speed, 22Mb cache, 15-30W TDP
  • Ryzen 5 7540U – 6 cores, 12 threads, 4.9GHz max clock speed, 22Mb cache, 15-30W TDP
  • Ryzen 3 7440U – 4 cores, 8 threads, 4. 7GHz max clock speed, 12Mb cache, 15-30W TDP

From internal testing, it looks like AMD is putting the Ryzen 7 7840U head-to-head with Intel’s 13th-gen Core i7-1360P. You can supposedly expect 39% better productivity and 29% better content creation with AMD, with even Apple’s M2 apparently beaten on demanding apps.

Prior to launch, a Geekbench 5 listing for the Ryzen 5 7640U showed some mixed results:

[GB5 CPU] Unknown CPU
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 7640U w/ Radeon 760M Graphics (6C 12T)
Min/Max/Avg: 4710/4890/4868 MHz
CPUID: A70F41 (AuthenticAMD)
Scores, vs AMD 5800X
Single: 1869, +8.2%
Multi: 8853, -17.6%

— Benchleaks (@BenchLeaks) March 13, 2023

The new chips also support AI functionality, meaning they should be well future-proofed. But even at launch, it means laptops powered by the Ryzen 7040 Series can use Windows 11’s Studio Effects video calling features.

Revealed later in May 2023, the 6nm Ryzen and Athlon 7020 C-Series processors are specifically designed with Chromebooks in mind. These are focused on three different purposes: consumer, education and business.

None of the four new processors are considered high-end, and they use the Zen 2 architecture rather than more recent Zen 3 or Zen 4. But AMD simply wants them to be better than the existing affordable Chromebook CPUs out there, which the specs suggest will be possible:

  • Ryzen 5 7520C – 4 cores, 8 threads, 4.3GHz max clock speed, 6Mb cache, 15W TDP
  • Ryzen 3 7320C – 4 cores, 8 threads, 4.1GHz max clock speed, 6Mb cache, 15W TDP
  • Athlon Gold 7220C – 2 cores, 4 threads, 3.7GHz max clock speed, 5Mb cache, 15W TDP
  • Athlon Silver 7120C – 2 cores, 2 threads, 3.5GHz max clock speed, 3Mb cache, 15W TDP

AMD is pitting the Ryzen and Athlon 7020 C-Series against “premium ARM-based Chromebooks”, where it says you can see a big performance boost. That’ll supposedly be to both computational and graphical performance, with each CPU designed to be used alongside RDNA 2 graphics. Battery life is also expected to be a key strength.

These processors will debut on two devices released before the end of Q2 2023 – the Dell’s Latitude 3445 Chromebook and the Asus Chromebook CM34 Flip.

Then, in June 2023, the Ryzen Pro 7040 Series were revealed. These are mobile CPUs, but specifically for business laptops and mobile workstations. There are six processors in all, offering some of the best specs you’ll find on laptop chip.

As you might expect, they use a 4nm process and the latest Zen 4 architecture, alongside Radeon 780M graphics and a built-in Ryzen AI engine (except Ryzen 5 Pro 7540U). Compared to Apple’s M2, AMD claims the mid-spec Ryzen 7 Pro 7840U delivers up to 18% higher CPU performance. Power efficiency is clearly another priority, with up to 15% better battery life also claimed.

Here’s a summary of what you can expect:

  • Ryzen 9 Pro 7940HS – 8 cores, 16 threads, 5. 2GHz max clock speed, 24Mb cache, 35-54W TDP
  • Ryzen 7 Pro 7840HS – 8 cores, 16 threads, 5.1GHz max clock speed, 24Mb cache, 35-54W TDP
  • Ryzen 5 Pro 7640HS – 6 cores, 12 threads, 5.0GHz max clock speed, 22Mb cache, 35-54W TDP
  • Ryzen 7 Pro 7840U – 8 cores, 16 threads, 5.1GHz max clock speed, 24Mb cache, 15-28W TDP
  • Ryzen 5 Pro 7640U – 6 cores, 12 threads, 4.9GHz max clock speed, 22Mb cache, 15-28W TDP
  • Ryzen 5 Pro 7540U – 6 cores, 12 threads, 4.9GHz max clock speed, 22Mb cache, 15-28W TDP

At the same time, we also got Ryzen Pro 7000 Series processors for desktop. The three new chips are designed for professional use, featuring DDR5 memory, PCIe Gen 5 storage and Wi-Fi 6E. They combine Zen 4 CPU architecture with RDNA 2 GPU architecture. Here’s a summary:

  • Ryzen 9 Pro 7945 – 12 cores, 24 threads, 5.4GHz max clock speed, 76Mb cache, 65W TDP
  • Ryzen 7 Pro 7745 – 8 cores, 16 threads, 5.3GHz max clock speed, 40Mb cache, 65W TDP
  • Ryzen 5 Pro 7645 – 6 cores, 12 threads, 5. 1GHz max clock speed, 38Mb cache, 65W TDP

New naming system

Starting with the Ryzen 7000 Series, AMD is introducing new naming system for its processors. In a blog post, the company says this is partly due to “the influx of new SOCs in new categories we’re developing”. Each number and letter represents something specific, allowing people to quickly identify key information about a specific CPU.


Judging by the specs and AMD’s claims, it looks like the Ryzen 7000 Series will be a force to be reckoned with among both desktop PCs and laptops. They look set to go head-to-head with Intel once again, who also announced most of its 13th-gen Raptor Lake CPUs at CES 2023.

Author: Anyron Copeman, Senior Staff Writer

As the resident expert on Windows, Senior Staff Writer Anyron’s main focus is PCs and laptops. Much of the rest of his time is split between smartphones, tablets and audio, with a particular focus on Android devices.

Intel is preparing ultra-modern processors.

But TSMC will produce chips, because Intel has nothing to produce them




    In 2024, Intel will introduce the world to its first 3nm CPU. She does not have such production lines of her own, so the Taiwanese TSMC will help her with the release. The current limit for Intel is 10nm, but it still plans to jump straight to 3nm in its factories. However, this process technology, in terms of its specifications, will approximately correspond to TSMC’s 5-nanometer, which will soon be three years old.

    Leap into the future

    Intel, the main player in the market of x86-compatible processors, is preparing to make a giant leap and move from the 10 nm process technology directly to 3 nm, bypassing the intermediate «phases». According to TechSpot, the head of Intel Patrick Gelsinger (Patrick Gelsinger) personally said that the first chips of the company with a 3-nanometer topology will be released no later than 2024.

    Gelsinger reported this as a response to information that appeared on the Web about a possible postponement of the release of such processors. He assured that Intel is on schedule and that there are no delays in mastering the new process technology.

    As of February 2023, Intel itself has not yet reached the 3nm standard. At present, it cannot even move to 7nm, and it took four years to master 10nm, which took place in August 2019.

    East helps West

    To skip 7nm, 5nm and 4nm, Intel, with its giant chip factories scattered around the world, the company had to ask for help from contract chip manufacturers. They serve dozens of chip designers who do not own factories or, in the case of Intel, do not have access to modern manufacturing technologies.

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    Intel has a very long way to go to its honest 3 nm

    There are only two companies in the world that have mastered 4nm manufacturing — Samsung and TSMC. And only TSMC came close to the transition to 3 nm, which Intel took advantage of. Very soon, its CPUs will be produced by a company that also makes chips for its sworn competitor, AMD.

    All this fits into the concept of a trade war between the US and China. The authorities of the latter show a keen interest in Taiwan, but the island still remains independent from the Celestial Empire, and all the sanctions that China’s IT industry is under do not apply to Taiwan.

    All is not lost yet

    Dispelling rumors about Intel’s transition to 3 nm, Gelsinger hinted unequivocally that the company itself is working in this direction. In other words, Intel is still working on its 3nm pipeline so as not to be completely dependent on TSMC, like AMD, Qualcomm and other companies deprived of their factories.

    Gelsinger did not disclose any details, emphasizing only that here everything is going according to the previously planned schedule.

    There is a possibility that it itself will move to 3 nm in 2024. Gelsinger said that Intel will produce Granite Rapids processors (based on high-performance cores) and Sierra Forest (with energy-efficient cores) on its own. For them, the Intel 3 process technology will be used, and here lies a small trick. In fact, Intel 3 is not quite the 3nm process technology that TSMC will offer its customers very soon. In terms of its characteristics, it is closer to its 5-nanometer standards, which it mastered back in 2020.

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    TSMC will supply Intel with Meteor Lake GPU dies and then add GPU dies for Arrow Lake processors.

    Another possible reason why Intel doesn’t want to depend entirely on TSMC for 3nm chips is the latter’s love of getting orders from big companies months in advance. At the beginning of 2023, information appeared that Apple had bought out in advance all of its production facilities, designed to produce chips according to the new standards.

    At the same time, Gelsinger does not disclose any details about Intel’s preparations for the transition to a pseudo-3nm topology.

    By the way, Intel still deviated from the schedule. As CNews reported, she was going to surprise the whole world with her first 3-nanometer chip at the beginning of 2023.

    Not everything is so simple

    Gelsinger made confusion in the name of technical processes against his will. According to TechSpot, recently the name of the production technology in the description of a particular microcircuit is more marketing than a parameter that really affects the characteristics of the chip. Exactly the same thing is happening now with smartphone cameras, which, according to manufacturers, can shoot at 200 MP, but in reality they produce photos with a much lower resolution.

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    Intel’s 10nm manufacturing and Samsung’s 7nm are a good example of how topology becomes a marketing element. To the average consumer, 7nm seems like a significant improvement over 10nm. But specifically in this case, if you carefully study all the specifications, it turns out that the finished microcircuits, released according to Samsung’s 7nm standards, are very similar in their characteristics to 10nm Intel solutions.

    Intel itself brings additional confusion. Its factories catered exclusively to its needs for decades, but in the summer of 2022, it became a compact manufacturer for the first time in its history. It allocated part of its capacities for the production of chips by the Taiwanese company MediaTek, one of the largest customers of TSMC. With MediaTek ordering TSMC to produce some of its most advanced 4nm processors, it’s unclear exactly what Intel is producing for it. It cannot be ruled out that MediaTek has set its sights on the future 3nm pipeline of the American chipmaker.

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    Intel announced the plan for the release of the CPU for 2022-2024 / Sudo Null IT News

    desktop CPUs are expected to intensify competition from AMD.

    Here are links to specific Intel plans across the board:

    • Desktop CPUs (Client Computing)
    • Technical processes in the production of microelectronics
    • Data centers and artificial intelligence
    • Accelerators and video cards
    • Intel Foundry Services (custom chip manufacturing)
    • Software and advanced technology
    • Networks and Edge (new division of Network and Edge Group formed in 2021)

    All directions are very interesting, but we are especially interested in the release of desktop and server CPUs, that is, the first three points.

    Here’s the most important thing.

    Raptor Lake

    In 2022, a new generation of Raptor Lake desktop processors will be released: up to 24 cores (8C + 16c) and 32 threads, Intel 7 process technology, Raptor Cove large core microarchitecture, Gracemont small microarchitecture, Gen12. 2 graphics, DDR4 / DDR5-5600 memory, PCIe 5.0.

    At the Intel presentation, the experts easily managed to load all 24 Raptor Lake cores (32 threads) 100% in the Blender video editor (demo). When rendering was removed to the background, the 100% load remained only on 16 energy-efficient cores, and the normal cores were freed up. That is, the system does not lose anything in responsiveness during normal operation.

    Test runs per minute, the more the better

    The latest builds of Windows 11 and new versions of the Linux kernel know how to efficiently balance the load between different types of cores in the Alder Lake and Raptor Lake hybrid architecture. Appropriate patches have recently been added to the Linux 5.16 kernel: see Alder Lake test results on recent distributions.

    New generations

    In addition to Raptor Lake, the following CPU generations have been confirmed:

    • Arrow Lake (2024)
    • Lunar Lake (2025)
    • Nova Lake

    Arrow Lake family (2024) will replace Meteor Lake (2023). Apparently, it will be released on the same technology platform using Intel 4 (corresponds to what competitors call 4 nm) and Intel 20A (that is, an analogue of 20 angstrom, 2 nm) technical processes.

    The presentation also mentions the «External N3» process, indicating TSMC’s 3nm process. Process tolerance dimensions have long been used as marketing terms and have little to do with actual transistor sizes. The «Intel 4» process technology, which Intel previously referred to as «7nm», is now equivalent to the TSMC and Samsung 4nm node.

    Another post-2024 process simply labeled «External», which may indicate future generations of TSMC technology.

    Arrow Lake is positioned as the 15th Gen Intel Core (15th Gen Core), Lunar Lake is the 16th Gen (Lion Cove Large Core, Small Skymont architecture, Gen13 graphics).

    As for the near future, Alder Lake processors will continue to be released in 2021-2022 with the transition to Raptor Lake, in both cases the Intel 7 process technology (former 10ESF, similar to 7nm nodes from competitors).

    Thus, taking into account the new information, we can correct the table with the marking of technological nodes and Intel CPU release plans. Now it looks something like this:

    Old name New name Release plan Products Functions
    10SF 10SF Now Tiger Lake
    Xe-HPC Base Tile
    Agilex-F/I FPGA
    Thin Film Barrier
    Now on sale
    10ESF Intel 7 2022 h3
    Alder Lake (now)
    Raptor Lake (Q4 22)
    Sapphire Rapids (22)
    Emerald Rapids (23)
    Xe HP
    Xe-HPC IO Tile
    +10-15% PPW
    New FinFET
    7 nm Intel 4 2023 Meteor Lake +20% PPW
    More EUV
    7+ Intel 3, External N3 2023
    Meteor Lake
    Arrow Lake
    Granite Rapids
    Sierra Forest
    +18% PPW
    Smaller size
    More EUV
    5 nm Intel 20A 2024 Arrow Lake Ribbon FET
    5+ Intel 18A 2025 Lunar Lake RibbonFET 2nd generation
    High NA EUV

    In 2024, we plan to transition server processors to two product lines optimized for performance or efficiency: P (Performance) and E (Efficient).