AMD 5nm Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 might launch in April featuring 18% IPC bump

If you have been following Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs, you probably are aware that the processors are a hit, at least for gaming, where even the entry-level i3-12100F is easily able to keep up with some of the best AMD has to offer. This means the pressure is on AMD to put out some good competitive parts.

At CES 2022, AMD already announced that it is launching the Ryzen 7 5800X3D (image below) that packs the new 3D V-Cache technology in Spring this year.

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D launch date and gaming benchmarks

However, the company may feel that a single SKU may not be enough to take on Alder Lake-S. As such, a new rumor suggests that AMD is hastening the launch of next-gen Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 series processors which might launch in April, alongside or soon after the release of the 5800X3D. The information comes from a Chiphell forum member "getwinder" (via HXL on Twitter).

Back at CES 2022, AMD said that the upcoming 5nm-based Zen 4 architecture will launch in the second half of the year (2H 2022), and it's very unusual for a company to advance the launch dates of a product of such scale.

AMD Zen 4 launch is in 2H 2022

However, the new rumor also contains lots of new information related to performance which is certainly interesting and worth sharing.

The leaker claims that:

  • The instructions per cycle (IPC) on Zen 4 is 18% higher than a previous architecture (we aren't sure if it's Zen 3 or Zen3D),
  • The peak frequency or the maximum boost on a single core is 7% higher,
  • The all-core boost is raised by 8.7%.

The high clock speeds information is most likely correct as AMD itself showed off a 5GHz all-core Zen 4 demo running Halo Infinite at the CES 2022 event (YouTube link). And if the 18% IPC boost bump figure is correct then we may once again see AMD as the top dog in the CPU market.

Source: getwinder (Chiphell forum)

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