AMD to Announce 10 New Mainstream Desktop Processors on March 15th Including Both Zen 2 and Zen 3 SKUs
Just a few days ago, Videocardz reported that AMD is planning on unveiling a host of new mainstream desktop processors in the coming days with release dates set for April. This lineup would be the final release to close the gap between AMD’s Zen 4 refresh in late 2022. The company would air out any and all SKUs that were left on the cutting room floor targeting those who couldn’t get an opportunity to jump on Ryzen 5000 processors in time or were waiting for something new since then.
Today, more information has surfaced, courtesy of Wccftech, highlighting the exact SKUs that will be announced very soon. There are 10 CPUs in total that will be unveiled in the following days with release planned in three batches. Out of those 10, we already know about the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the Zen3D refresh of the Ryzen 7 5800X that AMD first announced back at CES 2022. That will be announced officially on another date with its official pricing while the other 9 CPUs are expected to be unveiled on March 15th.
- AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D – 20th April (Availability)
- AMD Ryzen 5700X/5600/5500/4600G/4500/4100 – 4th April (Availability)
- AMD Ryzen 5700/5100/4700 – April (Availability)
Ryzen 7 5800X3D is rumored to be available on 20th April whereas the rest of the chips are scheduled for availability on April 4th, and the last three CPUs don’t have a concrete date but they are still expected to release in April. What’s interesting is AMD is planning on launching both Zen 2 and Zen 3 chips which seems odd as Zen 2 is now officially previous-gen, but here we are. Now, let’s go over each of the SKUs.
Ryzen 7 5800X3D – Ryzen 5000 “Warhol” / “Vermeer-X”
Starting with Ryzen 7 5800X3D, we already know a lot about this CPU. It’s an 8-core, 16-thread chip based on the Zen3D architecture, which is basically just 7nm Zen 3 but with AMD’s 3D V-Cache design incorporated into the mix. The CPU has 96MB of cache, 64MB more than the standard 5800X, thanks to the extra cache stacked on top. It has a base clock speed of 3.4Ghz with boost frequencies going up to 4.5Ghz with a TDP of 105W.
AMD has promised chart-topping performance with this SKU, specifically targeting gamers that currently have to opt for the Core i9-12900K to get the best gaming performance. This will be a sort of testing grounds release for AMD before we see the stacked cache design featured prominently on all Zen 4 CPUs, the biggest refresh for Ryzen since its introduction back in 2017.
Current reports suggest the CPU will cost $449 with no overclocking support at all so you’re stuck with the factory boost clocks. That puts the 5800X3D at the same price as the standard 5800X which launched with an MSRP of $449 as well. This pricing suggests that perhaps we’ll see the 5800X get cut down to $399 or even lower, a great deal for anyone. All in all, the Ryzen 7 5800XD will still cost more than the Core i7-12700K which is the chip’s direct competition.
Ryzen 7 5700X & Ryzen 5 5600 – Ryzen 5000 “Vermeer”
March 15th will also be seeing the announcement of two new Zen 3-based “Vermeer” CPUs, the Ryzen 7 5700X and the long-awaited Ryzen 5 5600. The Ryzen 7 5700X will be an 8-core, 16-thread SKU with a 65W TDP and 36MB of cache. The processor will clock in at 3.4Ghz base speed and will boost up to 4.6Ghz, all for just $299. That price puts in the same category as the Core i5-12600K, which will certainly be an interesting competition to see.
We then have the Ryzen 5 5600, the Zen 3 Ryzen 5 processor fans have yearned for a long time as it will be the direct successor to the enormously popular Ryzen 5 3600 from a couple years back. As such, the 5600 will feature 6-cores and 12-threads within a 65W package. The CPU will boost up to 4.4Ghz with base clock speeds of 3.5Ghz along with 35MB of cache. The reported price for this chip will be just $199 which will make it compete with Intel’s Core i5-12400(F), another extremely popular part in its class.
Ryzen 7 5700, Ryzen 5 5500, & Ryzen 3 5100 – Ryzen 5000 “Cezanne”
Moving on, there are three Zen 3 APUs part of this launch as well. We’ve already seen three “G” SKUs in the Zen 3-based “Cezanne” lineup of APUs, and now three non-G SKUs are joining the family. These SKUs will be presented as more budget-friendly options due to their inferior “Cezanne” die and less cache on-board. Nonetheless, they will still be apt for the market they’re trying to target.
First, there’s the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 5700 with 8-cores and 16-threads with unknown clock speeds as of now. It will come with 24MB of cache and a 65W TDP, pricing and other details are also foggy at the moment, though the current rumor is $159. Then there’s the Ryzen 5 5500 which will rock 6-cores and 12-theads with 19MB of cache at 65W as well. This chip is expected to cost around $159.
Lastly, we have the Ryzen 3 5100 featuring 4-cores and 8-threads at 65W with 6MB of cache. It will be priced around $119, making it the cheapest Zen 3 chip AMD has ever put out. The details pertaining to the Vega iGPUs inside each of these are not clear yet so we can’t say anything about that. And with that, we conclude our list of Ryzen 5000 processors.
Ryzen 7 4700, Ryzen 5 4500, & Ryzen 3 4100 – Ryzen 4000 “Renoir-X”
Last and possibly the least, there’s three Ryzen 4000 chips to look at and, as the name suggests, these all are Zen 2-based SKUs. For starters, we should the Ryzen 5 4600G out of the way. This isn’t exactly a new chip as it has been available in OEM builds for a while but it seems that AMD is planning a consumer release for it this April. So, just as a reminder, the 4600G is a 6-core,12-thread APU with a base clock of 3.7Ghz and a boost clock of 4.2Ghz. It comes with a 65W TDP and 11MB of cache, and will retail for $154.
Then there’s the rest of the “Renoir-X” chips that won’t come with iGPUs and are actually new SKUs. First up, we have the Ryzen 7 4700 rocking 8-cores and 16-threads within a 65W package. The base clock of the chip is 3.6Ghz with a maximum boost clock of 4.4Ghz. No word on pricing yet. Next up, we have the Ryzen 5 4500 with its 6-cores and 12-threads clocked at 3.6Ghz base frequency and 4.1Ghz boost frequency. The chip features 11MB of cache, a 65W TDP and a price tag of $129.
Finally, there’s the entry-level Ryzen 3 4100 with 4-cores and 8-threads clocked at 3.8Ghz and boosting up to 4.0Ghz. It carries 6MB of cache and a 65W TDP. The chip is priced at $99 which is the exact same at the Core i3-12100 which puts it at a potential disadvantage due to Alder Lake’s superior performance. But the goal here is to populate the market with new options and the Ryzen 3 4100 is certainly going to do that.
April is looking packed
That wraps it up for every single processor AMD is set to launch in the coming weeks. There’s a lot to unpack here and as the days roll by, we’ll be covering updates on this release regularly. Hopefully, there’s no last-minute delays or unexpected issues at the end and everything goes smoothly. With all these options out in the market, AMD will make it easier to find a chip that suits you without having to look too much or wait for stock availability.
Reports also suggest that AMD will enable Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 4000 support on its entire lineup of 300-series motherboards in the new AGESA 1.20.7 BIOS update. That update will also reportedly address the fTPM issues many users were running into on earlier BIOS releases.
Intel’s Alder Lake has spiced up the competition significantly so it will be interesting to see how these processors compete with the Blue Team’s offerings and I’m sure we’ll be seeing benchmark leaks on that aplenty. Before I head out, Wccftech closed off their article confirming that AMD’s Radeon RX 6X50XT desktop GPUs will be officially unveiled on April 20th.