Next-Gen AMD Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs To Support DDR5 RAM, USB 4.0 On AM5 Platform With Arrival In 2022?

AMD’s current-generation of Ryzen 3000 Series desktop-grade CPUs have been giving Intel tough competition. A leaked internal AMD roadmap indicates the company is rapidly moving ahead with not just the next-gen Ryzen 4000 but also working on the Ryzen 5000 desktop-grade processors. The rumored specifications of the ZEN 4 based AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs are quite extensive, but the two most notable technologies include support for DDR5 RAM and USB 4.0.

A few bits of information about the AMD’s next-generation AM5 platform which would support ZEN 4 based Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs has leaked. The reports claim AMD will offer the two key technologies in its next-generation desktop lineup when it arrives in 2022.

Latest DDR5 Memory And USB 4.0 Support Coming To AMD AM5 Motherboard Platform For Zen 4 Powered Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs:

According to a new report, a few slides from a presentation, which was undoubtedly meant for internal circulation, have leaked. The slides mention the inclusion and support for DDR5 memory and USB 4.0. There’s no official confirmation or even indication that AMD is readying the successor for the currently popular and widely compatible AM4 platform. The motherboards that support the AM4 platform are able to accommodate nearly all AMD processors right from the budget-friendly AMD Athlon G Series to the AMD Ryzen 9 and that too across multiple generations.

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Despite the wide compatibility, AMD will obviously design and build the next-generation of processors that will support the rapidly evolving USB standards and newer technologies. This will mandate the evolution of motherboards, and the AM5 platform is an inevitable reality in the near future.

AMD’s AM5 platform is expected to replace the AM4 platform. The change might take place after Ryzen 4000 Desktop CPUs. In other words, the AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs might work on AMD AM5 socket motherboards, and these will allegedly support USB 4.0 as well as DDR5 RAM. In addition to these new technologies, the support for the recently introduced PCIe 4.0 should get a lot better.

AMD AM5 Socket Motherboard And Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs To Benefit From Faster And More Efficient RAM:

One of the leading RAM manufacturers, SK Hynix, has already indicated that it is gearing up to produce DDR5 RAM. In fact, mass production of DDR5 Memory is set to commence at the end of the current year itself. Roadmap for desktop memory indicates DDR5 could go up to 8400 MHz speeds and offer up to 64 GB capacities. This is essentially double than existing DDR4 RAM modules. The DDR5 DRAM would also feature an operating voltage of 1.1V which is slightly lower than 1.2V on DDR4, which would result in better performance efficiency.

The evolution of USB 4.0 is promising as well. It is rapidly approaching Thunderbolt 3.0. With 40 Gbps bandwidth, USB 4.0 ports will be optimally compatible with all Thunderbolt 3.0 devices. As expected, USB 4.0 will work with USB Type-C ports, which is meant for higher reliability, speed, efficiency, and ease of plug and play.

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The rumored AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs will be based on the 5nm ZEN 4 architecture codenamed Genoa. Interestingly, even the 7nm ZEN 3 Architecture, codenamed Milan, is yet to be introduced in commercially available CPUs. The majority of AMD’s current generation of Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs and Ryzen 4000 Mobility CPUs are still based on the 7nm ZEN 2 Architecture, codenamed Rome.

AMD’s ZEN 3 based CPUs are expected to arrive at the end of this year. In other words, if AMD is rumored to introduce ZEN 4 based Ryzen CPUs, there’s still a year. Incidentally, AMD ZEN 3 Ryzen 4000 CPUs are said to be compatible with the current AM4 motherboards.

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