AMD’s Ryzen 6000 collection rumored to be in mass manufacturing, however might not be Zen 4

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One of many extra energetic leakers within the Twittersphere, Greymon55, claims a brand new spherical of APUs from AMD have entered into mass manufacturing and will likely be unveiled throughout CES. These would bear the Ryzen 6000 collection branding, however are usually not more likely to be primarily based on Zen 4.

Making sense of the ever-changing rumor panorama is not any straightforward activity, partially as a result of there are such a lot of totally different product traces and a bevy of codenames to go together with them. Then there’s the same old disclaimer that comes with sifting via unconfirmed leaks and rumors—nothing is ever written in stone till, on this case, AMD busts out its chisel and hammer.

So what precisely are we right here? In line with Greymon55, “Rembrandt” is what has entered the mass manufacturing section, which means the chip design is finalized and being produced in massive amount, and can quickly ship out to prospects.

The parents at Videocardz have put collectively a helpful chart outlining the varied CPU/APU codnames and what chip households every one belongs to. Nothing past the Zen 3 column is official, but when leaked roadmaps find yourself being correct, Rembrandt will comprise AMD’s Ryzen 6000 collection APUs that includes Zen 3+ CPU cores constructed on a 6-nanometer manufacturing course of, and RDNA 2 graphics (the identical structure powering the Radeon RX 6000 collection).

It is price noting that again in April, it was rumored AMD had cancelled its deliberate Zen 3+ refresh, however that was in reference to its desktop CPUs, not its APUs. Then in June, AMD unveiled a brand new 3D chiplet expertise known as 3D V-cache, and confirmed it will be making use of it to present era Zen 3 CPUs.

So we all know for positive that AMD is planning to launch a brand new spherical of Zen 3 CPUs with the additional advantage of 3D V-cache, which is claimed to ship a 15% increase in gaming efficiency. That being the case, it makes excellent sense why a Zen 3+ refresh for AMD’s desktop CPUs could be cancelled. As a replacement, Zen 3 CPUs outfitted with new 3D V-cache will fill the hole between now (properly, quickly) and when Zen 4 arrives subsequent 12 months.

Talking of which, Greymon55 posted a follow-up tweet saying, “AMD’s packaging crops in mainland China will full six new merchandise within the first half of subsequent 12 months.”

The leaker didn’t point out Zen 4 particularly, however assuming that is an correct assertion, I would be stunned if it wasn’t among the many half a dozen “new merchandise” on faucet to be packaged. What precisely which means by way of launch timing is anybody’s guess. Previous leaks have advised Zen 4 will arrive within the fall of 2022, and Greymon55’s tweet would not essentially contradict that.

This can be a lot to parse, so let’s sum issues up:

  • Zen 3 CPUs with 3D V-cache will launch quickly (confirmed)
  • Zen 3+ APUs (Ryzen 6000 collection) with RDNA 2 graphics are being mass produced and will likely be introduced at CES in January 2022 (unconfirmed)
  • Zen 4 CPUs (Ryzen 7000 collection) will likely be amongst a number of new product traces AMD will bundle up at its factories in China within the first half of 2022 (unconfirmed)

Within the meantime, AMD’s current Ryzen 5000 collection CPUs are getting cheaper (the Ryzen 9 5950X, Ryzen 9 5900X, Ryzen 7 5800X, and Ryzen 5 5600X are every promoting for beneath MSRP), and Intel is about to launch its hybrid Alder Lake CPUs. So, there’s fairly a bit on faucet, each within the instant future and all through subsequent 12 months. Blink at your individual threat.

Paul Lilly

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