AMD is celebrating 5 years of the Ryzen series of processors that have brought competition back to the PC CPU market. On the occasion, AMD’s Chief Technology Officer Robert Hallock and Chief Marketing Officer John Taylor looked back on events since the announcement of the first generation Zen architecture and shared some insights into what to expect from the company in the near future.
In particular, Hallock confirmed that by the end of next year AMD is going to introduce a new consumer platform with a new processor socket and support for DDR5 RAM, adding that the cooling systems used today with Socket AM4 will be compatible with the new socket. Although he did not explicitly indicate this in the conversation, we are talking about the new AM5 socket and processors based on the Zen 4 architecture.
He also dispelled rumors around AMD’s upcoming Zen 4 processor family, codenamed Raphael, that the chips would only support PCIe 4.0. Again, without specifying the name of the series, he noted that the new AM5 platform will definitely receive support for the PCIe 5.0 interface. Note that the upcoming 12th Gen Intel Core processors will also receive this interface, which are expected to start shipping next month.
At the beginning of next year, the company plans to introduce new mobile processors with an increased level of energy efficiency. Hallock said the chips will support many new algorithms that will determine the current load and smoothly change the level of power consumption and performance according to a particular task. The feature is currently called the Power Management Framework, but it may be marketed under a different name.
In addition, Hallock confirmed that AMD will introduce Ryzen 3D V-Cache processors for the AM4 platform in early 2022. Their peculiarity will be the presence of an SRAM-memory crystal installed directly on top of a CCD-chiplet with cores. In the long term, this allows you to significantly increase the amount of L3 cache of the Ryzen desktop processor, which will have a positive effect on performance.
During the conversation, a diagram was demonstrated showing an average 15 percent increase in performance in games due to the implementation of the technology 3D V-Cache on a prototype 12-core processor with a fixed clock speed of 4.0 GHz versus a Ryzen 9 5900X processor, also running at a fixed clock speed of 4.0 GHz.