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Faced with the Alder Lake "threat", AMD confirms its plans for 2022
Taking advantage of the fifth anniversary of its Ryzen CPU line, AMD takes stock of its upcoming releases.
In a few days/weeks, Intel will release the first models of its Alder Lake line of processors, its 12th generation of CPUs. The American company has put a lot of effort into this generation and hopes that the implementation of a new hybrid architecture - bigLITTLE - will allow it to take back the crown it gave up to AMD when the Ryzen 3000/5000 series was released. The first leaks concerning the performance of the Core i9-12900K and Core i7-12700K seem to point in this direction.
Of course, at AMD we do not stay idle. The American company has published a video to look back on the five years - five years marked by success - of its Ryzen range. John Taylor, chief marketing officer, and Robert Hallock, technical marketing director, celebrate this anniversary in video and in the sequence below we can see them first specify the successes of Ryzen before depicting us a bright future for AMD and for the CPU lines to come during 2022.
In a rather schematic way, it is possible to highlight two highlights for the next few months at AMD. First of all, the current Ryzen 5000 series will be redesigned by associating a new L3 cache technique to the Zen 3 cores: AMD calls this new feature 3D V-Cache. It is a question of modifying the cache layout in order to "stack" the memory. The idea is to increase the amount of cache and each CCD of a Ryzen processor will benefit from an additional 64 MB. According to AMD, this oversized cache will boost performance: there is talk of an improvement of 4 to 25% depending on the game, with an average of about 15%.
The Ryzen 3D V-Cache could well be announced at CES 2022 in Las Vegas next January for a release in the wake. We have no idea what their price will be and we don't even know if AMD plans to integrate them into the Ryzen 5000 line or if it plans a new line. On the other hand, we do know - and this is a very good thing - that these Ryzen 3D V-Caches will be compatible with the AM4 sockets of our motherboards: only the BIOS will have to be updated.
AMD also wanted to confirm that the first CPUs with Zen 4 cores are still planned for 2022. We're not talking about the beginning of the year here - more like Q3 or Q4 - but there's no question of any delay. Ryzen with Zen 4 cores are much more ambitious with - at the key - a change of socket (we move to AM5 with 1,718 pins), a change of RAM (we move to DDR5) and the introduction of PCI Express 5.0. A real small revolution that should allow AMD to score points.