Ryzen 5800XT and 5900XT arrive: the last of the AM4 processors?

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Two new Zen 3 processors for an honorary salute to the venerable AM4 platform.

Whether it's AMD, Apple, Intel or Qualcomm, when we talk about processors, we tend to focus on innovative products, new generations and original architectures. As a result, we tend to forget about past ranges and turn the page quickly, while at the same time talking more and more about sustainable development and product longevity. At the Computex trade show held in Taipei, Taiwan, in early June, AMD attempted to balance the two, showcasing new chips - the Ryzen 9000 and Ryzen AI 300 - but also emphasizing the longevity of its AM4 platform, which was to receive two new processors " shortly ".

Launched in March 2017, the AM4 platform was developed by AMD to support its brand-new - at the time, that is! - Zen architecture. Zen and its sequels were more than a success, bringing AMD back into the race with Intel, and even setting it apart in a big way on the latest Zen 2 and Zen 3 generations. The arrival of Zen 4 two years ago propelled the AM5 platform, but AMD kept AM4 alive with regular processor releases until this announcement at the beginning of June: Lisa Su, P.-Lisa Su, AMD's CEO, confirmed the arrival of two new processors, the Ryzen 7 5800XT and Ryzen 9 5900XT, " during July ".


Unsurprisingly, neither of these processors will feature Zen 4 or Zen 5 cores. AMD is sticking with the Zen 3 architecture, with the Ryzen 7 5800XT combining 8 cores/16 threads with a combined 36 MB cache. The base frequency is 3.8 GHz, with a boost capable of taking some cores up to 4.8 GHz and a maximum TDP of 105 watts. The Ryzen 9 5900XT will significantly increase the number of cores/threads to 16/32 for a combined cache of 72 MB. However, the TDP remains at 105 watts and the boost frequency at 4.8 GHz. In addition, the base frequency is lowered to 3.3 GHz.

These two processors won't revolutionize AMD's offering on the AM4 platform, but they do have the merit of bringing this venerable architecture to life with new options for users. These options should also lead to a price readjustment, although we have no details on this yet. Always well-informed, the VideoCardz site specifies that the release, scheduled for " the course of July ", should be effective on the 31st of the month. This is the final deadline for what should also be the last AM4 processors.