Following AMD's announcement that it will launch new Ryzen processors on October 8, we are now hearing leaks that the company's next-generation Zen 3-based silicon could debut under the Ryzen 5000 brand name.
This would be a departure from early rumors that the Ryzen 4000 family would include both Zen 2 and Zen 3 processors, and the new Ryzen 5000 branding could help clear up consumer confusion in the market since it would help distinguish between the two microarchitectures.
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Rumors of the Ryzen 5000 branding come from Twitter user Patrick Shur, a software engineer who tweeted that the Ryzen 9 5900X processor will ship with 12 cores, while the Ryzen 7 5800X CPU will have eight cores, reported Videocardz.
This means that the AMD Vermeer desktop processor, code-named under the brand name Ryzen 5000, will be introduced. The new Ryzen 5000 family then includes Vermeer and Cezanne, the APU, which is used as the successor to Renoir (Ryzen 4000) in notebooks and desktops. It is currently unclear whether AMD will be releasing a 10-core version as well, although previous rumors suggest that the new Zen 3-based desktop lineup could include such a variant.
According to Wikichips, AMD's Zen 3 architecture will be based on a node larger than 7 nm, which, according to Wikichips, will offer 10% less power consumption and a 20% higher density compared to Zen 2.
It's going to be an exciting autumn for gamers … time to start a new journey with @AMDRyzen Zen3 and @Radeon RDNA2. Pic.twitter.com/O9SXvLo4y0
– Lisa Su (@LisaSu) September 9, 2020
Prior to AMD's announcement, there was speculation that the company plans to postpone the launch of its Zen 3 products until 2021 in order to get more return on its investment in the development of Zen 2, a claim the company had disproved. With AMD's planned announcement, these rumors appear to be false.
The debut of Zen 3 and RDNA 2 marks an exciting time for AMD. The Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 processors will take over the 11th generation processor series from Intel, while RDNA 2-based graphics will not only be carried over to PCs to take over the new GeForce RTX 3000 series from Nvidia, but will become the architecture also power the next generation Microsoft Xbox Series X and Sony PlayStation 5 consoles.
RDNA 2 is expected to be available as a Radeon RX 6000 GPU for PC gamers.