Although AMD hasn't confirmed the official branding for its next-generation desktop processors, the company has plenty of news in store. The company is expected to unveil its new processors based on the Zen 3 microarchitecture on October 8th. New Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards are expected to be introduced later this month. These products will help AMD take over Intel on the CPU side and fend off competition from Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards.
Given the ongoing impact of the global pandemic, AMD's inaugural events – including the Zen 3-based Ryzen 5000 – will be held online, a departure from glitzy media events of the past. The good news is that gamers and fans of AMD's silicon can also tune in live with events hosted online.
Here's how to watch the Ryzen 5000 unveil
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Following the teaser from Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, on Twitter, the company confirmed it will host two events this month. The first event is entirely dedicated to the Zen 3 architecture used in next-generation CPUs. This event will take place on October 8th at 9 a.m. Pacific time or noon ET.
You can follow the event on the AMD homepage or on AMD's YouTube channel and most likely on AMD's Twitch channel.
For its part, AMD has not confirmed the Ryzen 5000 name, and previous rumors suggested that the company might bring its new desktop processors to market by continuing the Ryzen 4000 family. However, recent leaks suggest that AMD may be leaving the nickname Ryzen 4000 behind and moving to a new branding as these processors use a brand new Zen 3-based microarchitecture while the Ryzen 4000 family is based on Zen 2.
What to Expect from the AMD Event
Given the company has already announced that it will introduce Zen 3-based processors, there should be few surprises. Aside from some uncertainties about the final branding – there is still debate about whether the processors will be part of the Ryzen 4000 family or make an entirely new rollout of the Ryzen 5000 – AMD is also expected to reveal the performance improvements that Zen 3 has in both Areas will offer synthetic testing and real use.
The new Ryzen 5000 desktop family could include the Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X products. However, it is uncertain whether all CPUs will be available at the same time or whether AMD will fall back on a staggered release cycle.
The company is likely to come up with a series of benchmarks that show both generational improvements between Zen 2 and Zen 3 and comparisons between its architecture and that of rival Intel. According to Wikichips, the improved 7nm + node is expected to reduce power consumption by around 10% and transistor density by 20% compared to the previous generation.
While unlikely to do so, AMD could also reveal more details about its future plans and roadmap as it fends off competition in space. Recent rumors suggest that Zen 3 designs could be available later this month, according to Kitguru, and could be available on October 20 or 27.
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