AMD Says Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 Raphael CPUs to Make Big Splash

Zen 4 Raphael

AMD says its new Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 Raphael series CPUs are set to make a big splash with DDR5 overclocking. While the official launch date is still unclear, it is expected to be sometime in late Q3 or early Q4.

The upcoming 7000 series desktop CPUs are expected to arrive at the end of Q3 of this year, so these parts should be available by late Q3 or early Q4. The new processors will feature new overclocking features, too. The company has said that the 7000 series Ryzen CPUs will feature 20-25% IPC bumps and architecture improvements, making them a strong contender against Intel’s 12th Gen lineup and 13th Gen Raptor Lake parts.

Our first DDR5 platform for gaming is our Raphael platform and one of the awesome things about Raphael is that we are really gonna try to make a big splash with overclocking and I’ll just kinda leave it there but speeds that you maybe thought couldn’t be possible, may be possible with this overclocking spec.

— Joseph Tao, Memory Enabling Manager at AMD

The upcoming chip is expected to bring new features such as 3D V-Cache, which is already available on Intel’s processors. AMD has also hinted that the 7000 series processors will include 3D V-Cache. The new chips are expected to arrive in the second half of next year, so if you’re looking to upgrade your computer’s performance, these chips are worth checking out.

The 7000 series of Ryzen microarchitecture will also launch in the second half of 2022 and be available for mainstream PC platforms. While the new CPUs will use the AM5 socket, the 8000 series is expected to follow Intel’s mainstream processor strategy, incorporating a hybrid architecture. AMD’s Zen 5 architecture is based on a 3nm manufacturing process, and it is expected to be available in the second half of 2022.