Zen 4 shows up on the radar.
AMD took the spotlight at CES 2022 as AMD gave the world a glimpse at its upcoming Ryzen 7000 (Raphael) processors that are set to compete for a place at the top of our ranking of the best gaming CPUs. It took just a few minutes for hardware sleuths the Benchleaks to find two AMD Zen 4 chips with a 5nm process which means it won’t take long before we find out how these chips stack against the benchmarks. Benchmark classification.
The supposed Ryzen 7000 processors were discovered in the MilkyWay@Home platform on BOINC. BOINC platform. It’s an odd method of appearing because the forum isn’t intended to be a benchmark. Instead, the MilkyWay@Home project comprises people who are using their computing power to create a 3-D representation of the Milky Way galaxy.
The BOINC platform incorrectly states “number of processors,” however, it should be what number of threads. For instance, it appears that the Ryzen 9 5950X is shown as having 32 “processors” when, in fact, they are threads. Additionally, the platform displays an additional “Cache” for each processor. While the tool doesn’t define the cache level, it is correlated to L2. We can confirm that by studying the Ryzen 9 5950X, where it has 512KB, we can identify it as an L2 cache.
The one chip out of two was identified with the codename 100-000000666-21_N. It included eight cores. Assuming they are Ryzen desktop processors and AMD does not rework its models’ names, the obscure Octa-core chip could represent one of the Ryzen 7 7800X, the successor to the Ryzen 7 5800X. This second processor has the codename 100-000000665-21_N and has 16 cores. Its specifications are set that it is its Ryzen 9 7950X. This makes it the perfect replacement for the previous Ryzen 9 5950X.
According to Benchleaks, the CPUIDs for both Ryzen processors are identical to AMD’s Zen 4 desktop chips. Of course, they are engineering experiments. We do not know what the clock speeds are of the processors. However, the description of the system will reveal what is believed to as an L2 cache.
AMD’s latest Ryzen 5000 (Vermeer) that utilizes Zen 3 processors comes with an L2 cache of 512KB per core to refresh your memory. The information from BOINC illustrates Zen 4 with 1,024KB of L2 cache for each core. If this information is correct, AMD would have effectively doubled the L2 cache on each core of Zen 4.
AMD has announced that it will launch Ryzen 7000 within the second quarter of 2022. The next-generation processors will slot into the brand new AM5 socket, which has changed from a PGA (Pin Grid Array) design to LGA (Land Grid Array). The chipmaker also stated that the lifespan of AM5 is the same as that of AM4. Most importantly, the Ryzen 7000 will usher in DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support to even on the field against Intel’s 12th Generation Alder Lake army.