After several years of steady growth, 2020 feels like the year AMD cracked the mainstream market. The laptop-focused Ryzen 4000 Series made their way into a wide variety of devices, while November's Ryzen 5000 Series took desktop performance to the next level. A popular mobile version of the latter has since launched, as AMD’s stock continues to rise.
Like many component manufacturers, the company isn’t shy when it comes to announcing long-term plans. We already know the next-gen Ryzen 6000 Series is on its way, despite being months away from its expected launch. However, there have also been some credible rumours surrounding its successor, despite the Ryzen 7000 Series not being expected until 2022. Here’s everything you need to know at this early stage.
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series release date
It’s impossible to predict exactly when the Ryzen 7000 series might arrive, but past releases give us some clues.
The current Ryzen 5000 series began life with desktop chips in November 2020, before a mobile version launched at CES in January 2021. With a similar schedule looking likely for the Ryzen 6000 series, we can only assume that its successor will debut in October 2022 with desktop chips, before the laptop equivalent launches at CES 2023 the following January.
Even if it doesn’t end up being the case, expect AMD to stagger the launch of the Ryzen 7000 series. There tends to be a few months between desktop and laptop processors from the same generation, although Intel typically launches the latter first – that's the case with its 11th-gen chips.
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series pricing
Again, there’s been no indication of how much the Ryzen 7000 series might cost. That’s hardly surprising – AMD only usually reveals pricing at the launch event. However, the suggest pricing for the current Ryzen 5000 Series gives an indication of how much you’ll pay for the desktop chips:
- Ryzen 9 5950X - £735.84/US$799
- Ryzen 9 5900X - £505.61US$549
- Ryzen 7 5800X - £413.51/US$449
- Ryzen 5 5600X - £275.36/US$299
These prices represent a US$50 increase on the Ryzen 4000 series, so there’s a chance they could continue rising.
We’re also hoping AMD has ironed out the stock issues which have plagued the Ryzen 5000 series. Even at the time of writing, demand often outstrips supply.
Then there’s the laptop-focused mobile chips, although they’re designed to be integrated into devices and not available as standalone components. How much you pay will depend on the other specs, the brand in question and the retailer you buy from.
AMD Ryzen 7000 Series specs and features
Despite being so far ahead of a potential release, we already have a few key rumours with regards to the Ryzen 7000 Series.
The first comes courtesy of tech site Guru3D.com, which has pieced together several links surrounding the processors. Key takeaways include a move to the upcoming Zen 4 architecture, as well as DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0. It will also be based on the new and improved 5nm process – this represents steady progression, with the current 7nm chips moving to 6nm in the Ryzen 6000 series. The article also appears to confirm that there will be a gaming-focused Ryzen 7000 G-Series, too.
A leaked roadmap reveals more detail regarding AMD’s upcoming plans:
The article also mentions that all Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs will come with integrated graphics. This will likely be Navi 2 on the desktop 'Raphael' chips, before 'Phoenix' brings the new RDNA 3 solution to market. Phoenix will supposedly be pitched as the mobile solution that will eventually make its way into laptops, but it will be available in desktop PCs too. This is where we also expect the Ryzen 7000 G-Series to fit in, offering a high-end gaming experience on more affordable hardware.
However, as Wccftech and other sources make clear, there are plenty of things we don’t know about the Ryzen 7000 series at this stage. The maximum number of cores, max thread count and which server it will use still remain unclear.
We’ll update this article once more information is revealed. In the meantime, our guide to the Ryzen 6000 Series gives an indication of what to expect from AMD later in 2021.