New Zen 3/ 4th Gen Ryzen Sample clocks at 4.9GHz – Could AMD reach 5GHz at retail?

New Zen 3/ 4th Gen Ryzen Sample clocks at 4.9GHz - Could AMD reach 5GHz at retail?

New Zen 3/ 4th Gen Ryzen Sample clocks at 4.9GHz – Could AMD reach 5GHz at retail?

Hot of the heels of their prior Vermeer leaks, Igor’s Lab has uncovered more information about AMD’s early 4th Gen Ryzen Engineering Samples (ES) revealing the existence of two highly clocked samples.

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What’s exciting about these new samples is their clock speeds, with both offering base and boost clock speeds than AMD’s existing Ryzen 3000 series processors, with one sample offering base/boost clock speeds of 3.6/4.6GHz while the other offers speeds of 3.7/4.9GHz. The latter of these two samples offer a 200MHz increase in base/boost clocks over AMD’s Ryzen 3950X. 

Like all Engineering Samples, these clock speeds may not be representative of final retail products. That said, the clock speeds of retail silicon are often higher or equal to late Engineering Samples. 

At this time, AMD is reportedly considering there Ryzen 5000 series as the name for the 4th Generation of Ryzen processors, skipping the 4000 series name on desktop platforms. This name change could differentiate their Zen 3 products from today’s Zen 2 based Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors, clarifying AMD’s branding. These rumours could be nonsense, though it would make AMD’s product lines a lot easier to understand. 

New CPU Instructions

With every new Ryzen release, AMD has done what they can to bite at the heels of Intel, squashing more and more disadvantages that their Zen architecture possessed with every new release. Now, AMD is working on adding new instructions to Zen to give them parity with Intel’s processors, allowing AMD to combat its primary competitor on a broader front.    

Igor’s Lab has claimed that AMD will be adding ERMC (Enhanced Repeat Move String) and FSRM (Fast Short Repeat Move String) support to Zen 3 processors, allowing AMD to increase its performance levels in certain workloads. Thanks to Intel, these instructions are already used by many programs, which means that AMD will not need to try very hard to get their customers to utilise these new instructions.   

New Zen 3/ 4th Gen Ryzen Sample clocks at 4.9GHz - Could AMD reach 5GHz at retail?  

If AMD’s latest Zen 3 samples can continue to increase in speed, AMD may be able to deliver its first Zen-based 5GHz processor when they launch Vermeer later this year. This would be an incredible achievement for AMD, and it would be an excellent marketing point for their next-generation processors. 5GHz would no longer be a major marketing point for Intel’s latest processors, and that’s will help AMD gain mindshare. 

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