During the latest episode of PCWorld’s ‘The Full Nerd’ webcast series, guests Robert Hallock (AMD Director of Technical Marketing) and Frank Azor (Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions) answered a series of questions and further detailed the Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs and the features we will be seeing on the AM5 platform.
AMD Details Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs & AM5 Motherboard Platform Features
So there were a range of questions asked and both Robert and Frank did an absolutely splendid job in answering them to the folks over at PCWorld. We have slowly been getting more details on the AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU and AM5 platform showcased since the Computex 2022 unveil and well, let’s start off with the latest information.
Some of the things that were confirmed in the interview include:
Ryzen 7000 is 125W TDP / 170W Package Power
Ryzen 7000 5.5 GHz Demo Was In Stock-Spec (No Overclock)
Ryzen 7000 Double L2 Cache is IPC-Benefit
Ryzen 7000 CPUs Have 28 PCIe Gen 5 lanes (24 Usable)
1:1 Infinity Fabric Clock (No Frequencies Mentioned)
B650 Motherboards will support overclocking (like B550 series)
Integrated RDNA 2 GPU supports both Video encode/decode
Integrated RDNA 2 GPU For Commercial/Diagnostic Purposes
Smart Access Storage Details (Requirements Highlighted)
"So what we want to clarify is that it’s a 170 Watt socket power which with AMD, that spec is PPT (Package Power) for us. That doesn’t mean that every CPU is going to go up to 170 Watts but it’s 30 (Watt) higher than the socket AM4 power cap which was a 142 (watts). And we did this to mainly improve multi-thread performance as many of the core count chips were actually held back in overall compute performance by relatively modest socket power.
“The other point that I want to make is that by raising the minimum required socket power or minimum spec, you also raise the power delivery with every motherboard built to that spec so you get more robust power characteristics on all the boards which we are pretty excited about as well, It should be good for people who want to experiment with overclocking, people who appreciate premium board designs.”
–Robert Hallock (AMD Director of Technical Marketing)
As for the 5.5 GHz clock speed gaming demo, Robert reassured that the frequencies were entirely on stock spec. The motherboard used was a reference X670 design and the cooling was a standard ASETEK 280mm AIO cooler. It is also obvious that no overclocking was involved since the clocks varied between 5.1 to 5.5 GHz.
AMD Details Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs & AM5 Motherboard Platform Features 3
AMD showcased some insanely fast frequencies with the same Ryzen 7000 CPU sample hitting up to 5.52 GHz but we did see some variation in the clock speeds which started at 5.1 GHz and went up to the max 5.52 GHz speed which everyone is talking about. Interestingly, Robert states that in the respective game demo, they saw most of the threads clocking up to 5.5 GHz (that’s 32 threads for the prototype that was used). The 16-core Ryzen 7000 prototype was produced around Late April or Early May so AMD could still squeeze more headroom out of this chip if they want to or just let overclockers do the job.