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COMPUTEX 2022: AMD Takes Performance to New Extremes with Next-Gen CPUs

It’s now an annual tradition for AMD to blow all of its competition out of the water and wow the PC hardware world with its COMPUTEX Keynote. Like clockwork, Dr. Lisa Su, Chair and CEO, AMD, takes the stage – albeit a virtual one this round – to reveal next-gen AMD hardware and advanced innovations for 2022.

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Major highlights among them are the AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Desktop CPUs; AMD Socket AM5 Platform; all-new AMD Ryzen Mobile CPU for high-performance laptops made affordable – codenamed “Mendocino”; and proprietary smart features that the AMD Advantage Systems and SmartAccess Storage technologies offer to all OEM partners.

“This is the most exciting time for the semiconductor industry. Whether you’re talking about Cloud, super-computing, 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), or intelligent end-devices – high performance and adaptive computing solutions are playing a larger and larger role in every aspect of our daily lives. We see this trend only accelerating in the coming years,” Dr. Su shared at the opening of her keynote.

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She directly refers to how AMD is – literally – everywhere right now. Since overtaking Intel, AMD had worked closely with various industry partners to raise the performance bar to meet new computing capabilities. This ongoing development pushed Team Red to continue its mantra, as Dr. Su succinctly puts it: “At AMD, we’re all about building the best!”

Among all the big announcements that Dr. Su and her fellow AMD leads shared at COMPUTEX 2022, which include updates from CES 2022 reveals, is the highly anticipated news on an upcoming next-gen desktop processor line – the AMD Ryzen 7000 Series.

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These latest desktop CPU entries, which come with next-gen AMD Zen 4 Core technology and 5nm packaging fabrication, will be paired with the all-new AMD AM5 Socket Platform. New features for this next-gen series of processors include:

  • 2x more memory for the L2 Cache

  • 15% uplift for single-threaded performance

  • 5GHz+ Max Boost throughput – a live-test during the keynote shows 5.5Ghz for a AAA gameplay

  • New expanded instruction functions like AI Acceleration – this is for neural networks and machine learning

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Design-wise, the AMD Ryzen 7000 packs in an all-new 6nm I/O die that sports an integrated AMD RDNA 2 graphics and new controls for advanced power management and support for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 controllers. Just above that are two core chiplets – each with eight Zen 4 cores.

As for the AMD AM5 Platform, which comes in three variants – B650, X670, and X670E (E for Extreme), it will feature next-gen processing and memory infrastructure. This includes support for DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0 (up to 24 lanes), and 170W power demands. Interestingly, the new socket can work with third-party AM4 coolers.

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For those who need to accessorise their AM5 systems, it now supports up to 14 SuperSpeed USB on Type-C at 20Gbps, can connect to Wi-Fi 6E, and sports four independent video outputs on both HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 that the integrated RDNA 2 graphics.

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Next are the soon-to-launch mobile processors from AMD. Codenamed “Mendocino”, it pairs AMD Zen 2 cores with RDNA 2 graphics to bring high-performance computing to the masses.

This 6nm mobile 4-Core/8-Thread APU from AMD – priced at US$399 to US$699 (~S$550 to S$960 / ~RM1,800 to RM3,000) – promises more than 10 hours mixed-use battery life and pure performance for both Windows and Google systems. To further reinforce its role in addressing every user, AMD also revealed a new Ryzen 6000 ultrathin range and updated Ryzen Pro mobile workstations.

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Based on what AMD shared during this keynote, its OEM partners will be rolling out next-gen AMD platforms and laptops this week or in the coming weeks and months.

For those keen on watching the entire AMD keynote at COMPUTEX 2022, you can check it out below:

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More news and updates on COMPUTEX 2022 can be found here.

  • AMD officially introduces its 5nm Ryzen 7000 CPUs and AM5 Socket Platform

  • These next-gen PC hardware have pushed the performance envelope even higher

  • Laptops are also being redesigned with AMD's take on the ultrathin gaming system and everyday use platforms

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