AMD CEO Lisa Su has confirmed that Zen 4 2022 is shaping up to be an exciting year in the battle between AMD and Intel for the title of best gaming CPU, with both companies releasing new processors towards the end of the year. While Zen 3 chips continue to perform well in gaming PCs and for AMD, everyone is waiting to see how the company’s next-generation Ryzen ‘Zen 4’ CPUs will compete with Intel’s Alder Lake and Raptor Lake processors.
When Zen 4 releases in Q3 2022, we will finally see support for PCIe Gen5 and DDR5 gaming RAM on AMD’s Ryzen CPUs. This will bring the company’s processor offerings in line with Intel, which has supported both technologies since Alder Lake’s release in 2021.
However, a combination of 3D V-Cache and a 5nm manufacturing process could see team red’s chips outclass those from team blue by a significant margin, making Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs the ideal partner to the best graphics cards such as the Nvidia RTX 4000 GPU lineup.
Ryzen Zen 4 Processors release date
Current rumors suggest that we should see AMD Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs on the market around Q3 2022. While some may view this release date as a tad late given recent pressure from more competitive Intel products, it seems that AMD will use Zen 4 to challenge team blue’s Raptor Lake chips while its Zen 3+ Ryzen processors will hold the line against Alder Lake.
Ryzen Zen 4 Processors price
AMD hasn’t shared any information about the price of its Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs, nor have leaks or rumors been forthcoming on the subject. It’s likely that the company won’t stray too far from the MSRP of its Zen 3 processors, but extraneous factors such as the chip shortage and increases in the cost of fab production could result in a price hike.
Ryzen Zen 4 Processors benchmarks
Reported AMD Ryzen Zen 4 CPU benchmarks to suggest they could offer IPC gains of 25%, with an overall performance boost of 40% over Zen 3. That’s probably not too far from the truth when AMD’s first-generation Ryzen CPUs saw a 52% IPC gain over the previous Excavator processors, but we’re currently a long way from accurate benchmarks.