AMD Ryzen 7000 Zen4 “Raphael” Desktop 170W SKU Will Feature 16 Cores

From all the discussion going around about AMD’s Ryzen 7000, we know that it is going to be released in the third quarter. These new desktop series will bring about a major platform change for the Ryzen series ever since they first debuted in the year 2017.

These new CPUs will now come with LGA, ditching the old PGA socket, however, the package size will remain the same. As far as the compatibility with existing AM4 processors goes, we could be looking at an improvement.

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In August last year, there were some rumors circulating around AMD planning to release a 120W Ryzen 7000 SKU, but those seem to have been cleared as there are clearly no such plans in the pipeline. As far as the top SKU is concerned, it will be launching with a 170W TDP which is going to require liquid cooling with a 280 mm radiator at least. With 16-cores and 32 threads, we are likely to see major similarities with the current Ryzen 9 5950X CPU.

It is slightly disappointing to not see any 16 plus core SKU. AMD might be falling short slightly as its product range has not had an update since the last two generations. We are still to see if the Zen4 is going to come with a more compute set of chips, but we do know that this has been confirmed for its successor which has been codenamed as the “Granite Ridge”. We are still waiting to see whether these will be the mainstream 24 or 32 core desktops.

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Intel’s 13th Gen Core series which has been codenamed as the “Raptor Lake” will be launching by the end of this year and will have a better core count than the one on the Alder Lake series. Though we are not sure about the AMD series, we do know that these will have more efficient cores as well as 24 cores and 32 threads in desktops.

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