AMD has had quite the journey these past several years since the first release of their Ryzen processors in 2017. Before then, the CPU market was pretty stagnant. The only good chips we had available were Intel’s 14nm refreshes that brought minimal performance uplifts with no changes to core/thread count.
Fortunately, AMD took a giant leap of faith and introduced us, consumers, to affordable high-core count CPUs that also delivered Intel-like performance in gaming which was something unseen on the market.
Since then, the CPU “dark ages” ended and 4-thread i5 CPUs became the thing of the past. Today, the standards are changed as both Intel and AMD CPUs have budget-oriented SKUs with 6 core/12 threads.
Even after taking such a giant step, AMD is not planning to stop innovating and breaking the barrier, especially with Alder Lake just behind the corner. The only way for AMD to stay competitive is by releasing the Ryzen 6000 Series on a 5nm process.
However, things aren’t exactly clear right now as the supposed 6nm Ryzen 5000 refresh, codenamed Warhol was supposedly canceled while Rembrandt, the mobile SKUs are still in production.
Since the 6nm, desktop processors are not coming, the Zen4 on 5nm process Ryzen 6000 definitely is.
What exactly can we expect from the next generation of Ryzen processors?
Well, considering that the jump to the 7nm node process for the Ryzen 5000 Series brought such a huge performance and efficiency increase, we can make a few assumptions on what to expect this time around.
Like all releases of the next generation of CPUs or GPUs, it is impossible to guess the exact release date as AMD has not released any concrete information regarding the Ryzen 6000 Series.
For the first half of 2021, we only had a few roadmaps hinting at mobile Ryzen 6000 on the 6nm process.
Fortunately, at the end of July of 2021, Lisa Su herself confirmed that both RDNA 3 and Zen 4 will be releasing in 2022. In other words, we will definitely see 5nm desktop CPUs.
AMD’s roadmaps show no evidence regarding desktop SKUs, but it’s definite that mobile chips are going to be Zen3+ instead of Zen4.