AMD’s Ryzen 7000 Chips or “Mendocino” Chips for Mainstream Laptops

In a piece of recent news, AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7000 chips will mark another major milestone for the company: they will be the first desktop processors running 5-nanometer cores.


Upcoming Ryzen 7000 Chips


During her Computex keynote presentation today, AMD CEO Lisa Su confirmed that Ryzen 7000 chips will launch this fall. Under the hood, they will feature dual 5nm Zen 4 cores, as well as a redesigned 6nm I/O core (which includes RDNA2 graphics, DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 controllers and a low-power architecture). Earlier in May 2022, the company teased its plans for high-end “Dragon Range” Ryzen 7000 chips for laptops, which are expected to launch in 2023.

Since this is just a Computex glimpse, AMD is not giving many other details about the Ryzen 7000 yet. The company says it will offer a 15% performance jump in Cinebench’s single-threaded benchmark compared to the Ryzen 5950X. Still, it would be more interesting to hear about multi-threaded performance, especially given the progress Intel has made with its 12th-gen CPUs.


Motherboards Alongside Flagship Processor


AMD is also debuting Socket AM5 motherboards alongside its new flagship processor. The company is moving towards a 1718-pin LGA socket, but it will still support AM4 coolers. Since Intel still won’t have a 7nm desktop chip until next year (barring any additional delays), AMD seems poised to once again take the performance lead for another generation.

While Ryzen 7000 chips will be AMD’s main focus for the rest of the year, the company is also throwing a bone to mainstream laptops in the fourth quarter with its upcoming 6nm ‘Mendocino’ CPUs. They will sport four 6nm Zen 2 cores, as well as RDNA 2 graphics, making them ideal for systems priced between $399 and $699. Sure, that’s not much to get excited about, but even basic machines like Lenovo’s Ideapad 1 deserve decent performance. And for many office drones, it could mean having work-issued machines that finally do not stink.

Why was AMD absent from the budget CPU market?

AMD is grooming CPUs to combat the threat posed by Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake range. The Ryzen 7 5700X along with the Ryzen 5 5600 and 5500 are set to join the much-discussed Ryzen 7 5800X3D. The models may end up as the last AM4 models to be released before the AM5 platform arrives later in 2022.


Absence from Entry-level Market


Throughout 2021 AMD was conspicuously absent from the entry-level market and needs something to compete, hence the new models. It’s been well over a year since the launch of AMD’s mid-range Ryzen 5 5600X.

During that time AMD’s mainstream market share has been left wide open to attack from Intel. Notably, since the 5600X launched, Intel has launched two generations of CPUs.


Ultra-futuristic Features


The Ryzen 7 5700X is a 65W 8C/16T model that will compete with the 12600 and 12600K. Its clock speeds are unknown but given what we know about the 105W 5800X, we can expect clock speeds to be lower to fit into the 65W power budget. Somewhere around a 3.6GHz base clock and 4.5GHz boost clock could be expected. It should undercut the price of the Intel 12600 CPUs, and thanks to its low TDP, it could be a good option for those looking for an affordable eight-core CPU.

Next up are the two six-core CPUs, the Ryzen 5 5500 and 5600. The 5500 is rumored to be a 6C/6T CPU which indicates that it will be cheap and go up against entry-level 12th Gen CPUs such as the 12100.


Joining the Ryzen 7 5800X3D


The 5600 is perhaps the most important model as it’s set to go up against the excellent i5 12400 which earned our Editors Pick award. It’s reportedly a 6C/12T model and should end up much like the existing 5600X. It’s going to have to be priced under the 12400 if it is to compete, though thanks to the longevity of the AM4 platform, it could make a very affordable and worthwhile upgrade for users upgrading from older generation Ryzen CPUs.

AMDs new CPUs are set to be joined by the Ryzen 7 5800X3D. This is AMD’s first CPU to incorporate a vertically stacked cache. It has lower clocks than the 5800X in order to keep the TDP to 105W, and it remains to be seen if the extra cache can overcome the lowered clock penalty. AMD believes the 5800X3D will deliver up to 15% improved gaming performance.

These CPUs could be the swansong for AMD’s AM4 platform.

The all-new AM5 platform and Zen 4 CPUs are set to be released later in 2022. If AMD follows the pattern set by Zen 3, we’ll only see mid-range to high-end CPUs, initially meaning that the 5500 and 5600 could carry AMD’s entry-level hopes for the rest of 2022.


Also Read: How was Intel’s removal of Alder Lake AVX-512 support a good decision?