AMD recently introduced the Ryzen 7000, a new desktop processor. The 5 nanometer model is based on Zen 4 architecture and accompanied by a new installation socket. Furthermore, AMD announced a new series of laptop processors.

AMD announced the news during a keynote at Computex 2022. The Ryzen 7000 Series is a powerful desktop processor. The 5 nanometer model is manufactured by TSMC and based on AMD’s own Zen 4 arrays. The processor’s clock speed peaks at 5GHz, which should make it suitable for data-intensive applications such as AI and machine learning.

AM5 socket for Ryzen 7000 Series processors

To accommodate the series, the chip giant is releasing a new socket. The AM5 socket uses so-called land grid array (LGA) technology and a whopping 1,718 pins. Motherboards using the AMD socket can offer up to 24 PCIe lanes and as many as 14 USB interfaces. Some interfaces have a throughput of up to 20 Gbps and all are capable of handling USB-C.

Manufacturers such as ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, Biostar and MSI have already announced that they will install these AM5 sockets and build compatible motherboards.

New Mendocino processors

AMD also announced a new series of laptop processors. The so-called Mendocino processors are mainly intended for entry-level and mid-range laptops. The processors are based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture and feature RDNA 2 graphics. The processors should offer more speed, better performance and longer battery life for cheaper laptops. The first laptops with Mendocino processors are expected in the fourth quarter of this year.

Other AMD functionality

The chip manufacturer also introduced updates to its AMD Advantage technology for gaming laptops. AMD SmartAccess Storage3 will be released to reduce game loading times and speed up streaming. The technology supports Microsoft Direct storage.

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