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Our anticipation for the official unveiling of AMD’s new Ryzen 4000 series of desktop processors has now got a little longer left to build, thanks to COVID-19. Originally set to be revealed at Computex 2020 in June, the event has now been postponed until September due to the unexpected outbreak. For that reason, it’s unlikely we’ll see the CPUs in all their glory until much later this year, with a release rumoured for September, if not October. Still, we’re sure the chips will definitely be worth the wait based on what we know about them today.
The 4th generation of Ryzen desktop CPUs have been given the codename ‘Vermeer’, and follow AMD’s recent launch of their Ryzen 4000 series for laptops. Where these mobile laptop processors have been based on the chipmaker’s Zen 2 architecture, the desktop series will usher in the age of Zen 3 on a 7nm+ process.
Vermeer also means great news for anyone with a B450 chipset, as it was recently confirmed that the Ryzen 4000 series will support Socket AM4 motherboards. With only a minor microcode update, the chips will be backwards-compatible, meaning you won’t need to upgrade anytime soon. We don’t know if the same can be said for the X470 and X570 chipsets, but it’s not beyond belief that this goodwill will extend to these as well.
More performance, less power consumption
While we don’t have much to go on by way of any specs for the Ryzen 4000 series just yet, it’s very possible we’ll be seeing impressive core counts, especially from their flagship CPU, and perhaps even faster clock speeds too. The chips may also prove to be much more power efficient, and could end up being a great fit for multi-threaded workloads if AMD pushes for more powerful hyperthreading.
Although the CPUs aren’t due to be announced until the latter half of this year, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as anything new emerges. We hope to get them into our line-up of rack mounted PCs very soon so you can start enjoying the chips as quickly as possible. In the meantime, if you would like to know more about AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series of CPUs, or would like to understand how to take advantage of AMD’s Ryzen chips in our products, please get in touch.