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Rumor | Ryzen 4000 and X670 to launch in late 2020, Socket AM5 to debut with Ryzen 5000

AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs based on Zen 3 could launch in late 2020 along with the X670 chipset. (Source: Wccftech)
AMD Ryzen 4000 CPUs based on Zen 3 could launch in late 2020 along with the X670 chipset. (Source: Wccftech)
AMD could be readying the Ryzen 4000 lineup and the X670 chipset for a late 2020 launch, according to a report from MyDrivers. Ryzen 4000 is expected to feature good IPC improvements and slightly higher clocks than the current Zen 2 lineup. Also being speculated is that Zen 3 will be the last of the Socket AM4 processors as Zen 4 will likely make the transition to Socket AM5 keeping in mind developments with respect to DDR5 and PCIe Gen5.

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AMD had earlier said that Zen 3 based on the 7nm+ process is "design complete" and if all goes per plan, we could see the Ryzen 4000 processors launch sometime in late 2020 along with the X670 chipset. A new report by Chinese site MyDrivers offers some insider information about the Ryzen 4000 and X670 launch. 

According to MyDrivers, the X670 chipset will not be designed by AMD but will be outsourced to ASMedia or Via. AMD had to develop the X570 chipset in-house as the traditional vendors did not have the expertise to design a PCI Express 4-compatible chipset. With AMD showing how it's done, this is not going to be a problem next year and once again, partners will be taking over X670 production. This should also benefit AMD as apparently, selling chipsets does not really help with the company's profits. The exact features of X670 are still unknown, but it is expected to improve PCIe Gen4 implementation and offer more connectivity for NVMe, SATA, and USB 3.2. Thunderbolt 3 integration is still not on the cards as per the report. 

Besides X670 late next year, we also expect to see motherboards based on the B550 chipset for midrange builds sometime during January or February 2020, possibly around CES. B550 will continue to be based on PCIe 3.0 and will be made by AMD's partners.

Zen 3-based Ryzen 4000 is touted to offer anywhere between 8 to 15% IPC gains and moderately higher clocks over the current Ryzen 3000 lineup. However, Ryzen 4000 is most likely to be the last Socket AM4-compatible generation, according to a insider information obtained by RedGamingTech. Ryzen 5000 based on Zen 4 could very well transition to Socket AM5 as the DDR5 and PCIe Gen5 standards that are expected to debut around late 2021 or early 2022 could make retaining the current AM4 socket difficult.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-12- 8 (Update: 2019-12- 8)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.