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Ryzen 7000 vs Alder Lake: 3 reasons why AMD's Zen 4 will smash Intel's 12th Gen

Will AMD be able to fight the forces of the Intel empire? Only time will tell. (Image source: various / edited - author)
Will AMD be able to fight the forces of the Intel empire? Only time will tell. (Image source: various / edited - author)
AMD made great progress in reigniting the CPU wars with its impressive and ongoing Ryzen series of processors. Intel finally caught back up with the release of its 12th Gen Alder Lake parts; however, recent leaks suggest that AMD's Zen 4 Raphael processors could give Alder Lake more than a serious run for the money.
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1. Ever smaller process nodes

Rumour has it that Raphael Zen 4 will move AMD's processors from 7 nm down to 5 nm, which may not sound like much but could result in a substantial leap in transistor density. According to TSMC CEO C.C. Wei, this could result in an increase in transistor density of about 80%. 

As for real-world differences, we could see an increase in performance of 15% with the same power budget as on 7 nm. The change could also mean a reduction in power consumption of up to 30% at the same performance. If AMD is able to further optimise the architecture itself, we could see a substantial leap in performance. 

2. 3D V-Cache

Cache is an often-overlooked part of the spec sheet and can play a large role in the performance of a chip. AMD's recent innovation in the form of 3D V-Cache allows for an increase in three key areas. The larger number of shorter interconnects mean lower latency and higher throughput, while vertical stacking optimises the silicon surface area to allow more cache to fit on-die. 

The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is a perfect example of the benefits of 3D V-Cache. It sports 96 MB of L3 cache, while the regular 5800X only has 32 MB. A 3x increase is sure to make a noticeable difference. 

AMD claims the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is on average 15% faster than the 5900X, all thanks to the addition of 3D V-Cache. (Image source: AMD)
AMD claims the Ryzen 7 5800X3D is on average 15% faster than the 5900X, all thanks to the addition of 3D V-Cache. (Image source: AMD)

The Intel Core i5-12600KF is a great desktop CPU for a modest gaming build, and it is available on Amazon.

3. More cores are better, right?

One of the most exciting parts of the Ryzen 7000 rumours is that there may be a 24-core, Ryzen 9 variant coming. Unless Intel launches something impressive in the meantime, this 24-core part will be the highest core count consumer desktop part outside of AMD's own Threadripper chips.

The prospect of a 24-core Ryzen 7000 CPU is an exciting one, but even more interesting is that we may see a hybrid architecture in AMD's Ryzen 7000 CPUs. The Zen 4 chiplets used by AMD could feature up to 8 Priority cores (high performance) and 8 LTDP (low TDP) cores each. That would make for an impressive package, once implemented into a CPU. 

If AMD uses the same two-chiplet layout as in previous Ryzen CPUs, 16-core chiplets could theoretically make 32-core consumer CPUs possible. (Image source: Guru3D)
If AMD uses the same two-chiplet layout as in previous Ryzen CPUs, 16-core chiplets could theoretically make 32-core consumer CPUs possible. (Image source: Guru3D)
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Julian van der Merwe, 2022-03-20 (Update: 2022-03-20)