AMD processors change their numbering (although everything will continue to be quite a mess)

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If you pay attention to the component market you will have more or less under control if one processor is superior to another or more modern. Intel and AMD numbering systems are not perfectbut one ends up getting used to them.

Now AMD has precisely sought to improve its laptop CPU model numbering system, and it has. with a new proposal which is interesting, but it will be confusing again especially at the beginning. So, it’s time to relearn why a specific model has that specific numbering: we’ll explain how it works below.

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As explained in AMD, this new numbering system was necessary for several reasons. To get started, the old one could no longer accommodate the new models what they were preparing. They also wanted to offer a proposition that would be valid for enthusiasts, end users and also for their partners (manufacturers and OEMs).

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The system will be put into operation in 2023, when the 7000 family processors are on the market. A breakdown of that numbering system can be seen in the image, but to further clarify:

  1. The first digit indicates year in which the CPU was launched. The Ryzen 7000 in 2023, the Ryzen 8000 in 2024, and the Ryzen 9000 in 2025.
  2. The second digit indicates performance. It will no longer be related to the architecture used, as it was in old chips (the Ryzen 5500U was a Zen 2 chip, while the Ryzen 5 5600U was a Zen 3 chip).
  3. The third digit indicates the architecture used. A 1 equals Zen original or Zen+. A 2, the Zen 2 architecture, etc.
  4. The fourth digit also gives more details on performance: if it is a processor ending in “0” it will be a slower model, and if it ends in a “5” it will be faster.
  5. Finally there will be the suffix, a letter that refers to the TDP and that it will work in a similar way to the current one. HX is for laptop chips with a TDP of 55 W, HS for chips starting at 35 W, and U for chips between 15 and 28 W, for example. The 9W e chips are intended for uncooled systems, while the C chips will also be TDP chips between 15 and 28 but targeted at Chromebooks.

At AMD they wanted to share a roadmap that allowed these chips to be grouped together to direct them to different types of machines and users. In the “modest” part of the table we will have Mendocino chips that combine the Zen 2 architecture with RDNA 2 GPUs and that will also use 6nm photolithography.

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From there we have a mid-range with the 7030 and 7035 whose code names will be Barcelo-R and Rembrandt-R. will be a kind of “refried” of the current Ryzen 5000 and Ryzen 6000 and will use the Zen 3 architecture.

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Finally we will have Ryzen 7040 (Phoenix) and Ryzen 7045 (Dragon Range)which will be the only totally new CPUs in the family and that will use the new Zen 4 architecture.

Image | Olivier Colet

If you pay attention to the component market you will have more or less under control if one processor is…

If you pay attention to the component market you will have more or less under control if one processor is…

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