As part of its Computex 2022 keynote, AMD announced new details about its upcoming Ryzen 7000 series of desktop CPUs – including that using one will require a brand new motherboard.
After teasing the CPUs at CES earlier this year, during the Computex presentation, we learned more about the 5nm PC processor cores on the Ryzen 7000. The presentation presented an image showcasing three chipsets, the most notable one being a new 6nm I/O die that has integrated RDNA 2 graphics. RDNA 2 is a graphical architecture also featured in AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs, the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Valve’s Steam Deck.
However, the most interesting confirmation from the presentation is that AMD’s forthcoming Ryzen 7000 processors will use a new AM5 socket, meaning a new motherboard is required if you are planning to purchase a Ryzen 7000 chip. AMD also confirmed that AM5 socket motherboards will support PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 RAM.
Important to note that, unlike Intel’s Alder Lake series, the Ryzen 7000 series will not support DDR4 RAM sticks, meaning you can only use newer DDR5 RAM on motherboards that support the new chips. We still have no clue how much the Ryzen 7000 series will cost or the compatible motherboards, but the cost of DDR5 compared to DDR4 RAM may be something to consider before upgrading those parts in your rig.
AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series is expected to release sometime this fall.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.