The AMD Ryzen 9000 series, also referred to as "Granite Ridge", has been a hot topic of conversation and analysis among tech fans. The Ryzen 9000 series, which is a further development of the previously named Ryzen 8000 series, is built on the advanced Zen 5 architecture. The first glimpses of the Ryzen 9000 series were revealed in mid-2023. Analyst and tech YouTuber High Yield has provided an in-depth review of the Ryzen 9000 series, improving understanding of its specifications and narrowing its expected release period to between April and June 2024 .This puts the Ryzen 9000 in a competitive position against Intel's upcoming Core Ultra 200 series, challenging the previously speculated release timeline.
The key specifications of the Ryzen 9000 series include:
It's worth noting that the Ryzen 9000 series will continue to use an "on-package chiplet design" like its predecessors, enabling a scalable core count while improving performance metrics such as IPC. The series is also expected to support DDR5-6400 RAM, in line with the specifications of the internal memory controller.
AMD's roadmap may include the introduction of the Ryzen 9000X3D variant that features Zen 5 architecture with an added 3D V-cache aimed at improved gaming performance. Although confirmation is pending, this move could strengthen AMD's position against Intel. Potential future developments within the Zen 5 architecture lifecycle include a transition to more advanced manufacturing processes such as N3, N3E or N3P, beginning with the N4 process.
Both TSMC and Samsung are being considered for the production of future Ryzen CPUs. Regarding the integrated graphics processor (iGPU), it is suggested that the Ryzen 9000 desktop processors may continue with the RDNA 2 architecture without transitioning to RDNA 3.5. This decision is unlikely to have a significant impact on desktop processor performance and will maintain the provision of 28 PCIe Gen 5 slots. More details are expected as the series nears its launch window.