AMD’s Ryzen 7000 launch is bigger than just the processors. Processor architecture is changing, but it’s also accompanied by changes to everything from the chipset to the physical socket that the chips plug into. The last time so many things changed at once was 2017, when the first-gen Ryzen chips were originally released.
So we’re posting two Ryzen pieces today. One is a look at the performance and power efficiency of the actual chips, found here. This one will focus on all the other changes, including ones that will be with us long after the Ryzen 7000 is old news.
We will break this piece down into four parts covering the four main components of the Ryzen 7000 release: 1) the Zen 4 CPU core, 2) the on-chip I/O that supports the non-CPU features of the CPU and handles the internal connectivity functions, 3) the 600-series chipsets that handle most of the external connectivity, and 4) the AM5 physical socket that will outlast all other components for a few years.