AMD has been on a mission in recent years. With a string of successful releases, it’s gone from relative outsider to Intel’s primary rival in the CPU world.
But while many laptops offer a choice between Intel and AMD chips, it’s a different story where desktops are concerned. PC enthusiasts buy standalone chips to upgrade their devices, so need to be convinced that it’s worth picking up over the competition.
The Ryzen 5000 series has been well received since it arrived in November 2020, but before Intel has time to respond we’re already looking ahead to the next generation. Here’s everything you need to know about what we assume will be called the Ryzen 6000 series at this early stage.
When will the AMD Ryzen 6000 series be released?
Nothing has been revealed at this early stage, so our best guess on the Ryzen 6000 release date comes from when previous generations were launched:
Ryzen 1000 Series – from March 2017
Ryzen 2000 Series – from April 2018
Ryzen 3000 Series – from July 2019
Ryzen 5000 Series – from November 2020
With that in mind, it’s looking likely that Ryzen 6000 CPUs will be released in early 2022. WePC is reporting on a leaked roadmap which suggests it will be unveiled sometime that year.
The launch could potentially coincide with CES, which we’d expect to take place in January once again.
How much will the AMD Ryzen 6000 series cost?
With no concrete rumours so far, we can again use the pricing of the Ryzen 5000 series as a guide.
Ryzen 9 5950X – £735.84/US$799
Ryzen 9 5900X – £505.61US$549
Ryzen 7 5800X – £413.51/US$449
Ryzen 5 5600X – £275.36/US$299
That was a US$50 increase on its predecessor across the board, so there’s a chance we’ll see similar price hikes for the Ryzen 6000 Series. That’s especially true if it makes the move to Zen 4 architecture.
What specs with the AMD Ryzen 6000 Series have?
As you might expect, concrete rumours about the Ryzen 6000 Series are relatively thin on the ground.
The same WePC article above suggests the new chips will be the first manufactured using a 6nm process and based on a new Zen 3+ architecture. It goes on to say that the current Vega GPU will be replaced by RDNA 2, with AMD skipping the first-gen for its desktops. This could bring about significant changes where gaming is involved, with an expected improvement to performance per watt and ray tracing support.
An earlier report from Wccftech also suggested that the CPUs, codenamed ‘Rembrandt’ will ditch the AM4 socket for the newer AM5 technology. This will likely make a number of existing motherboards incompatible, but will bring features like DDR5, LPDDR5, USB 4.0 and PCIe 5.0 with it.
Those are the only rumours we have so far, but we’ll update this section as and when more information becomes available.
What about the Zen 4 architecture? Will the Ryzen 6000 series be based on it?
At AMD’s October 2020 launch of Zen 3, it revealed that the Zen 4 architecture had reached design stage and is on track for release in 2022.
That would continue the company’s fairly regular update cycle, following the Zen in February 2017, Zen 2 in July 2019 and Zen 3 in November 2020. It’s rare to hear official company announcements this far ahead of time, although no further details were given.
AMD has confirmed that Zen 4 be its first CPU architecture to support the 5nm process, which is expected to offer big improvements to speed and efficiency within a more compact body. More details will no doubt be revealed in due course.
That begs the question – will the Ryzen 6000 series be running on Zen 4 architecture? Rumours above suggests that might not be the case, but it all depends on release date. With early indications suggesting both will arrive within the first few months of 2022, it’s possible that Ryzen 6000 CPUs will be the first Zen 4 chips from AMD. However, with the Ryzen 2000 and Ryzen 3000 both based on Zen 2 architecture, there’s a chance the company will persist with Zen 3 for another generation.
To see how it compares to the current generation, check out our guide to the Ryzen 5000 series.