AMD Zen 3D (V-Cache) CPUs to Launch in H1 2022, Zen 4 to Support PCIe Gen 5, AM4 Coolers Compatible w/ AM5

AMD’s Ryzen CPUs are officially five years old now. Launched with Zen 1 in 2016, the Ryzen brand (and products) has done wonders for the chipmaker. From lagging behind Intel in every metric to leading pretty much everywhere. In a video, AMD’s marketing team shed some light on this incredible journey while also sharing what’s next for the Ryzen platform.

I’ll jump right to it. Zen 3D (Zen 3 with 3D V-Cache) is officially launching in early 2022, likely on the AM4 socket. The Epyc Milan-X lineup will likely launch by the last quarter of this year itself. Followed by Zen 3D, we’ll get Zen 4 (Raphael) towards late 2022 along with the new AM5 platform.

Robert Hallock stated that the “next platform” or AM5 would come equipped with DDR5 and PCIe Gen 5 support, but wasn’t clear whether the latter would come to the next-gen Ryzen 6000 (Zen 4) processors as well. He did, however, confirm that AM4 coolers will be compatible with the AM5 socket which should come as a relief to a lot of us.

Finally, Hallock spoke about AMD’s plans in the mobile/notebook space. Although he didn’t speak about the Ryzen mobile roadmap, he explained how the chipmaker is planning to improve power efficiency by software/firmware optimizations.

In general, a CPU uses the same “Governor” for all workloads unless you manually change it. This can be “High-Performance”, “Balanced”, and “Power Saver” in the case of Windows. AMD is working on an algorithm that dynamically shifts the CPU governor depending on the workload. For example, a governor focused on single-threaded performance would be used with lightly threaded workloads such as word processing while multi-threaded performance would be the focus with content creation, and something in between the two for gaming. Although I’m going a bit too far here, this seems like an early response to Intel’s Alder Lake and hybrid core architecture.

E-Waste Day Message:

India is currently the third biggest contributor of e-waste, generating 3.2 million tonnes! On the occasion of International E-Waste day (October 14), we want to share a quick message on what e-waste is and how you can help avoid contributing to this growing number.

All electronic devices such as computers, mobile phones, chargers, headphones, television sets etc, that have completed their life period or period of utility is considered e-waste.

These devices must be recycled or refurbished. Here’s how you can contribute to making your home, workplace, and city a cleaner and safer place

  • Always look for the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) when it comes to e-waste management
  • Avoid giving used electronic devices to your local kabaadi walas or the unorganized sector like scrap dealers and rag pickers
  • Do not dispose your product in garbage bins along with municipal waste that would ultimately reach landfills
  • Always drop your used electronic products’ batteries or any accessories when they reach the end of their life at your nearest Authorized E-waste collection center

Here’s a list of authorized e-waste collection centers in your city.

How can you make a difference this International E-Waste Day?

E-waste is non-biodegradable and therefore has a very harmful effect on ecosystems. Several of us are guilty of wanting to get rid of e-waste by selling it for a good price. What we don’t realize is that most of the e-waste is dumped in landfills, which gets accumulated and emits toxic chemicals into the land and groundwater table. When this happens, it poses great health risks as these devices have substances like cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury, etc., which if not dealt with properly, are detrimental to human, plant, and animal health.

Currently, most of the e-waste in India is being managed by the informal sector. This sector does not have the adequate means or knowledge to deal with e-Waste appropriately. Therefore, this International E-Waste day, we encourage you to practice e-waste management in the right manner and be a more conscious citizen.

All of us have a part to play in ensuring we create an environment that is safe to live in. This E-waste Management Day, Cerebra Green will be happy to collect any electronic devices that you want to dispose of. These devices will go through a formal evaluation to understand if it has reached their end of life, or it can be refurbished. All the devices that can be refurbished will then be donated to children from underprivileged backgrounds to help with their education.

If you wish to contribute, here’s a list of authorized e-waste collection centers in your city.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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