AMD officially responded to the rumors of AMD Ryzen 5000 B2 Stepping
Recently, Polish news media Benchmark.pl received an official statement from AMD. The content involves recent rumors that AMD will launch the Ryzen 5000XT series based on B2 stepping. The first products include the 16-core Ryzen 9 5950XT and the 6-core Ryzen 5 5600XT.
Under normal circumstances, manufacturers rarely evaluate this unreleased product, but this time AMD has responded generously to related rumors.
“In continuous efforts to enhance our manufacturing and logistics capabilities, AMD is gradually transitioning the AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors to a ‘B2’ revision over the next 6 months. There are no feature, function, or performance enhancements to the B2 revision, and no BIOS update is required.”
Generally speaking, if chip manufacturers find that their chips have relatively small design problems, or find better design or manufacturing methods to improve the yield, they will launch a revised version, which is also an optimization work. Stepping from B0 to B2, I believe the changes will be small, even if there are some changes, AMD will not disclose at present. AMD has recently confirmed that the Predictive Store Forwarding (PSF) technology used in the Zen 3 architecture may have security issues, and there may be relevant targeted measures in the B2 stepping.
Maybe the B2 stepping version is not the so-called Ryzen 5000XT series, but just a revision of the existing Ryzen 5000 series. There is still some time before the release of the Zen 4 architecture. Since the Zen 3+ architecture processor, code-named Warhol has been canceled, I don’t know if AMD will face Intel’s 12th-generation Core series processors based on Alder Lake-S in the future.