Zen 5 Exposed: Ryzen 9000 Prototype Leaks

AMD plans to launch the brand-new Zen 5 series architecture in 2024, gradually phasing out products based on the Zen 4 series architecture. The successor to the Ryzen 7000 series processors, codenamed “Raphael,” will be “Granite Ridge,” which will maintain compatibility with the AM5 platform. Recently, shipping lists for the Engineering Sample (ES) versions of Granite Ridge, featuring 6-core and 8-core models, were discovered.

An enthusiast recently shared an 8-core, 16-thread Granite Ridge physical sample, an early engineering prototype, with the OPN (Ordering Part Number) 100-000001290-11 marked on its heat spreader. This marks the first appearance of the Zen 5 architecture desktop processor, which will belong to the Ryzen 9000 series.

Granite Ridge is designed to support up to 16 cores and 32 threads, with a TDP ranging from 65W to 170W, and is equipped with up to 16MB of L2 cache and 64MB of L3 cache. The exact manufacturing process of Granite Ridge’s CCD remains unclear, with speculation suggesting a possible transition to the 4nm process. It is expected to continue utilizing the IOD used by the current Raphael series, indicating it will still support 28 PCIe 5.0 lanes, a DDR5 memory controller, USB functionality, and integrated graphics based on the RDNA 2 architecture, manufactured using TSMC’s 6nm process.

AMD has yet to confirm the release date for the next generation of desktop processors. Dr. Lisa Su, CEO, is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech on the morning of June 3rd at COMPUTEX 2024, where she is likely to announce new details about the Zen 5 series architecture.