AMD’s Ryzen 4000 CPUs can deliver a deadly blow to Intel


Chinese publication DigiTimes recently provided us with a huge announcement claiming that AMD’s Ryzen 4000 CPUs based on the Zen 3 architecture that is supposed to launch in Q4 2020 will be built using the TSMC 5 nm node instead of the 7 nm. If this is true, AMD will be delivering a deadly blow to Intel, which is still struggling to port its mainstream desktop CPUs to 10 nm. the report mentions that TSMC will begin mass production on the 5 nm node in Quarter 4. According to the report, one of the possible drives for such a change in the release schedule could be the ongoing pandemic that apparently boosted demand for PC and server sales due to the work-from-home economy. The report goes on to say that the Ryzen 4000 CPUs codenamed Vermeer were originally planned to use the 7 nm EUV node, yet will launch with 5 nm tech instead. We are not quite sure how AMD was able to change it on such short notice, as the designs were most likely finalized at least one year in advance. The reports claim the new Ryzen 4000 CPUs should be unveiled in September - October, while the actual availability of the chips could be scheduled for December 2020 or early 2021. As a conclusion, It will put unprecedented pressure on Intel bringing the greatest change to the PC platform competitive landscape in 15 years.