• The new AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU series could launch at CES 2021
  • It reportedly has the codename Raphael
  • Raphael reportedly would be based on the 5 nm Zen 4 architecture 

The worldwide shortage in the supply of graphics cards is not only the topic of many discussions online these days. Over the past months, tech enthusiasts have been talking about the next-generation Zen 4 architecture-based processors from AMD, apparently, internally code Raphael. Thanks to a fresh leak, fans are now aware of the upcoming CPU series specs, which could be called the AMD Ryzen 7000, along with its potential release window.

Release Window

The new AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU series could start shipping in the early part of 2022, with a possible launch happening perhaps at the CES 2021, according to a Twitter post by user sepeuwmjh. Interestingly, the snippets shared on the tweet seemed to be a generic leak from a company insider. It also aligns with the leak shared a few months back by another insider named MebiuW.

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Rumors about the CPU series with the codename Raphael started to make rounds online in May 2020 courtesy of a Twitter user named KOMACH_ENSAKA. In August of 2021, insider MebiuW leaked an image snippet that contains the word Ra. The insider also revealed the roadmap of both Intel and AMD for 2021 and 2022 that claimed Raphael would be based on the 5 nm Zen 4 architecture and features an RDNA iGPU.

Leaked Specs

Apart from the specs leaked earlier, the new set of information about the AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU series also claims that Raphael would succeed Warhol. The latter is Vermeer CPUs' successor, which is the company's mainstream desktop series that does not include an iGPU. Apparently, Warhol follows the footsteps of the Vermeer lineup, according to Wccftech. 

However, AMD is reportedly going to shake things up with the Raphael processors. According to the report, the upcoming CPU series would introduce a DNA 2 block as "integrated graphics." It will also feature socket design since it is anticipated to transition from AM4 to AM5. 

Additionally, the said desktop processor would shift from 6 nm to 5nm with the integration of the PCIe 5.0 and a transition to DDR5. The AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU series is anticipated to introduce one of the biggest changes to the company's desktop platforms.