While we expect Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake processors to release later this year, leaker Sepeuwmjh suggests AMD will be a little later to the party, with its next-generation 5nm Zen 4 chips pinned for a release almost a year later.
The Twitter user corroborates earlier whispers that Zen 4 will be codenamed Raphael, before going on to claim the lineup will be announced in September or October of 2022, with a release scheduled a month or two later. If not seen in Zen 3+, Zen 4 is expected to be the first of AMD’s chips to gain support for the fifth generation RAM and PCIe standards, which we should also see on Alder Lake.
Intel’s possible year-long headstart to the world of DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support isn’t necessarily a disadvantage for AMD, when high early adoption costs of the future best SSD for gaming and best gaming RAM will likely push the components into enthusiast territory. There’s a chance prices could be more affordable by late 2022 when AMD joins the fray, but this is difficult to predict with the current Chia cryptomining boom.