Intel will remain one of the immediate names that come to mind when CPUs are asked. However, competitors like AMD have been finding ways to catch up to them and it appears the Zen 4 is showing promise.

The chip is said to be AMD’s next-gen CPU architecture for Ryzen and EPYC CPUs and will have a huge overall performance gain compared to its current line of processors. ChipsandCheese alleges that the Zen 4 CPUs will offer an IPC jump of 25%, alongside a 40% performance boost over existing Zen 3 processors.

The post further adds that based on engineering samples of EPYC ‘Genoa’, these next-gen AMD server family are 29% faster than the current EPYC ‘Milan’ CPUs, despite using the same number of cores and clocks.

The AMD Zen 4 core architecture will be produced using TSMC's 5nm process node. Moreover, there are claims that it will feature 5GHz speeds on all cores. Putting all this together, it looks like the market will be treated to a “monster of a CPU.”

For now, all these should be taken lightly until AMD comes out with an official statement. However, it has always been believed that they have been working on producing 5nm Zen 4 CPUs. A reason tied to this is the kind of power it can carry.

It has always been believed that the smaller the size, the bigger the power. Hence, the 40% performance boost is likely to originate from the reduced transistor. With smaller transistors, they can be easily fitted on a chip, another reason why the processor could be more powerful.

If AMD stays the course, it would be telling on Intel. The latter already admitted that AMD’s efforts have made it hard for them to catch up, particularly the 7nm process until 2021. And with the coming of Zen 4 CPUs, AMD could further pad their advantage, making it doubly harder for Intel to catch up.

AMD Ryzen 4000 The AMD Ryzen 4000 is expected to hit stores in 2020. Olivier Collet/Unsplash