In a recent blog post, AMD has shed light on its CPU naming conventions and announced the introduction of orange stickers to help consumers differentiate between high-end and mid-to-low-end products. Typically, hardware manufacturers follow specific patterns in their product model numbers for easier internal classification and to assist customers in quickly distinguishing between various products.
While most users are aware that the numbers following the “RYZEN” moniker represent the product series, the detailed meaning behind the model numbers may not be as clear. AMD’s blog post provides an insight into these conventions, using the AMD RYZEN 5 7640U as an example:
The first digit represents the release year, where 7 stands for 2023, 8 for 2024, and 9 for 2025.
The second digit signifies the target market segment, with 3-4 denoting low-end products (RYZEN 3 series), 5-6 indicating mid-range products (RYZEN 5 series), and 7-9 representing high-end products (RYZEN 7-9 series).
The third digit refers to the chip architecture, with 1 for Zen 1 and Zen 1+, 2 for Zen 2 and Zen 2+, and so on. In the case of the 7640U, the 4 denotes Zen 4.
The fourth digit indicates the product tier, with 0 in the 7640U representing a low-end SKU within the RYZEN 5 mid-range series.
As for the newly introduced orange stickers, they will be used for CPUs based on the Zen 4 architecture, distinguishing them from older products that utilize gray stickers, such as those based on Zen 3/2. AMD suggests that customers looking for the latest and fastest AMD CPUs should opt for the ones with orange stickers. The new orange stickers are expected to appear on the AMD RYZEN 7040 and 7045 series, with future products also incorporating different stickers according to their technology and product tiers.
This information should help users better understand and differentiate AMD’s CPU offerings.