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AMD announces new semi-custom Ryzen SoC for Chinese PC makers

AMD announces new semi-custom Ryzen SoC for Chinese PC makers (Source: AMD)
AMD announces new semi-custom Ryzen SoC for Chinese PC makers (Source: AMD)
The quad-core 3 GHz Ryzen CPU will integrate a 1.3 GHz Vega-based GPU with 24 Compute Units connected to 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. This particular SoC will debut on a gaming console designed specifically for the Chinese market by PC maker Subor. Prices are still unknown.

We mentioned a few months ago that AMD is becoming increasingly reliant on semi-custom SoC solutions for clients like Sony, Microsoft, and even Intel for products like the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and the Hades Canyon NUC, respectively. The move allows AMD to thrive in a relatively untouched graphics market where competition with Nvidia is essentially non-existent. This latest announcement shows AMD doubling down on its SoC efforts by expanding the technology for potentially more partners.

As revealed by the AMD press release, the chipmaker has created a new SoC that combines a Ryzen CPU with a Vega GPU for the Chinese PC company Zhongshan Subor. The manufacturer will utilize the SoC for its upcoming console-sized mini PC unveiled this week at the China Digital Entertainment Expo. The yet-to-be-named gaming console is expected to launch later this year with its own customized OS.

It will be interesting to see how the new Ryzen-Vega SoC will perform when compared against the older Jaguar-based SoCs of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. An analysis by Eurogamer is claiming that the Subor gaming machine will have both "PS4-like" graphics and the ability to run console titles at twice the frame rate because of the significantly improved CPU horsepower. After all, the Jaguar architecture was designed primarily for use on tablets and low-power laptops.

There are currently no plans to launch the Subor gaming console outside of Asia. Nonetheless, it certainly gives us an idea of what the next generation Sony and Microsoft consoles may carry. The latest Playstation 5 rumors have been pointing towards a similar Ryzen-based SoC but with a GPU from the newer AMD Navi microarchitecture.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-08- 6 (Update: 2018-08- 6)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.