Powerful AMD Strix Point APUs with 9 TFLOP RDNA 3+ iGPU and hybrid Zen 5 CPU could make low-end discreet GPUs "irrelevant"
AMD is set to release the desktop Zen 5 “Granite Ridge” CPUs and Strix point APUs sometime in 2024. While the company hasn’t revealed a lot of details about the Strix Point APUs, we know that the APUs will be built on an unidentified “Advanced Node” featuring Zen 5 CPU cores and an RDNA 3+ GPU. Rumors have mentioned that Strix Point APUs will use a hybrid architecture with Zen 5 and Zen 4D cores like Intel’s 12th and 13th gen chips.
Now, Paul from RedGamingTech has shared some more information regarding the APUs. The leaker claims that the chips will be rocking a big.LITTLE-like design with 8 Zen 5 cores which is in line with previous reports. Morevoer, he mentions AMD Zen 5 to have 8 cores per CCX just like Zen 4. While Paul gives no CPU performance estimates, he suggests Ryzen 8000 Zen 5 CPUs could enjoy a 25% average IPC uplift over the Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 processors.
Furthermore, Paul alleges receiving “mixed information” from his sources about whether Infinity Cache (IC) will make an appearance on Strix Point APUs. However, if the IC does happen, it could go up to 32 MB as per some of the leaker's sources.
Moving on to Strix Point’s RDNA 3+ iGPU, Paul suggests the GPU could feature up to 24 Compute Units and a 3 GHz+ clock speed. That said, the number of CUs isn’t final. Interestingly, Paul thinks the iGPU could make the lower-end discreet boards “irrelevant” with a minimum 9 TFLOPs of compute power if AMD meets the performance targets.
As recent GPU launches have made us realize, always take such leaks with extreme caution. We may or may not see these rumored specs and performance estimations materialize.
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