Upcoming AMD Raven Ridge APUs to feature Vega 11 graphics core
In a live interview conducted on Facebook by OverclockersUK, AMD’s Senior Product Manager James Prior revealed a few interesting aspects about the 2018 lineup of CPUs and APUs. 2017 has marked the return of AMD in the battle for the CPU market, as the company launched the acclaimed Ryzen CPUs. On the other hand, the APU offer for 2017 did not impress at all, but AMD will change all that with the upcoming Raven Ridge chips. Prior also revealed that the existing AM4 CPU socket will support all Zen generations up until 2020, so AMD fans do not have to worry about motherboard upgrades for the next few years.
Previous slides presented by AMD featured some information about a certain Vega 11 GPU and everyone thought that this would turn out to be a budget version of the Vega 56/64 GPUs. In the OverclockersUK interview, Prior clarified that the Vega 11 GPU will only be featured in the Raven Ridge desktop and mobility APUs, and that the GPU has exactly 11 compute units. This is expacted to be ~30% faster than the existing Vega 8 GPU that comes with the Ryzen 5 2500U mobility APU. Intel’s Kaby Lake-G CPUs that integrate AMD Vega GPUs are set to feature 24 compute units, however, it is not clear if these chips will be available for mobile platforms.
Speaking about Vega GPUs, James Prior wanted to assure AMD’s fans that the RX Vega 64 and 56 cards will receive an increased supply in the coming weeks, so Christmas sales could see a considerable boost. OEMs have already started announcing custom versions for these GPUs with overclocked memory and cores, and these are expected to ship as soon as AMD increases the supply.