To start this news, we must explain what an APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) is. An APU, in the world of computing, is a chip that contains a CPU and a GPU under the same silicon. These APUs do not need an external graphics card to work. Hence its potential.
Well, in the APU market, it is AMD who has always had the upper hand, despite the fact that Intel is the one that dominates a large part of the processor market share. and the idea of AMD is to release an APU by 2024 that is powerful enough that low-end dedicated GPUs are unnecessary.
AMD plans to launch its fifth generation of processors (Zen 5) called Granite Ridge for the desktop PC market and Strix Point APUs sometime in 2024. Although the company hasn’t revealed many details about the Strix Point APUs, we do know that they will be based on an unidentified advanced node that it will include Zen 5 CPU cores and an RDNA 3+ GPU.
Rumors have mentioned that the Strix Point APUs will use a hybrid architecture with Zen 5 and Zen 4D cores as Intel’s 12th and 13th generation chips. This would result in graphics power never seen in an APU.
An APU capable of standing up to NVIDIA below the RTX 4050
RedGamingTech has shared more information about APUs. The leaker claims that the chips will have an 8-core Zen 5 design. Also, it mentions that AMD Zen 5 will have 8 cores per CCX, just like Zen 4.
Although Paul does not give CPU performance estimates, he suggests that Ryzen 8000 Zen 5 CPUs could see an average 25% CPI increase over processors Ryzen 7000 (Zen 4). A leap above the usual between generations.
Refering to Integrated GPU with RDNA 3+ architecture from Strix Pointthe outlet suggests that the GPU could feature up to 24 compute units and a clock speed greater than 3 GHz. That being said, the number of CUs is not final.
And here comes the kicker: they think the iGPU could make low-end graphics cards irrelevant (those below 9 TFLOPs of computing power) if AMD meets performance targets. Here NVIDIA could be affected.
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