AMD certainly has conquered the range of PC enthusiasts with its Ryzen lineup. It’s common to see powerful Ryzen chips being paired with RX or NVIDIA’s GPUS. However, the company managed to conquer users in the cost-effective segment with its very powerful chips that have integrated graphics. The processors with integrated graphics from AMD are popular with consumers as they are cost-effective in the entry-level segment. In times marked by the short supply of graphics cards, the multiple price hikes, and we can even cite the crypto miners. Due to the high demand, the company continues with strong plans and investments in these products.
It’s even possible to play some games with AMD APUs, which revolutionized the market of low-end PCs. The previous rumors have already pointed out that AMD’s next generation of hardware may bring “a new revolution” in the entry-level gamer segment. Now, possible details leaked this Friday (29) point to an APU with RDNA 3 graphics. According to the ComputerBase website, this future APU carries the codename Phoenix and will have its chips based on the company’s Zen 4 microarchitecture. However, the number of cores is still unknown. As per the speculation, there are at least eight cores.
The new AMD APU can revolutionize the segment
The graphics part of this possible new APU uses the upcoming RDNA 3 architecture. It can even include up to 16 computing units. This translates to around 1,536 stream processors. Worth noting that the company’s current APUs have just around 512 SPs. Another speculation about this “Phoenix” APU is that its graphics offer a similar performance to the dedicated Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card. That is a really impressive milestone. More optimistic reports suggest it will go close to the RX 6600, depending on the number of cores.
According to the reports, AMD new APU will offer support for DDR 5 RAM with high speeds and a PCIe 5.0 interface. However, a particular aspect that will leave some users underwhelmed, is that this APU may be exclusive to laptops. Honestly, this will certainly disappoint enthusiasts of the low-end segment. In fact, this certainly limits the “revolution”. After all, laptops are not very “cost-effective” as PCs mounted from scratch tend to be.
AMD has introduced the RDNA 2 architecture in its APU lineup for laptops from Ryzen 6000 series. These carry the Rembrandt codename and offer a big leap in terms of performance. However, the combination of Zen 4 and RDNA 3 is even more attractive. For now, we can only wait.