Apple to adopt AMD CPUs for next-gen systems?

Posted on Friday, Feb 07 2020 @ 19:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Ever since Apple switched to x86, the company has exclusively been using Intel processors. TechPowerUp writes this may change soon as references to several AMD Ryzen processors were found in MacOS 10.15.4 beta 1. This includes AMD's Picasso, Renoir, and Van Gogh CPUs.
It's very likely that with increasing CPU IPC and energy-efficiency, Apple is finally seeing the value in single-chip solutions from AMD that have a good enough combination of CPU and iGPUs. The 7 nm "Renoir" silicon in particular could change the mobile and desktop computing segments, thanks to its 8-core "Zen 2" CPU, and a "Vega" based iGPU that's highly capable in non-gaming and light-gaming tasks. AMD's proprietary SmartShift feature could also be leveraged, which dynamically switches between the iGPU and an AMD discrete GPU.

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