AMD Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs to pack 5nm Zen 4 and Navi 2?

Posted on Monday, April 12 2021 @ 11:06 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Another fresh AMD rumor on Monday morning! This time it's a rumor about a 5nm Zen 4 part on AMD's roadmap.

AMD Ryzen 7000 "Raphael" -- Zen 4 and the return of integrated graphics?

VideoCardz came across whispers about Raphael, the upcoming AMD CPU architecture that's expected to be launched as the Ryzen 7000 series. Raphael is the successor to Warhol (Ryzen 6000). The latter is another Zen 3 based chip that is expected later this year. Warhol is believed to be a refresh of Vermeer, possibly made on TSMC's N6 node. There are indications that AMD's next Threadripper, codenamed Chagall, will also use the 6nm Zen 3+ cores.

Raphael on the other hand will use the 5nm process and will feature Zen 4 processor cores in combination with Navi 2 integrated graphics. The latter is particularly interesting -- it suggests Raphael will mark the return of APUs in the desktop market! So far, AMD's current Ryzen desktop processors lack this functionality, which makes it necessary to use them in combination with a discrete video card. If the leaked roadmap is accurate, the Ryzen 7000 desktop processor generation will once again be APUs rather than just pure CPUs.
The full roadmap is slowly being pieced together. There are still some questions in regard to the Zen3 fabrication node. It is either a refined 7nm or a new 6nm node. Recently @kopite7kimi, a leaker known more from NVIDIA-related stuff, has said that one of the roadmaps featuring Zen3+ on 6nm might be correct.

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