Posted on Thursday, May 27 2021 @ 16:49 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
VideoCardz reports two
leakers claim AMD's Zen 5 based laptop APUs are called Strix Point. Unless the naming scheme changes, this could end up as the Ryzen 8000 series.
AMD Strix point is Zen5+Zen4D
One of the interesting things about this leak is the claim that this 3nm processor series will not only use Zen 5 based cores but also "Zen 4D" cores. Why AMD decided to go for a hybrid architecture is unknown. It's also mentioned that Strix Point will feature a new cache system.
The leak also confirms that the Strix Point APU series is based on the TSMC N3 fabrication node and that they would feature Zen5 and Zen4D architecture. The details were hidden, thus we do not know the specifications of either of the products, but those will likely be revealed over time (as it usually happens).
The leak also reveals the Ryzen 8000 series part for the desktop market is codenamed "Granite Ridged". It's unknown whether the 3nm desktop model will also feature a hybrid of Zen 5 and Zen 4 cores.
AMD prioritizes higher-end chips
On a related note, ExtremeTech
noticed that AMD CEO Lisa Su has now publicly confirmed that the firm is prioritizing high-end CPUs, just like Intel did when the latter struggled with manufacturing capacity in the 2018-2019 period.
While the cause of their respective shortages is different, the strategy AMD is deploying appears much the same: strategically focus product shipments in order to maximize revenue. That’s the word from AMD CEO Lisa Su, who recently spoke at an investor invent held by JP Morgan:
“There is some compute that we’re leaving underserviced…So I would say particularly, if you look at some of the segments in the PC market, sort of the lower end of the PC market. We have prioritized some of the higher-end commercial SKUs [Stock Keeping Units] and gaming SKUs and those kinds of things.”
AMD hopes to add more production capacity in the coming months.