AMD is preparing to launch a new generation of processors with integrated graphics, and according to new information revealed by the channel Moore’s Law Is Dead from YouTube, this hardware will represent a huge leap in performance and energy efficiency to rival Apple’s chips for the MacBook Air and Pro.
According to industry sources, the North American manufacturer is preparing the launch of several processors for 2024. One of the first announcements will be the “Hawk Point” family, which will basically be an optimized version of the “Phoenix” line, but migrating the lithography from 5 nanometers to just 4 nanometers.
This move to a 4-nanometer lithography is expected to bring significant benefits in terms of performance and energy efficiency compared to current models in the “Phoenix” lineup such as the Ryzen 9 7940HS.
Following the nomenclature announced by the manufacturer last year, these processors will be launched under the “Ryzen 8000” family, but their specifications should not undergo major changes compared to current models – except for lithography and small adjustments at the silicon level to ensure more efficiency. power.
After that, AMD is expected to present its first hybrid architecture with the “Strix Point” line, which will be based on an ARM-like design. The new line should have options with up to 12 cores — 4 high-performance cores (Zen 5) and 8 low-power cores (Zen 5c), in addition to a powerful RDNA 3 GPU with 16 computational units.
According to information received by the Moore’s Law Is Dead“Strix Point” processors could be up to 35% faster than current Ryzen 7040HS “Phoenix” APUs when limited to a TDP below 50W. Part of this improvement will be due to their new 4-nanometer lithography, possibly following up partnership with TSMC.
Rumors indicate that these processors will be developed with a power profile that varies between 15 W and 45 W TDP and versions with up to 24 MB of unified cache. Despite its low consumption, rumors indicate the chips will be able to reach the performance of the GeForce RTX 3050. It is predicted that the launch of this line will take place by the 3rd quarter of 2024.
The highlight of next year, however, should be the Ryzen 8000 “Strix Halo” processors. Based on the 4-nanometer Zen 5 architecture, these chips will work with TDP from 20 W up to 120 W, therefore, they will be designed with a focus on more powerful gaming notebooks.
It is speculated that the processors in question will be equipped with new integrated GPUs based on “RDNA 3.5”, a supposedly optimized version of the architecture used in Radeon RX 7900 XT and 7900 XTX graphics cards. There will be up to 40 Compute Units that will be able to achieve performance close to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070.
Despite the big leap in performance, these processors are expected to maintain AMD’s good reputation for efficiency. Industry sources claim that a Ryzen 8000 “Strix Halo” with 90W TDP will still be 25% faster than the most powerful “Dragon Range” APU, i.e. possibly referencing the Ryzen 9 7945HX.
The Ryzen 8000 “Strix Halo” should become the biggest threat to Apple’s processors, which stand out for their high energy efficiency. The line should be presented in the middle of the second half of 2024, but the first notebooks equipped with this hardware can only be launched at the end of the same year.
For now, these are the only detailed rumors the channel’s sources can provide at this time. AMD is also preparing lines codenamed “Fire Range”, “Kracken” “Escher” for 2025, but there is still no information regarding these processors.