Over the weekend, it was revealed that the upcoming desktop platform called Granite Ridge will not include more than 16 cores.
PC Games Hardware and Moore’s Law is Dead have shared a possible configuration for the next-generation AMD desktop platform. According to their report, the Zen5 series is expected to offer codenamed “Nirvana” between 6 to 16 cores. The series would utilize an improved Zen5 core architecture and feature new CCDs (Core Complex Dies) called “Eldora” which combine core clusters.
According to the rumor, a 6-core SKU is still in the plans, which could result in both the Ryzen 7000 and 8000 series having a very similar lineup. However, there seems to be some inconsistency regarding the potential launch date for the new series.
Over the weekend, there was a leak from Moore’s Law is Dead revealing the 2022-2025 AMD roadmap for Zen5/Zen5c server products. It’s worth noting that the term “server” indicates that the Granite Ridge mentioned in this document is for embedded solutions rather than the Ryzen 8000 series. However, the leak does confirm that Granite Ridge is limited to a maximum of 16 cores with a TDP range of 65W to 170W.
The leaked slide also provides insight into when the product may enter production, with a projected timeline between Q1 2024 and Q1 2025. It’s important to note, though, that this timeline may refer to non-gaming platforms, which typically arrive later by up to a year.
At this point, there is no information available regarding the Ryzen 8000X3D series. Nevertheless, AMD has confirmed that the Zen5 microarchitecture with 3D V-Cache is in the works, though it remains to be seen whether it will be integrated into a consumer product. One noteworthy detail is that the launch date of Zen5 could be linked to the availability of the 4nm and 3nm process nodes that the architecture relies on. This could potentially explain why more precise data is not yet available on the roadmaps.