The rumored next-gen AMD APU series, built on the Zen5 architecture, is said to feature a hybrid design that combines both Zen5 and Zen5c cores. However, official confirmation regarding the specific configuration of these chips is still pending.
As per Olrak29, the Strix Point APU is expected to have a configuration with four Zen5 cores and eight Zen5c cores. On the other hand, the larger APU variant, referred to as Strix Halo or Sarlak, is rumored to feature 16 Zen5 cores arranged into two chiplets, similar to the desktop version. Another leaker claims that the primary difference between the desktop and ‘ultimate APU’ variant lies in the IO die, which houses the GPU. The desktop version is expected to have a less capable GPU, whereas the Halo variant is rumored to include up to 40 Compute Units, as reported earlier.
Strix Halo looks like a desktop Zen5 with a different IOD.
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Moreover, there are hints of two additional APU configurations in the Ryzen 8000 series lineup. These configurations may consist of the Hawk Point low-power APU and Fire Range, which is expected to be the successor to the high-end gaming APU series for laptops known as Dragon Range. The series will also encompass Granite Ridge, which succeeds the Raphael Zen4 desktop series, and those processors are anticipated to offer a boost of up to 170W.
Undoubtedly, the forthcoming Ryzen family addition will maintain the tradition of combining different CPU and GPU architectures to cater to diverse product segments and meet consumer demands. Hopefully, this time, it will be more straightforward for consumers to identify the architecture (and subarchitecture) concealed behind a product name.