AMD’s Ryzen Mobile APUs have started to arrive on the scene with the power of either eight or ten Vega Compute Units behind them - but AMD aren’t finished with their signature APU products just yet. The red team are looking to expand even further, with potential Ryzen Gaming APU specs recently leaked, alongside a high-performance 28 Compute Unit processor.
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AMD are expected to launch AM4-compatible desktop APUs in the new year, but we’ve had very little insight into their potential performance - until now. The latest entry into the SiSoft Sandra database marks a possible new entry into AMD’s Raven Ridge lineup - a 28 Compute Unit processor with 2GB of memory.
With 28 CUs, this potential desktop APU would be jam-packed with 1,792 stream processors - exactly half of those found within the RX Vega 56 GPU, although with only half the memory capacity. The specs hint at 2GB of dedicated memory, possibly HBM2. With AMD’s High Bandwidth Cache Controller possibly implemented, 2GB of dedicated VRAM may offer a little more flexibility for gaming than you may expect once it is leeching performance from system memory.
This beefy APU could perform close to AMD’s discrete RX 570 GPU - which sits at 32 CUs, encapsulating 2,048 stream processors. The potential to drop in a processor with rock-solid gaming performance straight into a B350 AM4 board could be a game changer in the budget market, but it all comes down to pricing - especially if HBM2 memory makes the cut.
Alongside news of this SiSoft database entry, slides of AMD’s Ryzen Mobile G-suffix processors have arisen from the depths of the web. One can only assume the G stands for gaming, but I’m hedging my bets and saying ‘Gameripper’ because it sounds cool. We’ve seen our fair share of fake slides as of late, so approach these with some skepticism. To their credit, these slides do appear to be a little more genuine than the last batch.
These potential Ryzen Mobile Gaming processors will supposedly come in Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 garb at first. This clashes with the leaked roadmap earlier in the week, which only outlines Ryzen 5 and 7 Gaming processors launching around Q2, 2018. Regardless, the Ryzen 3 2200G will supposedly feature four-cores and four-threads and feature Vega 8 graphics. And os, if all comes to pass, the Ryzen 5 2400G will feature four-cores and eight-threads, this time with Vega 11 graphics - is this the Vega 11 product that James Prior mentioned in an interview with Overclockers? Possibly.
Another leaked slide outlines the Ryzen 3 2300U Mobile APU. Not much is detailed, however, it looks like this APU will arrive with two less CUs than the Ryzen 5 2500U - totalling six Vega graphics CUs which amounts to 384 stream processors.
AMD’s latest ‘Veganumber’ isn’t the clearest nomenclature that AMD have conceived so far. If both of these AMD leaked slides ring true, then AMD won’t have even kept to their own superscript format in official documents. Maybe this casts further doubt over the slides legitimacy, or maybe Vega11 and Vega 11 are different products after all? One can only guess. We should have the all the answers soon, with CES 2018 just around the corner and these products supposedly close to launch, AMD are sure to reveal all before long.