If Ryzen processors for desktop and gaming are topical for various reasons, now it’s the turn of the company’s next APUs and their roadmap for at least this year and next. Much has been criticized for the non-incorporation of the RDNA architecture in the APUs that are about to be released within the 5000 series, but it is also that the future in this type of processors does not look good.
A change in strategy codenamed Yellow Carp (Rembrandt)
Yesterday AMD updated the Linux kernel through a series of libraries for its products, where it revealed information about its new batch of APUs. These new APUs will arrive with code names Yellow carp and will be the successors of the current Cezanne for various types of devices.
Before continuing, it must be clarified that the name Yellow Carp as such is the code name for the Rembrandt architecture that will arrive next year, they are different names for the same type of product, but that it involves many new features.
As AMD plays secrecy, it uses code names to try to divert attention or outright not reveal its true plans. The problem is that at the same time that Yellow Carp has been detected, the roadmap with the architectures and their news has been leaked, so in this case they seem to have not achieved their objectives of distracting us.
RDNA 2 will arrive this year for low consumption equipment and in 2022 for the rest
No IC on Rembrandt 😐
– Kepler (@ Kepler_L2) June 2, 2021
If there is something that has been widely criticized in the Cezanne launch, it has been precisely its iGPU. Although we already knew it, AMD’s confirmation to include again and for the 4 time a graphics card with Vega architecture has been a disappointment for many.
This will change this year, at least as a novelty, since as we know Van Gogh will arrive with RDNA 2 in the coming months, even if it is within the low consumption (9W). The revolution will take place next year, where Rembrandt-H and Rembrant-U They will compete with Intel for the best APU for laptop gaming.
These new APUs will need a new FP7 socket, something necessary to include DDR5 and LPDDR5 along with PCIe 4.0, so the change is at least justified. The funny thing about this matter is that although the slide is filtered as Zen 3+, Rembrandt will not have (rumored, get salt here) L3 cache, all because in the Linux kernel it does not appear as such, although it does. L1 and L2.
This shows that the 3D V-Cache from AMD would not reach this architecture, where to top it off the number of iGPU CUs could also be reduced compared to Cezanne from 8 to 6, something that really does not add up to anything if we take into account that they will arrive, predictably, at 6 nm.
Likewise, we can only wait for new leaks to see where the APUs are going to go, if they disappear as such, if the new Zen 4 integrate all iGPUs and if AMD is going to change the strategy in the purest Intel style.