There is quite a bit of buzz and excitement over AMD's
upcoming Zen 2 CPUs
GPU launch, and understandably so—both are next generation architectures built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. What does not receive quite as much attention, however, is AMD's APU (accelerated processing unit) lineup, of which there are also new parts coming. Ahead of the launch, a prominent leaker has posted a couple of model names and specs.
Before we get to that, let's talk about these new chips. AMD does not really use the term "APU" anymore, and instead calls these Ryzen processors with Vega graphics. Nomenclature aside, these chips pair Zen and Vega in a single chip, and are serviceable solutions for low end gaming boxes and other scenarios where entry-level graphics muscle is needed.
The existing generation consists of parts codenamed Raven Ridge
, and are based on AMD's first generation Zen CPU architecture. This is where things get a little confusing. The next generation, codenamed Picasso
, ups the ante with AMD's second generation Zen+ CPU architecture (12nm) while maintaining Vega graphics, but are 3000 series parts.
This is not to be confused with AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000 series of regular desktop processors, which are based on its third generation Zen 2 CPU architecture (7nm). Make sense? Let's move on.
Twitter user APISAK posted some details for two new parts, a Ryzen 5 3400G APU and a Ryzen 3 3200G APU. And over on Reddit
, a user pointed to a SiSoft SANDRA database entry
that partially details the higher end model. Here are the specs, according to the leak, compared against the parts they are replacing (I've also included some sample scores)...
- Ryzen 5 3400G: 4 cores / 8 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.2GHz (120.63 GOPS)
- Ryzen 5 2400G: 4 cores / 8 threads, 3.6GHz to 3.9GHz (118.64 GOPS)
- Ryzen 3 3200G: 4 cores / 4 threads, 3.6GHz to 4.0GHz
- Ryzen 3 2200G: 4 cores / 4 threads, 3.5GHz to 3.7GHz
There are no details on the graphics portion of the APUs, though it's expected that they will feature faster clocks than the existing generation models. As for the scores, we're not putting a whole lot of stock in the numbers because (A) they're probably not from the exact same version of SANDRA, and (B) the testbeds are different. We also expected finalized drivers to have an impact on the newer parts.
Nevertheless, we get a rough overview of what's coming. What's more interesting to us than the CPU scores right now are the specs. If APISAK is on the money, the Picasso lineup will bump up clockspeeds across the board, including a 300MHz jump in the Turbo clocks.
It's not yet clear exactly when Picasso will launch, though we suspect it will be soon.