Just a few months ago we told you all the keys to the new AMD Ryzen 6000 APUs, a new generation that marked an important turning point in many respects, although the move to RDNA2 Architecture in the integrated GPU, and the use of DDR5-LPDDR5 memory to achieve good bandwidth.
In general, this new generation of APU seemed to me very interesting, especially for all that it could give of itself in light and ultralight hardware. However, it was clear that AMD continued had a lot of room for improvement at the GPU level, since the most powerful model was going to add a maximum of 12 compute units, which is equivalent to 768 shadersthe same number as the Radeon RX 6400.
The thing is, according to a new leak that has caused quite a stir, AMD is about to take a huge leap forward with its new Ryzen 7000 APUs, as these will have configurations of up to 24 compute units. It’s just mind-boggling, since we’re talking about 1,536 shaders, 96 texturing units and 32 raster units. For comparison purposes, I remind you that the Radeon RX 6500 XT has 1,024 shaders and the Radeon RX 6600 XT adds 1,792 shaders, so the integrated GPU that the next generation Ryzen APUs would mount would be positioned between these two graphics cards.
Note, however, that its actual performance should be closer to the Radeon RX 6500 XT despite its lower number of shaders. The explanation is very simple, said graphics card has an L3 cache subsystem and a dedicated GDDR6 graphics memory which give you more bandwidthwhile the integrated GPU of the new Ryzen APUs would suffer from the limitations of a 128-bit bus and the use of DDR5 or LPDDR5 memory.
Ryzen 7000 APU: Its integrated GPU would outperform a GTX 1060
And the truth is that I find that perfectly believable. The simple introduction of RDNA2 architecture and the move to DDR5 memory with the new Radeon 600 integrated GPUs This already represents a giant step, So much so that a Radeon 680M is capable of running demanding games like The Division 2 at 1080p and medium quality at over 50 FPS, and can even run Cyberpunk at 1080p and medium-low quality (FSR at ultra quality) maintaining a stable average of 40 FPS.
According to the source of this information, these new Ryzen APUs are known under the code name “Phoenix”, they will be configured with between 16 CPUs (1,024 shaders) and 24 CPUs (1,536 shaders), they will retain the RDNA 2 architecture, as we said, and the most powerful version could exceed 6 TFLOPs of power, which would make it a better solution than the GTX 1060 6 GB, at least on paper. If we do a quick comparison based only on the TERAFLOPs, we see that this 24 CU integrated GPU that the new Ryzen APUs could mount would be more powerful than the Radeon RX 6500 XT, and would not be so far from the PS5 GPU.
Keep in mind that directly comparing a GPU with others based solely on TERAFLOPs does not give us a realistic value, because in the end many other factors matter, although serves as a reference to understand why AMD’s new Ryzen 7000 APUs could mark a new turning point in GPU power. If you wonder if it would be possible to reach this level, I already tell you yes, not in vain we are talking about a generation that would be manufactured in 5nm, which translates to more space at the silicon level for the GPU, smaller transistors, and greater efficiency.