It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about AMD’s highly anticipated and unreleased Zen-based Raven Ridge APUs. Well, according to recent rumours, the company’s next generation APUs will boast PS4-class graphics thanks to its Vega GPU. Interestingly, the higher-end Raven Ridge GPU is also said to come with a rather interesting feature: HBM2 memory.
In total, it’s rumoured that AMD will be releasing two Raven Ridge APUs. The first will be using AMD’s FP5 CPU socket along with a Zen core. This APU is said to come with four CPU cores and eight threads; meanwhile, the Vega GPU on this APU has 12 CUs (compute units). The speculated maximum TDP of the FP5-based APU is rated at 35W.
Next up, is the significantly more powerful AM4-based Raven Ridge APU. Similar to its less powerful sibling, this APU is equipped with a Zen core, which has four CPU cores and eight threads. Similarly, the AM4-based APU will also be fitted with a Vega GPU, albeit slightly more powerful (16 CUs). One interesting feature about this APU is the fact that it may come with a HBM2 memory controller, which would help tremendously in gaming performance.
Speaking of which, sources are claiming that the combination of a Zen Core, Vega GPU, and HBM2 memory could potentially feature performance that are far superior compared those in today’s consoles. Of course, console-like graphics wouldn’t be enough for hardcore gamers, but that’s why we have dedicated graphics cards right?
Regardless, one shouldn’t expect both of AMD’s upcoming Raven Ridge APUs to be released anytime soon – rumours are suggesting sometime next year. And like always, as with any rumours, take this one with a pinch of 14nm salt folks.