this will be this Strix Point APU with Zen 5 on PC

this will be this strix point apu with zen 5

Tom Henry

this will be this Strix Point APU with Zen 5 on PC

According to the latest rumors, not confirmed by AMD, Lisa Su’s company is considering a AMD Ryzen 9 8900G based on Strix Point. That is, the adaptation to socket AM5 of one of the future APUs based on Zen 5 in a hybrid configuration with Zen 5c cores for laptops.

Adapting a laptop processor to a desktop is very easy, the manufacturer only has to solder it via BGA to an interposer that will route it to the corresponding socket and allow connectivity with it. Well, the reality is that all desktop processors are built this way. Which facilitates the transfer of chips from laptop to desktop when there is a surplus of these.

Strix Point will have a version for AM5: AMD Ryzen 9 8900G

AMD APU Strix Point AM5 Ryzen 9 8900G

At the moment these are just rumors, but one of the monolithic APUs, on a single chip, that AMD will launch for the Zen 5 generation and whose date is expected well into 2024, as it could also appear in its version for motherboards with AM5 socket. We are talking about the chip with the code name Strix Point that as a non-portable CPU will come out under the name of AMD Ryzen 9 8900G.

The specifications of said processor are as follows:

  • 12 cores in hybrid design:
    • 4 core Zen 5.
    • 8 core Zen 5c
    • integrated GPU with architecture RDNA 3.5 with 16 Compute Units.

If confirmed, this CPU would mean the return of AMD APUs back to the desktop after their absence in the 6000 and 7000 series. However, this in turn would be bad news, as the fact that AMD’s desktop CPUs type G exist is due to the fact that they have not found an outlet as a processor for laptops. In other words, the fact that we don’t have the 6000G and 7000G APUs is not a bad sign.

Zen 5c for CPU without overclocking support?

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Although the concept of the compact cores of AMD and Intel is the same, the biggest advantage for those of Lisa Su is that there is not such a difference in performance and capabilities. What’s more, Zen 5 and Zen 5c are designed to perform equally at the same clock speed, with the handicap that Zen 5c cannot reach very high clock speeds.

This does not make the use of Zen 5c cores ideal for environments where the TDP of the processor can move into the 3-digit figures, however, in more constrained environments such as in a laptop or desktop boards for 65W CPUs. , which do not support overclocking, as it is ideal. So we can deduce from the outset that the performance of the Ryzen 9 8900X based on standard Zen 5 cores and reaching higher clock speeds would be much higher in performance.

That is, at certain clock speeds and consumption, one processor will be the same as another. However, this means that for the more modest ranges of processors, such as this Ryzen 9 8900G Strix Point, we may see AMD include compact cores in its entire range of CPUs with a TDP of 65 W.

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