Ever since AMD’s new Ryzen chips were announced, the focus has been on the “Moar Cores” front. The 8C/16T 1800X and 2700X for consumers, 32 Core Threadrippers for the enthusiasts and professionals and lastly the recently announced 64-core Rome mega-chip for servers. All these developments have propelled AMD’s stake in all the sections of the CPU market. However, there is one particular department where AMD used to call the shots that has been rather neglected- the APU space. The Ryzen 2000U is the only Zen based APU lineup as of now.
There’s a new leak that suggests that AMD may be prepping a new APU lineup for the coming year. Given that the Bristol Ridge and Raven Ridge APUs are already built on the Zen architecture, it wouldn’t make much sense to use Zen+ in the 3000U series as the performance delta won’t be significant. Unlike the mainstream Ryzen chips, the APUs cater to a niche market and a new lineup based on the Zen2 architecture would be a more ideal solution.
The leaked CPU is codenamed ZM370SC4T4MFG_38/22_Y. The 38 points to the 3.8 GHz boost clock and 22 refers to the 2.2 GHz base clock. As it stands, the supposed 3700U would feature the same C/T config of 4/8 as its predecessor.
Although UserBenchmark recognizes the GPU as Picasso, SiSoft Sandra dubs it as the Radeon RX Vega 10. It’s possible Picasso is after all leveraging the Vega 10 GPU micro-architecture.
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