AMD’s laptop and desktop roadmap for 2024 includes Zen 5 Strix Point and Granite Ridge processors

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Professional and workstation users will be happy to know that AMD will port its Zen 4 cores over to the Threadripper family. It’s great news considering that HEDT processors have been fading away in the last couple of years. However, AMD’s roadmap only shows the Threadripper branding, so it’s unknown whether Zen 4 will come to the vanilla Threadripper and Pro counterparts or only the latter. With Zen 3, AMD only released the Threadripper Pro 5000 WX series. The non-Pro versions have yet to come, and they maybe never will.

AMD announced new roadmaps for future desktop and mobile CPUs spanning 2024 at its Financial Analyst Day 2022. On the desktop, AMD will release the Ryzen 7000 (Raphael) army this autumn, but it won’t be the last time we hear about Zen 4. According to AMD’s desktop CPU roadmap, Ryzen 7000 will receive 3D V-Cache. As a result, we may expect at the very least a successor to AMD’s current Ryzen 7 5700X3D. Unfortunately, the chipmaker did not say if it plans to provide additional SKUs this time.

Highlights

  • For mobile, AMD is currently on the 6nm Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) lineup that brought Zen 3+ cores and RDNA graphics into a single package. Phoenix Point, the successor to Rembrandt, will wield Zen 4 cores, RDNA 3 graphics, and Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE) hailing from Xilinx. TSMC will produce Phoenix Point for AMD on the foundry’s latest 4nm process node.

  • Assuming no setbacks, Zen 5 won’t arrive until 2024. That means that AMD will give Zen 4 at least two years of shelf life. The codename for Zen 5 is Granite Ridge, and AMD refers to an “advanced node” for the future chips. We assume they’ll come out of the 4nm or 3nm furnace. Supposing that AMD doesn’t pull another Ryzen 7000 on us and skip a ‘1000’ entirely, the Zen 5 chips will likely debut as the Ryzen 8000 series. AMD has confirmed that AM5 will be a long-lived platform similar to what AM4 represented. Therefore, Granite Ridge will slot into the AM5 socket.

Strix Point, which lands in 2024, will wield AMD’s Zen 5 cores and RDNA 3+ graphics and retains the same AIE. RDNA 3+ is likely a refresh of the RDNA 3 engine with improved performance per watt. Strix Point’s configuration suggests that AMD gives its mobile chips a slight pause between RDNA 3 and RDNA 4. AMD’s roadmap only shows Strix Point with Zen 5 cores. However, a leaked roadmap claimed Strix Point might have a hybrid design like Intel’s 12th Generation Alder Lake chips. The rumor pointed to Zen 5 and Zen 4D cores, with the latter presumably being a power-optimized variant of Zen 4. Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

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