Ryzen 6000 leak hints that AMD’s next-gen APUs will see a significant graphical boost

A new Ryzen 6000 leak hints that AMD’s next-generation APUs, codenamed “Rembrandt,” will pack a massive punch based on its rumored Zen 3+ CPU and RDNA 2 GPU architecture.

Pairing RDNA 2 graphics with the Zen 3+ refresh means that the upcoming Rembrandt APUs will have the potential to play games at decent frame rates and resolutions, without the need for a discrete GPU.

AMD’s APU lineup serves as an all-in-one package designed to act simultaneously as a central processing unit and graphics processing unit. The powerful Ryzen 6000, in particular, is expected to launch around early 2022. (Read: AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT GPU leaked, may outperform anything from NVIDIA)

The Ryzen 6000 leak originates from a claim by Twitter account ExecutableFix on May 8 that Rembrandt is RDNA 2-based with a maximum of 12 compute units (CUs). Moreover, a previous tweet from April claimed that Rembrandt would use Zen 3+ through TSMC’s 6nm processor.

Zen 3+, the refresh to the Zen 3 CPU microarchitecture released in November 2020, was expected to arrive later this year. But it was recently reported to have disappeared from AMD’s roadmaps. It was speculated to be canceled until the latest rumors of its incorporation in the Rembrandt APU.

AMD reserves its integrated graphics for desktop and mobile APU systems, compared to rival company Intel that has integrated graphics in most of its chips. Meanwhile, AMD’s Vega graphics architecture, already viewed as dated by some users, is still found in its APUs.

Consequently, an update to the graphics cores in the company’s APU lineup is more than timely, This is not to discount the ability of their systems, however, to run the latest games at acceptable performance under proper settings.

For perspective, both Sony and Xbox use AMD CPUs and GPUs for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, respectively. RDNA 2 graphics are the foundation for these latest-generation video game consoles.

Features of the RDNA 2 architecture, according to the AMD website, include an enhanced compute unit, hardware-accelerated ray tracing, and AMD’s Infinity Cache that promises power-efficient performance.

AMD just last month introduced its new Ryzen 5000 G-series. Unfortunately, this APU is still powered by Vega graphics, much to the dismay of PC users.

The Ryzen 6000 leak then raises hope that AMD’s future APUs will have a significant GPU upgrade—arguably long overdue in AMD’s APU lineup.

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