AMD Zen 5 Unveiled: Mobile Lineup Details Leaked

With less than two months remaining until AMD’s keynote at Computex 2024, information regarding the Zen 5 has been surfacing with increasing frequency. Recently, an online community member leaked detailed core configurations for AMD’s Zen 5 mobile platforms: the Strix Point series will feature 12 cores and 24 threads, the Kraken Point series will have 8 cores and 16 threads, and the Sonoma Valley series, focused on low power consumption, will offer 4 cores and 8 threads.

The leaks suggest that both the Strix Point and Kraken Point series will employ a hybrid design of Zen 5 and Zen 5c cores. Specifically, the Strix Point series will include 4 Zen 5 cores and 8 Zen 5c cores, while the Kraken Point series will reduce the number of Zen 5c cores, resulting in a configuration of 4 Zen 5 cores and 4 Zen 5c cores. Both series will utilize integrated graphics based on the RDNA 3+ architecture, with 16 and 8 compute units, respectively. It is understood that the Zen 5c cores, internally organized into 32-core units with 16 per cluster forming two CCXs, each CCX sharing 32MB of L3 cache and each core equipped with 1MB of L2 cache, offer a higher core count, greater cache capacity, and lower operating voltage compared to the larger Zen 5 cores.

Moreover, the Strix Point series is expected to include a variant with an advanced chiplet design, elevating the core configuration to 16 cores and 32 threads, alongside 40 RDNA 3+ compute units, although the precise configuration of Zen 5 and Zen 5c cores remains unclear.

As for the Sonoma Valley series, it is entirely designed around Zen 5c cores and is rumored to be used in the next-generation Steam Deck. Compared to the current Steam Deck’s Aeirth SoC, which is based on the Zen 4 architecture with 2 cores and 4 threads, Sonoma Valley represents a significant upgrade. Notably, rumors indicate that AMD might employ Samsung’s 4nm process to manufacture lower-end APU and GPU chips, with the expectation that Sonoma Valley could potentially be produced in Samsung’s foundries.