AMD is days away from unveiling their new Ryzen 6000 APUs at CES 2022 along with a bunch of new GPUs and potentially even a new image scaling tech. Out of those, the new APUs are definitely the talk of the town for various reasons, such as being the first AMD Zen processors to come with an RDNA2 iGPU. We’ve seen many leaks and reports surrounding these chips for the past few months, but today it seems like the detailed specs of these APUs have finally surfaced. At least, partially.
Wccftech has pulled the curtain on most of the specs of three APUs from the upcoming Ryzen 6000 series. These three APUs are all towards the higher-end of the spectrum as they all feature 8 cores, 16 threads with 16MB of L3 cache. There is no word on the 6-core SKUs at the moment so this leak doesn’t cover them.
Nevertheless, All of the following APUs are based on the new Zen3+ architecture built on TSMC‘s 6nm node. This will bring notable improvements to efficiency and performance. Two of the APUs today are “HX” variants while one is a simple “H” variant. For those of you who’re unaware, the H stands for high-performance and the X stands for unlocked/overclockable.
AMD Rembrandt APUs
The first APU to talk about is, perhaps, the most exciting one: Ryzen 9 6980HX. This is a direct successor to the mysterious 5980HX chip that still hasn’t been available in any commercially sold laptop to date. Regardless, the 6980HX is the end-all-be-all flagship of the bunch with a 45W+TDP that can be tuned accordingly by the manufacturers.
Moreover, it also is fully overclockable so a beefy cooling solution is pretty much a given to keep this chip under control. The Ryzen 9 6980HX will also become the first-ever AMD Ryzen processor to hit and break the 5.0Ghz barrier as the chip has a 5Ghz boost clock. The base clock is unknown.
Moving on, the second APU leaked today is the Ryzen 6900HX. This is essentially the sane version of the 6980HX so everything that applies to that chip also applies to this one, like a beefy cooling solution and variable TDP, etc. It has a 4.9Ghz boost clock with a 45W+ TDP and this one will also be overclockable.
Last of the bunch is the Ryzen 7 6800H. This chip features a 4.7Ghz boost clock and a 35-45W locked TDP since the chip won’t be overclockable and manufacturers can’t go past 45W when it comes to thermal output. Another thing that separates this Bourgeois chip from the HX Proletariat is the use of different memory. The HX SKUs will be equipped with blazing-fast 4800Mhz DDR5 memory while the H variants will be stuck with LPDDR5-5200Mhz RAM.
You’ll not that integrated graphics specs are notably absent in this leak and that’s because Wccftech did not get any word on what RDNA2 iGPUs will be inside any of these chips or what their subsequent specs will be. But, don’t worry as Rembrandt will mark the debut of RDNA2 iGPUs, as you’ll see in a bit.
Ryzen 6000 Pictured
In an unexpected reveal, Videocardz also got their hands on two pictures showing off AMD Ryzen 6000 from their close sources. In the picture below, you can see the motherboard of an upcoming Alienware m17 R5 laptop featuring a Ryzen 6000 APU, in particular the 6900HX. According to their sources, this laptop is supposed to be fastest under the AMD Advantage program, as it will feature up to a 6980HX processor and RX 6850M XT graphics.
In the picture above you saw the APU along with the RDNA2 GPU it has been paired with: the Radeon RX 6700. We’ll talk about the newest addition to the Radeon RX 6000M family in the end. Before that, we also have an up close, albeit blurry, picture of the APU to look at as well. The Ryzen 6000 APUs will use a FP7 package which has the same physical size as the existing FP6 package, 25x35mm. The die size should be a little bigger, though, at 208mm².
Moreover, the AMD Ryzen 6000 block diagram has also just been leaked by ExecutableFix. Taking a look at the diagram, we can get confirmation that the APU will, in fact, have 8 cores and 16 threads with DDR5 support, along with a PCIe Gen4 interface. More importantly, though, this diagram shows 6 Workgroup Processors inside the die that are based on AMD Navi, aka RDNA 2, reassuring that RDNA2 iGPUs are coming.
AMD Radeon RX 6850M XT
Lastly, before we leave here, the newest addition to AMD’s mobile RX 6000 family was alo leaked by Wccftech today. The RX 6850M XT is essentially just a refreshed RX 6000M. It will feature an enhanced Navi 22 GPU based on the same 6nm process as before. We’ll likely see the same 12GB of GDDR6 memory as well. No word on clock speeds yet. However, we will see a decrease in total TDP as compared to the existing flagship. The total TDP with AMD’s SmartShift tech is listed at 175W which is significantly lower than the 230W max TDP seen in the RX 6000M.
Expect a 10-15% increase in performance thanks to better optimization and clock management. Going forward, it will become the new flagship AMD RX 6000M-series GPU. Not only that, but apparently there’s a new technology AMD has spewed up that will help Radeon RX 6000 GPUs work in tandem with RDNA2 iGPUs inside Ryzen Rembrandt APUs to provide even better performance and efficiency.
All of these products will be seeing an official unveiling at CES 2022 where AMD has a show on January 4th. Apart from these three APUs and a new mobile GPU, there will be tons more announcements where AMD will try to reassert their dominance over the market after a hungry Intel has suddenly awakened. The company will announce their full Ryzen 6000 APU lineup along with highlighting a bunch of laptops that will frontline these products.