AMD Ryzen 5000 ‘Cezanne’ APUs With Vega GPU, Entry-Level Athlon 4000 Will Come With RDNA Graphics?

The AMD Ryzen 5000 Series APUs, codenamed ‘Cezanne’, recently appeared online. These are expected to succeed the AMD Ryzen 4000 Series. Incidentally, it has been nearly confirmed that despite being based on the new 7nm ZEN 3 architecture, the AMD Ryzen 5000 Series APUs will still pack Vega graphics.

AMD Cezanne is expected to launch under Ryzen 5000 Series next year. This is a successor to AMD Renoir. Needless to mention, the recently-launched AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobility APUs with Vega graphics onboard have been giving Intel a very tough competition. It has been indicated that AMD is readying these powerful yet energy-efficient mobility chips for desktop application as well. New reports indicate the AMD Ryzen 5000 Series APUs, codenamed ‘Cezanne’, will succeed these Renoir APUs and will be based on the new ZEN 3 architecture. However, these chips will pack the same Vega GPUs onboard.

AMD Future Roadmap For Mobility And Desktop Processors Becomes Evident:

After AMD finetunes the ZEN 2-based AMD Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ APUs for desktop application, it will gradually release a new generation of chips that will be based on ZEN 3 architecture. Currently codenamed ‘Cezanne’, these will be manufactured on the 7nm Fabrication Node. AMD Cezanne is expected to launch under Ryzen 5000G, H, and U Series, and will be intended for laptops as well as desktops just like the Renoir APUs.

It is now being reported that Cezanne APUs are still in an A0 stepping, which means an early stage of development. On the other hand, the AMD ‘Vermeer’ (Ryzen 4000 for desktop application) is already on B0 stepping, which is more or less the final state and the processors should be ready for mass production.

The AMD Ryzen 5000 Series APUs are now confirmed to feature Vega graphics. Although not confirmed yet, it is quite likely that these APUs will have the final ‘refresh’ of Vega onboard graphics. These GPUs have been used by AMD inside Picasso APUs and were later refreshed for Renoir silicon.

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Apart from these APUs, AMD is also expected to unveil its Van Gogh silicon for low-power APUs. These could be a successor to the just-released ‘Dali’ APUs under the affordable and entry-level Athlon 3000U series. Strangely, Van Gogh is expected to feature the next-generation RDNA-based GPU cores, despite the CPU cores being based on the current-generation ZEN 2 architecture. It is not clear why AMD is pairing ZEN 2 Cores with RDNA GPUs.

Nonetheless, a real evolutionary leap is expected to take place with the AMD Ryzen 6000 Series, codenamed ‘Rembrandt’. The successor to Cezanne, the Rembrandt APUs will not only be based on the ZEN 3 architecture but will also pack the next-gen RDNA graphics. Needless to add, these will mean the inclusion of new CPU and GPU generations.

AMD’s Transition From AM4 To AM5 Socket To Fastrack New APU Development?

AMD will shift to a new socket and will abandon the AM4 socket starting next year. Needless to mention, the AM4 socket has managed to survive multiple CPU and APU generations. It is still considered by desktop computer buyers who might upgrade their processors next year. AMD has recently backtracked and confirmed its upcoming new CPUs will be compatible with the AM4 socket.

There have been reports about CPUs codenamed Warhol and Raphael that will come after AMD Vermeer. Hence it is quite likely that AMD ‘Warhol’ could be an interim series while the company completes the transition from AM4 to AM5. Warhol’s successor Raphael could bring the next-gen ZEN 4 cores. This would be one of the biggest evolutionary leaps for the AMD Ryzen family as the company will make the shift from 7nm to 5nm and introduce support for DDR5 memory.

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