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What just happened? A new leak has seemingly revealed key specifications of AMD’s Ryzen 8000 series of desktop processors, codenamed Granite Ridge. As per the report, the lineup will max out at 16 cores and 32 threads, which is the same as the current generation Zen 4 chips, with the top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 7950x also offering 16 cores and 32 threads.
The report, which comes from German blog PC Games Hardware, also confirms that the Ryzen 8000 series will use AMD’s Zen 5 CPU architecture and will be built on TSMC’s N3E or N3P manufacturing node. The leaked document reportedly comes from one of AMD’s board partners, meaning the information is likely to be fairly accurate.
The document also reveals that the Zen 5 CCDs are codenamed ‘Eldora,’ while the Zen 5 CPU cores are called ‘Nirvana’ internally within AMD. It claims that the entry-level Zen 5 CPU will come with a minimum of six cores, and that the maximum TDP for the chips would be 170W. Their caches are also said to be identical to that of their Zen 4 predecessors, meaning they could come with up to 16MB of L2 cache and 64MB of L3.
The new leak doesn’t reveal anything else about the Ryzen 8000 lineup, including anything about their clock speeds, but it does suggest that they will launch in the second half of 2024. If the rumored roadmap holds up, it will put the Ryzen 8000 series squarely in competition with Intel’s Meteor Lake lineup, which is also set to arrive sometime next year.
Meanwhile, a leaked AMD product roadmap published by popular YouTube channel Moore’s Law is Dead seems to contradict some of the leaked information published by PC Games Hardware. As per the video, Granite Ridge does not refer to the Ryzen 8000 desktop series, but rather embedded solutions. However, it also confirms the 6-16 core count and the 65-170W TDP range. The slide also seems to suggest that the Granite Ridge lineup could enter production between Q1 2024 and Q1 2025.
Neither the leaked document nor the YouTube video, however, says anything about the Ryzen 8000X3D series, although AMD has confirmed that Zen 5-based 3D V-Cache SKUs are in the works. As reported by VideoCardz, the company is yet to reveal whether those chips will be meant for the consumer desktop market, so it will be interesting to see how AMD will position its Ryzen 8000 3D V-Cache lineup.
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