AMD Next-Gen Kraken Point APUs To Target Mainstream Laptops, Feature 8 Cores Based on Zen 5 & Zen 5C

AMD’s next-gen Kraken Point APUs are reportedly going to feature a combination of Zen 5 and Zen 5C cores alongside the RDNA 3.5 GPU core.

AMD Kraken Point APUs To Target Mainstream Arrow Lake CPUs: Hybrid Zen 5 & Zen 5C CPU Cores & RDNA 3.5 GPU Cores

AMD’s 2024 laptop lineup is going to be very extensive with Hawk Point hitting retail in February and Strix Point hitting retail in the second half of 2024. Meanwhile, AMD also has its more premium chips for 2025 which come in the form of Strix Point Halo, Fire Range, and Kraken Point. This broad portfolio of APUs will be tackling Intel’s Arrow Lake, Lunar Lake, and future Panther Lake chips that will be offered in the same mobility segment.

For Kraken Point, it is expected to enter the laptop market in the more mainstream segment. While Strix Point Halo would feature up to 16 cores and Strix Point standard would feature up to 12 cores, Kraken Point will be offered in 8 core configuration but utilize the same hybrid Zen 5 and Zen 5C cores for the CPU and an RDNA 3.5 GPU for integrated graphics.

The cores will be split into 4 Zen 5 and 4 Zen 5C configurations with the Zen 5 cores operating at higher clock speeds while the Zen 5C cores offer the same ISA but slightly lower clocks to maintain their higher efficiency. Based on previous information, we know that Zen 5 is codenamed Nirvana while Zen 5C is codenamed Prometheus.

As for the GPU, the RDNA 3.5 integrated graphics will likely bring with it some nice efficiency & clock speed improvement. It is expected to feature 4 WGPs or 8 Compute Units so that’s 512 SPs versus the 6 WGPs or 12 Compute Units featured on the current Hawk Point APUs.

The good thing about Kraken Point is that laptop manufacturers won’t have to do a lot of homework to make these chips compatible with existing platforms since Strix Point and Kraken Point will mostly be the same design besides some minor changes. These chips will also get the latest XDNA 2 “Ryzen AI” engine with almost 50 TOPs of AI NPU performance which will be best for the AI PC ecosystem.

Besides Kraken Point, previous information has also suggested that AMD will be releasing a refresh of its Hawk Point APUs known as Escher which will serve the $500-$800 US segment. Both chips are targeting a 2025 launch so we won’t hear much about them till the next CES but that’s also when Intel is expected to officially take the lid off its Arrow Lake CPUs so stay tuned.

AMD Ryzen Mobility CPUs:

CPU Family Name AMD Krackan Point AMD Fire Range AMD Strix Point Halo AMD Strix Point AMD Hawk Point AMD Dragon Range AMD Phoenix AMD Rembrandt AMD Cezanne AMD Renoir AMD Picasso AMD Raven Ridge
Family Branding AMD Ryzen 9040 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 8055 (HX-Series) AMD Ryzen 8050 (H-Series) AMD Ryzen 8050 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 8040 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 7045 (HX-Series) AMD Ryzen 7040 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 6000
AMD Ryzen 7035
AMD Ryzen 5000 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 4000 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 3000 (H/U-Series) AMD Ryzen 2000 (H/U-Series)
Process Node 4nm 5nm 4nm 4nm 4nm 5nm 4nm 6nm 7nm 7nm 12nm 14nm
CPU Core Architecture Zen 5 Zen 5 Zen 5C Zen 5 + Zen 5C Zen 4 + Zen 4C Zen 4 Zen 4 Zen 3+ Zen 3 Zen 2 Zen + Zen 1
CPU Cores/Threads (Max) 8/16 16/32 16/32 12/24 8/16 16/32 8/16 8/16 8/16 8/16 4/8 4/8
L2 Cache (Max) TBD TBD TBD TBD 4 MB 16 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB 2 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache (Max) 32 MB TBD 64 MB 32 MB 16 MB 32 MB 16 MB 16 MB 16 MB 8 MB 4 MB 4 MB
Max CPU Clocks TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD 5.4 GHz 5.2 GHz 5.0 GHz (Ryzen 9 6980HX) 4.80 GHz (Ryzen 9 5980HX) 4.3 GHz (Ryzen 9 4900HS) 4.0 GHz (Ryzen 7 3750H) 3.8 GHz (Ryzen 7 2800H)
GPU Core Architecture RDNA 3+ 4nm iGPU RDNA 3+ 4nm iGPU RDNA 3+ 4nm iGPU RDNA 3+ 4nm iGPU RDNA 3 4nm iGPU RDNA 2 6nm iGPU RDNA 3 4nm iGPU RDNA 2 6nm iGPU Vega Enhanced 7nm Vega Enhanced 7nm Vega 14nm Vega 14nm
Max GPU Cores 12 CUs (786 cores) 2 CUs (128 cores) 40 CUs (2560 Cores) 16 CUs (1024 Cores) 12 CUs (786 cores) 2 CUs (128 cores) 12 CUs (786 cores) 12 CUs (786 cores) 8 CUs (512 cores) 8 CUs (512 cores) 10 CUs (640 Cores) 11 CUs (704 cores)
Max GPU Clocks TBD TBD TBD TBD 2800 MHz 2200 MHz 2800 MHz 2400 MHz 2100 MHz 1750 MHz 1400 MHz 1300 MHz
TDP (cTDP Down/Up) 15W-45W (65W cTDP) 55W-75W (65W cTDP) 25-125W 15W-45W (65W cTDP) 15W-45W (65W cTDP) 55W-75W (65W cTDP) 15W-45W (65W cTDP) 15W-55W (65W cTDP) 15W -54W(54W cTDP) 15W-45W (65W cTDP) 12-35W (35W cTDP) 35W-45W (65W cTDP)
Launch 2025? 2H 2024? 2H 2024? 2H 2024 Q1 2024 Q1 2023 Q2 2023 Q1 2022 Q1 2021 Q2 2020 Q1 2019 Q4 2018

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