Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, has officially announced that all AMD Zen APUs including desktop and portable / embedded products will use four Zen cores with Polaris graphics.
All AMD Zen APUs will have Polaris Graphics
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AMD Zen APUs will have several versions, all with Zen four cores and up to 11 GCN cores, as a result, laptops and embedded products may have up to 704 Stream Processors. To get an idea of their performance, Radeon R7 360 incorporates 768 Stream Processors based on Tobago Pro silicon (GCN 1.1 vs GCN 4.0), so if we talk about performance gain, these new APUs will be able to run any game available in the market at decent frame rates.
The new Polaris architecture will not only help to reduce the power consumption, but also increase the performance in the multimedia environment. The new APUs support the H.265 10 – bit encoding and decoding, same with the VP9 codec and will create equipment with up to four video outputs with HDMI 2.0 or using DisplayPort 1.4. Also, it will support USB 3.1 ports, USB Type-C or NVMe storage units.
All this will be linked to Thermal Design Power (TDPs) ranging between 45 and 65W for the socket AM4 version and 12 and 45 watts for portable embedded versions. Unfortunately, AMD Zen APUs are expected to go on sale at the end of current year.