- AMD’s next-gen APUs, codenamed Kraken Point, will feature both Zen 5 and Zen 5C cores and RDNA 3.5 graphics, aiming to bring them to the mainstream laptop market in 2025.
- The rumored Zen 5 CPU lineup, codenamed Granite Ridge, is speculated to be released in April 2024 as the Ryzen 9000 series, targeting both PC gamers and businesses.
- The upcoming Kraken Point APUs will have 8 cores and 16 threads, with a configuration of 4 Zen 5 cores and 4 Zen 5C cores, along with graphics based on RDNA 3.5 architecture.
Amid a busy 2024 for AMD, some details have emerged that the next-gen APUs, codenamed Kraken Point, will feature both Zen 5 and Zen 5C processing cores and RDNA 3.5 graphics. While these Kraken Point processors are not due out until 2025, sources said that AMD will aim to bring Kraken Point to the mainstream laptop market, which should give PC gamers a new way to play on the go.
While not on the market yet, rumors that AMD has already started production of its Zen 5 CPU lineup continued to ramp up. Codenamed Granite Ridge by AMD, these CPUs are speculated to be released sometime in April 2024, and could be sold as the Ryzen 9000 series of desktop processors aimed at both PC gamers and businesses. Currently, the Ryzen 7000 series of desktop CPUs fall under the Zen 4 category, with processors such as the Ryzen 5 7600X and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D chief among them. For laptops, APUs such as the Ryzen 7040 series have filled that niche.
AMD Reveals $330 Radeon RX 7600 XT
During the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show, AMD officially reveals the Radeon RX 7600 XT graphics card for a price aimed at budget PC builders.
But, the laptop market will soon be in for a new addition. According to Wccftech, some details about AMD’s upcoming Kraken Point APUs have started to make the rounds on social media. On Twitter, a user named Olrak29_ claimed that the Kraken Point lineup is stated to have 8 cores and 16 threads. These cores would be divided into four Zen 5 cores and four Zen 5C cores, with the latter having a lower clock speed, but higher efficiency compared to the former. In addition to the Zen 5 CPU architecture, Kraken Point’s graphics will be based on RDNA 3.5, and not the next generation of AMD graphics technology known as RDNA 4. For a point of comparison, the RDNA 3 graphics architecture is what powers GPUs such as the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT.
AMD Ryzen Kraken Point APUs
- Tentative release window: 2025
- Includes eight cores and sixteen threads, with four Zen 5 and four Zen 5C cores each
- Graphics from RDNA 3.5 architecture, and not from RDNA 4
In addition to Kraken Point, both the 2024 and 2025 APU lineups for AMD will include processors from the Strix Point and Hawk Point lines. While the Kraken Point APUs will likely be available on desktops, AMD will also focus on bringing them to the laptop market, and compete with Intel’s upcoming Arrow Lake processors. With Intel ditching the LGA1700 socket and AMD keeping the AM5 socket well into 2025, it remains to be seen how the new processors will perform on a technical level.
Between the upcoming Kraken Point APUs and the imminent release of the Ryzen 7 5700X3D, consumers will have plenty of AMD products to sort through. Only time will tell how the market will react to the Kraken Point APUs once they are released.
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
The Ryzen 9 7945HX3D is an upcoming mobile processor from AMD that will be the first to feature 3D V-Cache in a laptop. The technology was introduced last year with a desktop processor, and it showed a significant performance boost over non-X3D chips. The 7945HX3D is no exception as it is 15% faster than the 7945HX, even though it has a 200MHz lower base clock speed. It packs 16 cores and 32 threads, 55W-75W TGP, 89 degree Celsius maximum operating temperature, and 128MH of L3 cache.
- CPU Model
- Ryzen 9 7945HX3D
- PCIe 4.0 Support
- Zen 4
- TSMC 5nm FinFET
- Base Clock Speed
- Boost Clock Speed
- 1MB L1, 16MB L2, 128MB L3
- Radeon 610M
- Radeon 610M