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AMD Prepares 7nm "Renoir X" Processors Lacking Integrated Graphics, and "Vermeer S"

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2021/12/01 09:38:48 (permalink)
https://www.techpowerup.com/289497/amd-prepares-7nm-renoir-x-processors-lacking-integrated-graphics-and-vermeer-s
 
AMD apparently finds itself with quite a bit of undigested 7 nm "Renoir" silicon, which it plans to repackage as Socket AM4 processors, reports VideoCardz, citing sources on ChipHell forums. The most interesting aspect of this leak is that the silicon variant, codenamed "Renoir X," comes with a disabled iGPU. This is hence a case of AMD harvesting enough "Renoir" dies with faulty iGPU components, to sell them off as desktop processors. It is also learned that these chips don't feature all of the 8 "Zen 2" CPU cores present on the silicon, but rather AMD is looking to carve out entry-level SKUs, such as the Ryzen 3 or Athlon. The company lacks Athlon desktop SKUs based on "Zen 2" or later, although traditionally the company sought to include some basic iGPU solution with its Athlon SKUs.

In related news, the source reports that AMD will refresh its Ryzen desktop processor family with the new "Vermeer S" Ryzen processors. Built on the existing Socket AM4 package, these use AMD's "Zen 3" CCDs that feature 3D Vertical Cache (3DV Cache), much like the recently announced EPYC "Milan X" server processors. AMD claimed that the 3DV Cache technology has a significant performance uplift on performance akin to a generational update. These could be the company's first response to Intel Core "Alder Lake," although since they're based on the older AM4 platform, could only feature DDR4 and PCIe Gen 4. Much like the Ryzen 3000XT series, these appear to be a stopgap product lineup, with AMD targeting late-Q2/early-Q3 for next-generation "Raphael" Socket AM5 processors based on the "Zen 4" architecture, with DDR5 and PCIe Gen 5.
 
This is a great idea instead of tossing chips in the bin. Hopefully when AM5 socket processors are ready there will be more DDR5 memory available. 

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    Re: AMD Prepares 7nm "Renoir X" Processors Lacking Integrated Graphics, and "Vermeer S" 2021/12/01 10:46:13 (permalink)
    With the chip shortage, this is a smart move for AMD and others including NVIDIA and the 2060 12GB GPU.  These days, whatever you can scrounge from the discard pile to make another product will sell.


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    Re: AMD Prepares 7nm "Renoir X" Processors Lacking Integrated Graphics, and "Vermeer S" 2021/12/01 11:49:58 (permalink)
    Flint 1760
     These days, whatever you can scrounge from the discard pile to make another product will sell.



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