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AMD's next-gen Phoenix APUs are rumored to be faster than GTX 1060 and pack up to 24CUs

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AMD recently launched its Ryzen 6000 Rembrandt mobile APUs at the CES 2022 event. The new APUs have Zen 3+ CPU cores and all-new RDNA 2 graphics which make it double the performance of last-gen Vega APUs according to AMD's own claims. While part of this improvement is attributed to the architectural improvements in RDNA 2, AMD has also raised the CU (Compute Unit) count on these chips in this round.

AMD's previous gen Ryzen APUs never packed more than 11 Vega CUs and it even dropped down to 9CUs in Ryzen 4000 and 5000 G-series parts which was compensated for by large clock speed increases. However, with Ryzen 6000, the Red Team has managed to cram in more CUs than ever before with up to 12CUs, thanks to the 7nm process technology, in the form of the Radeon 680M. Alongside that, the GPU core clocks have also increased significantly

However, a rumor alleges that AMD isn't stopping there. According to a new report by YouTuber Red Gaming Tech (RGT), the Radeon division is reportedly planning to make next-gen "Phoenix" (via Patrick Schur on Twitter) parts that can have up to 24 CUs, a doubling of what the company currently offers.

AMD Phoenix rumored specs

At this point, it is unconfirmed whether the GPU architecture will be RDNA 2 or RDNA 3 but RGT itself believes that chances for RDNA 2 are higher.

Using this, Wccftech guesstimates the performance of the flagship 24CU Phoenix APU and the next-gen APU could be faster than the GTX 1060 (~4.375 TFLOPS), which has remained for a long time the most popular discrete video card on Steam.

AMD Phoenix rumored performance

Meanwhile, the smaller 16CU part could be faster than the GTX 1050 Ti (~2.65 TFLOPs), which is another popular budget graphics card. While the TFLOP numbers do suggest even higher performance, do keep in mind that these are APUs and so they depend on the system memory bandwidth.

Source and images: RGT (YouTube) via Wccftech

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