AMD will equip all of its Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 CPUs with integrated graphics, a move that could get rival Intel in trouble, according to online rumors. While AMD already ships its APUs with integrated graphics, the company reportedly plans to equip all of its processors with Navi-based graphics when it moves away from the AM4 socket. This is according to a roadmap put together by a Reddit user who collects rumors from all over the Internet.
If this rumor is true, it would be bad news for Intel. The U.S. chip manufacturer currently ships most of its processors with integrated graphics cards, which means it’s typically the go-to for businesses – and consumers – who don’t want to deal with the added expense of equipping each machine with discrete graphics cards.
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As PC Gamer notes, by implementing an iGPU in each of its processors, there will be almost no reason for IT professionals, nor budget-conscious PC buyers, to side with Intel over AMD.
However, the reported move is probably still a long way off. AMD still has plans for Zen 3, as rumors suggest that the firm’s next-generation Ryzen 6000 CPUs will be based on the 6nm Zen 3+ architecture. Only with the arrival of the 5nm Zen 4 will AMD move from the AM4 socket to the newer AMD 5 platform, which is expected to offer a number of features such as DDR5, LPDDR5, USB 4.0, and PCIe 5.0.
This means that, if the piecemeal roadmap is correct, AMD’s Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000 CPUs, codenamed ‘Raphael’, will likely be the first with built-in Navi graphics. According to users on ChipHell, AMD will move to I/O fabricated on 6nm with this generation, so graphics would be integrated into every processor from now on.
The fragmented roadmap also suggests that AMD’s Ryzen 7000 mobile processor, codenamed ‘Phoenix’, will also come to the desktop, complete with a newer GPU based on RDNA 3. According to rumors, AMD has set an internal goal of achieving 50% better performance per watt with RDNA 3 compared to RDNA 2.
This AMD Zen 4 rumor could be a nightmare for Intel