AMD’s 2021 CPU roadmap has seemingly been leaked, showing Team Red’s aggressive plans for the coming year. The notable codenames included in the leak are Van Gogh, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Warhol, and Raphael. Let’s break it all down:
First, we have Vermeer which is based on the Zen 3 cores and the enhanced (but not EUV) version of TSMC’s 7nm node, slated for a late 2020 launch. Then on the CPU side, we have Warhol which is likely going to be a refresh similar to the Ryzen 3000 XT series reusing the same core and node. Finally, we’ve got Raphael which will use the 5nm EUV process and the Zen 4 core architecture. This will be the first AM5 based lineup with support for PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory. Interestingly, there’s also mention of a Navi iGPU paired with the CPUs. Is AMD planning to include on-board graphics with every CPU like Intel?
On the mobile side, we’ve got the 18W Van Gogh and Cezanne lineups. The former will retain the Zen 2 cores, but utilize the newer Navi 2x GPUs instead of Vega. In contrast, Cezanne will update the CPU to Zen 3 while the Vega 7 will be retained on the graphics side. Van Gogh will also reportedly include CMVL (Computer Vision & Machine Learning) accelerator which will be a first for APUs in general.
Rembrandt which will succeed Cezanne in the mobile and desktop APU side will upgrade both the CPU and GPU to Zen 4 and Navi 2x, respectively. These APUs are expected to launch sometime in late 2021.