After the news of the cancellation of Warhol (Zen 3+) broke out, some interesting new rumors sprung up on the internet. Keep in mind that since we’re talking about a lineup that’s set to release three years from now, it’s best to take this with a grain of salt. Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake-S CPUs are going to use the hybrid core architecture in the form of Golden Cove (high-performance) and Grace Mont (low-power). It looks like AMD will be following suit a couple of years later with its Zen 5 based CPUs, codenamed “Strix”.
Strix or “Strix Point” will be launched sometime in 2024 on TSMC’s N3 (3nm) architecture, and similar to Raphael and Phoenix will come with integrated graphics. As per sources, it will feature eight large cores (Zen 5) and four small cores (unknown), and supposedly go up against Intel’s Meteor Lake or its successor.
It’s important to note that AMD hasn’t designed a small core single Jaguar which powered the previous generation consoles and certain APUs, so this will be the company’s first low-power design in several years and the very first homogeneous processor family.
Similar to Zen 4, these processors will utilize the AM5 socket, and as such should be backward compatible with Raphael and Phoenix. They will support DDR5 memory, PCIe 5, and most likely CXL as well. Since we’re looking at a 3nm design, risk production will only begin in early 2023, followed by mass production in the latter half of the year.