AMD will officially unveil its new processors and graphics cards in early January, with the Ryzen 6000 line of CPUs and APUs expected to be among the first for both desktops and laptops. The latter will be headed by AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX, the characteristics of which were published by the source.
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX will receive 8 processing cores and will execute 16 threads. The cores will be based on the Zen 3+ architecture – an improved version of the current Zen 3, and the APU will be manufactured using the 6nm process technology. The maximum frequency will be 4.6 GHz, that is, it will be on the level of the Ryzen 9 5900HX, but the power consumption may be slightly reduced.
The APU will receive 16 MB of L3 cache and 4 MB of L2 cache. There will be no 3D V-Cache technology, but the source says about support for DDR5-4800 MHz memory, and this is a very important point.
DDR5 is not nearly as important to CPU and system performance as it is to an integrated GPU, and the Ryzen 9 6900HX will have a brand new RDNA 2 GPU that is far more powerful than the current generation APU. In order to highlight the difference in performance, AMD will even rename the integrated GPUs for the Ryzen 6000: they will be named after the Radeon 6XXM scheme. Specifically in the Ryzen 9 6900HX, the integrated GPU was designated the Radeon 680M.
As AMD’s most powerful mobile APU, the Ryzen 9 6900HX will be paired with the most powerful discrete GPUs, the Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti with 8GB of memory and the RTX 3080 Ti with 16GB of memory, according to the source.