AMD Gonzalo SoC Appears – A Console APU with Zen Cores and Navi Graphics

AMD Gonzalo SoC Appears - A Console APU with Zen Cores and Navi Graphics

AMD Gonzalo SoC Appears – A Console APU with Zen Cores and Navi Graphics

At CES 2019, Microsoft confirmed that they plan to continue working with AMD on future products, an indication that the next-generation Xbox will be another AMD powered system. 

For future consoles, AMD has plenty of hardware upgrades that Microsoft can choose from, with an upgrade from the Xbox One’s Jaguar CPU core to the company’s new Zen architecture sitting high on the consoles upgrade list. On the graphics side, Microsoft also has the option to adopt Radeon’s planned Navi architecture, taking on Vega’s useful traits in the process, such as 2x FP16 computational throughput, what AMD calls “Rapid Packed Math”.

TUM_APISAK, a well-known leaker within PC hardware circles, has revealed a new chip called AMD Gonzalo, a new gaming chip that could act as the base of a future console. 

The AMD 2G16002CE8JA2_32/10/10_13E9 code can mean many things, but based on older AMD products we can guess that the “G” stands for gaming, with the D in older AMD product codes referring to Desktop, M for Mobile, etc. The 32 likely stands for a boost clock speed of 3.2GHz, while the 10_13E9 is a potential reference to a Radeon graphics chip, with TUM_APISAK referring to it as Navi 10 Lite. 

At this time it is unknown whether or not this chip is based on AMD’s Zen 2 architecture, but the Gonzalo code refers to a processor with eight cores and an unknown L3 cache size. If this product is 7nm, the use of Zen 2 cores is more likely.  

Rumour has it that Sony was a major investor in the development of AMD’s Navi GPU architecture, making it possible that this silicon could be the baseline for their PlayStation 5 console. 

  

AMD Gonzalo SoC Appears - A Console APU with Zen Cores and Navi Graphics  

Microsoft confirmed that they were working on a next-generation Xbox at E3 2018, making it possible that the company will reveal more information about their future hardware plans at E3 2019. This would add a lot more context to Microsoft’s presence at AMD’s CES 2019 keynote, though it is possible that Gonzalo is a product design for another manufacturer. 

For those that say that Gonzalo’s 3.2GHz boost clock is low for Zen, remember that consoles are designed to produce relatively little heat and sit inside moderate power envelopes. The Xbox One S has its CPU clocked at 1.75GHz while the Xbox One X has its CPU clocked at 2.3GHz. This makes a Zen processor that can boost a 3.2GHz a colossal improvement for consoles in pure CPU power, both architecturally and in terms of raw clock speeds. 

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