A detailed analysis of a new mystery AMD APU has appeared online this week. The APU includes a 4.0GHz octa-core processor and an unknown graphics processing unit, with 16GB of GDDRX memory shared between RAM (12GB) and VRAM (4GB). This puts it fairly in line with some modern APU applications, which is what the benchmarks are allegedly based on. The leak over on Reddit compared the device to a Subor Z+.
I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is a Subor Z+? It was originally a Chinese-made games console that combined a custom Windows 10 machine with a modified AMD APU. Zhongshan Subor, a Chinese firm, was originally working to bring the console to Chinese markets for years, before missing their original 2018 ship date. The company apparently scrapped the effort in mid-2019, shuttering the Shanghai office working on the project.
The console used a custom AMD chipset which combined Zen CPU cores with a 24-CU Vega GPU — a setup which makes it relevant here as this is similar to the next-generation consoles according to current rumors — if you want to know more about the Subor Z+, check out the video below.
Going back to the PS5 and Xbox Series X, these new leaks suggest a major powerhouse compared to current gen consoles is headed our way. The original the Xbox One is packing an eight-core CPU clocked at 1.75 GHz on all cores, with an 853 MHz GPU, 500GB of local storage, 8GB RAM with 32MB of eS RAM embedded memory. The PS4 runs very similarly, with the same core count and comparable RAM loadout, and a 1.6 Ghz CPU on a 2.75 Ghz capable chip.
The new leaks compare the mystery AMD APU in some tests to an R9 3900X paired with a 1660 Super GPU in synthetic benchmarks, with similar results. The deeper look even namechecks the AMD Flute APU as a possible candidate. This was a new Zen architecture revealed in the last year, and the SoC has long been rumored to power the PS5.
These leaks are interesting, but the real determining factor could be price for many. Microsoft previously revived it’s thought to be dead Lockhart system, competing with the PS5 by offering a more affordable system with lower specs than the base Series X. Previous leaks have suggested that the more affordable Xbox will be $100 cheaper than the $499.99 PS5, which, in turn, will be $100 less expensive than the Xbox Series X. The console wars are heating up you guys. Previous leaks have confirmed the I/O for Microsoft’s new hardware as well.