Big Improvements to L1 and L2 cache are also coming along with Hybrid design to compete with Intel.
In 2024, AMD is expected to release its latest Zen 5 CPUs and Strix Point APUs. Reports suggest that the Zen 5 will feature a hybrid architecture, similar to Intel’s recent efforts, to improve performance and speed. The Zen 5 CPUs are rumored to significantly improve IPC (instructions per cycle), with gains of up to 30% compared to the previous Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 chips.
Insider information and rumors have provided some details about the potential features of the Zen 5. Leaker RedGamingTech suggests that the Zen 5 will have 8 cores per core cluster, with up to 32 in the flagship Ryzen 9 8000 SKUs. The Infinity Fabric has not been improved, causing potential scaling issues.
The Ryzen 8000 Zen 5 CPUs are expected to significantly change the cache structure. The L1 cache could be larger, and the L2 cache could be unified across a CCX. The L3 cache may be shared by all core clusters or work as usual, with a potential “MCD shared” L4 cache for APUs.
This generation is also important as it will go into the next wave of Handheld gaming devices like Steam Deck 2. Still, all of this information is unconfirmed and stay tuned for the official announcement.