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posted by martyb on Sunday August 05 2018, @12:25AM   Printer-friendly
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AMD Creates Quad Core Zen SoC with 24 Vega CUs for Chinese Consoles

AMD has cornered the x86 console market with its handy semi-custom mix of processors and graphics. While we slowly await the next generation of consoles from Microsoft and Sony, today AMD and Zhongshan Subor announced that a custom chip has been made for a new gaming PC and an upcoming console for the Chinese market.

The announcement states that a custom chip has been created for Subor that is based on four Zen cores running at 3.0 GHz and 24 compute units of Vega running at 1.3 GHz. The chip is supported by 8GB of GDDR5 memory, which the press release states is also embedded onto the chip, however it is likely to actually be on the package instead. Compare this to the specifications of AMD's current SoC designs, such as the Ryzen 5 2400G, which has four Zen cores and 11 Vega CUs. Or Intel's multi-chip design featuring four Intel cores and an AMD-based 24 compute unit GPU paired with 4GB of HBM2 memory. There is also AMD's Vega Mobile chip, which is expected to be in the 24-32 compute unit range, however this is also paired with 4GB of HBM2.

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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 05 2018, @12:52AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 05 2018, @12:52AM (#717385)

    Best press release I've read all day.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 05 2018, @01:14AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 05 2018, @01:14AM (#717392)

    Now the old polystation is getting uplifted, put some good ripoff titles and wait for it to appear on aliexpress.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 05 2018, @09:28AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 05 2018, @09:28AM (#717473) []

    I guess it's a precursor to where the x86 is headed considering printing your own board and power circuitry and dropping the expansion slots is quite cheap and with all the new exploit discoveries coming out you just can't use an x86 to safely run arbitrary code anymore.

    I say, good riddance.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 05 2018, @05:29PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 05 2018, @05:29PM (#717554)

      Both the XbOne and PS4 are AMD x86 based already...

    • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Sunday August 05 2018, @10:56PM (1 child)

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Sunday August 05 2018, @10:56PM (#717654)

      I have one of these []running pfSense as my firewall/router/ etc and it works really well.

      The system described in TFA would be massive overkill for that, but in a few years when I need a new one, why not?