A fairly renowned PC hardware leaker has spilled the beans on a new ‘AMD Gonazalo’ chipset that looks as if it’s the custom processor set to be used in the PlayStation 5.
‘TUM_APISAK’ has got the scoop on this one, and, piecing together the dots this likely to form the baseline for next-gen console performance. Both Sony and Microsoft are working with AMD for their upcoming consoles and we could see similar yet custom designs used for their respective APUs.
The product code for the chips is “2G16002CE8JA2_32/10/10_13E9”. In and of itself, it all means practically nothing but TUM_APISAK has even gone to the trouble of providing folks with a guide to decoding AMD codenames used for AMD’s product codes. Using this system a ton of information can actually be deduced about AMD’s Gonzalo silicon, and what this could mean for next-gen console performance.
Right, so using the decoder for AMD codenames we can come out with the following information for AMD Gonzalo. There’s a little bit of guesswork going on but we can piece a few things together.
2G16002CE8JA2_32/10/10_13E9 AMD GONZALO
- 2 - ES1 Generation Prototype: Not a finalised design and features/clock speeds may differ in the final product.
- G - Gaming: Gaming-focused processor.
- 160 - 1.6GHz base clock speed
- 0 - Revision number
- 2C - TDP(?)
- E - Socket Type, probably custom
- 8 - 8-core processor
- J - Cache size, 8 = 4MB L2 + 16MB L3 cache
- A2 - Possibly the stepping level
- 32 - 3.2 GHz boost clock speed
- 10 - Navi 10 GPU
- 13E9 - ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It’s all a bit early to draw any concrete comparisons with the specs of the PlayStation 4 but suffice to in terms of CPU horsepower this would be a vast improvement. The PS4 uses an AMD Jaguar APU with two quad-core modules, clocked at 1.6 GHz on the base console and 2.13 GHz on the PS4 Pro. In that time, AMD has also made some incredible strides forward with IPC gains on its CPU architecture. The Jaguar was conceived at a time when AMD was selling its Bulldozer CPUs and really hitting a low-point in terms of IPC and performance efficiency compared to Intel. Both Intel and AMD are now on a somewhat level playing field and this bodes well for the Zen+ or Zen 2 architecture that’ll be used in the PS5 and, presumably, Xbox Scarlett.
Without any concrete information to discern about the GPU being used though it becomes to difficult to draw a line between the PS4 and the PS5. Sony is clearly going to want this console to appear like an obvious generational leap but without having Navi in our hands there are a lot of unknowns.
However, the evidence is all mounting that we could hear about new consoles very soon indeed. Sony's absence from E3 2019 is certainly the biggest marker, while Microsoft has been pretty upfront about the existence of a successor to the Xbox One X.