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AMD's 'Pink Sardine' Ryzen 7000 Mobile Chips Are In The Works

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According to a report by Phoronix, (opens in new tab) AMD has released a new set of Linux patches for supporting a mysterious new processor with the "Pink Sardine" codename. The patches aim to support version 6.2 of AMD's Audio Coprocessor unit (ACP) on Pink Sardine. Unfortunately, we cannot fully confirm what Pink Sardine is, but it appears to refer to AMD's upcoming Ryzen 7000 mobile APUs codenamed Phoenix.

What we know for sure, however, is that Pink Sardine will support version 6.2 of AMD's audio chip built into its microprocessors. It is the latest version we've seen to date, with current Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) chips supporting ACP version 6.0. However, no current AMD microarchitecture supports version 6.2, so Pink Sardine must be referring to a future CPU architecture.

AMD's previous codenames also point to Pink Sardine being Phoenix. For example, Green Sardine was the codename for Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne) mobile APUs, and Yellow Carp was the codename for Ryzen 6000. With all this in mind, it appears almost certain that Pink Sardine is referring to Ryzen 7000 mobile.

For reference, AMD's fishy codenames represent the company's Linux enablement work for that architecture. You'll commonly see multiple codenames for a single CPU generation. Specifications surrounding AMD's Ryzen 7000 mobile processors remain a complete mystery. But with Ryzen 7000 desktop still in its preparation phase, it is expected that AMD will keep its mobile variant under wraps until after the desktop launch.

But, we expect Ryzen 7000 mobile to share a lot of similarities with Ryzen 7000 for desktop. For example, the Zen 4 architecture should come back with Ryzen 7000, with more powerful RDNA2 integrated graphics options. We also suspect AMD will be re-implementing all of its Ryzen 6000 Zen 3+ power enhancements back into Ryzen 7000 mobile, which should bring its power savings up to par -- if not better than Ryzen 6000 while providing more performance at the same time.

Ryzen 7000 desktop already has some of these enhancements taken from Zen 3+, but they are reportedly limited to the I/O die alone. As a result, it is not a stretch to think AMD will add both core and I/O die enhancements to its mobile version.

Again though, Pink Sardine is not fully confirmed to be Ryzen 7000 mobile, so take this info with a grain of salt. But there's a huge chance it is based on previous AMD codenames.

Aaron Klotz
Freelance News Writer

Aaron Klotz is a freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering news topics related to computer hardware such as CPUs, and graphics cards.

  • -Fran-
    All I want to know is if the iGPU in them will have AV1 HW encoding capabilities. My 5900HX struggles with SW AV1 xD

    Regards.
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  • salgado18
    Now I want a CPU named "Pink Sardine" :)
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  • shings
    -Fran- said:
    All I want to know is if the iGPU in them will have AV1 HW encoding capabilities. My 5900HX struggles with SW AV1 xD

    Regards.
    6000 series igpu do support av1 hw decode but 7000 should support hw encode. there is little reason to do av1 encoding due to av1 been lower iq than hevc10
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  • exploding_psu
    salgado18 said:
    Now I want a CPU named "Pink Sardine" :)

    I might pick one up from the codename alone if it really is a mobile product, won't be my first time..
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  • -Fran-
    shings said:
    6000 series igpu do support av1 hw decode but 7000 should support hw encode. there is little reason to do av1 encoding due to av1 been lower iq than hevc10
    My own testing says you're wrong though. But then again, software AV1 and software H264 are really good compared to hardware. My OBS SVT-AV1 (11) software encoding test looks a tad better than HW H265/HEVC high/6.2 and I have proof if you want it. I've also compared software H264 and HW H264.

    Regards.
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