Latest AMD Strix Point leak highlights monster 120W TDP and 64GB RAM limit

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A shipping manifest listing printed circuit board components designed for AMD's upcoming Strix Halo mobile APU has been discovered (reported by harukaze5719 on X). The specs also reveal the chip's TDP and memory capacity, which are 120W and 64GB, respectively.

The system components are part of a prototype system AMD is potentially using to test its new Zen 5-based Strix Halo mobile APU. But the most intriguing information from the manifest is the APU's TDP and memory capacity. The massive 120W TDP and 64GB of memory back up previous rumors that Strix Halo will be a performance-oriented chip aimed at competing with Apple's M3 and M4 silicon.

Strix Halo is the codename for this upcoming monster AMD Zen 5 chip. The chip will be an alternative variant of AMD's mainstream Strix Point mobile CPUs, which will be the actual successors to AMD's outgoing Ryzen 8000 mobile CPUs. Strix Halo will be the first chip of its kind, combining high-end CPU specs with PlayStation 5-like integrated graphics capabilities.

Rumors suggest that at least one of the Strix Halo models (if there are more than one) will sport a whopping 16 Zen 5 CPU cores, an unheard-of 40 Compute Unit RDNA 3.5 integrated graphics chip, and a 45 - 50 TOPS capable XDNA NPU. Memory is also rumored to be extremely potent, featuring a mid-range GPU like 256-bit wide bus sporting 8533MHz LPDDR5X, equating to 500GB/s of memory bandwidth.

The extremely high 120W TDP (for a mobile chip) and 64GB of memory start to make sense when you consider the sky-high specs Strix Halo is rumored to be carrying. It's not uncommon for outgoing Intel mobile chips to consume as much as 75-100W in bursty workloads, so a 120W TDP for a 16-core chip and a monster iGPU combined is very likely.

At first glance, 64GB looks like too much memory, but Strix Halo won't be aimed purely at gamers. It will also be aimed at power users and professionals who will be using the chip for content creation, AI-based workloads, 3D rendering, and other heavy-duty workloads. For these types of workloads, 64GB is an optional memory capacity. Still, we can expect official Strix Halo systems to be configured with a range of memory configurations other than 64GB.

We still don't have much concrete data on Strix Point, but the power and memory specs revealed by this latest shipping manifest back up previous rumors about its daunting specifications. All signs point to Strix Point (no pun intended) being the most powerful mobile APU AMD ever to compete with ARM competition from Apple and Qualcomm.

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.

  • usertests
    64GB RAM limit
    LOL, even Wccftech got it right:

    https://wccftech.com/amd-enthusiast-ryzen-strix-halo-apus-spotted-120w-tdp-fp11-platform-64-gb-memory/
    These manifestos also reveal the Maple DAP reference evaluation platform which comes in 32 GB and 64 GB memory capacities. Do note that these are not on-package memory modules like the one we'll see with Lunar Lake CPUs but rather on the reference platform themselves since they come with pre-soldered memory.

    It's the amount they are shipping for reference platforms, not a limit.
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  • Metal Messiah.

    Latest AMD Strix Point leak highlights monster 120W TDP and 64GB RAM limit
    New TDP and memory specs back up Strix Point's monster specifications.
    We still don't have much concrete data on Strix Point, but the power and memory specs revealed by this latest shipping manifest back up previous rumors about its daunting specifications. All signs point to Strix Point (no pun intended) being the most powerful mobile APU AMD ever to compete with ARM competition from Apple and Qualcomm.

    Correct the Typo errors. The shipping manifest is talking about the Strix HALO APU lineup, and not Strix Point series.

    The specs also reveal the chip's TDP and memory capacity, which are 120W and 64GB, respectively.
    The extremely high 120W TDP (for a mobile chip) and 64GB of memory start to make sense when you consider the sky-high specs Strix Halo is rumored to be carrying.

    At first glance, 64GB looks like too much memory, but Strix Halo won't be aimed purely at gamers

    What memory are you talking about ? Those are NOT on-package memory modules. The shipping manifesto mentioned pertains to the "Maple DAP" reference evaluation platform which comes in 32 GB and 64 GB memory capacities.

    Halo is not meant for gamers ? You must be joking ?


    EDIT:

    usertests has also pointed this out above !
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  • Metal Messiah.
    This article is a total mess/blunder. Being rushed out ! I wouldn't bother my time now, pointing out more errors.

    You also missed the point that shipping details confirm Strix Halo will support the FP11 platform as well. And why is the TDP rating so shocking ? It was known beforehand that Strix Halo lineup would be high TDP parts.

    We can expect configurable/c TDPs between 55/70W, and with up to 130W. So there is nothing "monster" about this leak.
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  • The Hardcard
    Also 256-bit wide 8533MHz LPDDR5X is 267 GB/s bandwidth.
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  • Amdlova
    When micosoft able to run steam on console the market of amd will dry.
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  • usertests
    Amdlova said:
    When micosoft able to run steam on console the market of amd will dry.
    AMD killing AMD, a common story.

    Would be nice for the consoles to become viable cheap x86 PCs running Windows or dare I say, Linux.
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  • ivan_vy
    usertests said:
    AMD killing AMD, a common story.

    Would be nice for the consoles to become viable cheap x86 PCs running Windows or dare I say, Linux.
    It won't last. Intel and AMD are natural enemies! Like NVIDIA and AMD! Or Qualcomm and AMD ! Or Apple and AMD! Or AMD-powered consoles and other AMD! Damn AMD! They ruined AMD! -Lisa Su
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  • ivan_vy
    usertests said:
    AMD killing AMD, a common story.

    Would be nice for the consoles to become viable cheap x86 PCs running Windows or dare I say, Linux.
    too much money in R&D and licenses, also any parent love the walled-garden they offer for children, the easy set-up and the 'just-woks' (most of the time) approach.
    remember the linux other-OS PS3 affair? consoles never go back in there. Steam deck? I don't think is subsidized as other consoles.
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  • redgarl
    Amdlova said:
    When micosoft able to run steam on console the market of amd will dry.
    Valve is using AMD APUs for their steamdecks. They will keep doing it now even more with something like Halo.

    Sony doesn`t seems to look for Nvidia and MS will probably not do consoles anymore or they will keep the same environment for developing games on Sony consoles...

    So I don`t see any changes into the embeded business of AMD unlike what you are invoking.
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  • Alvar "Miles" Udell
    But will it beat the Apple M4 and Qualcomm whatsit is the real question.
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