AMD could be working on a Ryzen APU for Steam Deck 2

AMD could be cooking up a Steam Deck 2 Ryzen APU, as rumours suggest a “Van Gogh Successor” is coming. The new chip supposedly features Zen 4 and RDNA 3 architectures, and it’ll aim to be an “ultra low powered” version of the next-gen Phoenix point CPU.

According to Moore’s Law is Dead, the potential Steam Deck 2 APU packs four cores, eight threads, and four WorkGroup Processors. It’s apparently smaller than Valve’s current chip of choice but larger than Mendocino, an RDNA 2 alternative that’s similar to Van Gogh.

It’s worth noting that while “Little Phoenix” like a perfect fit for the Steam Deck 2, it doesn’t mean a handheld successor is coming soon. The current iteration of Valve’s portable powerhouse is still in high demand, so the company probably isn’t in a hurry to release a new handheld. Sources claim the new APU project began late into the Phoneix development cycle, meaning it probably won’t be ready until sometime next year.

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