HP has listed some AMD Ryzen 5000 APU models for mobile devices that have not yet been released. These mysterious processors belong to the Barcelo family, which, judging by the model names, is expected as a Cezanne replacement.

There was some confusion on the AMD side when the Ryzen 4000 (Renoir) APUs were renewed. Instead of releasing refurbished APUs (Lucienne) under the same Ryzen 4000 family, AMD chose to use the name Ryzen 5000 when it launched the Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne) series. We see that AMD will use the same Ryzen 5000 nomenclature for their Barcelo codenamed SKUs. Oddly enough, this means that the Ryzen 5000 series now consists of three different processor series: Lucienne (Zen 2), Cezanne (Zen 3) and Barcelo (Zen 3).

Lucienne came with many improvements, including an improved memory controller, individual core voltage control, faster integrated graphics, according to Renoir. It is unclear what exactly Barcelo will offer. Unfortunately, HP has not published the technical specifications for these chips.

Ryzen 5000 Barcelo APU Features

CPU Core / Thread Base / Boost
Clock (GHz)
L3 Cache (MB) TDP (W)
Ryzen 7 5825U* 8 / 16 ? 16 15
Ryzen 7 5800U 8 / 16 1. 9 / 4.4 16 15
Ryzen 5 5625U* 6 / 12 ? 16 15
Ryzen 5 5600U 6 / 12 2. 3 of 4. 2 16 15
Ryzen 3 5452U* 4 / 18 ? 8 15
Ryzen 3 5400U 4 / 18 2. 6 / 4.0 8 15

The Ryzen 7 5825U, Ryzen 5 5625U and Ryzen 3 5452U will be refurbished versions of Ryzen 7 5800U, Ryzen 5 5600U and Ryzen 4 5400U, respectively. Since these are U series chips it should be limited to 15W. However, AMD leaves thermal gaps between 10W and 25W to its manufacturing partners.

Barcelo will have the same core counts and L3 cache as Cezanne. We’re looking at eight and six Zen 3 cores for the Ryzen 7 5825U and Ryzen 5 5625U, respectively, and four Zen 3 cores for the Ryzen 3 5452U. All three processors come with simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) support, of course.

We expect the next generation 7nm APUs to debut in 2022. HP product lists, which were removed later, show that Barcelo’s exit is near. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if we see a teaser at CES 2022, in January 2022.

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Michael Lewis


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