Reputation mill: Several documents appear to appear as a result of the ransomware attack Gigabyte suffered earlier this month, revealing further details about AMD’s next-generation processors. If what is in these documents is true and up to date, it seems that a wider range of Ryzen processors will have integrated graphics, which no longer require discrete graphics cards for basic functionality, similar to Intel’s processor series.
Chips and Cheese claims to have picked out more details from the leak of Gigabyte documents and its communication with Intel and AMD. Among them is a diagram describing the compatibility of three different types of processors that will use AM5 ̵
Next to “On-Chip Graphics”, the diagram shows “Hybrid GFX support” under “1 dedicated” for all three processor types, which means integrated graphics. Currently, the only AMD consumer processors that have integrated graphics are the company’s GU series APUs, the latest generation to be released in April. This leak indicates that we can see them on the Ryzen and / or Threadripper parts at the higher end.
Some users may want to buy the more powerful processors without having to buy dedicated GPUs, but including iGPUs just makes some things simpler and more flexible. If someone with one of AMD’s current non-G series processors sees that the GPU is failing and they have no backup, the system is essentially useless until they can replace it, while integrated graphics provide an alternate video signal that they can use. everything that does not require a powerful, discreet GPU, including lightweight gaming.
This together with another feature from the leak can make it easier to update the BIOS by first setting up a system. Last week, TechPowerUp revealed another slide from the leak, showing a block diagram for AM5. The same slide appears in the Chips and Cheese leak. In addition to revealing its PCIe 4.0 lanes, it suggested that all AM5 motherboards would have USB BIOS updates, a feature that only some of the current AM4 motherboards include. This should make it easier for users to update a BIOS without already having a CPU that is compatible with the old BIOS.
This, combined with iGPU support, should generally give users more flexibility in configuring, updating, and troubleshooting upcoming AMD systems.
This leak allegedly comes from the fact that RansomExx has published some of the data it stole from Gigabyte in the ransomware attack.