They may not support PCI Express 5.0, according to previous rumors, but the processors Ryzen architecture-based Zen 4 for the office world they could offer an integrated GPU “by default”. AMD could therefore follow what Intel has been doing for several years.
If until today desktop Ryzen processors are almost completely devoid of integrated graphics, relegating the iGPU to a few “G” models derived from the mobile world, in the future this status quo may change. Of some documents have leaked the recent hack that hit Gigabyte seems to confirm that Zen 4 processors will have an integrated GPU probably based on the RDNA 2 architecture, and that AMD will decide to leave it on or off depending on the market address and other considerations.
This leak corresponds to a previously disclosed roadmap in which processors codenamed Raphael, i.e. the Zen 4 processors that are expected to make up the Ryzen 7000 series, were flanked by the words Navi 2 to indicate the presence an integrated RDNA 2 GPU. presence of a GPU by default, an absolute novelty for the Ryzen range, there will also be farewell to integrated GPUs based on the Vega architecture.
It will be interesting to see how the RDNA 2 GPU will be integrated with desktop processors: we strongly doubt that AMD will go for a monolithic solution like in the mobile environment (so far), so it should most likely be ‘a chip placed on the case. or another even more “futuristic” solution. We just have to wait for more details in the future since Raphael CPUs should not see the light of day before the end of 2022.