What you need to know
- AMD teased its Dragon Range and Phoenix processors in an updated company roadmap.
- The Dragon Range processors will be for extreme gaming laptops, while the Phoenix CPUs will be aimed at thin and light gaming hardware.
- Both the Dragon Range and Phoenix CPUs are expected in 2023.
We have a bit more information about AMD's upcoming gaming laptop processors, courtesy of an updated roadmap from the company. AMD's Dragon Range and Phoenix CPUs are built on the company's Zen 4 architecture and expected in 2023.
The Dragon Range processors are geared toward "extreme" gaming laptops, specifically those thicker than 20mm. In contrast, the Phoenix chips will be in thin and light gaming laptops under 20mm.
AMD did not share exact numbers but said that the Dragon Range will have the "highest core, thread, and cache ever for a mobile gaming CPU." Videocardz suspects that the processors may support up to 16 cores. The processors will also have DDR5 and PCIe 5 support, and 55W+ of power.
Even fewer details are known about the Phoenix chips, but AMD shared that the processors will feature LPDDR5 and PCIe 5 support and work with between 35-45W of power.
While we're waiting on more details from AMD, it's safe to say that many of the best gaming laptops will run on Dragon Range or Phoenix CPUs.
The roadmap also shows a timeline for AMD's Raphael desktop chips, though AMD had already confirmed that line. The Ryzen 7000 processors will be for enthusiast desktops with a power draw of above 65W. They'll support DDR5, PCIe 5, and are also built on AMD's Zen 4 architecture. The Raphael lineup will start rolling out by the end of 2022, with more chips coming in 2023.
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