What to look forward to: AMD has updated its Zen 4 roadmap to reveal what will replace its current Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) series of mobile chips. The very D&D-like Dragon Range and Phoenix APUs will be part of the Ryzen 7000 lineup and, like their desktop brethren, will come with PCIe 5.0 support.
AMD, which published this week record quarterly earnings, slides down the specs of the Dragon Range gaming laptops. In addition to the Zen 4 architecture, it will also have the highest core/thread count and cache for mobile gaming processors. There is no exact number of Zen 4 cores yet, but there are rumors that there could be up to 16.
In addition, the Dragon Range will support full DDR5 memory, not LPDDR5 as is the case with Phoenix APUs. It also has a TDP of 55W and up, but there’s no confirmation of its graphical specs or what kind of manufacturing node it uses.
While the Dragon line is designed for more powerful gaming laptops, the Phoenix APUs are designed to work with thin and light models – thinner than 20mm according to AMD. These APUs have TDPs ranging from 35W to 45W and do not have full DDR5 support.
AMD’s roadmap also shows that Zen 4 Raphael Ryzen 7000 desktop chips will arrive in the second half of the year with support for PCIe 5.0 and TDP of 65W and higher. They also support DDR5, although a recent report suggests the processors may Only support for the latest memory modules and not offer the option to use DDR4 like Intel does with Alder Lake.
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