AMD confirms Zen 4 Dragon lineup and Phoenix APUs for 2023


AMD has released an updated roadmap detailing the chipmaker’s Zen 4 plans. Dragon Range and Phoenix are mobile Zen 4 APUs that will replace AMD’s existing Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) product line. Dragon Range will power enthusiast gaming laptops, while Phoenix targets thin and light gaming devices. Surprisingly, AMD didn’t specify which process node or graphics type Dragon Range and Phoenix might use. For reference, Rembrandt is on TSMC’s 6nm manufacturing process and uses RDNA 2 graphics.

According to AMD, Dragon Range will feature “the highest core, thread and cache ever for a mobile gaming processor”. Although AMD hasn’t specified the number of Zen 4 cores, rumor has it that Dragon Range could potentially feature up to 16 cores, which would be insane for a gaming or workstation laptop.

In terms of features, Dragon Range and Phoenix come with PCIe 5.0 support. The former, however, leverages DDR5 memory while the latter is on LPDDR5 memory. Ex-editor Anandtech Ian Cutress confirmed with AMD that “exact memory support for Zen 4 chips may include other technologies to be announced at a later date.” Additionally, since APUs compete in different segments, they adhere to specific thermal limits. Dragon Range, for example, features a TDP of 55W and above, while Phoenix plays in the 35W to 45W range.

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AMD has already given the hardware world a small teaser of the Ryzen 7000 (Raphael), so we already know that the processors will arrive before the end of the year to replace the Ryzen 5000 stack (Vermeer). Like its other Zen 4 brethren, Raphael supports PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 while debuting with a 65W+ TDP.

Raphael will hit shelves in the second half of the year, and if AMD’s illustration is accurate, we could be looking at a late September launch. In a nutshell, Raphael is bringing Zen 4 to the mainstream market, ordering TSMC’s 5nm process node and a new AM5 platform. Unfortunately, the AM5 platform can be costly for consumers, as we’ve confirmed with multiple sources that Raphael only supports DDR5 memory, which currently carries a significant premium.


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