AMD teases new ‘Dragon Range’ CPUs for high-end gaming laptops

With the release of its Q1 2022 financial results, AMD also revealed plans for its upcoming Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 series laptop CPUs, as seen on a slide. tweeted by former anandtech editor Dr. Ian Cutress. He is planning to target “extreme gaming laptops” with the new “Dragon Range” series, promising the “highest core, thread, and cache ever seen for a mobile gaming CPU.” He also introduced the Phoenix series of thin and light gaming laptops.

The Dragon range features a TDP of >55 Watts and is designed for laptops over 20mm thick that are largely designed to be used while plugged in, the edge informed. They will feature PCIe 5 architecture and DDR5 RAM, though some models could run on more efficient but lower-performing LPDDR5, AMD told Cutress.

As with the Ryzen 9 4900HS chip, the Dragon Range will use the “HS” suffix. Despite the relatively high TDP of 55 watts, they will be “noticeably more energy efficient than other laptops in that competitive time frame,” according to AMD technical marketing director Robert Hallock.

Along with the Dragon Range, AMD will launch the Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 “Phoenix” series APU designed for thin and light laptops under 20mm thick with TDP of 35-45 watts. Those will also use a PCIe 5 architecture, but come primarily with LPDDR5 RAM. As with the Dragon Range, some models could also use DDR5 memory.

Ryzen 7000 will launch first in desktops later this year with the Raphael series, replacing the Ryzen 5000 line. Those will be the first AM5 Zen 4 platform chips that use TSMC’s 5-nanometer process node to reach the main market. AMD did not reveal any other details about the Dragon Range and Phoenix laptop chips, but they are expected to launch sometime in 2023.

On the earnings side, AMD beat market expectations with revenue of $5.89 billion, a 71% increase in sales year-over-year. It also said that starting next quarter it will split gaming into a separate financial segment that will show sales of chips for consoles (PS5, Xbox Series X, etc.) plus Radeon graphics for PC as part of a single gaming business, separate from Ryzen. potato chips. The company will explain all of that in more detail next month.

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