AMD confirms exciting new Dragon Reach and Phoenix APUs for next-gen laptops

AMD has confirmed that several new chips are on the way: the impressive-sounding new Phoenix APUs and something called Dragon Range. Sound attractive? From the specs the red team has released so far, these new Dragon Range APUs will be an average chip for a high-end gaming laptop.

Following the Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors released earlier this year, Phoenix and Dragon Range will be part of the Ryzen 7000 series. Rounding out the 7000 series are Raphael desktop chips, and they all share some common features including Zen 4 architecture and support. for PCIe 5.0.

Phoenix will then support LPDDR5 memory and will come as 35–45W parts. They’re targeting ‘thin and light gaming’ laptops, and while AMD hasn’t confirmed it yet, rumor has it that these chips could feature up to 24 RDNA 2 or RDNA 3 compute units graphics architecture for what will likely be pretty impressive gaming performance.

Although perhaps these top CU counts are reserved for the more powerful of the two mobile gaming APUs. The Dragon Range sounds a little beefier with full-fat DDR5 support – full SO-DIMMs are now available from many manufacturers, so sourcing shouldn’t be an issue – and will come with TDPs in excess of 55W.

AMD also notes that Dragon Range will have the highest ever core, thread and cache for a mobile gaming CPU. That would put you above Ryzen 9 6900HX available today, which comes with eight cores, 16 threads and 16 MB of cache. I think it’s fair to say that we can expect some impressive specs from this lineup.

Intel also plans to augment its next-generation Meteor Lake chips with stacked GPUs. He says this will form “a new class of graphics”, although it still has Raptor Lake chips, an improvement on Alder Lake, to release until these new and improved chips arrive. Meteor Lake was at least Connected in Intel Labs and even booted Linux and Windows.

Both AMD and Intel seem dedicated to improving portable graphics power, at the very least. That’s an exciting prospect for future gaming laptops and all kinds of portable machines. While I don’t expect Dragon Reach or Phoenix this year, both are slated for 2023, as is Intel’s Meteor Lake.

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