AMD has revealed plans for the next two years across its lines of processors and graphics cards at its Financial Analyst Day 2022 (opens in new tab). This event is aimed at investors and analysts and as such is heavy on promises and a little light on actual details. Still, there are some new details about zen 4 (opens in new tab) and RDNA 3 (opens in new tab) that are worth following along, plus there are some eye-catching plans on the laptop front as well.
The first mobile processors we’ll see currently are codenamed “Phoenix Point” and are expected to launch in 2023. They’ll be manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm process and feature the Zen 4 core architecture we’ll see debut on desktops this year, along with RDNA graphics. 3. Phoenix Point will also receive the new Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE), which is based on AMD’s recent acquisition of Xilinx, although the benefit for everyday work and gaming is not so obvious.
What’s much clearer and more exciting is the news that AMD appears to be ramping up its release schedule when it comes to integrated graphics. Promising us RDNA 3 in an APU next year is great news. We’ve just gotten our hands on their RDNA 2-based APUs this year with the release of their Ryzen 6000 chips, and before that we’ve had to settle for their Vega-based graphics since 2018 – we’ve never seen RDNA 1 in an APU.
Zen 4 should bring a lot of improvements on its own, but when backed by a high-end GPU, I can’t help but be excited at the prospect. Especially if you have enough compute units to really play competently. O steam deck (opens in new tab) puts on a reasonable show with eight CUs using RDNA 2, so something like that would be welcome for thin and light gaming. Hope you don’t try to survive with just two CUs, as rumor has it AMD Mendocino (opens in new tab).
We should have mobile versions of its low-profile RDNA 3 and likely next-gen Nvidia GPUs when Phoenix Point launches, but it’s nice to have the option to play at lower settings on more affordable machines.
AMD also revealed what will come after Phoenix Point. The “Strix Point” will launch in 2024 and will feature Zen 5 silicon and RDNA 3+, though it’s unclear at this stage what this plus brings to the game. It could simply be a more energy efficient upgrade. The fact that AMD has not stated what production process Strix Point uses also leaves things quite open to interpretation.
If you take one thing away from AMD’s revelations, it’s that their mobile APUs finally look like the real deal. Not held back by an older GPU, but utilizing the latest silicon. This is something we’ve been waiting for since the original Zen came out, and while we have that now with their Ryzen 6000 chips, the idea of keeping this going for at least the next two years is great news. Let’s just hope they have enough CUs to make them relevant.