AMD has released an updated roadmap describing the chipmaker’s Zen 4 plans. Dragon Range and Phoenix are mobile Zen 4 APUs that will replace the existing product line of AMD Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt). Dragon Range will power laptops for gaming enthusiasts, while Phoenix is focused on thin and light gaming devices. Surprisingly, AMD did not specify what process node or graphics type that Dragon Range and Phoenix can use. For reference, Rembrandt is in TSMC’s 6nm manufacturing process and holds an RDNA 2 chart.
According to AMD, the Dragon Range will include “the highest core, thread and cache for a mobile gaming processor.” Although AMD has not specified exactly how many Zen 4 cores, rumors claim that the Dragon Range could potentially have up to 16 cores, which would be insane for a gaming laptop or workstation.
In terms of features, the Dragon Range and Phoenix come with PCIe 5.0 support. However, the first uses DDR5 memory, while the second is LPDDR5 memory. Former editor of Anandtech Ian Cutres confirmed with AMD that “accurate mem support” on Zen 4 chips may include other technologies to be announced later. In addition, because APUs compete in different segments, they adhere to specific thermal constraints. The Dragon Range, for example, has a TDP of 55W and higher, while Phoenix plays in the 35W to 45W range.
AMD has already given the hardware world a small teaser for 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 counterparts Zen 4, Raphael boasts support for PCIe 5.0 and DDR5, while debuting with 65W + TDP.
Raphael will hit the shelves in the second half of the year, and if AMD’s illustration is accurate, we can expect a late launch in September. In short, Raphael brings the Zen 4 to the mass market, commanding TSMC’s 5nm process node and the new AM5 platform. Unfortunately, the AM5 platform can be expensive for users, as we have confirmed with many sources that Raphael only supports DDR5 memory, which currently carries a large premium.