Following this week’s quarterly earnings report, AMD held a press conference to discuss its future CPU plans. After announcing record revenue of $ 5.9 billion for the quarter, the company unveiled an updated processor roadmap for 2023. Although we already know about the upcoming Zen 4 Raphael processors, it also announced a new range of powerful mobile processors. Called the Dragon Range, AMD says these processors will offer the highest levels of “thread, core and cache” for a mobile gaming processor ever. Apparently the glove is laid, at least on paper.
The roadmap states that these upcoming chips will be based on the Zen 4 architecture, so it’s no surprise. However, this is for 2023. They will be 55W + chips designed for laptops over .78 inches thick, which are substitutes for desktops. They will have DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0. The mention of AMD for these chips with the largest amount of cache in a mobile processor is intriguing. We all suspected that the company would supplement its Zen 4 CPU with additional L3 cache compared to the RX 5800X3D CPU. Now it seems that technology is likely to come to the mobile gaming arena, which will be the first time.
AMD’s announcement that it will bring Intel in the number of cores and threads is also a big change. Its current 6000 series mobile processors reach 8C / 16T, which is less than Intel’s 20-thread Core i9-12900HK. AMD also seems to prefer efficiency over raw performance this generation. Maybe it has reconsidered this decision and will do everything with Dragon Range.
It certainly sounds like that’s what he’s planning. AMD has also announced a new batch of processors called Phoenix. They are designed for laptops under 20 mm (0.78 (), which are thin and light models. Although they target thin devices, they are still game processors. They will offer the same advanced features as the Dragon Range, but in a smaller thermal sheath from 35W to 45W.
Although the AMD slide does not offer much new information such as clock speeds, number of cores, cache sizes, and so on, it is clear that AMD is focusing on the performance of games with Zen 4. In addition, these upcoming AMD chips will not be face Alder Lake mobile, but Raptor Lake mobile. So far we know very little about Raptor Lake and absolutely nothing about its mobile version. AMD’s current Zen 3+ chips from the 6000 series are an upgrade of the Zen 3, which will probably be Raptor Lake mobile for Alder Lake. This could give AMD an advantage, just as Intel has the upper hand right now.
In summary, we again have a written announcement that AMD’s Zen 4 desktop processors will be released in 2022. Although we reported on this earlier, it is good to see that the company confirms this again. This architecture will also continue the company in 2023, facing Intel’s Raptor Lake. As of now, it looks like the end of 2022 will be the battle of desktop chips, while 2023 will be the unveiling of mobile gaming. Finally, why the name Dragon Range? Until now, Intel was the company that used the word Dragon in its nomenclature. He has used it recently, as he does now Dragon Canyon NUC even. Shot in the nose, anyone?