A new leak gives us more insight into the specs of the upcoming AMD Dragon Range and AMD Phoenix CPUs. Both lineups are next-generation Zen 4 processors made for laptops, though each will have its own niche.
With Dragon Range and Phoenix specs coming into play, it looks like AMD will be well positioned to compete with its rivals, Intel and Nvidia, in future gaming laptops.
Red Gaming Tech (RGT) on YouTube talked about the capabilities and specifications of some Ryzen 7000 processors for the mobile sector. AMD Dragon Range and Phoenix will each power laptops for gamers, but while Dragon Range will focus on delivering the best possible CPU performance, Phoenix will be competitive thanks to the built-in RDNA 3 iGPU†
Let’s start with Dragon Range. According to Red Gaming Tech, AMD is approaching the lineup the same way Intel did with Alder Lake-HX. This means that the manufacturer is downsizing its desktop Raphael CPUs to fit into laptops without compromising too much on specs. As a result, the top processor of the four leaked today will have the most cores of any AMD mobile CPU to date.
Rumor has it that the Ryzen 9 7980HX will come with 16 cores, followed by the Ryzen 9 7900HX with 12 cores. There’s also a Ryzen 7 entry, the Ryzen 7 7800HX with eight cores, as well as the Ryzen 5 7600HX with just six cores. Clock speeds vary and can go up to 5 GHz and higher in boost mode, while base frequencies range from 3.6 GHz to 4 GHz+.
AMD Dragon Range will be powerful in terms of CPU performance but will lag behind when it comes to integrated graphics. The idea here is that AMD wants to offer these CPUs in enthusiast gaming laptops, which are usually one of the best GPUs installed anyway. As such, Dragon Range only comes with two RDNA 2 computers, which won’t be enough for serious gaming. It’s not really necessary though – CPUs of this caliber are paired with a discrete graphics card.
Continue to AMD Phoenix (aka Phoenix point), the CPU obviously takes a very different approach. While it’s still a Zen 4 processor, the focus here has shifted to providing a good gaming experience even with thin and light laptops. Since it’s made to power lightweight notebooks, Phoenix will run at 35 to 45 watts, keeping power requirements low and battery life longer. This often translates into poor gaming performance – but AMD has an asset up its sleeve in the form of RDNA 3 graphics.
Compared to Dragon Range, Phoenix could serve up to six times more GPU cores, which equates to a maximum of 12 compute units. As noted by RGT, this means up to 1536 shaders and an iGPU clock frequency of up to 3GHz. AMD may be hoping to rival the top-of-the-line Phoenix variant with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 mobile.
In this lineup, RGT also expects four different processors, the AMD Ryzen 9 7980HS, the Ryzen 9 7900HS, the Ryzen 7 7800HS and finally the Ryzen 5 7600HS. These processors would offer better graphics at the cost of a significantly lower number of cores, ranging from eight to six cores.
If the rumors turn out to be true, next-gen gaming laptops based on AMD CPUs and APUs will have a lot going for them. Before they ever hit the market, though, we’ve got the Ryzen 7000 for desktop and the Intel Raptor Lake launch to look forward to later this year.