AMD has released an updated roadmap detailing the chipmaker’s plans for Zen 4. Dragon Range and Phoenix are mobile Zen 4 APUs that will replace AMD’s existing ones Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) product line. Dragon Range will power avid gaming laptops, while Phoenix will target thin and light gaming machines. Surprisingly, AMD didn’t specify which processing node or type of graphics Dragon Range and Phoenix could use. For reference, Rembrandt uses TSMC’s 6nm manufacturing process and uses RDNA 2 graphics.
According to AMD, Dragon Range will feature the “highest core, thread and cache ever for a mobile gaming CPU”. While AMD hasn’t specified exactly how many Zen 4 cores there are, rumor has it Dragon Range could potentially have up to 16 cores, which would be crazy for a gaming or workstation laptop.
In terms of features, Dragon Range and Phoenix come along PCIe 5.0 Support. The former, however, leverage DDR5 memory, while the latter resides on LPDDR5 memory. Ex-Anandtech Editor Ian Cutress has confirmed to AMD that the “exact memory support of the Zen 4 chips may include other technologies to be announced later”. In addition, as the APUs compete in different segments, they adhere to certain thermal limits. For example, Dragon Range has a TDP of 55W and higher, while Phoenix is in the 35W to 45W range.
AMD has already given the hardware world a small teaser Ryzen 7000 (Raphael), so we already know that the processors will arrive before the end of the year to replace the Ryzen 5000 (Vermeer) Stack. Like its other Zen 4 siblings, the Raphael offers PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support and debuts with a TDP of 65W+.
Raphael will hit shelves in the second half of the year, and if AMD’s illustration is accurate, we could expect a late September launch. In short, Raphael brings Zen 4 to the mainstream market, mastering TSMC’s 5nm process node and a new AM5 platform. Unfortunately, as we have confirmed with multiple sources, the AM5 platform can be costly for consumers Raphael only supports DDR5 memorywhich is currently carrying a hefty premium.