In 2020, something funny happened: AMD won the gaming laptop for the first time. Until the Asus Zephyrus G14, we’d never seen a laptop with an AMD CPU and AMD GPU run around the competition. Since then, we have repeatedly seen that “AMD laptop” no longer means cheap. But now AMD is raising its sights above mid-range gaming machines — it just revealed it’s building a new CPU aimed at the “peak of gaming performance” with the “highest core, thread, and cache ever.”
The new CPU line is codenamed “Dragon Range”, and they will only live at 55W TDP and above – enough power to “largely exist in the space where gaming laptops are most of the time.” connected,” said AMD director of technical marketing Robert Hallock.
The slide above shows they’re targeting laptops that are at least 20mm (0.78-inches) thick, while the 35-45W “Phoenix” line is targeting machines thinner than that same brand. Both are part of the same AMD Ryzen 7000 series, based on the same Zen 4 architecture, and unfortunately it looks like both won’t arrive until 2023 – Zen 4 will start life later this year as the desktop exclusive “Raphael”. to the chart.
AMD says Dragon Range will use the “HS” suffix for CPUs – the same as the Ryzen 9 4900HS that impressed us with 35W in that Asus Zephyrus 2020 – but hinted that we shouldn’t take the higher TDP as a sign that they will completely ditch energy efficiency for performance. They are estimated to be “significantly more fuel efficient than other laptops in that competitive period,” Hallock says.
AMD wouldn’t give more details today, and it’s not clear what the new CPUs could bring to the table that gaming laptops necessarily need, given that graphics chips, not CPUs, are generally the most gaming oomph these days. Still, CPU speed matters, especially when you’re trying to feed a high-refresh-rate monitor (which could soon reach 500Hz) with lower-resolution frames — and the kind of gamer who buys an “extreme gaming laptop.” , can care about even a small advantage in FPS.
Hallock says the new chips represent an opportunity the company thought it could pursue in addition to thin and light gaming. “The performance per watt you’ve heard from us will continue to exist in the future,” he says.
AMD also told reporters today that it will break out gaming into its own financial segment starting next quarter, with revenue from semi-custom parts like PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam Deck chips joining the Radeon graphics for desktops and laptops — all part from a single gaming company. It sounds like Ryzen might not be part of that segment, but rather a “customer” segment: the company will explain more on an analyst day in June.