AMD promises ‘extreme gaming laptops’ in 2023 with new Dragon Range CPU
A funny thing happened in 2020: AMD won the gaming laptop for the first time ever. Until the Asus Zephyrus G14, we’ve never seen a laptop with an AMD CPU and AMD GPU circling the competition. Since then, we’ve seen many times that “AMD laptop” no longer means cheap. But now AMD is aiming higher than mid-range gaming machines – it just revealed it’s building a new processor aiming for the “peak of gaming performance” with the “highest core, thread and cache all time”.
The new line of processors is codenamed ‘Dragon Range’, and they’ll live exclusively at 55W TDP and above – enough power that they “largely exist in the space where gaming laptops are plugged in.” most of the time,” says AMD. technical marketing manager Robert Hallock.
The slide above shows that they are aimed at laptops at least 20mm (0.78 inches) thick, while the “Phoenix” 35-45W range is aimed at 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 as a desktop-exclusive “Raphael” more later this year, according to the chart.
AMD says Dragon Range will adopt the “HS” suffix for the processors – the same as the Ryzen 9 4900HS which impressed us at 35W in this Asus Zephyrus 2020 – but hinted that we shouldn’t take the higher TDP as a sign that they’ll totally ditch energy efficiency for performance. They are estimated to be “significantly more energy efficient than other laptops in this concurrent time frame,” says Hallock.
AMD wouldn’t provide more details today, and it’s unclear what the new processors might bring to the table that gaming laptops necessarily have to. need, given that graphics chips, not CPUs, are usually the driving force behind most video games, especially at 4K or even 1440p. Still, processor speed matters, especially when trying to power a high refresh rate monitor (which could soon hit 500Hz) with lower resolution images.
Hallock says the new chips are an opportunity the company thought it could pursue alongside thin and light gaming. “The performance-per-watt story you heard from us will continue into the future as well,” he says.
AMD also told reporters today that starting next quarter it will split gaming into its own financial segment, with revenue from semi-custom parts like PlayStation, Xbox and Steam Deck chips joining Radeon graphics for desktops and laptops – all part of a single gaming company. It looks like Ryzen may not be part of this segment, but more of a “Customer” segment: the company will explain more at a later date. a day of analysts in June.