AMD Phoenix and Dragon Range leak: Up to 16 Zen 4 cores for Dragon Range and RTX 3060 mobile-like performance for Phoenix
AMD Phoenix and Dragon Range APUs are scheduled to come out in 2023. With a year, perhaps more, remaining till the release of these products, the rumor mill keeps on churning new details about Team Red’s next-generation APUs. The latest batch of information comes from RedGamingTech.
Per the prolific leaker, the Dragon Range APUs are AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors for notebooks geared towards people who need more CPU performance and are not conferenced about onboard graphics. These chips will support 2 CUs and will be offered with or without discrete GPU options. Dragon Range SKUs include a top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 7980HX with 16 cores, Ryzen 9 7900HX with 12 cores, an 8-core Ryzen 7 7800HX, and a 6-core Ryzen 5 7600HX. The clock speeds for these chips are expected to fall between 4.8 GHz and 5GHz+ for boost frequencies and 3.6 GHz to 4 GHz for base clocks.
AMD Phoenix APU
Phoenix APUs, on the other hand, reportedly have fewer CPU cores than their Dragon Range counterparts. The less powerful CPU component is likely to leave more room for a much more powerful GPU. The leaker suspects that the combination of a capable processor with onboard graphics that offer performance on-par with some discrete cards is going to form the basis for a lot of handheld systems.
According to the leaker, AMD Phoenix APUs will include a Ryzen 9 7980HS, Ryzen 9 7900HS, Ryzen 7 7800HS, and a Ryzen 5 7600HS. All of these SKUs except the Ryzen 5 7600Hs will pack an 8-core CPU with a 12-CUs GPU. The Ryzen 5 7600HS will rock 6 cores and 6 CUs. The main difference between the Phoenix’s Ryzen 9 and Ryzen 7 SKUs is allegedly going to come down to clock speeds and TDP.
Furthermore, RedGamingTech believes that the AMD Phoenix APUs will offer a 2.6 GHz to 3 GH frequency for the iGPU.
Performance-wise, AMD Phoenix is shaping up to be a huge jump over Team Red’s current crop of Rembrandt APUs. RedGamingTech has doubled down on his previous performance estimations and reports that the iGPU on the highest-end Ryzen 9 7980HS will allegedly offer 1536 shaders, resulting in 9.2 TFLOPS. Reportedly, the performance target for the highest-end SKU with a TDP of 60-70 W is the RTX 3060 mobile. Lower-end chips with TDPs such as 35 W are also expected to be quite capable.
Aside from PCIe 5 support, the IO capabilities of the AMD Phoenix chips are identical to the AMD Rembrandt. Per the leaker, multiple sources have confirmed that AMD Phoenix supports DDR5, and LPDDR5, while a solitary report mentions support for LPDDR5X with a speed of 8400 MT/s.
Now for some rumors that you should take with an extra-large grain of salt since RedGamingTech categorizes the information as ‘Low Confidence’.
Firstly, the leaker has heard conflicting reports about the presence of Infinity Cache on Phoenix APUs. According to one source, Infinity Cache will make an appearance on the iGPU.
Finally, there are also some rumors that Phoenix can potentially adopt a chiplet-based design where the CPU and IO reside on one chiplet and the iGPU on another. To drive the point about the chiplet design home, RedGamingTech has also received a diagram showcasing the basic structure of a Phoenix APU.