Little information at first, but from which we can draw very interesting conclusions, because as often happens, it is not what is said, but what is omitted that generates the greatest expectation, if possible. The Zen 4 architecture it will diversify and take over the market like Intel has done with Alder Lake, except that it will be nearly a year late.
AMD Ryzen 7000 with Zen 4, a commitment to gaming
These new Ryzen 7000 are going to be unified in one architecture and almost once in three market segments where each one will have a different microarchitecture. Thus, we will have the already more than commented raphael for desk, dragon-range for gaming laptops and phoenix for Ultrabooks that curiously will also be called gaming.
Summarizing quickly what was officially revealed by the company, we have DDR5 and PCIe 5 for desktop with CPUs over 65 watts, DDR5 and PCIe 5 with processors over 55 watts for TOP notebooks and LPDDR5 with PCIe 5.0 in ultra-slim notebooks with consumption between 35 to 45 watts.
All with an architecture focused on gaming, with more cores, more threads and more cache to boost performance and achieve greater productivity for content creators. This would be the quick summary if we take into account that Raphael will open the jar of essences at the end of this year (September October) and in early 2023 Dragon Range and Phoenix will arrive to complete the combo.
What AMD does not say about its processors for 2023
We see that AMD has been very specific with the assignment of the type of DDR5 RAM, but there is an open door that has been revealed behind the scenes and that is that where it says DDR5, LPDDR5 could also be included in the support and vice versa.
This is important because Phoenix variants could come to desktop like low power APUs and logically with low-end iGPU. Here we enter the field of speculation, since it was commented on many occasions that Zen 4 would include iGPU as Intel does with all its current processors, and due to this, what we would have is a complete line of CPUs where the rumor is that AMD would integrate 12 CU based on architecture RDNA2.
Finally, it seems that we will finally see AMD laptops with 16 coressince Dragon Range would be processors based on chiplets and directly taken from Raphael wafers with chips that have not passed the tests for the latter, so the price should be lower compared to AMD’s previous strategy, since Phoenix could also enter this new game.
In any case we are getting closer and if the leaks do their job we will be able to reveal and clarify everything related to the AMD processors by 2023 before its release.