Owning a Zen 4 CPU and an RDNA3 GPU, AMD Dragon Range and Phoenix APUs are Team Red’s next-gen processors in their full wake. Including possible SKUs with core counts, clock speeds, and iGPU specs, we now have a lot of insights about the upcoming APUs, and all of its credit goes to RedGamingTech.
AMD Phoenix and Dragon Range APUs will hit the markets in 2023. More insights about Team Red’s next-generation APUs will keep stirring until its release, which may take a year or two, but the leaking sources will keep giving in the details about the new products. Rumors are always there about the upcoming product, but the current information comes from RedGamingTech.
Aiming at the specificity of people who need more CPU performance and are not concerned about onboard graphics, the Dragon Range APUs are AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors for notebooks, as per the information the leaker gave. Not confirmed about having distinct GPU options, these chips are reportedly said to support 2 CUs. Dragon Range SKUs pack a lot, including a top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 7980HX with 16 cores, Ryzen 9 7900HX with 12 seats, an 8-core Ryzen 7 7800HX, and a 6-core Ryzen 5 7600HX. With so much to feature, regarding the clock speeds, the clock speeds for boost frequencies will fall around 4.8 GHz and 5GHz+, and for base clocks, the rates will hit between 3.6 GHz to 4 GHz. The clock speeds are pretty impressive when we look at the features, as no particular part is yet confirmed; still, it is satisfying so far.
AMD Phoenix APU
On the other side, the Phoenix APUs have fewer CPU cores than their Dragon Range counterparts. To top that off and fill in the space of more secondary CPU cores, this seems that the weaker CPU component will likely provide more room for packing in a much more powerful GPU. To keep up with the lacking and giving up the best performance and to form the basis for a lot of handheld systems, the combination of a capable processor with onboard graphics that offer performance on-par with some separate cards will be the way it will be executed as reported by the leaker.
The leaker also suspects that the AMD Phoenix APUs will feature a Ryzen 9 7980HS, Ryzen 9 7900HS, Ryzen 7 7800HS, and a Ryzen 5 7600HS. With the Ryzen 5 7600Hs being an exception, all other SKUs will pack in an 8-core CPU with a 12-CUs GPU. On the contrary, having six cores and 6 CUs, the Ryzen 5 7600HS will be rocking in its way. Having so many latest specs and performance improvements, when coming to the competition, we should note that the clock speeds and TDP will be the only two features that will distinguish the better one between the Phoenix’s Ryzen 9 and Ryzen 7 SKUs.
For the iGPU, the AMD Phoenix APUs will offer a 2.6GHz to 3GH frequency, as believed by RedGamingTech.
Looking at the performance, AMD Phoenix is being shaped accordingly to have an immense leap over Team Red’s current crop of Rembrandt APUs. It will more likely get that spot looking at how things are going. Claiming that 1536 shaders, resulting in 9.2 TFLOPS, will be offered by the iGPU on the highest-end Ryzen 9 7980HS, RedGamingTech has reiterated his previous performance estimations, making it evident that a lot is going on, and it will bring out the best outcome. The RTX 3060 mobile, with a TDP of 60-70W, is reportedly the performance target for the highest-end SKU. Lower-end chips giving out TDPs such as 35W are also expected to be remarkable.
The IO capabilities of the AMD Phoenix chips are reported to be identical to the AMD Rembrandt, but that is only when the PCIe 5 support is kept aside. DDR5 and LPDDR5 are rumored to be supported by the AMD Phoenix as per reports of the leaker; in addition, support for LPDDR5X with a speed of 8400 MT/a is also mentioned by a solitary piece.
Considering all these rumors, we should not get our hopes high looking at this information; RedGamingTech also points out all these rumors as Low Confidence.
Knowing that the Infinity Cache will make an appearance on the iGPU, the leaker also has come across some inconsistent reports about the Phoenix APUs featuring the Infinity Cache.
Summing things up, another rumor in circulation is that a chiplet-based design where the CPU and IO inhabit one chiplet and the iGPU on another can also be potentially adopted by Phoenix. To get hands-on with the confirmatory method of the chiplet design, RedGamingTech has also got his hands on a diagram showcasing the basic structure of a Phoenix APU. Considering this, we will have a clear idea about the design of the chiplet regardless of the rumors, and we should look forward to what it holds for us.