AMD’s next-gen Ryzen 7000 Phoenix Point mobile processor has been spotted for the time over at the Milkyway@Home database. Bearing the codename “100-000000709-23_N [Family 25 Model 112 Stepping 0]”, this engineering sample is an octa-core CPU with SMT bringing the total thread count up to 16. It packs 1MB of L2 cache per core which confirms that it’s a Zen 4 part while the sample name indicates that it’s an FP8 mobile part.
Earlier during its Financial Analyst Day 2022, AMD shared its CPU and GPU roadmaps for the next two years. In the notebook segment, we have Phoenix Point, Strix Point, and Dragon Range. Phoenix will be for light and thin form factors while Dragon Range (like Intel’s Alder Lake-HX) will target the absolute fastest gaming laptops.
Both Phoenix and Dragon Range will leverage Zen 4 cores and RDNA 3 graphics. It’s unclear whether Phoenix will have a 45W H-series lineup in addition to the 25W SKUs but Dragon Range will definitely be limited to the 45W+ segment.
Furthermore, Phoenix will top out at 8 cores and 16 threads while Dragon Range will feature up to 16 cores and 32 threads, a first for AMD’s notebook offerings. Intel’s Alder Lake-HX offerings already feature up to 16 cores but only eight of these are the high-performance Golden Cove cores. The remaining eight are the low-power Gracemont cores that don’t always scale well in gaming workloads.
Intel may launch 24 core Raptor Lake-HX processors for high-performance gaming notebooks early next year but once again, only eight of these will be the high-performance Raptor Cove cores. Furthermore, thermals and power limits may bottleneck the performance, leaving behind a lackluster product much like Alder Lake-P.
AMD should launch its Phoenix processors at CES 2023 as is the norm in its mobile launch cadence. The Dragon Range processors may be launched at a later date during an event dedicated to gamers and enthusiasts.