A funny thing happened in 2020: AMD won the gaming laptop for the first time ever. Until the Asus Zephyrus G14, we’d never seen a laptop with an AMD CPU and AMD GPU run circles around the competition. Since then, we’ve repeatedly seen that “AMD laptop” no longer means cheap. But now, AMD is setting its sights higher than mid-range gaming machines — it just revealed it’s building a new CPU aimed at the “pinnacle of gaming performance” with the “highest core, thread and cache ever”.
The new CPU line is codenamed “Dragon Range,” and they’ll live exclusively at 55W TDP and up — enough power that they’ll “largely exist in the space where gaming laptops are plugged in the majority of the time,” says AMD director of technical marketing Robert Hallock.
The slide above shows they’re aimed at laptops that are at least 20mm (0.78-inches) thick, while the 35-45W “Phoenix” line are aimed at machines thinner than that same mark. Both are part of the same AMD Ryzen 7000 series, based on the same Zen 4 architecture, and unfortunately, it appears both won’t arrive until 2023 — Zen 4 will begin its life as the desktop exclusive “Raphael” later this year, according to the chart.
AMD says that Dragon Range will take up the “HS” suffix for CPUs — the same as the Ryzen 9 4900HS that impressed us at 35W in that…