AMD Next-Gen “Phoenix Point” Ryzen Mobile APUs Have Emerged as 8-Core SKU Gets Spotted Online
Last week, AMD held its Financial Analyst Day for 2022 going over the future strategies of the company to maximize profits and innovation. It’s basically an event for shareholders to make themselves feel good about their investments in AMD and to attract potential new investors, as well.
AMD being a public company has to disclose all of the data shared in that event online with everyone, which, in turn, revealed the Red Team’s future plans for its next-gen products. The main takeaway from that day was a new roadmap for AMD’s mobile and desktop lineup of processors.
The company revealed “Phoenix Point” as the official mobile APU family for Ryzen 7000 and “Strix Point” is now the codename for Ryzen 8000 mobile APUs. There were also a few desktop announcements but for the sake of relevancy we won’t go over that here, though you can check out Videocardz’ coverage on that if you wish to learn more.
Phoenix Point is coming
Now, just a few days after AMD made Ryzen 7000 and Ryzen 8000 mobile APUs official, we have a new leak that is possibly the first time Ryzen 7000 mobile has been spotted online. Over at MilkyWay@Home, a new entry for an AMD engineering sample was discovered by Benchleaks and through the OPN code attached to it, we can deduct that this is, in fact, a Ryzen 7000 mobile SKU.
In the “CPU type” row, we can see the OPN code of this chip, which reads 100-000000709-23_N. This is a completely new code that no one online is familiar with. Obviously that isn’t enough to label this SKU right away. It’s actually the Family and Model information, 25 and 112 respectively, that give it away. They line up (no pun intended) with the A70F00 code confirmed last year by Patrick Schur for Ryzen Phoenix processors.
Raphael / RPL / A60F00 / AM5
Phoenix / PHX / A70F00 / FP8
— Patrick Schur (@patrickschur_) February 18, 2021
So, with that we can connect the dots and evaluate that we’re looking at potentially the first-ever Ryzen 7000 “Phoenix Point” SKU spotted online. Moreover, this OPN code mentions “709” which is a first for engineering sample OPN codes. Up until now, we’ve known about three OPN codes, none of which match this one.
Right below the CPU type row, we can see the number of processors listed at ‘16’ for this chip. Processors mean threads in this case and since nearly all AMD processors are hyper threaded, this SKU is an 8-core, 16-thread configuration. As it stands right now, this is most likely the top-end chip from Ryzen 7000 mobile lineup.
As for a little background for Phoenix Point, it’s going to serve as the direct successor to AMD’s current-gen Ryzen 6000 “Rembrandt” lineup. The next-gen APUs will be manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm node which will incorporate a Zen 4 x86 core and a RDNA 2 iGPU on the same chip. PCIe Gen 5.0, DDR5, and LPDDR5 support is also included.
Phoenix Point will bring about a 10% IPC uplift and more than a 35% overall boost in performance. As you’ll see below, this isn’t AMD’s premier mobile APU family, so it only operates it in 35W to 45W range, which makes it a option for thin-and-light gaming notebooks.
AMD Ryzen 7000 “Phoenix Point” (Mobile APUs)
- AMD Eng Sample: 100-000000709-23_N [Family 25 Model 112 Stepping 0] – 8 cores and 16 threads
AMD Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” (Desktop)
- AMD Eng Sample: 100-000000665-21_N [Family 25 Model 96 Stepping 0] – 16 cores and 32 threads
- AMD Eng Sample: 100-000000666-21_N [Family 25 Model 96 Stepping 0] – 8 cores and 16 threads
More to come
While this officially marks our first rather boring look at Ryzen 7000 Phoenix Point, the other Ryzen 7000 mobile lineup is still out in the wild right now. AMD is also developing a new category of Ryzen 7000 notebook processors exclusively aimed at high-end gaming systems called the “Dragon Range“.
This is essentially the Red Team’s answer to Intel’s HX-series of high-end mobile processors based on desktop silicone. Therefore, we can expect the highest-end, rumored 16-core Ryzen 7000 desktop processor to also trickle down to mobile in the form of a Dragon Range SKU.
That being said, we don’t know when any of these lineups are launching. Phoenix Point doesn’t have a concrete release date yet since it’s months away at this point. Current rumors suggest we’re looking at a Q1 2023 launch, but again these are just rumors. We should be hearing more about Phoenix Point as Zen 4 as a whole as we move closer to Ryzen 7000’s desktop announcement.