AMD has given us a new look at its future processor technology plans, and the big news is code-named Dragon Range. According to AMD itself, these processors are intended for extreme-class gaming.
According to the company’s “roadmap,” Dragon Range will be released sometime in 2023 and will be based on the company’s forthcoming “Zen 4” architecture.
These processors will be a part of the Ryzen 7000 series, a platform that will use more advanced PCIe and memory technologies than those currently employed by AMD. Therefore, we are discussing PCIe 5.0 and DDR5.
Powerful graphics and processor solutions necessitate a large amount of space for cooling, and one can typically anticipate a relatively short battery life – at least when the computer is working hard.
Laptops with Dragon Range processors do not appear to deviate from this trend. In fact, AMD hints at an even higher power consumption than what we observe in current gaming-oriented models. With “55W +” we can rapidly arrive at processors that consume nearly as much power as the processors in a significant number of desktops.
Today, this number is typically around 45 watts for gaming laptops.
With Dragon Range, it is at least clear that AMD envisions gaming laptops equipped with processors that have more cores and faster memory than is currently available. It is unknown whether this indicates that these processors will be equipped with additional “3D V-cache” like the Ryzen 7 5800X3D.
Regardless, these are laptops you would prefer to have plugged into an electrical outlet.
7000 series desktop computers this year
The roadmap also confirms that the “Raphael”-codenamed 7000 series for desktops will be released later this year. These will be the first processors with Zen 4 architecture to hit the market.
Additionally, the new platform features DDR5, PCIe 5.0, and a brand-new AMD socket. Physically, the processors will connect to the motherboard via LGA, which means they will have contact points rather than pins.