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AMD promises ‘extreme gaming laptops’ powered by the newest Dragon Range CPU in 2023

AMD’s “Dragon Range” series will exclusively run at 55W TDP (Thermal Design Power) or above

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AMD promises 'extreme gaming laptops' powered by the newest Dragon Range CPU in 2023

AMD has promised to bring in ‘extreme gaming laptops’ with the newest Dragon Range CPU in 2023.

In 2020, AMD won the gaming laptop category for the first time ever. Nobody ever saw a laptop with an AMD CPU and AMD GPU run circles around the competition until the Asus Zephyrus G14. Since then, it’s been seen that “AMD laptop” is no longer synonymous with “low cost.” However, with the “highest core, thread, and cache ever,” AMD is aiming higher than mid-range gaming PCs by developing a new CPU geared at the “pinnacle of gaming performance,” according to the firm.

The new CPU series is termed “Dragon Range,” and it will exclusively run at 55W TDP (Thermal Design Power) or above, which AMD head of technical marketing Robert Hallock says will “largely exist in the space where gaming laptops are plugged in the most of the time.”

The slide above reveals that they’re geared for laptops that are at least 20 mm (0.78 inches) thick. However, the 35-45W “Phoenix” series is aimed at computers that are thinner than that figure. Both are from AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series, and both are built on the Zen 4 architecture, but unfortunately, none will be available until 2023. According to the chart, Zen 4 will debut as the desktop-only “Raphael” later this year.

AMD adds that Dragon Range will use the “HS” suffix for CPUs (the same as the Ryzen 9 4900HS, which pleased us at 35W in the 2020 Asus Zephyrus), but that the increased TDP shouldn’t be seen as a sign that they’ll completely abandon power economy for performance. According to Hallock, they will be “much more power-efficient than other laptops in that competing era.”

It’s unclear what the new CPUs would bring to the table that gaming laptops require, considering that graphics processors, not CPUs, are often where most of the gaming power comes from these days. Still, CPU speed matters, especially when you’re attempting to feed a high refresh rate panel (which may eventually go up to 500Hz) with lower-resolution frames, and the type of player who buys an “extreme gaming laptops” by AMD may care about even a little FPS advantage.

According to Hallock, the new chips represent an option that the business believed it might pursue in addition to thin-and-light gaming. “The performance per watt narrative you’ve been hearing from us will continue,” he adds.

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