AMD has already almost officially presented its first processors with Zen 4 architecture. Although there are still a few months to go before its final presentation for its launch, it can be said that the Ryzen 7000 is already finished. However, in laptops it is different and Lisa Su’s company has not said anything. Well, everything would indicate that the design of Phoenix Point, the processor for next generation laptops, has been finalized.
There is a reason why AMD, unlike Intel, is going to continue betting on monolithic or single-piece chips in laptops for at least another generation. By disaggregating a chip into several, it is the fact that as the communication distance increases, so does consumption. On the other hand, thanks to the Infinity Fabric interface to intercommunicate the different parts with each other, it is easy for them to create new chips, modifying only certain key parts in the design while keeping others. The reason for this is that it is not necessary to change all the components from one year to the next.
What is Phoenix Point and how is it related to Ryzen 7000 in laptops?
Well, the answer to the question is simple, Phoenix Point is the Ryzen 7000 for laptops , but it is not the same processor that we will see on the desktop that receives the code name Raphael. These are two different compositions, which share architecture as far as the CPU is concerned, because in both cases it is Zen 4 . Although the similarities end there.
- Phoenix Point is a monolithic chip , manufactured under TSMC’s 4nm node . Instead, Raphael is a disaggregated chip using the 5nm and 6nm nodes from the Taiwanese foundry.
- As for the integrated graphics , Phoenix Point will use one with RDNA 3 architecture with 6 or more cores . While the iGPU of the desktop Ryzen 7000 is RDNA 2 with only 2 cores.
- Phoenix Point is intended to mount on the FP8 “socket” for laptops, which is different from the AM5 socket of its desktop counterpart.
AMD has already finished its Ryzen 7000 for laptops
So despite the fact that there is already an engineering sample of the processor , however, we do not expect it for this year 2022. Since it is a long-standing tradition in AMD to present its processors for laptops at the beginning of the year. Which makes sense, given that each family of products must have its exposure time to the market. In any case, what it means that one of these samples is mentioned in a benchmark is that someone is testing it and has it in their hands. In this case, it was on MilkyWay, a distributed computing program for astrophysicists, that an engineering sample of the chip appeared just a few hours ago.
Phoenix Point would not increase the maximum number of cores and would remain at 8 with their respective 16 threads, so there will be no improvement in that regard. However, if we take into account the architecture change and the better clock speeds, it is clear that we will see a higher performance than the current Ryzen 6000. Moreover, it will be the first time that AMD will change both CPU and integrated graphics since the 4000 models.