ASUS says AMD Ryzen 7000 ‘Dragon Range’ laptop CPUs can match Ryzen 9 7950X desktop chip with PBO

During its ROG-themed CES event, ASUS revealed that its AMD Ryzen 7000 ‘Dragon Range’ laptop CPUs can match the fastest Zen 4 Desktop chipset.

The AMD Ryzen 7000 ‘Dragon Range’ laptop CPUs can match the Ryzen 9 7950X desktop chip with PBO enabled and are very efficient, ASUS claims.

This revelation came during the unveiling of the 2023 ROG Zephyrus DUO 16 Laptop, which will be one of ASUS’ flagship designs for this year based on the latest AMD Ryzen 7000 Laptop processors. We know that AMD is preparing high-performance chips of its own that will offer similar specs to Zen 4 desktop CPUs known as Dragon Range.

Categorized under the Ryzen 7000-HX family, the new CPUs are said to offer up to 16 cores and 32 threads with up to 76MB of cache. These are almost the same specifications as the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X. The Dragon Range Ryzen 7000 flagship processor will also support PBO (Precision Boost Overdrive), allowing users to overclock the chip that already comes in a 55W+ package design.

ASUS claims that with improved cooling for the new ROG Zephyrus DUO 16 laptop, it can deliver up to 10% better performance using the same chip that can match the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X Desktop CPU. Here is a specific statement from ASUS:

“In our testing, we were able to boost performance by up to 10%, and catch up with the Ryzen 9 7950X desktop chip.”

via ASUS ROG

Now, that’s definitely a big deal and we’re seeing similar results from Intel’s range of Raptor Lake-HX CPUs that more or less match today’s fastest desktop chips. But ASUS seems to really acknowledge AMD’s superior performance per watt which could result in better thermal coding and lower power draw than Intel’s latest lineup.

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AMD Dragon Range “Ryzen 7045” Mobile CPUs

AMD Dragon Range CPUs will target the high performance segment that has more cores, threads and cache than AMD previously offered us while Phoenix Point will target the thin and light laptop segment. Dragon Range CPUs will have a TDP rating of around 55W+ while Phoenix Point will have TDPs of around 35-45W. The 55W TDP is for the base configuration and we can expect the chip to be configurable up to 65W for laptop designs with advanced cooling and larger form factors.

Given that AMD’s current laptop lineup peaks at 8 cores, 16 threads, AMD will be targeting up to 16 cores, 32 threads with the Dragon Range family of Ryzen 7000 CPUs. The CPUs will also have more of cache comes to 80MB versus just 20MB on AMD’s current fastest laptop chip, the Ryzen 9 6980HX. Looking at the up to 74% improvement versus Zen 3 in multi-threaded applications at a threshold of 65W TDP, we can see huge performance gains that will also outpace Intel’s current Alder Lake-HX combination of up to 16 cores and 24 threads.

The new Dragon Range CPUs will feature a similar die to the Raphael SKUs on the AM5 desktop platform as such, and will also carry two RDNA 2 compute modules. The CPUs will be featured in many enthusiast laptops with high-end discrete graphics cards from all vendors but Mainly NVIDIA and AMD.

AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU Lineup (Official):

CPU name family process node building cores/threads base/hour reinforcement cache iGPU iGPU clock TDP
AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX Dragon-H group 5 nm Zen 4 12/24 to be announced later on 64 MB AMD Radeon Graphics (2 CU RDNA 3) to be announced later on 55 watts +
AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS Phoenix-H 4 nm Zen 4 8/16 to be announced later on 16 MB Radeon 700M to be announced later on 35 watts +
AMD Ryzen 5 7640HS Phoenix-H 4 nm Zen 4 6/12 to be announced later on 16 MB Radeon 700M to be announced later on 35 watts +
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS Rembrandt R 7 nm Zen 3+ 8/16 to be announced later on 16 MB Radeon 600M to be announced later on 35 watts +
AMD Ryzen 5 7535HS Rembrandt R 7 nm Zen 3+ 6/12 to be announced later on 16 MB Radeon 600M to be announced later on 35 watts +
AMD Ryzen 7 7730U Barcelo R 7 nm Zen 3 8/16 2.0 / 4.5 GHz 16 MB Radeon Vega to be announced later on 15-28 watts
AMD Ryzen 5 7530U Barcelo R 7 nm Zen 3 6/12 2.0 / 4.5 GHz 16 MB Radeon Vega to be announced later on 15-28 watts
AMD Ryzen 3 7330U Barcelo R 7 nm Zen 3 4/8 2.3 / 4.3 GHz 8 MB Radeon Vega to be announced later on 15-28 watts
AMD Ryzen 5 7640U Phoenix u 4 nm Zen 4 6/12 to be announced later on 16 MB Radeon 700M to be announced later on 15-28 watts
AMD Ryzen 5 7520U Mendocino Yu 6 nm Zen 2 4/8 2.8 / 4.3 GHz 6 MB Radeon 610M (RDNA 2 2 CU) to be announced later on 15-28 watts
AMD Ryzen 3 7420U Mendocino Yu 6 nm Zen 2 4/8 to be announced later on 8 megabytes? Radeon 610M (RDNA 2 2 CU) to be announced later on 15-28 watts
AMD Ryzen 3 7320U Mendocino Yu 6 nm Zen 2 4/8 2.4 / 4.1 GHz 8 megabytes? Radeon 610M (RDNA 2 2 CU) to be announced later on 15-28 watts
AMD Athlon Gold 7220U Mendocino Yu 6 nm Zen 2 2/4 2.4 / 3.7 GHz 4 megabytes? Radeon 610M (RDNA 2 2 CU) to be announced later on 15-28 watts
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