AMD Ryzen roadmap shows big gains for gaming laptops
Leaker @ Broly_X1 shared a roadmap on Friday detailing AMD’s mobile plans through 2022. The roadmap confirms and adds context to multiple leaks and rumors, showing AMD is working on a Zen 3+ update for mobile, which should be launched in 2022.
These are the two green sections of the roadmap that count. Rembrandt is the code name for the temporary Ryzen 6000 mobile chips. We don’t know if that’s the name AMD will end up using, but it’s as good a guess as any. The roadmap shows that these mobile chips will be built on the 6nm Zen 3+ architecture, which is a revision of the currently available 7nm Zen 3 architecture.
Assuming AMD will continue to partner with semiconductor maker TSMC, these chips will show modest improvements over their Zen 3 counterparts. The 7nm process and 6nm process are closely related at TSMC, the latter showing minor improvements. Basically, Rembrandt is not a whole new generation of processors.
The mobile chips will also feature RDNA 2 graphics cores. AMD’s current Ryzen 5000 mobile chips still use the older Vega graphics cores, so Rembrandt will give gaming laptops a significant boost. These cores could also provide a Hardware accelerated ray tracing, just like RDNA 2 based RX 6000 graphics cards. They are said to offer up to 50% increase in graphics performance.
Rembrandt “U” chips target thin and light laptops with just 15 watts of power, while Rembrandt “H” chips will go up to 45 watts for dedicated gaming laptops. Both chips will support PCIe 4.0, DDR5, and USB 4. AMD will likely pair these chips with RX 6000M laptop graphics cards, which are expected to launch soon.
The roadmap also reveals other less exciting fleas that descend from the pike. Van Gogh and Dragon Crest chips are special designs for devices without a lot of power. Dali and Pollock chips are already on the market, designed specifically for manufacturers and aimed at budget laptops. AMD will launch Barcelo processors alongside Rembrandt, likely using the same brand but targeting lower performing machines. This is what AMD is doing with the Ryzen 5000 mobile chips.
Laptop enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to. Although AMD has trampled the desktop market, it has struggled to gain a foothold in the mobile space. Boosting the already powerful Zen 3 architecture with RDNA 2 graphics and a more power-efficient design is a winning strategy, but we have yet to see what Intel has in store for 2022.