AMD’s upcoming ‘Phoenix’-series APUs are reportedly fast enough to challenge Nvidia‘s standalone mobile RTX 3060 mobile graphics card. AMD is expected to launch its next-generation Phoenix APUs next year to challenge the thin and light entry-level gaming laptop market that Nvidia currently dominates. The RTX 3050 and the RTX 3060 are the two most dominant cards in the segment, but that might change next year if the latest reports about AMD’s Phoenix APUs turn out to be accurate.
Phoenix APUs will reportedly ship with Zen 4 CPU cores and RDNA 3 graphics as part of AMD’s plans to offer a strong challenge to Nvidia in the entry-level laptop gaming market. Rumors also suggest that Phoenix will be manufactured using a 5nm process node, delivering additional power efficiency and performance benefits. Alongside Phoenix, AMD is also expected to launch its ‘Dragon Range’ chips for enthusiast gaming laptops next year.
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Prolific tipster Greymon55 has claimed that AMD’s upcoming Phoenix APUs will offer superlative graphics performance that will be on par with Nvidia‘s RTX 3060 mobile. However, the tweet specifically refers to the 60W ‘Max-Q’ version of the RTX 3060M rather than the full-fledged RTX 3060. As for the upcoming APUs, they’re likely to have a 35-45W TDP shared between the CPU and GPU cores, which will be significantly lower than Nvidia‘s Max-Q models. The tweet did not reveal any other information about the Phoenix chips, but the idea that a humble APU can challenge Nvidia’s current discreet graphics cards is a tantalizing prospect. By all accounts, the new Zen 4 CPU cores and the RDNA 3 GPU cores will do wonders for the upcoming lineup.
Phoenix GPU≈3060m 60W
— Greymon55 (@greymon55) May 8, 2022
AMD Phoenix APU Specifications Leaked
YouTube channel RedGamingTech has also revealed some of the key details about the Phoenix APUs and reiterated that they will not only compete with the RTX 3060 but also destroy AMD’s own RX 6500XT in terms of performance. According to the report, the chips will likely ship with 6 Workgroup Processors (WGP) with 256 shaders each for a total of 1536 cores. In addition, while the CPU cores in the Phoenix APUs will have a 4GHz base clock and up to 5GHz boost frequencies, the GPU cores will reportedly be able to hit clock speeds of 3GHz or more.
According to earlier reports, the Phoenix APUs will offer PCIe 5 connectivity like their Dragon Range counterparts but support LPDDR5 instead of the standard DDR5 chips for better efficiency. On the CPU side of things, the top-end Phoenix chips will have up to 8 cores with 16MB of L3 cache. Overall, AMD’s Ryzen 7 chips promise to be highly exciting for gamers and enthusiasts. However, people will still have to wait for AMD’s official announcement and verified real-life benchmark scores to get a more definitive idea about them. Meanwhile, AMD is set to launch a set of new RX 6000-series discreet graphics cards later this week, and leaked benchmark results suggest that they’ll offer stiff competition to Nvidia’s RTX 3000 lineup.