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AMD rumored to launch Raphael-H chips with 16-cores, a response to Alder Lake-S mobile?
Almost 3 months prior to the launch of the AMD Rembrandt series based on Zen3 architecture, we are learning more details about its successor: Raphael and Phoenix, both based on Zen4.
AMD Raphael for desktop, Source: AMD
According to @NNNiceMing, who had shared confidential information before, AMD might introduce 16-core Zen4 laptop processors. This rumor is then extended by @greymon55 that the series might be codenamed Raphael-H, providing an insight into what might happen to the laptop processor series next year.
Claims on 16-core AMD laptop CPUs, Source: Twitter
AMD Raphael is the next-gen desktop silicon featuring cores based on Zen4 microarchitecture. There has not been a confirmation on the desktop core count yet, but it appears that we are now learning how many cores the mobile variant has. The series is to be offered alongside the APU series codenamed Phoenix, to be positioned for entry-level up to high-end laptop designs.
The rumors would suggest that AMD might want to enter an enthusiast mobile segment with even more performance than Phoenix, aka the Raphael-H. However, before we unwrap this rumor there are a few things to consider, such as the fact that Raphael will be the first ‘desktop’ high-end CPU to feature integrated graphics (RDNA2).
Initially, it was considered as AMD’s move against the Intel Core series, which offers iGPUs by default, but an introduction of integrated GPUs to the 95W+ segment might have a different background altogether. AMD might actually want to repurpose its desktop CPU for the mobile market, offering enthusiast performance for laptops. This might actually be a direct response to Intel’s plans which is Alder Lake-S mobile, a 16-core chip with 45-55W TDP, which had leaked last year as a new performance segment known as Alder Lake-S (H55).
Intel Alder Lake-M, Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-S MOBILE s series, Source: Intel
In fact, the possibility of AMD using Raphael chips for the mobile segment is not entirely new. Almost 1.5 years ago Gamers Nexus shared early information on the next-gen gaming laptop Rapahel series with a TDP range between 35 and 65W:
AMD Raphael-H Mobile, Source: Gamers Nexus
With all that in mind, Raphael silicon would be offered alongside Phoenix for Ryzen 7000H series laptops. The details such as core configurations are yet unknown, but we do know that both are to feature RDNA2 graphics and support DDR5 memory technology. The series would compete against Intel Raptor Lake Mobile, which is likely not to be expected sooner than the end of 2022/early 2023, so a year after Alder Lake Mobile.
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