AMD’s Next-Gen Ryzen Mobile Processors: From ‘Fire Range’ to ‘Kraken Point’

AMD is shaking up its Ryzen mobile processor lineup with the introduction of the “elite experience” segment. The new “Fire Range” mobile processor, succeeding the “Dragon Range,” features two 8-core “Zen 5” chiplets and is essentially a mobile version of the desktop “Granite Ridge” processor. With up to 16 cores, it targets flagship gaming notebooks and mobile workstations.

In the middle tier, we have the existing “Hawk Point” silicon. To bridge the CPU performance gap between the top and middle tiers, AMD is introducing the “elite experience” segment, featuring “Strix Halo” and “Strix Point.”

These processors will compete against Intel’s Core Ultra 7 and Core Ultra 9, as well as certain 14th Gen Core mobile processors. “Strix Point” stands out with a significant increase in the core count to 12 and a substantial integrated GPU (iGPU).

On the other hand, the “Kraken Point” is AMD’s next-gen monolithic mobile processor, designed to rival Intel’s Core Ultra 5 and Core Ultra 7. Built on a refined 4 nm EUV node by TSMC, it has a unique CPU complex with four regular “Zen 5” cores and four low-power “Zen 5c” cores. These cores share a common L3 cache, facilitating efficient thread movement.

While “Kraken Point” gets a slightly smaller iGPU compared to “Strix Point,” it still features a respectable RDNA 3.5 graphics architecture with 4 WGPs, translating to 8 CUs or 512 stream processors.

In comparison, “Strix Halo” outshines with a massive iGPU featuring 20 WGPs, totalling 40 CUs or 2,560 stream processors. This promises performance that could challenge many mid-range and performance segment mobile discrete GPUs.

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