While AMD is initially addressing the market for high-end desktop PCs with the Ryzen 7000 series, the lower end of the laptop market is now also getting chips from the new 7000 series. However, these differ significantly, because they are still based on the old “Zen 2” architecture, which AMD only adds support for some newer technologies.
Zen 2 architecture, RDNA 2 graphics and LPDDR5 support
The chips now presented belong to a subgroup known as Ryzen 7020 and are intended to bring a performance boost for inexpensive laptops. AMD combines the Zen 2 architecture with an RDNA 2-based graphics unit (in this case Radeon 610M) and support for LPDDR5 working memory. The chip manufacturer states that the devices equipped with the new APUs can offer a maximum runtime of up to 12 hours.
Compared to Intel’s inexpensive Core Series SoCs, such as the Core i3-1115G4 with two cores, AMD wants to be one step ahead. As an example, the AMD Ryzen 3 7320U with four up to 2.4 gigahertz fast cores in combination with only four gigabytes of RAM will offer 58 percent faster multitasking and 31 percent faster program starts than the aforementioned Core i3 from Intel together with eight GB of RAM .
Overview of the new chips
AMD’s comparisons are of course marketing talk, especially since Intel now offers a six-core Core i3 SoC from the 12th generation of Core chips, so you’re making comparisons with an outdated but still widespread processor. Ultimately, as always, the new processors will have to prove themselves in independent tests.
In addition to the Ryzen 3, there is also the new one AMD Ryzen 5 7520U with a base clock of 2.8 gigahertz. Both chips have a total of six megabytes of cache. In the future, particularly inexpensive devices will also be equipped with the two-core AMD Athlon Gold 7220U be equipped, which has a 2.4 GHz base clock (3.7 GHz boost), also offers a Radeon 610M GPU and has to make do with a five megabyte cache. At the very bottom of the product range sits the AMD Athlon Silver 7120Uwhich also has a base clock of 2.4 GHz, but only boosts up to 3.5 GHz and also offers only two instead of four threads.
The maximum power loss of the first four members of the new product line is specified as 15 watts each. The first new notebooks with the AMD Ryzen 7000U processors will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2022, so they should be in stores in time for Christmas. For their part, Acer, HP and Lenovo have already announced the first systems, although the price should probably start at around 400 dollars or euros, as is so often the case.