This new AMD Ryzen laptop might not be as new as you think • The Record

AMD appears to have deepened its parts box with today’s launch of its 7020-series mobile processors, which it says will bring all-day battery life to more entry-level laptops.

“At any price point, users should feel confident that they are getting the best possible experience from AMD,” said Saeed Moshkani, General Manager, AMD Customer Business Unit. canned statement.

That’s unless of course you think you’re buying something with modern architecture remotely. AMD 7020 series mobile chips are not based on Zen 4 as found in desktop chips. They don’t even use AMD’s two-year-old Zen 3 architecture. No, these chips use AMD’s Zen 2 cores that were launched along with Ryzen 3000-series parts in 2019.

In fact, AMD’s 7020 series mobile processors are a mixture of technology. While they may be based on a three-year-old infrastructure, the chips are made using the TSMC 6nm process. The chips also borrow the integrated RDNA 2 graphics that were introduced with AMD’s Ryzen 6000 mobile parts.

So while the CPU cores may be old, the GPU and the processing node are not old. AMD says this combination allowed it to achieve up to 12 hours of battery life in laptops priced under $399.

AMD’s 7020-series mobile processors are available in three SKUs:

  • Ryzen 5 7520U: 4 cores/8 threads, with a base clock of 2.8GHz, a boost clock of 4.3GHz, and 6MB of cache.
  • Ryzen 3 7320U: 4 cores/8 threads, with a base clock of 2.4GHz, a boost clock of 4.1GHz, and 6MB of cache.
  • Athlon Gold 7220U: 2 cores / 4 threads, with a base clock of 2.4GHz, a boost clock of 3.7GHz, and 5MB of cache.

All three chips feature 15W TDP, integrated Radeon 610M graphics, and support for LPDDR5 memory.

Laptops equipped with these chips from Acer, HP, and Lenovo are expected to begin shipping in time for the holiday season.

AMD’s recycling cores in its mobile line are by no means a new phenomenon. x86 biz has a long-standing tradition of converting old architectures to “new” chips, as a cost-cutting measure.

However, this behavior confused customers who thought they were buying current-generation chips, only to find out later that the devices are based on an older Zen architecture. For example, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors used Zen 3 and Zen 2 cores depending on which SKU you were looking at. To make matters worse, the higher-numbered SKUs were not always translated into the new build.

AMD try to To correct this earlier this month with a new naming scheme for its mobile parts. Beginning with the Mendocino and Dragon Range processor families, the first two digits now indicate the generation and product family, while the second two digits indicate the infrastructure and feature availability. The final character determines the form factor and TDP. Therefore, the 7520U stands for a 7th generation Ryzen 5 with 2 Zen cores, and 15 W TDP.

And as we saw with today’s launch, the naming scheme also extends to the chip company’s old Athlon line, which unlike The Intel Pentium and Celeron brands are still in operation. ®