AMD officially announced its entry-level mobile processors, codenamed Mendocino, back in May of this year. These chips are based on the Zen 2 architecture and are equipped with integrated RDNA 2 graphics.Today the manufacturer officially presented three models of processors that are part of the new AMD 7020 series.
Unlike Intel, which dropped the Pentium and Celeron designations for its entry-level processors, AMD still uses the Ryzen and Athlon brands for its entry-level consumer CPU models. True, as previously reported, she switched to a new numbering of mobile processor models.
The top of the range AMD 7020 series is the quad-core and eight-thread Ryzen 5 7520U with a frequency range of 2.8 to 4.3 GHz. The chip received 6 MB cache (4 MB L3) and integrated graphics Radeon 610M. The Ryzen 3 7320U model received the same number of cores and virtual threads, but operates in the frequency range from 2.1 to 4.1 GHz. This processor also features 6MB of cache memory and integrated Radeon 610M graphics. The third model in the series is the Athlon Gold 7220U. This is a dual core processor with support for four virtual threads. It works in the frequency range from 2.4 to 3.7 GHz, has a 5 MB cache and uses the integrated Radeon 610M graphics.
All three new products offer support for up to 32 GB of LPDDR5 memory and have a configurable TDP of 8 to 15 watts. Support for NVMe SSDs in BGA format is also mentioned. As a result, the AMD 7020 (Mendocino) series processors deliver up to 31% faster application launch times than the competition.
As an example, AMD compares the performance of a quad-core Ryzen 3 7320U with a dual-core Intel Core i3-1115G4 from the Tiger Lake generation. In the PCMark 10 test, which simulates working in office applications, the new AMD chip was up to 31% faster than the Intel chip, in the Cinebench R23 multithreaded performance test it showed a 58% higher score, and the Ryzen 3 7320U processor was able to archive files 80% faster in 7-Zip program.
The manufacturer does not provide any information on this, but the integrated graphics of the processors most likely include two execution units and an integrated AV1 hardware decoder. According to the manufacturer, the “built-in” Radeon 610M can deliver 60 frames per second performance in games at 720p resolution. Unfortunately, AMD didn’t share any graphical performance charts for the integrated graphics core, but they do claim that the system delivers 84 fps in Counter-Strike on a laptop configured with an Athlon 7220U, 4GB of RAM and an NVMe SSD in League of Legends : Global Offensive has 97 fps while Dota 2 has 61 fps.
The Mendocino series chips are equipped with an integrated Microsoft Pluton security coprocessor and also support various useful functions. For example, support for wake-up by voice and fast charging has been announced. Notebooks based on AMD Mendocino processors can offer up to 12 hours of battery life in a mixed usage scenario. Both Microsoft Windows and Google Chrome OS are offered as operating systems.
The first AMD Mendocino-based devices are expected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, with the Acer Aspire 3, Lenovo IdeaPad 1, and an unnamed HP 17-inch laptop being the first laptop models to receive them.