AMD Launches Mendocino APUs: Zen 2-based Ryzen and Athlon 7020 Series with RDNA 2 Graphics

While the main focus this month has been AMD’s upcoming launch of its Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors based on the Zen 4 architecture, AMD is also in the process of releasing entry-level mobile-designed 7020 series processors, codenamed Mendocino. It has launched four new mobile SKUs, including two Ryzen series models and two Athlon variants, all based on the Zen 2 architecture.

As we learned in May, AMD’s Zen 2-based “Mendocino” APUs are designed as part of a range of low-end mobile processors for entry-level thin notebook and notebook solutions. The affordable APUs include up to 4 Zen 2 CPU cores, as well as integrated AMD Radeon 610M graphics, all with a maximum TDP of 15W.

With a particular focus on the AMD 7020 series APUs announced today, the highest SKU is the Ryzen 5 7520U. Using AMD’s new Ryzen Mobile CPU numbering system, the 7520U is a 2023 model year chip under the Ryzen 5 series banner using the Zen 2 core architecture. The U suffix technically means 15-28W, but in this case AMD has confirmed that all current chips have a maximum TDP of 15W.

The AMD Ryzen 5 7520U processor benefits from a base frequency of 2.8GHz across its four cores, with a 1TB boost frequency of up to 4.3GHz. It also includes a total of 6MB of cache, split between 4MB of L3 and 2MB of L2 (512KB per core).

AMD Ryzen 7020 Series (Mendocino) lineup
SKU Cores/Threads cpu frequency
cpu frequency
(1t batch)
cache iGPU TDP
Ryzen 5 7520U 4C/8T 2.8 GHz 4.3 GHz 2MB L2 + 4MB L3 Radeon 610m 15 watts
Ryzen 3 7320U 4C/8T 2.4GHz 4.1 GHz 2MB L2 + 4MB L3 Radeon 610m 15 watts
Athlon Gold 7220U 2C/4T 2.4GHz 3.7 GHz 1 MB L2 + 4 MB L3 Radeon 610m 15 watts
Athlon Silver 7120U 2C/4T 2.4GHz 3.5 GHz 1MB L2 + 2MB L3 Radeon 610m 15 watts

The Ryzen 3 7320U moves down the stack, which has four cores and eight threads but a base clock speed of 2.4GHz and a single-core boost frequency of 4.1GHz. Like the Ryzen 5 7520U, it also benefits from an onboard 6MB cache via the L2/L3 cache architecture.

Considering the Athlon-branded 7020 series chips, the Athlon Gold 7220U offers two cores and four threads, with a base frequency of 2.4GHz, a single-core boost frequency of up to 3.7GHz, and 5MB of shared L2/L3 cache. The Athlon Silver 7120U is pretty much the same as the Athlon Gold 7220U, but it has a slightly lower 1TB boost frequency of 3.5GHz and half the L3 cache (for a total of 3MB instead of 5MB)

AMD Radeon 610M with two graphics cores for entry-level performance

Every AMD Zen 2 Ryzen and Athlon 7020 series announced today will support up to 32GB of LPDDR5 memory in a dual-channel (64-bit) configuration, and feature two graphics cores/CUs based on its RNDA 2 technology, an AMD brand. For the integrated graphics chip Radeon 610M. All four mobile APUs will also include a TDP of up to 15W.

At the time of writing, AMD has not revealed exact pricing apart from the overall laptop price range of $399 to $699. However, it has announced that its AMD Ryzen 7020 Series Ecosystem partners are Acer, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft, and laptops featuring these chips are expected to begin appearing on retail shelves sometime in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Source: AMD

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