AMD has announced its new “Mendocino” Ryzen 7020 and Athlon 7020 series of mobile processors. introducing AMD, “the everyday laptop”. These are technically among the first chips we’re seeing from AMD’s new Ryzen 7000 mobile lineup, although not much is new about them.
The first three Mendocino chips to launch are the Ryzen 5 7520U, Ryzen 3 7320U, and Athlon Gold 7220U. All three have 8-15W TDP and Radeon 610M graphics. Both Ryzen chips have 6MB cache and four cores/eight threads, while the Athlon has 5MB cache and two cores/four threads. The chips are built with AMD’s “Zen 2” architecture on a 6nm process.
Zen 2 isn’t a new architecture (Zen 4 is AMD’s newest architecture; Zen 2 was released in 2019), so these chips would only be recommended buys in very cheap laptops. Among the models these chips will power is Acer’s Aspire 3, models of which can currently be had for less than $400.
AMD says the new chips will deliver up to 12 hours of battery life and says its chips beat Intel’s Core i3 in productivity and multitasking performance, as well as app launch speed. Radeon 610M graphics will likely lead to a better gaming experience than we’ve seen with budget laptops in the past, but we don’t generally recommend this category of laptop be purchased for gaming.
AMD has released the naming scheme for its 2023 chips, and much of it has been revamped from previous years. The most significant change is that the third digit of each chip’s name now clearly indicates which version of the Zen architecture that chip uses. The aim was to guard against customers claiming the company was sleazy by selling new chips with old architecture (which AMD has done before – previous iterations of less powerful Athlon and Ryzen processors have included chips featuring striking similarities with processors several years old). This particular change has made it possible (maybe even likely) that the next 7000 series will include older parts. At least now buyers disappointed with the performance of these chips can’t say they weren’t informed.