September 29, 2023
hero ryzen 7000 series
Ultimately yr’s Shopper Electronics Present, AMD introduced its Ryzen 6000 Cellular processors, a coherent household of processors based mostly on a single design, Rembrandt. Nevertheless, the corporate has launched new processor naming tips since then. At this yr’s 2023 CES, AMD is saying new Ryzen 7000 Cellular CPUs, however pay shut consideration, as a result of there are literally 5 wildly-differing processors transport beneath that banner.

AMD’s Ryzen 7000 Collection Cellular Decoder Ring 

To AMD’s credit score, the corporate is not making an attempt to obfuscate something, and has been utterly clear with the press on what precisely is in every chip, proper all the way down to the core architectures for each CPU cores and their built-in GPUs. Actually, we’ve got this handy-dandy little chart right here which outlines every part:


So, happening the chart, we’ve got the Ryzen 7045 collection, the Ryzen 7040 collection, the Ryzen 7035 collection, the Ryzen 7030 collection, and the Ryzen 7020 collection. The “7”, you see, simply means “launched in 2023.” In different phrases, every part on this chart is coming sooner or later this yr, so you may need to familiarize your self with the elements individually. To that finish, let’s take a tour by AMD’s 2023 cell Ryzen lineup.

7045 series

First off, we’ve got the Ryzen 7045 collection. These processors had been code-named Dragon Vary, and basically, they’re primarily the identical chips as “Raphael” for desktop. Meaning you get between six and sixteen Zen 4 CPU cores in two or three chiplets, making these, sure, the world’s first chiplet-based laptop computer CPUs.

7045 performance

Curiously, AMD is just making efficiency comparisons towards its personal previous-generation {hardware} this time round. The corporate presents this listing of gaming benchmarks in titles that look to be chosen for optimum single-thread sensitivity. These efficiency positive factors are spectacular to make sure, but it surely’s the form of carry we have seen earlier than, when evaluating AMD’s desktop Zen 4 efficiency versus Zen 3.

7045 mobile supremacy

In addition to the 16-core flagship, there are analogs to the remainder of the desktop Raphael processors throughout the Ryzen 7045 lineup. AMD says it has laptops transport with these processors as quickly as February 2023. Certainly, the AMD Ryzen 6000 CPUs based mostly on Rembrandt had been spectacular, but it surely was typically exhausting to search out laptops SKUs based mostly on them. Hopefully Dragon Vary is extra accessible with extra OEM design wins.

7040 announcing

Subsequent up is the true star of the present, the Ryzen 7040 collection. Codenamed “Phoenix” (or maybe “Phoenix Level”), these bleeding-edge CPUs mix Zen 4 CPU cores with the identical RDNA 3 graphics know-how as discovered within the Radeon RX 7900 XTX, in addition to a brand new “Ryzen AI” processor, all on TSMC’s N4 course of.

Enter AMD Ryzen AI With XDNA (Xilinx DNA)

7040 ryzen ai

What’s Ryzen AI? Nicely, it is a block of Xilinx FPGA know-how, apparently. AMD did not provide a ton of particulars on precisely what the capabilities of the programmable logic core could also be, however did say that it is a reconfigurable circuit constructed proper into the monolithic Phoenix die. The corporate says it may well deal with 4 concurrent “devoted AI streams” and that it’s “optimized for battery life with intense AI workloads.”

amd phoenix die shot color corrected
AMD’s XDNA (Xilinx DNA) AI engine is the sq. within the backside left.

Sensible use instances may apparently embody any type of AI inferencing workload, like audio background noise discount, picture processing, laptop imaginative and prescient, and so forth. You are able to do these types of issues on CPUs or GPUs, however AMD emphasizes that having devoted {hardware} is rather more environment friendly than utilizing general-purpose compute for AI, and certainly some of these acceleration engines are a rising development with Intel as nicely. 

7040 ultimate ultrathin

AMD introduced simply three processors within the Ryzen 7040 collection, which you’ll see above. It feels a bit odd to see a pair of 8-core chips separated by Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 branding, however provided that the Phoenix die solely contains eight CPU cores, and that AMD most likely did not need to ship a quad-core Phoenix chip, it is clear there wasn’t a lot possibility there. Laptops with these CPUs ought to seem in March.

7035 series

Subsequent up we’ve got the Ryzen 7035 collection, about which AMD shared nearly no particulars in any respect. That is most likely tremendous, as a result of the 7035 collection is called “Rembrandt-R,” and you’ll guess what the R stands for. (Trace: it is “refresh”). These chips might be final yr’s Ryzen 6000 Cellular processors revamped and refreshed for 2023, apparently with increased clock charges.

They may not be as thrilling as the brand new silicon, however these processors nonetheless provide wonderful effectivity and excessive efficiency from each their Zen 3+ CPU cores and their RDNA 2 graphics. In our testing, we had been stunned on the efficiency of the built-in Radeon 680M graphics.

7030 series

Lastly, we’ve got the Ryzen 7030 collection. “Lastly” as a result of AMD did not have something new to say concerning the Ryzen 7020 “Mendocino” processors. Nicely, not a lot was mentioned concerning the Ryzen 7030 collection, both. These are refreshed “Barcelo” chips, and if that title is not acquainted, do not feel ignored; it hasn’t gotten a lot press.

Barcelo is a revised type of Cezanne, the processor used within the Ryzen 7 5000G collection in addition to a variety of low-cost fashions within the Ryzen 6000 Cellular household. Whereas it has Zen 3 CPU cores, the built-in graphics are based mostly on the aged Vega structure and it is fabbed on the older N7 course of. AMD notes it’ll use these for entry-level skinny & mild notebooks the place efficiency is much less of a priority than worth.

three chip lineup
Left to proper: Ryzen 9 7945HX, Ryzen 9 7950X3D And Ryzen 9 7940HS.

Simply 5 years in the past, AMD’s presence in laptops was restricted strictly to low-end and low-power techniques, however the firm has returned to the market roaring with innovation as of late. AMD’s received a packed lineup for laptops in any respect worth factors and energy ranges for 2023, and the corporate’s Phoenix processors might be making their approach to desktops sooner or later, too. We’re eager to see what their built-in RDNA 3 graphics and AI processors can do, and stay up for testing some new AMD-powered laptop computer choices within the months forward, so keep tuned…