Last year, Microsoft released a 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 model with an AMD APU processor. The chip has a thermal design power (TDP) of 15W and integrates the Vega11 core display. AMD executives said at the time that this meant a start to a long-term partnership between the two companies. The latest news is that Microsoft and AMD may be working together to develop a new generation of Surface Laptop models based on the new APU processor.
Recently, a sharp-eyed netizen saw an as-yet-unpublished AMD Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition APU in the 3DMark benchmark database, and it’s likely to be part of the Renoir family.
Looking back at 2019, the so-called “extreme version” of the APU is also specifically designed for Microsoft’s Surface products, so the latest revelations may suggest a new generation of Surface models.
As can be seen from the leaked information, this Ryzen 7 APU is very similar in size to the current Ryzen 7 4800U. The latter has a base/dynamic acceleration frequency of 0.1 GHz, but the dynamic acceleration frequency of the new APU is increased by 100MHz.
Interestingly, ryzen 7 Extreme Edition APU thermal design power consumption (TDP) is also even lower. Improved specifications and low thermal requirements mean it’s ideal for 2-in-1 devices like Surface Laptop.
It’s worth noting that AMD has also added an additional Vega graphics cell for Surface Laptop 3 Custom APU.