AMD Ryzen 5 7520U, Ryzen 3 7320U and Athlon Gold 7220U Mendocino processors unveiled for entry-level thin and light laptops
AMD unveiled its entry-level Mendocino series of laptop processors at Computex 2022. The company didn't provide much in the way of meaningful information and briefly talked about its power efficiency. Now, it has announced three new Mendocino processors, the Ryzen 5 7520U, Ryzen 3 7320U and Athlon Gold 7220U, manufactured on TSMC's 6 nm process node. They use a modified version of the Zen 2 cores and support LPDDR5 memory.
All SKUs feature an AMD Radeon 610M iGPU. It supports AV1 decode and supposedly plays e-sports titles such as DOTA 2, CS: GO and League of Legends at 720p 60 FPS. One can even use it to power up to four displays. The AMD Ryzen 3 7320U's iGPU performance was rated as "terrible" by the notoriously Intel-favoured Userbenchmark, so one has to take that with a grain of salt.
AMD has compared the Ryzen 3 7320U with the Intel Core i3-1115G4. It would be ideal if AMD used the Alder Lake counterparts, but not a lot of them seem to be out and about at the moment. The Ryzen 3 7320U is 31%, 58% and 80% faster than the Tiger Lake processor in PCMark 10 Productivity, Cinebench R23 and 7-Zip.
The "U" in the Mendocino processors' names confirm that all three SKUs have a maximum TDP of 15 W, making them ideal for thin and light laptops. The Ryzen 7 7520U is a 4-core, 8-thread processor with base/boost clocks of 4.3/2.8 GHz. The Ryzen 3 7320U has the same configuration but reduces the base/boost clocks to 4.1/2.4 GHz. Lastly, the AMD Athlon Gold 7220U has 2 cores, 4 threads and a base/boost clock of 3.7/2.4 GHz. One can see the new CPUs in action alongside an upcoming Acer Aspire 3, an unnamed 17-inch HP laptop and Lenovo Ideapad 1.