Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 powered by AMD Renoir Surface Edition shows up on Geekbench with 2x the multi-core performance compared to Picasso, Surface Pro 8 powered by Core i7-1185G7 also seen
We know that a Microsoft Surface Pro 8 powered by an Intel Tiger Lake chip is in the works (in fact, it was already up for sale on eBay), and we are also expecting a Surface Laptop 4 powered by AMD's new Renoir APUs. Now, both these SKUs seem to have found their way to Geekbench.
Let's take a look at the alleged Surface Laptop 4 result first. According to the Geekbench 5 entry, the Surface device is indicated to be powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 3780U Microsoft Surface Edition (MSE) APU. However, this identification is incorrect or could be a placeholder and many clues in the listing itself point towards this plausibility.
The Ryzen 7 3780U MSE is actually a Zen+ 4C/8T part with a base clock of 2.3 GHz and a boost of up to 4 GHz. This particular Geekbench entry shows an 8C/16T part and also indicates the codename as Renoir. So, for all intents and purposes, we are indeed looking at a Zen 2 Renoir APU.
Another supporting argument that this is a Renoir part stems from the scores achieved in this benchmark. The original Ryzen 7 3780U MSE manages 940 points in single-core and 3,050 points in multi-core Geekbench 5 tests whereas the new Ryzen MSE APU is shown to score 1,034 and 6,211 points in single and multi-core tests, respectively.
Also, instead of the Vega 11 in the original Ryzen 7 3780U MSE, the new Ryzen MSE APU comes with a Vega 8 iGPU with a maximum boost of 1.95 GHz. The Vega 8 is shown to achieve 14,075 points in the Geekbench OpenCL compute test.
A Surface Pro 8 powered by the Core i7-1185G7 has also made its way to the benchmarking site posting scores of 1,343 and 4,970 in single and multi-core tests, respectively. Though the Surface Pro 8 is not expected to offer any radical design changes, the processor upgrade to Tiger Lake from the previous generation Ice Lake SKUs should offer tangible performance benefits.