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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

The next Surface Laptop promises excellent performance thanks to AMD Renoir APUs. (Image Source: Microsoft)
The next Surface Laptop promises excellent performance thanks to AMD Renoir APUs. (Image Source: Microsoft)
Geekbench entries pertaining to upcoming Microsoft Surface products have surfaced online. The Surface Laptop 4 is expected to be powered by an AMD Ryzen Renoir custom APU and the scores seem to reflect the improved performance compared to the previous generation. An entry for a likely Surface Pro 8 device powered by the Core i7-1185G7 is also seen.

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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.

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AMD Ryzen Renoir Microsoft Surface Edition APU Geekbench - CPU. (Source: Geekbench)
AMD Ryzen Renoir Microsoft Surface Edition APU Geekbench - CPU. (Source: Geekbench)
AMD Ryzen Renoir Microsoft Surface Edition APU Geekbench - OpenCL. (Source: Geekbench)
AMD Ryzen Renoir Microsoft Surface Edition APU Geekbench - OpenCL. (Source: Geekbench)
Microsoft Surface Pro Intel Core i7-1185G7 Geekbench - CPU. (Source: Geekbench)
Microsoft Surface Pro Intel Core i7-1185G7 Geekbench - CPU. (Source: Geekbench)
 

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Geekbench (1), (2), and (3) via TUM_APISAK on Twitter (1) and (2)

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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-12- 5 (Update: 2020-12- 7)