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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.

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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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - Managing Editor - 1309 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
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)