AMD’s Ryzen 7020 CPUs offer more performance for budget laptops

AMD unveiled its first Ryzen 7000 laptop processors, but they’re aimed at a very different audience than the raving desktop chips. The newly launched mobile Ryzen 7020 series is billed as a performance upgrade for budget laptops, combining AMD’s older Zen 2 architecture with some newer technologies, including RDNA 2 graphics (the Radeon 610M) and LPDDR5 memory. It also promises a healthy, if unspectacular, 12 hours of maximum battery life.

The result theoretically surpasses comparable Intel-based systems. AMD claims a 2.4GHz quad-core Ryzen 3-7320U model with 4GB of RAM offers 58 percent faster multitasking and 31 percent faster app launches than a dual-core Core i3-1115G4 Computer with 8GB of RAM. We would have pitted the new Ryzen against a six-core 12th-gen Core i3 instead, but that still suggests you’re getting solid performance for relatively little money.

In addition to the Ryzen 3 variant, there is also a Ryzen 5 7520U with a base clock of 2.8 GHz. Both have a total of 6 MB of cache. Particularly price-conscious buyers can also choose a two-core Athlon Gold 7220U with a 2.4 GHz base, 5 MB cache and the same Radeon 610M graphics. All three chips offer a thermal design power of 15 W and are therefore suitable for thin-and-light systems.

You don’t have to wait long to buy a wearable device with one of these chips. AMD expects the first Ryzen and Athlon 7020 series laptops to be available in the fourth quarter of this year (ie from October to December) starting at $399. Acer promises 14- and 15-inch Aspire 3 systems with the new Ryzen inside, while an HP “17-inch laptop PC” and updated Lenovo IdeaPads are also in the works. That entry price is important – AMD is targeting everyday users who don’t spend a lot but still want solid features.

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