AMD unveils Ryzen 7840U and says it beats Apple M2
AMD seems to have embraced the idea of making PC gaming more portable while still delivering a decent high-end experience, and in April it confirmed that it had developed the Ryzen Z1 and Z1 Extreme chips that will be used in the upcoming Asus ROG Ally portable PC gaming device. Today it has released the Ryzen 7840U, which is designed for thin and light laptops, but with some powerful integrated graphics.
The Ryzen 7840U chip will have 8 cores and 16 threads with a maximum clock speed of 5.1GHz. An integrated Radeon 780M GPU with 12 cores and core clock speeds of up to 2.7GHz is built in.
AMD showed graphs showing the Ryzen 7840U beating Apple's 2022 M2 chip in application performance, while graphs showed the same chip beating the Intel Core i7-1360P with Iris Xe GPU in both applications and gaming.
This will only be the first in a series of AMD Ryzen 7040U CPUs with integrated Radeon 700M CPUs. The Verge reports that these new processors will appear in laptops made by Framework scalable laptop manufacturers, including Razer, Acer, Lenovo, HP and others. AMD has also started releasing new logo stickers to clear up the confusion over its 7000 Series mobile lineup.
At the moment, we don't have any information on the gaming frame rates or battery life of a laptop running one of these new CPUs. However, it certainly looks like AMD is getting more aggressive in offering higher-end chips for portable PCs.
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