AMD-based gaming laptops are still few and far between. This is unfortunate for several reasons, not least because AMD’s latest chips are a lot more competitive (compared to Intel) than previous generations. Also, Intel really needs more competition in this space simply to keep prices in check. A piece of interesting news on this front is that a single benchmark has surfaced, which supposedly reveals the performance of the upcoming mobile chip Ryzen 7 3700U.
With the launch of its Ryzen processor series in early 2017, AMD once again shook up the CPU market after many years of Intel leadership. However, while Ryzen parts are now increasingly common in gaming desktop builds (in addition to workstations and servers), the high-end mobile segment is lagging behind.
AMD has previously attempted to stake a claim in the mid-range mobile market with its Ryzen 2000U-series chips, which are a combination of Zen cores and integrated Radeon RX Vega graphics. But availability has been somewhat limited, with only a few products from Lenovo and HP using these chips (and said manufacturers have barely marketed these products).
It remains to be seen whether next time will be different, but at least AMD is still committed to the mobile segment. We are reminded of this via an anonymous entry into the UserBenchmark database, which contains an unknown ‘engineering sample’ that, allegedly, is the upcoming Ryzen 7 3700U.
Ryzen 7 3700U Vs Intel Core i7 8750H
Out of curiosity, we compared the putative next-gen mobile Ryzen with a few Intel CPUs, starting with the Core i7-8750H, which is currently a staple in gaming laptops. This is not a fair comparison at all, since the AMD CPU likely has a significantly lower TDP that only allows it to consume up to about 15W, while the Intel CPU’s TDP is a full 45W. And even more importantly the 3700U score is only based on a single benchmark run, whereas the 8750H database contains about 38,000 at this writing.
Keep in mind that this model is likely aimed at thin-and-light laptops, so the result actually isn’t bad at all. If AMD decides to use this architecture in high-end (gaming) laptops with a significantly higher TDP, this could level out the playing field.
A decidedly more interesting (and slightly more fair) comparison is to that of this processors likely main rival, Intel’s Core i7-8650U.
Ryzen 7 3700U Vs Intel Core i7 8650U
This result, although statistically useless, is far more interesting since the 8650U is one of Intel’s more expensive models, targeting the high end of the thin-and-light segment. This makes the putative 3700U some 15% faster than its (likely) predecessor the 2700U and puts it on par with Intel. The amount of cores and threads appear to remain identical at 4C/8T.
What about the integrated GPU?
The integrated graphics part is referred to as Picasso, which is the code name that’s supposed to follow the current Raven Ridge APU design. SiSoftware’s database also has an entry for this same processor, but here the GPU is listed as ‘Radeon RX Vega 10’, which is the same name as the predecessor. So the integrated GPU could be a rebranding of its predecessor, but it appears to perform significantly better in the UserBenchmark entry:
On top of this, it’s also twice as fast as its Intel rival, UHD Graphics 620. This is far from enough to out the IGP on part with even mid-range dedicated GPUs, but impressive nonetheless.
What makes all of this really interesting is that – and provided these numbers are real and indicative of the finished product’s performance – there will soon be few excuses left not to use AMD parts in more expensive, high-end laptops. What could really tip the scales would be some of the major manufacturers such as Asus (and why not Apple?) incorporating these chips in their more exclusive builds.