AMD’s 2023 mobile processor lineup is… complicated. At the high end, the company is introducing its most powerful laptop processors to date, with up to 16 Zen 4 CPU cores, 32 threads, and RDNA 3 integrated graphics.

But not all of this year’s new chips offer those features. Some models will feature older CPU or graphics technologies. So you might need to memorize AMD’s new chip numbering conventions before you can quickly tell at a glance which chips are designed for high-performance gaming laptops, and which are designed for budget thin and light laptops. Or you could just scan the table below for a cheat sheet.

In a nutshell, AMD’s new Ryzen 7045 “Dragon Range” series of chips are meant for high-performance gaming laptops and mobile workstations. These are basically mobile versions of AMD’s Ryzen 7000 desktop chips and feature a chiplet design, the Zen 4 CPU cores, and up to a whopping 80MB of total cache. But they skimp on the integrated graphics, since they’ll most likely be paired with discrete GPUs.

The Ryzen 7040 “Phoenix” chips are designed for premium thin and light laptops that don’t have discrete graphics. Like Dragon Range chips, these processors feature Zen 4 CPU architecture, but they have fewer cores and lower power consumption. What they do have is AMD’s best integrated graphics to date with up to 12 RDNA 3 GPU cores. That should be good enough for some gaming on a non-gaming laptop. These are also the first chips from AMD to incorporate an AI engine called Ryzen AI.

AMD’s Ryzen 7035 “Rembrandt-R” chips, meanwhile, are basically updated versions of last year’s Ryzen 6000 series processor with the same Zen 3+ CPU cores and RDNA 2 integrated graphics. These are pretty good chips, but they don’t feature AMD’s newest technology. The company has increased some clock speeds though.

The Ryzen 7030 “Barcelo-R” lineup features even older tech, with Zen 3 CPU cores and Radeon Vega graphics. There are also Ryzen Pro 7030 chips aimed at business customers and feature additional security and management functions.

And the previously-launched Ryzen 7020 “Mendocino” family rounds things out as a set of chips for budget devices with Zen 2 CPU cores and two RDNA 2 GPU cores.

Ryzen 7045 Series “Dragon Range” for gaming and content creation (February, 2023)
ModelCPU Gen & nodeCores / ThreadsBase / Boost CPU freqCacheGraphicsRAMUSB4TDP
Ryzen 9 7945HXZen 4 (5nm)16 / 322.5 GHz / 5.4 GHz80MBRadeon 610M
(2 x RDNA 2)
DDR5Optional55 – 75W+
Ryzen 9 7845HXZen 4 (5nm)12 / 243 GHz / 5.2 GHz76MBRadeon 610M
(2 x RDNA 2)
DDR5Optional45 – 75W+
Ryzen 7 7745HXZen 4 (5nm)8 / 163.6 GHz / 5.1 GHz40MBRadeon 610M
(2 x RDNA 2)
DDR5Optional45 – 75W+
Ryzen 5 7645HXZen 4 (5nm)6 / 124 GHz / 5 GHz38MBRadeon 610M
(2 x RDNA 2)
DDR5Optional45 – 75W+
Ryzen 7040 Series “Phoenix” for ultrathin laptops (March, 2023)
ModelCPU Gen & nodeCores / ThreadsBase / Boost CPU freqCacheGraphicsRAMUSB4TDP
Ryzen 9 7940HSZen 4 (4nm)8 / 164 GHz / 5.2 GHz24MBRadeon 780M
(12 x RDNA 3)
DDR5 / LPDDR5Yes35 – 45W
Ryzen 7 7840HSZen 4 (4nm)8 / 163.8 GHz / 5.1 GHz24MBRadeon 780M
(12 x RDNA 3)
DDR5 / LPDDR5Yes35 – 45W
Ryzen 5 7640HSZen 4 (4nm)6 / 124.3 GHz / 5 GHz22MBRadeon 760M
(8 x RDNA 3)
DDR5 / LPDDR5Yes35 – 45W
Ryzen 7035 Series “Rembrandt-R” for premium thin and light laptops (January, 2023)
ModelCPU Gen & nodeCores / ThreadsBase / Boost CPU freqCacheGraphicsRAMUSB4TDP
Ryzen 7 7735HSZen 3+ (6nm)8 / 163.2 GHz / 4.75 GHz20MBRadeon 680M
(12 x RDNA 2)
DDR5 / LPDDR5Yes35W
Ryzen 7 5 7535HSZen 3+ (6nm)6 / 123.3 GHz / 4.55 GHz19MBRadeon 660M
(6 x RDNA 2)
DDR5 / LPDDR5Yes35W
Ryzen 7 7736UZen 3+ (6nm)8 / 162.7 GHz / 4.7 GHz20MBRadeon 680M
(12 x RDNA 2)
DDR5 / LPDDR5Yes15 – 28W
Ryzen 7 7735UZen 3+ (6nm)8 / 162.7 GHz / 4.75 GHz20MBRadeon 680M
(12 x RDNA 2)
DDR5 / LPDDR5Yes15 – 28W
Ryzen 5 7535UZen 3+ (6nm)6 / 122.9 GHz/ 4.55 GHz19MBRadeon 660M
(6 x RDNA 2)
DDR5 / LPDDR5Yes15 – 28W
Ryzen 3 7335UZen 3+ (6nm)4 / 843 GHz / 4.3 GHz10MBRadeon 660M
(6 x RDNA 2)
DDR5 / LPDDR5Yes15 – 28W
Ryzen 7030 Series “Barcelo-R” for mainstream thin & light (January, 2023)
ModelCPU Gen & nodeCores / ThreadsBase / Boost CPU freqCacheGraphicsRAMUSB4TDP
Ryzen 7 7730UZen 3 (7nm)8 / 162 GHz / 4.5 GHz20MBRadeon Vega 12DDR4 / LPDDR4No15W
Ryzen 5 7530UZen 3 (7nm)6 / 122 GHz / 4.5 GHz19MBRadeon Vega 6DDR4 / LPDDR4No15W
Ryzen 3 7330UZen 3 (7nm)6 / 122.3 GHz / 4.3 GHz10MBRadeon Vega 4DDR4 / LPDDR4No15W
Ryzen Pro 7030 Series for business (February, 2023)
ModelCPU Gen & nodeCores / ThreadsBase / Boost CPU freqCacheGraphicsRAMUSB4TDP
Ryzen 7 Pro 7730UZen 3 (7nm)8 / 162 GHz / 4.5 GHz20MBRadeon Vega 12DDR4 / LPDDR4No15W
Ryzen 5 Pro 7530UZen 3 (7nm)6 / 122 GHz / 4.5 GHz19MB6adeon Vega 6DDR4 / LPDDR4No15W
Ryzen 3 Pro 7330UZen 3 (7nm)6 / 122.3 GHz / 4 GHz10MBRadeon Vega 4DDR4 / LPDDR4No15W
Ryzen 7020 Series “Mendocino” for budget computing
ModelCPU Gen & nodeCores / ThreadsBase / Boost CPU freqCacheGraphicsRAMUSB4TDP
Ryzen 5 7520UZen 24 / 82.8 GHz / 4.3 GHz6MBRadeon 610M
(2 x RDNA 2)
LPDDR5No15W
Ryzen 3 7320UZen 24 / 82.4 GHz / 4.1 GHz6MBRadeon 610M
(2 x RDNA 2)
LPDDR5No15W
Athlon Gold 7220UZen 22 / 42.4 GHz / 3.7 GHz5MBRadeon 610M
(2 x RDNA 2)
LPDDR5No15W
Athlon Silver 7120UZen 22 / 22.4 GHz / 3.5 GHz3MBRadeon 610M
(2 x RDNA 2)
LPDDR5No15W

Wondering how to tell the new chips apart at a glance? Here’s the breakdown AMD gave us last year for its new 4 digits + letter naming scheme:

  1. Portfolio year (7 = 2023, 8= 2024, etc)
  2. Segment (Athlon Silver, Athlon Gold, Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 9)
  3. Architecture (Zen 1, 2, 3/3+, 4)
  4. Feature isolation (0 = lower, 5 = upper)
  5. Form factor/TDP (U – 15=28W / HS = 35W / HX = 55W+)

Unfortunately there’s absolutely nothing in a chip name that gives you any clues about its GPU architecture, so you may have to consult AMD’s website (or the table above) to figure out what kind of integrated graphics a chip has. 

A few other things worth keeping in mind about this year’s mobile processor lineup:

  • AMD Ryzen 7045HX chips need an optional USB4 controller in order to use USB4 ports, which is why that spec is shown as “optional.”
  • AMD’s Ryzen AI integrated artificial intelligence engine offers hardware-accelerated AI effects for video, gaming, and security, among other things. It’s available on Ryzen 9 7940HS, Ryzen 7 7840HS, and Ryzen 5 7640HS “Phoenix” processors.
  • I get why AMD decided to use 7xxx for this year’s chips since last year’s were 6xxx. But if the company wants to use the first digit to denote the release year, I really wish they would have started over with 3xxx for 2023 (or maybe a 5-digit number starting with 23xxx).
  • It’s interesting to see that there are no 7040U chips at launch. I wouldn’t be surprised to see AMD add some 15-28W processors to its “Phoenix” family later this year, but the company hasn’t made any promises yet.

AMD says its Ryzen 7045HX series chips offer up to 18% better single-core performance than a Ryzen 6000HX series processor in Cinebench, and up to 78% faster multi-core performance. Gaming performance is said to be up to 62% better in some titles.

The company says its Ryzen 7040HS chips, meanwhile, will offer better CPU and graphics performance, accelerated AI performance, and better battery life than their previous-gen counterparts.

And while the Ryzen 7035 and Ryzen 7030 series chips use older CPU and GPU technology, AMD has increased CPU frequencies to provide a slight performance bump.

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  1. Any of those “e = 9W fanless variant of -U part” APUs announced? Hoping for something that could go into a GPD Win 2 clamshell successor.

  2. Did the 24CU Phoenix chip get canceled? Or was it only ever meant for a specific customer….perhaps one that intends to rise from the ashes?

  3. LOL, I’m still waiting for new and affordable products with Ryzen 6000 mobile. These are phantom releases.

    1. Not phantom, just not affordable. I have a 6850u in my Thinkpad. It says 6nm process… so it effectively is a Rembrandt-R 7030 with an older memory controller and slightly less L3 (mine is 16MB). I don’t expect this series to ever get affordable. Lenovo is the main customer for these chips I believe.