September 27, 2022
AMD Reveals Mendocino Zen 2 APUs With RDNA 2 Graphics

AMD has announced Mendocino today, a new breed of mobile APUs that aims to redefine the everyday laptop. While Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) targets premium notebooks, Mendocino caters to mainstream laptops that compete in the $399 to $699 price range.

Rembrandt brings AMD’s Zen 3+ cores and RDNA 2 graphics into a single package. With Mendocino, however, the chipmaker opted to roll with the Zen 2 microarchitecture instead but retained the RDNA 2 solution. It’s the exact blueprint that AMD used for Van Gogh, from which Aerith (the custom APU in the Steam Deck) is derived. Therefore, Mendocino is essentially an offshoot of Van Gogh but on a more recent process node. Mendocino also has access to LPDDR5 memory although AMD didn’t disclose the nature of the memory bus.

Van Gogh is on TSMC’s 7nm process node. Rembrandt and Mendocino take advantage of TSMC’s 6nm manufacturing process. The 6nm “N6” process node delivers up to 18% higher logic density with an identical power and performance level in comparison to the 7nm “7N” process node that was previously used for Ryzen 5000 (Cezanne) lineup.

While we’ve seen Rembrandt maxing out at eight cores and 16 threads, Mendocino will only reach half of that number. The highest Mendocino part will offer four Zen 2 cores with eight threads. AMD didn’t share the specifications for Mendocino. In terms of processing power, we could expect something along the lines of AMD’s Ryzen 4000 (Renoir) chips that also wield Zen 2 cores. However, Renoir was on TSMC’s 7nm process node; therefore, Mendocino should theoretically feature improved clock speeds as a product of the 6nm process node.

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