Last year, Microsoft launched Surface Laptop 3 15-inch variant
with a new AMD APU, which is a unique processor with 11 Vega
graphics units in a 15W TDP. AMD executives said that the
“Surface Edition” APU is just the beginning of what looks like
a long-term partnership between the two tech giants.
Microsoft and AMD might be working on next-generation Surface
Laptop with a new AMD APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), which
is part of the 64-bit microprocessors from the chipmaker.
Unreleased AMD Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition APU was recently spotted
on the 3DMark benchmark database
and it appears to be a member of the Renoir family.
In 2019, the ‘Extreme Edition’ APUs were designed exclusively
for Microsoft’s Surface products and it’s likely that the new
APU is being prepared for the next-gen hardware from the
The leaked Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition APU hardware specs are very
similar to the current Ryzen 7 4800U. The Ryzen 7 4800U has a
clock speed range of 1.8 GHz to 4.2 GHz. On the other hand, the
leaked Extreme Edition chip comes with a 100 MHz higher
The AMD Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition APU also has a low TDP (thermal
design power). The branding ‘Extreme Edition’, improved
specifications and low energy requirements suggest that the CPU
is being designed for a 2-in-1 device such as the Surface
It’s worth noting that Surface edition AMD APUs were identical
to the original SKU, but AMD had personalized the APU to
include one additional Vega Compute Unit for Surface Laptop 3.
According to the benchmark, AMD’s new Extreme Edition APU base
clock is measured at 1.8 GHz and it can deliver a maximum
operation speed of 4.3 GHz (4,291 MHz).
These findings point to a sustained hardware collaboration
effort between Microsoft and AMD.
AMD’s new and more extreme version of its Ryzen 4000 mobile
APUs could be announced soon with the next-gen Surface Laptop.