AMD’s wheeling out what appears like a modified model of the Steam Deck’s Aerith APU to energy a brand new vary of price range gaming laptops it is codenamed AMD Mendocino. The Mendocino program, launched throughout AMD’s Computex keynote, is designed to create a brand new class of notebooks within the $399 – $599 class with unprecedented energy and battery life.
Okay, it isn’t the precise Steam Deck APU, however it positive bears greater than a passing resemblance to it. It is a quad-core, eight-thread Zen 2-based APU, that also sports activities RDNA 2 GPU cores, and likewise helps LPDDR5.
So yeah, fairly comparable. The one distinction I can see for proper now’s that its manufactured on a TSMC 6nm node, versus the 7nm node Valve’s handheld operates with. AMD hasn’t mentioned something in regards to the compute unit depend, however hopefully it will not be any decrease than the eight CUs of the Deck’s Aerith.
Being much like the Steam Deck’s APU is certainly no unhealthy factor for a pocket book, as a result of with the bigger footprint you possibly can provide extra cooling, extra energy, and house for greater capability batteries. That may probably enable AMD, and whoever it companions with within the Mendocino program, to up the clock speeds of the chip, on each CPU and GPU sides, and eat up greater than the 15W TDP of the Steam Deck’s processor.
And providing greater than a 40Whr battery would make an enormous distinction when it comes to up time. That is one thing AMD sees as a should for a Mendocino laptop computer.
“Combining Zen2 cores with the very best and the brightest of the Ryzen 6000 sequence,” says Robert Hallock, AMD advertising and marketing director for Ryzen CPUs at our Computex briefing, “you get Ryzen 6000 sequence graphics with RDNA2, you get Ryzen 6000 sequence battery life, you get Ryzen 6000 sequence video encode and decode, and also you get an enormous bump within the common battery life on this class.
“Most individuals are used to 4, 5 ,6 hours… with Mendocino we wish at a minimal, 10 hours out of those notebooks.”