AMD's 6nm "Mendocino" RDNA 2 APU leaks ahead of Computex

Could this APU be a budget gamer's dream?

AMD's 6nm

AMD's new mainstream laptop APU could pack a lot of gaming potential

It looks like AMD's revealing a new mainstream laptop APU at Computex 2022, a quad-core CPU known as "Mendocino" that features four cores and an RDNA 2 integrated graphics chip. This APU will be build using TSMC's 6nm lithography process, and it is projected to deliver a 10+ hour battery life for mainstream $399-$699 laptops.

Based on what we know about Mendocino, it's APU sounds a lot like what Valve has used to create their Steam Deck gaming system, as it also features four Zen 2 CPU cores and an RDNA 2 based graphics component. That said, it remains to be seen how powerful this chip's RDNA 2 GPU is, and what memory type this new APU can be paired with.

If this new laptop APU proves to have a respectably powerful iGPU (integrated GPU), AMD's new Mendocino chip could be an excellent chip for low-end PC gaming, especially if you want to play some older PC titles. A moderately powered APU and access to a gaming library service like Xbox' Game Pass for PC, and PC gaming newcomers will have a great time. 

AMD's 6nm

With four cores and eight threads, AMD's Mendocino APU will not exactly be a powerhouse in gaming and non-gaming workloads. That said, this chip is designed to be affordable and capable, making it a great option for mainstream Windows devices and Chromebooks.

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23-05-2022, 09:16:52

What iGPU is the real question.

The Steam Deck has 4C/8T Zen 2 and 8 CUs. If this is the same (and it would require LPDDR5 support), then it will be a decent basic gaming CPU.

If on the other hand we're looking at 6 CUs and down (or LPDDR4) then we're probably back to Vega levels, which isn't bad but not as exciting.

Not that it's strictly bad. 4C/8T Zen 2 + 4 CUs will likely have about the performance of a 5300U, and that's still usable for gaming.Quote

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