Based on recent benchmarks, it looks like laptop gamers have a lot to look forward to. Both the next AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX and the most recent AMD Ryzen 7040 laptop APU are demonstrated in the leaked benchmarks. The former utterly decimated the latter, and both showed themselves to be superior to regular laptops for gaming (the latter potentially even more so than Valve’s Steam Deck).
Two new families of AMD laptop CPUs and new APUs are scheduled for release in the near future. In today’s benchmarks, we get a look at the capabilities of the AMD Ryzen 7045 Dragon Range (gaming laptop processors) and the AMD Ryzen 7040 Phoenix Range (workstation processors) (the latest APUs).
The Ryzen 9 7845HX is a 12-core, 24-thread monster that can reach speeds of up to 5.2 GHz and has a maximum thermal design power (TDP) of more than 55 watts. Soon, laptops like the Alienware M16/M18 and the Lenovo Legion will use the processor.
It’s not the best processor available; the Ryzen 9 7945HX, with its 16 cores and 32 threads, takes that honor. Both CPUs, regardless, have the greatest core counts ever seen in an AMD laptop chip and are reported to be extremely strong.
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PassMark benchmarked the Ryzen 9 7845HX, and as can be seen above, it is currently the fastest processor in the database. The Core i9-13980HX is now the best laptop processor on the market, but that could change when Intel’s Raptor Lake flagship is released.
With a multi-core score of 46,791 and a single-core score of 4,003, AMD’s Ryzen 9 7845HX is now the most powerful processor available. When compared to the Ryzen 9 6900HX, this results in a 90% increase in multithreaded performance and a 17% increase in single-core performance. Although the actual result could be less remarkable, we are still looking at enormous improvements despite the fact that these scores are based on a single benchmark.
The next Ryzen 7040 APU was also put through its paces in a 3DMark Time Spy benchmark, where its impressive graphics performance was attributed to the inclusion of RDNA 3. It has a maximum boost rate of 2.9GHz and 768 shader cores. Since the GPU in the Steam Deck is from the older RDNA 2 family and only has 512 shader cores, this makes the newer GPU superior.
Tom’s Hardware reports higher benchmark scores as a result of these numbers. Comparing the new AMD APU to the Steam Deck graphics package, it scored almost 3,000 points higher. Even while that’s a great improvement, we need to remember that the Steam Deck has a considerably smaller display than a standard laptop. While the APU will be found in laptops with a resolution of at least 1080p, Steam Deck’s maximum resolution is 1,280 x 800.
Even though most gamers will still want to get their hands on one of the new laptops with Ryzen 7045 chips rather than the Phoenix APU, the Ryzen 7040 appears to have received a significant boost from the implementation of RDNA 3 graphics, which may make it more than adequate for some less-demanding games if you’re looking for a balanced and lightweight device.
The Ryzen 9 7845HX is a competitive choice for high-end mobile gaming rigs. Both product lines, however, will shortly be met with formidable competition from Intel.
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