Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 Will Reportedly Feature AMD Ryzen 5 4680U and Ryzen 7 4980U Options

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Microsoft’s upcoming lineup of Surface Laptops will reportedly feature AMD Ryzen 5 4680U and AMD Ryzen 7 4980U processors. The rumor comes from German tech site WinFuture, which published a Surface Laptop 4 specifications table listing these two specially designed “Surface Edition” SKUs as CPU options. Microsoft’s new Surface Laptops will also be available with Intel’s 11th Gen Core i5-1145G7 and i7-1185G7 processors.

“[…] there is talk of the AMD Ryzen 5 4680U, while the AMD Ryzen 7 4980U should be used in the higher-priced models,” WinFuture reported. “In both cases, it is again so-called ‘Surface Edition’ chips, which have undergone some adjustments for use in Microsoft’s Surface devices. Both the 13-inch and the 15-inch model are to be offered in corresponding variants.”

“With the use of the AMD Ryzen 4000 series, which is commonly referred to as AMD ‘Renoir,’ Microsoft is again using ‘obsolete’ chips that do not come from the new Ryzen 5000 series. They use the ‘Zen 2’ architecture and, like their predecessors, should come with a power loss of 15 watts. The production is certainly carried out on a 7 nanometer scale.”

That said, Microsoft’s AMD Ryzen 5 4680U Surface Laptop 4 model is expected to feature a base clock of 2.0 GHz and max boost clock of 4.4 GHz, which is a decent improvement over the standard Ryzen 5 4600U’s frequencies (2.1 GHz base, 4.0 GHz boost). The AMD Ryzen versions of Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 will reportedly be limited to a maximum memory configuration of 16 GB, however. (Intel versions can be configured with up to 32 GB of RAM.)

Tsing Mui
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