AMD switches to new mobile CPU naming system for 2023 and beyond

headtr1p

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In brief: Team Red has announced a new naming convention for its mobile processors in 2023 and beyond. The new AMD naming system is meant to clarify the processor's capabilities and should be easier to decode for enthusiasts and average users. It will now be possible to know the Zen architecture of an AMD mobile processor just by looking at the name.

Robert Hallock, AMD's Director of Technical Marketing, explained that the company's new naming scheme is technical yet straightforward. An enthusiast should be able to decode the number, while the average user can see that "a higher number simply connotes higher CPU performance."

It's more descriptive than AMD's previous naming convention, as each digit means something. The first digit represents the processor's launch year, with AMD's Ryzen 7000 series assigned to 2023. Therefore, the 8000 series will arrive in 2024, and so forth. The second digit denotes the market segment and reveals if it's a Ryzen 3, 5, 7, or 9 (or Athlon Silver/Gold). We do see some doubling up here as an AMD Ryzen 73xx and 74xx are both Ryzen 3s, but naturally, the Ryzen 74xx would be a more powerful model.

The third digit usefully reveals the CPU's Zen architecture. For example, an AMD Ryzen 7x2x is a Zen 2, whereas an AMD Ryzen 7x4x implements Zen 4. So even though we have two 7000 series processors, they are based on different Zen architectures and could substantially differ in performance. Average users could think both 7000 series CPUs are based on the new Zen 4 architecture if they overlook that third digit, so be watchful.

The changes come ahead of AMD's "Mendocino" launch, expected to arrive in Q4. The 7020 series Mendocino chips are older Zen 2 architecture aimed at everyday computing. The highly anticipated Zen 4 "Dragon Range" chips will launch in 2023. Team Red's mobile lineup for 2023 includes five different SoCs with new designs and refreshed 2022 systems.

The new naming scheme applies from the low-end Mendocino series through the high-end Dragon Range. We can see the third digit denoting the Zen architecture, with Phoenix and Dragon Range using the 7x4x naming convention, as both chips are based on Zen 4.

In early 2022, AMD boasted an impressive growth of 49% in notebook shipments with Ryzen processors. It will be interesting to see if they can keep increasing their market share in the notebook space.

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Ludak021

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Yes, the new naming scheme is really posh and sophisticated:
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Trillionsin

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I can pretty much follow Intel's naming scheme... but AMD's still eludes me... does anyone have a chart or something that can help figure out the different generations of the Ryzen chips?
 

CowsGotMilk

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Naming scheme is simple, but necessary?

They might launch old CPUs (for example zen 3, when zen 4 comes out) with “new year” label.
 

johnsonlam.hk

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A naming scheme must be consistent and easy to remember, also use it for a really long time. One of the reason why Intel upset the people (well, some people may not) of keep changing the socket so you cannot upgrade the CPU alone. AMD learned the lesson by not changing AM4 socket for a few generation of technology upgrade, I just replace my Ryzen 7 2700 with 5700x, with same motherboard. Once a new scheme was decided, use it until you can find something MUCH better to replace it.
 

George Keech

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Its possibly overly complicated but I do feel they are trying to solve a problem - still makes more sense than Intel's mobile chips - although that's not hard G7
 

Revolution 11

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The fact that the year of release is the first number (customers only look at the first number, bigger numbers = good) and the actual architecture is the 3rd number is a blaring warning that AMD intends to sell old Zen 1/2/3 CPUs to unsuspecting customers. Expect even more low-level outdated junk disguised as shiny new parts this winter and next year.

If AMD actually wanted to clarify its products to customers, the first number would be the architecture, the 2nd would be the market segment, etc, etc and the release year number would be cut out completely.
 

lripplinger

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I guess this naming convention from AMD is a little better, but I still think Intel has a bit better naming scheme.
 

Hodor

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Seems the scheme is more or less identical. With current naming it would be 7600 and with new 7640. Not a big difference.

But they are actually making the same mistake as Intel, plus a few more:

1. What happens in 2026 when the year indicator reaches 10? Will they also name their CPUs stupidly long, like Intel? Will it be 10450? Are those people insane?

2. What happens when Zen version comes to say, 11? Will the name of the chip be 14511?? OMFG. Very user friendly.

3. Will they explain their version scheme by tossing in a little instruction manual in the CPU box, so that users know what that cryptic number actually means? Because not everyone in the world follows TechSpot (there are a few thousands of people who don't). Those users should get a manual. Similar to the one you get in the airplane, to learn how to escape when the airplane explodes mid air.
 

Avro Arrow

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This is just a re-hashing of the old ATi naming scheme. For instance, HD 4870 meant:

4 - Architecture generation
8 - High End (6=Mainstream, 4=Budget, 2=Office Only)
30/50/70/90 - Placement in the numbered order (Greater numbers = More potency)