AMD Ryzen 3 7320U “Mendocino” Laptop CPU Is Up To 20% Faster Than Valve’s Steam Deck

Hassan Mujtaba

New benchmarks of AMD's Mendocino CPU, the Ryzen 3 7320U, have been revealed through the Geekbench 5 database. The most entry-level APU within the Ryzen 7000 segment manages to offer better performance than the SOC on Valve's Steam Deck.

AMD Mendocino Tested, Ryzen 3 7320U APU With Zen 2 & RDNA 2 Cores Is Up To 20% Faster Than Valve's Steam Deck

Last month, AMD introduced its Mendocino APUs which are aimed at the "everyday computing" laptop segment. These APUs are designed for high-end gaming or content creation workloads & the main focus is to deliver the most basic computing needs to users in a platform that offers big battery times. The lineup is placed at the tail end of the Ryzen 7000 CPU family and includes three segments, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 3, and Athlon CPUs.

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In today's benchmark, we take a look at the AMD Ryzen 3 7320U "Mendocino" CPU which features 4 cores and 8 threads. The CPU is based on the Zen 2 core architecture and carries 4 MB of L3 and 2 MB of L2 cache. The CPU has a base clock of 2.40 GHz and a boost clock of 4.10 GHz. It also has an RDNA 2 iGPU and features 2 Compute Units or 1 WGP (Work Group Processor), running at 1.9 GHz clocks. The CPU will have a rated TDP of 8-15W. Just yesterday, we got to see its bigger sibling in action.

The AMD Ryzen 3 7320U Mendocino APU has been tested within Geekbench 5 (Image Credits: Benchleaks)

AMD Ryzen 7000 Laptop CPU SKUs:

SKU NameCPU FamilyCPU ArchitectureCores / ThreadsBase / Boost ClockL3 CacheiGPU / ClockTDP
Ryzen 9 7845HXDragon RangeZen 412/24TBD64 MBAMD Radeon Graphics (2 CU RDNA 3)55W+
Ryzen 5 7640UPhoenix PointZen 46/12TBDTBDTBD (RDNA 3)15-28W
Ryzen 7 7735HSRembrandt RefreshZen 3+8/16TBD16 MBTBD (RDNA 2)35-45W
Ryzen 5 7535HRembrandt RefreshZen 3+6/12TBD16 MBTBD (RDNA 2)35-45W
Ryzen 7 7730UBarcelo RefreshZen 38 / 162.0 / TBD GHz16 MB8 CU / TBD (Vega)15-28W
Ryzen 5 7530UBarcelo RefreshZen 36 / 122.0 / TBD GHz16 MB6 CU / TBD (Vega)15-28W
Ryzen 5 7520UMendocinoZen 24/82.8 / 4.3 GHz4 MBRadeon 610M (RDNA 2 2 CU) @ 1.9 GHz8-15W
Ryzen 3 7420UMendocinoZen 24/82.4 / 4.1 GHz4 MBRadeon 610M (RDNA 2 2 CU) @ 1.9 GHz8-15W
Athlon Gold 7220U MendocinoZen 22 / 42.4 / 3.7 GHz4 MBRadeon 610M (RDNA 2 2 CU) @ 1.9 GHz8-15W

So coming to the performance metrics, the entry-level AMD Ryzen 3 7320U "Mendocino" CPU scored 1043 points in single-core and 3909 points in multi-core tests. Considering how everyone was comparing the Mendocino APUs to AMD's Aerith SOC featured on Valve's Steam Deck, we decided to use it for comparison.

Valve Steam Deck Performance In Geekbench 5:

In single-core, the Mendocino CPU performs around 20% faster and it is also around 5% faster in multi-threaded benchmarks. This is a decent result but it makes the Aerith SOC feel even better considering it has a nominal operating range between 4 & 15W.

The AMD Ryzen 3 7320U Mendocino CPU does offer higher clocks for both the Zen 2 and RDNA 2 cores so better performance is to be expected. But when it comes to overall gaming performance, the Steam Deck will be miles ahead thanks to its 4 times higher RDNA 2 core count. Another crucial thing to consider is that both the Valve Steam Deck handheld console & the entry-level Mendocino laptops have a starting price of $399 US. So AMD is delivering almost similar performance at similar price points in two different platforms.

News Source: Benchleaks

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