AMD’s Super Efficient Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z APU With Zen 3+ Core Architecture Is Exclusive To Lenovo’s Thinkpad Z Laptop


AMD has launched its Ryzen PRO 7000 series APU lineup based on the Zen 3+ core architecture but there seems to be one SKU that is exclusive to a particular OEM. This particular APU is the Ryzen 7 6860Z and is designed exclusively for Lenovo's Thinkpad Z laptops.

AMD's Super-Efficient Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z APU Lands Within The Lenovo Thinkpad Z Laptop, Showcases The True Energy-Optimizations of Zen 3+

There aren't a lot of details that AMD itself is sharing for the Ryzen 7 6860Z APU but one would guess that it is a higher-binned variant of the Ryzen 6850U. In their presentation, AMD states that the Ryzen 7 6860Z has been designed in deep collaboration with Lenovo which doesn't sound that surprising since Lenovo has been getting that exclusive treatment from AMD for a while now (check Threadripper Pro).

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The AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 6860Z APU is 'Power-Optimized for industry-leading collaboration'. It will be featured on the Lenovo Thinkpad Z laptop on both 13" (Z13) and 16" (Z16) variants. The APU is outfitted with all the latest AMD PRO Security features and also has the Microsoft Pluton Security processor onboard the device. Other features include an FHD camera, an OLED display, and a Mic array.

Once again, while no specifications are provided, this is an 8 core and 16 thread part based on the Zen 3+ and RDNA 2 core architectures. It is configured with a Radeon 680M iGPU and the specific configuration for the laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad Z13) includes 2x 16 GB LPDDR5-6400 memory, a 1 TB SSD, Windows 11 Pro operating system, and the 30.0 GPU driver. This is compared to Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon with Intel's Core i5-1260P which is a 12 core and 16 thread chip with a boost clock of up to 4.7 GHz and a maximum turbo power draw of 64W. The Intel laptop comes with 2x 8 GB LPDDR5-5500 memory, 1 TB SSD, Windows 11 Pro OS, and Intel's Iris Xe integrated graphics.

In the benchmarks, the AMD Ryzen 7 6860Z APU delivers up to 25% lead in Cinebench R23, 20% lead in 3DMark Time Spy, and up to a 50% lead in Passmark 10 versus the Intel Alder Lake laptop. Plus, the AMD laptop also runs cooler and consumes lower power leading to insane battery times that would last hours, an essential for any business platform. As for pricing, the Lenovo Thinkpad Z13 will have a starting price of $1549 US while the Z16 will retail for a starting price of $2099 US. The roundup of the new Thinkpad Z series is published over at XDA-Developers here. The Ryzen 7 6860Z will only be available with the Z13 laptop.

Ryzen 9 PRO 6950H Radeon 680M 8 16 Up to 4.9GHz 3.3GHz 12 45W
Ryzen 9 PRO 6950HS Radeon 680M 8 16 Up to 4.9GHz 3.3GHz 12 35W
Ryzen 7 PRO 6850H Radeon 680M 8 16 Up to 4.7GHz 3.2GHz 12 45W
Ryzen 7 PRO 6850HS Radeon 680M 8 16 Up to 4.7GHz 3.2GHz 12 35W
Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U Radeon 680M 8 16 Up to 4.7GHz 2.7GHz 12 15W-28W
Ryzen 5 PRO 6650H Radeon 660M 6 12 Up to 4.5GHz 3.3GHz 6 45W
Ryzen 5 PRO 6650HS Radeon 660M 6 12 Up to 4.5GHz 3.3GHz 6 35W
Ryzen 5 PRO 6650U Radeon 660M 6 12 Up to 4.5GHz 2.9GHz 6 15W-28W