AMD Ryzen 7 3780U Microsoft Surface Edition Processor

The AMD Ryzen 7 3780U (Microsoft Surface Edition) is a System on Chip (SoC) processor that was launched as part of the ultra-slim 15-inch Surface Laptop 3.  The processor has a Zen+ quad-core design that uses simultaneous multithreading to give 8 threads. This, including its 12nm processing technology, ensures an increase in the processor’s performance. Additionally, the AMD 3780U processor also has a dual-channel DDR4-memory controller for communication with RAM. It is connected to other computer components via PCIe version 3.0.

The Ryzen 7 3780U also features an integrated Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics with a total of 11 GPU cores (computing units) with a GPU turbo boost of 1400MHz. This is where most AMD Ryzen 15’’ Surface Laptop 3 devices compete or differ from their Intel counterparts. The Ryzen 7 3780U is likely to compete with Intel’s U-series processor, which are most frequently used in Ultrabooks and convertible laptops.

The Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics card gives the Surface Laptop 3 devices much more than the typical level of graphical fidelity expected for a Windows 10 device. According to AMD, the integrated Radeon Vega 11 graphics is capable of driving modern AAA game titles. The visual capabilities of the Surface Laptop 3 are well beyond what could be expected from an equivalent Intel Core i5 device, and companies like Razer are creating accessories to take advantage of this technology.

The Ryzen 7 3780U, which operates at a base clock speed of 2.3GHz and a maximum boost clock speed of 4.0GHz and has an integrated Vega 11 graphics, is the fastest compared to the Ryzen 5 3580U, which has four cores running at 2.1 – 3.4GHz clock speed paired with Vega 9 graphics. Besides, both of these processors offer an extra one GPU core unlike their Ryzen 5 and 7 mobile counterparts, therefore, we expect to see a slightly improved performance for both processors at a nominal TDP of 15W.  Both chips also have a configurable TDP-down of 12W and TDP-up of 35W to boost their operational performance with a maximum temperature of 105oC.

Chris Martin is a professional tech writer. He's been covering tech tutorials, hardware reviews, and more as a professional writer for over seven years now and it doesn't look like he'll be stopping anytime soon! In addition to writing about the latest gadgets on the market, he also covers topics such as how to set up your home network or troubleshoot any computer problems you may have.

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