Most Chromebooks use Intel processors or ARM chips, but we’ve seen a few AMD models over the years. There may be more on the way, as AMD has just revealed a new line of processors designed specifically for Chromebooks.
AMD has released the Ryzen 7020 C-series CPUs, which are variants of AMD’s existing Ryzen 7020 processors for thin and light laptops, except reworked for Chromebook users. At least that’s what AMD says. looking at the hardware, they’re roughly the same silicon as the existing Ryzen 7020 chips.
We’ve got the Ryzen 5 7520C and the Ryzen 3 7320C, with the former boosting to 4.3GHz from a 2.8GHz base clock and the latter boosting to 4.1GHz from a 2.4GHz base. They are both quad-core Zen 2 processors with eight threads. Then we have the Athlon Gold 7220C and Athlon Silver 7120C, both dual-core processors with four threads, up to 3.7GHz and 3.5GHz respectively, both from a 2.4GHz base.
If any of this sounds similar, that’s because these are the exact specs for the Ryzen 5 7520U, Ryzen 3 7320U, Athlon Gold 7220U, and Athlon Silver 7120U. They are the same, right down to the same basic configurations, clock speeds, and TDP. So realistically, what is changing here? The C-series is for Chromebooks, while the U-series is for other thin and light, budget laptops. The difference really comes down to branding.
Chromebooks with Ryzen C-series GPUs should hit store shelves in the next few months.