AMD’s budget laptop chip might not be game-ready on its own

AMD announced its Mendocino program during its Computex 2022 keynote (opens in new tab). By the end of it, we were hoping for a new kind of budget laptop. A budget laptop that could actually game. Boasting a Zen 2 APU with 4-cores and 8-threads alongside an RDNA 2-based iGPU we couldn’t help but draw parallels with the chip at the heart of the Steam Deck (opens in new tab). And given Mendocino is designed for machines that cost between $399-$699 we were understandably stoked about the possibilities.

Unfortunately, the latest leaks have pulled the rug out from this dream, as Mendocino apparently only has a single Work Group Processor (WGP), which equates to just two Compute Units. Two. That’s just 128 stream processors, which is frankly rubbish when it comes to gaming.

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