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AMD Ryzen 3700C & 3250C Benchmark Results Mysteriously Surface

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A wonderful thing about today's benchmarking tools is that many of them upload results to online databases, giving us sneak peeks at upcoming hardware before their announcements. The latest to fall victim to this trap are AMD's Ryzen 3250C and 3700C, which are CPUs that appeared to have been benchmarked off a "Google Zork" device. 

The chips surfaced in the Geekbench databases (Geekbench 4 and Geekbench 5), as spotted by NotebookCheck, with the following specifications.

Specs

AMD Ryzen 7 3700CAMD Ryzen 3 3250C
CPU Cores / Threads4 / 82 / 4
Base Frequency2.3 GHz2.6 GHz
Boost Frequency??
TDP15W15W
GraphicsRadeon Vega MobileRadeon Graphics
Geekbench 4 Multi-Core Score7,382 - 8,322 points-
Geekbench 5 Multi-Core Score1,317 - 1,739 points1,191 - 1,409 points

Both chips look to be 15W parts, making them ideal for use in applications with thermal restrictions. NotebookCheck suspects that they are adapted versions of the AMD Ryzen 3700U and 3250U APUs for laptops, which makes sense given that their core counts, TDPs and base frequencies are identical to those respective chips. 

Exactly why a Ryzen 3700C and 3250C would exist is unclear though. The C suffix is suspected to stand for 'Convertible,' though we reckon the chips might have either different boost profiles or slightly different graphics architectures to meet the needs of a convertible application. 

That being said, it must be noted that it's also possible that these chips won't exist at all: the Geekbench submissions landed on April , and we know painfully little about Google Zork thus far. 

What Is Google Zork?

If this isn't some failed April fools joke, then the question remains: What is Google Zork?

We first heard about Zork about a year ago as a reference board with the AMD Picasso chipset, which would serve AMD's APUs with Zen+ and Vega graphics. It's not confirmed, but NotebookCheck suggested that the Zork will end up being a 2-in-1 Google Pixelbook, based on traces in Git repositories for various sensors.

Further details about Google Zork are scarce at this time, except that the motherboard used is based on a "Trembyle" reference board -- apt, given that Trembyle was a character in the video game Return to Zork from way back in 1993. 

At this point, there are far too many mysteries for us to make a strong judgment about what's really going on.

  • P1nky
    The C suffix is suspected to stand for 'Convertible,'

    The C suffix stands for Chromebook.

    Last year AMD launched 9220C and 9120C APUs that were used just in Chromebooks.
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  • cfbcfb
    P1nky said:
    The C suffix stands for Chromebook.

    Last year AMD launched 9220C and 9120C APUs that were used just in Chromebooks.

    The 9220c also found its way into many windows notebooks, although it certainly found its way into many chromebooks as well. I own a lenovo 14w, a windows based 9220c machine.

    They were also not really 'newly launched', as they are based on 28nm bulldozer/excavator cores using integrated radeon r5 graphics cores, 2 and 3 respectively. Since these also use the "well its sort of two actual cores" model of two integer units with a shared fpu and memory controller that AMD settled a lawsuit over just last year, its not even a real dual core.

    Zork was a text based adventure game from the 1970's. It was also a common term among MIT coders as a placeholder name for some piece of code that wasn't quite production ready and "wasn't ready for a name yet". In the game, you had to navigate a world, defeat or avoid bad guys, get around obstacles, get out of mazes, etc. All by text, using your imagination.

    So could be quite a few vectors for the name, from "this isn't finished yet so it doesn't get a name" to something having to do with the game.

    My wild a-- guess is they're next gen tv boxes, given the low power demand, smaller core counts, etc. Google has been rumored to be releasing a new chromecast/google tv box with a remote. It could also be for a 'google home' type device or combo device (router/home/home control) built to do more in-home processing and less 'cloud processing' to improve peoples perceptions of security.
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