When the Framework Laptop 13 launched last month at the Framework Next Level Event, there wasn’t a lot of information on which processor it will be using. Framework will use both the Ryzen 5 7640U and Ryzen 7 7840U processors, which both provide excellent CPU and GPU performance. Both will be available for pre-order today, with the first laptops coming as early as Q3 of this year.
The Ryzen 5 7640U processor features 6 CPU cores clocked at 3.5 GHz base and up to 4.9 GHz max boost, while the Ryzen 7 7840U has an incredible 8 cores and 16 processing threads clocked at 3.3 GHz base and up to 5.1 GHz max boost.
According to Framework, if you need to conduct some serious crunching, they have engineered the thermal system to support the CPUs at up to 28 W continuous load.
You can even use an eGPU if you want to! This is due to the Framework Laptop 13’s two fully functional USB4 ports, which are located on the back left and back right Expansion Cards slots.
The front left Expansion Card slot supports both USB 3.2 and DisplayPort Alt Mode, while the front right Expansion Card slot only supports USB 3.2. This does mean that there is one Expansion Card slot that cannot accept HDMI or DisplayPort Expansion Cards, and most operating systems will notify you if you forget. You can also charge your Framework Laptop using any of the four Expansion Cards.
You can use the new Mainboard to upgrade your existing 11th or 12th Gen Intel Core Framework Laptop, or you can use it as a standalone computer by putting it in the Cooler Master Mainboard Case or 3D printing your own.
If you’re upgrading your Framework Laptop to the new Mainboard, keep in mind that you’ll require DDR5 SO-DIMMs with a maximum capacity of DDR5-5600, as well as a Ryzen-compatible RZ616 or comparable WiFi card.
All of them are now available for pre-order on the Framework Marketplace!
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