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Framework Laptop 13 (2023) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.2
Reviewed Feb 01, 2024 at 12:42 pm
Framework Laptop 13 (2023) Picture
8.1
School
6.8
Gaming
7.8
Multimedia
8.5
Workstation
8.3
Business

The Framework Laptop 13 (2023) is a modular Windows ultraportable laptop. This AMD Ryzen-based model is a new addition to Framework's lineup and is available alongside the Intel 13th Gen version, which directly replaces the Framework Laptop 13 (2022). The design remains largely unchanged, with the only exception being its new matte display. Like all Framework laptops, you can get a pre-configured model or go the DIY route and choose each component individually. You can configure this model with a Zen 4-based AMD Ryzen 5 7640U or Ryzen 7 7840U CPU, up to 64GB of RAM, and up to 4TB of storage. It has a 2256 x 1504 3:2 IPS display, a 1080p webcam, and Wi-Fi 6E.

Most of our test results (build, serviceability, display, keyboard, touchpad, speakers, webcam) apply to the Intel 13th Gen version, except the configuration options, ports, performance, battery life, and thermals. See our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

8.1 School

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD is great for school use. It feels sturdily built and is easy to carry around, and its battery lasts over ten hours of light use. It has a sharp, bright display, a spacious keyboard, and a large, reasonably responsive touchpad. Its AMD Ryzen CPU performs well and can handle light to moderately heavy workloads; however, its integrated GPU isn't fast enough for highly demanding tasks, so it isn't ideal for students in fields like 3D animation. Its excellent modular port system lets you change the ports on the fly, so you can easily connect your peripherals and external displays.

Pros
  • Thin and light design.
  • Battery lasts around ten hours.
  • Sharp, bright display.
  • AMD CPU can handle moderately demanding workloads.
  • Excellent modular port system.
Cons
  • Integrated graphics struggle in highly intensive tasks.
  • Keyboard is slightly tiring to type on for an extended period.
6.8 Gaming

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD is okay for gaming. Its AMD Ryzen 7 7840U CPU and Radeon 780M integrated GPU can handle fairly demanding games, albeit with low settings. Unfortunately, the display has a limited refresh rate of 60Hz and a slow response time, resulting in a blurry image in fast-moving scenes. It also lacks VRR support to reduce screen tearing. On the upside, thermal throttling is minimal, and the laptop doesn't get overly hot or loud under load.

Pros
  • CPU and integrated GPU can push near 60 fps in demanding games.
  • Fast storage drive.
  • Minimal thermal throttling.
Cons
  • 60Hz display with slow response time.
  • No VRR to reduce screen tearing.
7.8 Multimedia

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD is good for media consumption. It's very portable, thanks to its compact design, and its battery lasts nearly ten hours of video playback. Its IPS display is sharp, bright, and well-calibrated; however, it isn't ideal for dark room viewing as its low contrast makes blacks look gray. Unfortunately, while its speakers get very loud, they sound boxy and unnatural, with almost no bass. They also distort and rattle at high volume levels.

Pros
  • Thin and light design.
  • Battery lasts around ten hours.
  • Sharp, bright display.
  • Loud speakers.
Cons
  • Display's low contrast makes blacks look gray in dim settings.
  • Speakers sound boxy and unnatural, with no bass.
  • Speakers distort and rattle at high volume levels.
8.5 Workstation

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD is great for use as a workstation. Its AMD Ryzen CPU performs very well and can handle moderately intensive tasks. Also, it doesn't noticeably throttle under load. That said, while its AMD Radeon 780M GPU performs well for integrated graphics, it'll struggle with highly demanding workloads like 3D graphics and high-resolution video rendering. You can do some color-critical work like photo and video editing, but only in sRGB, as the display lacks full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage. It has a modular port system that lets you swap the ports out to anything you want on the fly, and It's easy to upgrade the components to improve performance.

Pros
  • AMD CPU can handle moderately demanding workloads.
  • Easy to upgrade or replace components.
  • Excellent modular port system.
  • Fast storage drive.
  • Minimal thermal throttling.
Cons
  • Integrated graphics struggle in highly intensive tasks.
  • Display only has full sRGB coverage.
8.3 Business

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD is great for business use. It feels very well-built and is very portable, which is great if you travel a lot for work. It has a sharp, bright display, a tactile keyboard, and a large, reasonably responsive touchpad. You can easily connect peripherals and external monitors due to its excellent modular port system, which lets you swap out the ports on the fly. Its AMD CPU performs well and can handle most productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations. The battery lasts comfortably through a typical 8-hour workday and charges over USB-C.

Pros
  • Thin and light design.
  • Battery lasts around ten hours.
  • Sharp, bright display.
  • Good 1080p webcam.
  • Excellent modular port system.
Cons
  • Keyboard is slightly tiring to type on for an extended period.
  • 8.1 School
  • 6.8 Gaming
  • 7.8 Multimedia
  • 8.5 Workstation
  • 8.3 Business
  1. Updated Feb 01, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 25, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated Jan 11, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Dec 13, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Nov 20, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.
  6. Updated Nov 08, 2023: The product has won our suggestion poll, so we'll buy and test it soon.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the pre-configured Performance model of the Framework Laptop 13 AMD. This configuration includes AMD Ryzen 7 7840U CPU, 16GB of memory in dual-channel, and 512GB of storage. You can get a pre-configured model or a DIY edition; the latter allows you to choose each component individually. The available options are in the tables below.

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD is only available on Framework's website. Most of our test results (build, serviceability, display, keyboard, touchpad, speakers, webcam) apply to the Intel 13th Gen version, except the configuration options, ports, performance, battery life, and thermals.

Pre-configured Models Specifications
Base
  • 13.5" IPS 2256 x 1504 60Hz Non-touch display
  • AMD Ryzen 5 7640U (6 cores/12 threads, up to 4.9GHz, 16MB L3 cache)
  • 8GB DDR5 5600 MHz memory (1x8GB)
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Windows 11 Home
  • 55Wh battery
Performance
  • 13.5" IPS 2256 x 1504 60Hz Non-touch display
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7840U (8 cores/16 threads, up to 5.1GHz, 16MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB DDR5 5600MHz memory (2x8GB)
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Windows 11 Home
  • 61Wh battery
Professional
  • 13.5" IPS 2256 x 1504 60Hz Non-touch display
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7840U (8 cores/16 threads, up to 5.1GHz, 16MB L3 cache)
  • 32GB DDR5 5600MHz memory (2x16GB)
  • 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Windows 11 Pro
  • 61Wh battery

 

DIY Edition Configuration
Screen
  • 13.5" IPS 2256 x 1504 60Hz Non-touch
CPU
  • AMD Ryzen 5 7640U (6 cores/12 threads, up to 4.9GHz, 16MB L3 cache, 55Wh batt.)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7840U (8 cores/16 threads, up to 5.1GHz, 16MB L3 cache, 61Wh batt.)
Memory
  • 8GB DDR5 5600MHz (1x 8)
  • 16GB DDR5 5600MHz (1x 16)
  • 16GB DDR5 5600MHz (2x 8)
  • 32GB DDR5 5600MHz (1x 32)
  • 32GB DDR5 5600MHz (2x 16)
  • 64GB DDR5 5600MHz (2x 32)
  • None (bring your own)
Storage
  • 250GB WD_Black SN770
  • 500GB WD_Black SN770
  • 1TB WD_Black SN770
  • 1TB WD_Black SN850X
  • 2TB WD_Black SN770
  • 2TB WD_Black SN850X
  • 4TB WD_Black SN850X
  • None (bring your own)
OS
  • Windows 11 Home
  • Windows 11 Pro
  • None (bring your own)
Bezel Color
  • Black
  • Gray
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Lavender
  • Red

See our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD is among the best ultraportables on the market. It's a great option for those needing a thin-and-light, general-productivity laptop that's easily repairable and upgradeable. It performs well and provides a relatively good user experience, and its battery lasts easily through a typical workday. While the display looks sharp and bright, it's somewhat disappointing, as most laptops in its class have a display with full DCI P3 coverage or a higher refresh rate of 90Hz or 120Hz. The speakers could also use some work.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best business laptops, the best laptops for college, and the best Windows laptops.

Framework Laptop 13 (2022)

The Framework Laptop 13 (2023) is a newer version of the Framework Laptop 13 (2022). The 2023 model's design remains largely unchanged; however, it now has a matte display and is available with Intel 13th Gen or AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs. The AMD model is better than the Intel-based model from 2022, as it has better performance and significantly longer battery life. The webcam resolution is the same on both models; however, the image processing seems different on the newer AMD model and isn't quite as good.

Dell XPS 13 Plus (2022)

The Framework Laptop 13 (2023) is better than the Dell XPS 13 Plus (2022) for most uses. The Framework has better performance and significantly longer battery life. Its modular port system makes it much easier to connect peripherals and external displays, and unlike the Dell, every laptop component is user-replaceable. On the other hand, the Dell has a sturdier build and a better touchpad, and it's available with a sharper and more colorful 3.5k OLED display.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023)

The Framework Laptop 13 (2023) and the HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) are both high-end Windows ultraportables. The Framework Laptop has better performance, so it can handle more demanding workloads and provide a smoother desktop experience; however, the HP gives a better user experience overall, as it has a better keyboard, touchpad, and speakers. Also, you can configure the HP with a nicer 3000 x 2000 OLED display. Feature-wise, the Framework is more serviceable, and its modular port system makes it easier to adapt to any situation. On the other hand, the HP is a 2-in-1 convertible and supports pen input.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 (2022)

The Framework Laptop 13 (2023) is better than the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 (2022) for most uses. The Framework is available with faster AMD Ryzen CPUs and doesn't throttle as much under load. It also has a longer battery life and a more versatile modular port system, and its design makes it much easier to upgrade and repair. However, the Surface Laptop feels sturdier and sports a better keyboard, touchpad, and webcam.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
Traditional (Clamshell)

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD looks identical to its predecessors. It has a simple design with a silver-color aluminum chassis, relatively thin bezels, an island keyboard with black keycaps, and two 'expansion' slots on each side. There are air vents on the bottom and the back of the laptop. You can also find the speakers on the bottom, near the front. The bezel color is customizable; you can choose from the following colors: black, gray, orange, green, lavender, and red.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD's build quality is excellent. Its aluminum and plastic construction feels sturdy, exhibiting very little flex on the lid, keyboard deck, and display. That said, due to its modular design, it has more seams and doesn't feel quite as solid as premium laptops with a unibody design. The finish doesn't scratch easily or pick up many fingerprints and smudges. The expansion cards also feel solid and fit the cutouts well.

9.4
Design
Hinge
Range
180°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
Yes

The hinge is outstanding. It has a wide range, so you can easily share the screen with someone opposite you. It feels smooth when opening and closing the lid, and it's very stable, with almost no play at all. The screen only wobbles slightly when typing aggressively.

8.8
Design
Portability
Size
13.5"
Thickness
0.7" (1.8 cm)
Width
11.7" (29.8 cm)
Depth
9.1" (23.0 cm)
Volume
75.3 in³ (1,233.7 cm³)
Weight
2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)
Charger Size
5.3 in³ (87.5 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD and its power adapter are compact and lightweight.

8.9
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
9.5
RAM Slots
2
Storage Slots
1
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

Everything is replaceable in the Framework Laptop 13 AMD, even the motherboard, display, fan, and speakers. Accessing the internals is very easy; you only need to remove a few torque screws and remove the keyboard. Just ensure you disconnect the keyboard cable. The screws are captive, meaning they remain attached to the panel to facilitate reassembly. While most parts are proprietary, meaning you must get them from Framework, the RAM and storage slots accept off-the-shelf parts.

See the repair guides here.

Design
In The Box

  • 60W GaN charger and cord
  • USB-C to USB-C (right-angle) cord
  • Documentation
  • Framework screwdriver
  • Stickers
  • Iron On graphic patch

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
2256 x 1504
Aspect Ratio
3:2
Pixel Density
200 PPI
Panel Type
IPS
Touch Screen
No
Screen-To-Body Ratio
85%

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD's display looks very sharp and provides just enough room for some light multitasking. Its 3:2 aspect ratio is more squarish than the popular 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios. The increased vertical space is great for productivity because you don't need to scroll as much when reading documents and websites; however, you get less space to place two windows side by side. Also, you'll almost always have black bars at the top and bottom when viewing videos.

5.9
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD is only available with a 60Hz display. Its response time is very slow, resulting in visible ghosting behind fast-moving objects.

7.6
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,513 : 1

The display's contrast ratio is within the typical range of most IPS panels. However, it's still relatively low compared to other display technologies like VA and OLED. This contrast level makes blacks look gray in dim settings.

8.0
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
402 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
21 cd/m²

The display gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings. As for outdoor use, it's doable, but you may have trouble seeing some content in direct sunlight. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which helps reduce eye strain when viewing content in a dark environment.

8.1
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Matte
Total Reflections
3.85%
Indirect Reflections
2.86%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.98%

The display's matte display works well against direct, mirror-like reflections. Bright light sources, like a lamp or open window during the day, are only distracting when viewing dark-color content. The matte coating is new to this generation of the Framework Laptop 13. You can get the matte display from Framework if you want to swap out the glossy screen on an older model.

7.5
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
1.016%

The display's black uniformity is good. Other than some minor backlight bleed along the top and bottom edges, the rest of the screen is pretty uniform.

6.9
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
29°
Color Washout From Right
29°
Color Shift From Left
38°
Color Shift From Right
41°
Brightness Loss From Left
31°
Brightness Loss From Right
31°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
33°
Gamma Shift From Right
34°

The display's horizontal viewing angle is okay. The image dims and washes out fairly quickly when moving to the side. It's best to be close or directly in front of the screen if you need perfect accuracy for color-critical work.

6.7
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
24°
Color Washout From Above
27°
Color Shift From Below
42°
Color Shift From Above
39°
Brightness Loss From Below
30°
Brightness Loss From Above
32°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
26°
Gamma Shift From Above
28°

The display's vertical viewing angle is okay. Like the horizontal viewing angle, the image looks dimmer and more washed out from above or below. You need to look at the screen more or less straight on to see an accurate image.

9.4
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
1.65
Avg. Gamma
2.17
Avg. Color dE
1.89
Avg. Color Temperature
6,424.5 K

The display's out-of-the-box accuracy is outstanding. The white balance and color inaccuracies are extremely minor and hard to spot with the naked eye. The gamma sticks to an almost flat 2.2, making dark scenes too dark and bright scenes too bright.

8.3
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.78%
sRGB uv
95.92%
Adobe RGB xy
75.63%
Adobe RGB uv
85.27%
DCI P3 xy
75.19%
DCI P3 uv
80.3%
Rec. 2020 xy
54.77%
Rec. 2020 uv
59.02%

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD has an sRGB display, meaning it only has full or near-full coverage of the sRGB color space. Its coverage of the wider Adobe RGB and DCI P3 is too low for print photography and HDR video production.

10
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
Yes
Flicker Frequency
No Flicker
Flicker Active Below
0%

The backlight is entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain.

Interface
7.8
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
7.5
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
73 gf
Actuation Force
39 gf
Pre-Travel
1.08 mm
Total Travel
1.64 mm

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD has a good keyboard. Its layout feels spacious and is easy to get used to. The keys are relatively stable, have a good amount of travel, and provide satisfying tactile feedback. Their high operating force can help reduce typos, as you need to press purposefully to actuate a key, but it can also cause fatigue if you aren't used to it. You can adjust between three backlight brightness levels or turn it off completely. The backlighting is white, leaning on the cooler side.

7.3
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
7.0
Size
13.5 in² (87.0 cm²)
Material
Glass
Dedicated Buttons
No

The touchpad is relatively large and feels smooth. It tracks movements and gestures well, but the edges seem less responsive than the center. There are no issues with palm rejection. You can only click in the bottom half of the touchpad; the left click on our unit behaves oddly, as there are two clicks, one shallower and one deeper. The shallow click doesn't trigger anything, which can be annoying, as it feels like you've pressed the button, but the system isn't responding. This behavior is likely an issue that's only present in our unit, so your experience may vary. The good thing is that, like everything else, the touchpad is replaceable.

8.8
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
79 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
3.5 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
-1.9
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
325 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
7 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
1.0 dB

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD's speakers sound crude, boxy, and unnatural, with almost no bass. They get very loud but distort and rattle at high volume levels. The speakers are also out of phase, causing noticeable artifacts in some content. Like the touchpad, this is likely an issue with our unit. Let us know in the discussions if you've experienced the same thing.

7.9
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
7.5
Resolution
1080p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
Yes
Face Unlock
No

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD has a good webcam. The image looks detailed but a tad noisy and underexposed, with slightly oversaturated colors. Voices sound relatively clear over the microphone, with almost no static background noise. There are individual privacy covers for the camera and microphone; they act as a physical barrier and disable the webcam and microphone at the software level.

Connectivity
8.5
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
1
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
No
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.0
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
No
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
No

Like its predecessors, the Framework Laptop 13 AMD has a modular port system that lets you change the ports as needed. Each port is a small cartridge called an 'expansion card', and there are also expansion cards with a built-in SSD to increase storage. You can buy as many expansion cards as you want from the following options:

  • USB-A (USB 3.2 Gen 2)
  • USB-C (USB 4, charging, DisplayPort Alt Mode)
  • DisplayPort (1.4)
  • MicroSD (UHS-I)
  • HDMI (2.0b)
  • Ethernet
  • 250GB (USB 3.2 Gen 2) Storage drive
  • 1TB (USB 3.2 Gen 2) Storage drive

The AMD version of the Framework Laptop 13 has a slightly different port configuration than the Intel version. On the AMD model, only the two slots closest to the back support USB 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed), while the two front ones support USB 3.2 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps). The two back slots also pull more power when using a USB-A expansion card. All slots support video output except the front left slot. See Framework's diagram here.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.3

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD's wireless adapter is an AMD RZ616, also known as the MediaTek MT922A22M. Wi-Fi 6E has faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous Wi-Fi standards. However, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
AMD
Model
Ryzen 7 7840U
Core Count
8
Thread Count
16

The Framework Laptop 13 is available with the following CPUs:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 7640U (6 cores/12 threads, up to 4.9GHz)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7840U (8 cores/16 threads, up to 5.1GHz)

Both are low-power CPUs typically found in thin and light laptops. They're designed for general productivity tasks, like text processing, spreadsheets, web browsing, and video playback. They can handle some demanding workloads like programming; just don't expect to get as smooth an experience or complete tasks as quickly as on laptops with a more powerful H-series CPU. The Ryzen 5 is likely fast enough for most people with a business-oriented, general productivity type of workload. If you're a heavy multitasker, it's best to go with the Ryzen 7, as its increased core count will give you more headroom.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
AMD
Model
Radeon 780M
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD is only available with integrated graphics. The AMD Ryzen 5 7640U has the AMD Radeon 760M iGPU, while the Ryzen 7 7840U has the AMD Radeon 780M iGPU. Both are designed for light productivity tasks like web browsing and video playback. They can handle some graphically intensive games; however, you'll have to play with low settings to get playable frame rates. If you plan on gaming, getting the Ryzen 7 7840U is best, as its Radeon 780M iGPU is faster and will provide a better experience.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
16 GB
Modules
2
Type
DDR5
Speed
5,600 MHz

The pre-configured models have a fixed amount of RAM; the Base model has 8GB, the Performance model has 16GB, and the Professional model has 32GB. The DIY edition lets you choose from 8GB to 64GB. Some of the DIY memory configurations are in single-channel mode. If you don't plan on adding a second module, getting a model with dual-channel memory is best. The RAM is user-replaceable; the laptop uses regular SO-DIMM memory modules. You can skip the memory configuration (DIY edition) if you want to use your own modules.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
512 GB
Usable Capacity
470 GB
Drive 1
Western Digital PC SN740 SDDPNQD-512G
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

The pre-configured models have a fixed amount of storage; the Base model has 256GB, the Performance model has 512GB, and the Professional model has 1TB. Like previous Framework Laptops, the pre-configured models use a different SSD than the DIY options. For the DIY edition, you can choose from the following storage configurations:

  • 250GB WD_Black SN770
  • 500GB WD_Black SN770
  • 1TB WD_Black SN770
  • 1TB WD_Black SN850X
  • 2TB WD_Black SN770
  • 2TB WD_Black SN850X
  • 4TB WD_Black SN850X
  • None (bring your own)

All of the storage options are M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs. The SN850X drives are faster; see the SN770's specifications and the SN850X's specifications.

Performance
9.4
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,900 points
CPU Multi-Thread
10,646 points
GPU Compute
34,710 points

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD's overall score in Geekbench 5 is outstanding. The AMD Ryzen 7 7840U's performance is among the best compared to other current-generation x86 U-series CPUs. It can easily handle general productivity tasks and moderately heavy workloads. You're still better off getting a laptop with an H-series CPU or an Apple MacBook Pro with Apple silicon for highly demanding tasks. The Ryzen 5 7640U has fewer cores and threads and is best suited for light workloads like text processing and web browsing.

The AMD Radeon 780M iGPU's performance is impressive for integrated graphics but still falls behind even entry-level discrete GPUs like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650.

9.8
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,693 points
Multi-Thread
13,844 points

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD's overall Cinebench R23 score is outstanding. The AMD Ryzen 7 7840U performs remarkably well for a low-power U-series CPU. It can certainly handle heavily multi-threaded workloads, but know that there are significantly faster CPUs on the market, like the AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX in the Dell Alienware m18 (2023). The Ryzen 5 7640U has fewer cores and threads and is better suited for light workloads only.

8.5
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
3.1 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

The AMD Ryzen 7 7840U renders images in Blender reasonably quickly for a low-power U-series CPU, matching the completion time of the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (M2, 2023) with an M2 Pro SoC. That said, if you render images professionally, you're better off getting a laptop with a dedicated GPU. Even an entry-level GPU like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 can render images faster. GPU rendering isn't available for the AMD Radeon 780M iGPU.

5.8
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
22,609

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD's score is disappointing in the Basemark GPU benchmark. However, the score doesn't fully represent real-world performance, as shown in the game benchmarks. In actual gameplay, the AMD Radeon 780M is roughly equivalent to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Max-Q) in performance. It can handle some graphically intensive games, but only at the lowest settings. The AMD Ryzen 5 7640U's iGPU is slower and will have more difficulty reaching 60 fps, even with low settings.

9.4
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,410.2 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
3,657.9 MB/s
Random Write Speed
82.4 MB/s
Random Read Speed
53.5 MB/s

The Western Digital PC SN740 SSD (pre-configured model) has very fast read and write speeds, which help make the system feel snappy and responsive. For the DIY edition, all of the storage options are fast SSDs, though the performance will vary depending on the model and size. The WD_Black SN850X is the fastest, followed by the SN770.

Framework advertises that the 250GB expansion card SSD has up to 1000 MB/s read and 375 MB/s write speeds, while the 1TB drive has 1000 MB/s read and 1000 MB/s write speeds.

8.0
Performance
Battery
Capacity
61 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
10.4 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
9.5 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
1.5 hrs
Charge Time
3.0 hrs

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD's battery life is great. You can easily get through a typical 8-hour workday on a full charge. However, it takes a while to charge to full. Models with an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU have a smaller 55Wh battery.

4.5
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
27 fps
1% Low
18 fps
0.1% Low
12 fps
1% Low Delta
17 ms
0.1% Low Delta
48 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
63 fps

Borderlands 3 runs poorly at 1080p with high settings. The gameplay is choppy due to low, inconsistent frame rates. You can get over 60 fps with low settings, which is a significant improvement over the Intel-based Framework Laptop 13 (2022). However, you'll likely still experience some stutters.

We've also run the benchmarks in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Cyberpunk 2077 to give you a better idea of the overall performance of a Ryzen 7 7840U model. Here are the results:

Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Avg FPS (1080p, high settings): 17 fps
  • Avg FPS On Very Low: 63 fps
  • Avg FPS (High settings + FSR 2): 30 fps
  • AVG FPS (Low settings + FSR 2): 67 fps

Cyberpunk 2077

  • Avg FPS (1080p, high settings): 22 fps
  • Avg FPS On Very Low: 45 fps
  • Avg FPS (High settings + FSR 2.1): 32 fps
  • Avg FPS (Low settings + FSR 2.1): 50 fps

6.7
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
49 fps
1% Low
31 fps
0.1% Low
30 fps
1% Low Delta
11 ms
0.1% Low Delta
13 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
163 fps
Avg. Turn Time
7.21 s

Civilization VI runs reasonably well on the Framework Laptop 13 AMD with an AMD Ryzen 7 7840U. You only need to turn down a few settings to get over 60 fps. The gameplay is smooth, with only the occasional stutter. The Ryzen 5 7640U can also push over 60 fps with a few tweaks in the settings.

5.0
Performance
Counter-Strike 2
Avg. FPS
50fps
1% Low
10fps
0.1% Low
2fps
1% Low Delta
77 ms
0.1% Low Delta
449 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
202fps

Counter-Strike 2 runs pretty smoothly despite what the graph and results show. You only need to lower a few settings to get over 60 fps consistently. The Ryzen 5 7640U can also push over 60 fps easily.

5.1
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
35 fps
1% Low
22 fps
0.1% Low
10 fps
1% Low Delta
17 ms
0.1% Low Delta
67 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
54 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs poorly at 1080p with high settings; however, you can get close to 60 fps with low settings. The game is playable even with frame rates in the 40s and 50s. The large frametime spikes are scene changes and aren't representative of the performance.

7.1
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
35 °C (96 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
45 °C (114 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
47.0 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
No

The keyboard is mildly warm when idle. It gets a bit toasty under load, especially on the right-hand side between the letters U and P. The fan is audible at full speed but isn't distracting.

9.5
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
75 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
3% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
65 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
0% loss

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD's performance over time is superb. The CPU's throttling is very minimal and isn't noticeable in most uses.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
None

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD has no pre-installed software applications other than those that typically come with Windows 11. The DIY edition lets you choose between Windows 11 Home or Pro, and you can also skip the OS configuration if you want to install a custom operating system like Ubuntu or Pop! OS. Framework provides instructions on how to install a custom operating system.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Fingerprint Sensor

The Framework Laptop 13 AMD has a fingerprint sensor built into the power button. You can use it to log into Windows, authorize purchases in the Windows Store, or auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.