The chipmaker AMD has launched its first laptop chips based on the Zen microarchitecture. AMD’s new Ryzen chips have organized to at least offer a good challenge to Intel’s influence in almost every aspect of the desktop PC world, from high-end multi-core processors like the Threadripper line to the budget Ryzen 3.
The processors being declared were formerly codenamed “Raven Ridge” APUs (Advanced Processing Unit), a name enthusiasts have been continuing for a couple of months now.
But at present AMD is setting its sights even higher, toward laptops. Probably it is the most important part of the computer category and one where Intel’s lines of Core i3, i5, and i7 chips have long reigned virtually uncontested by AMD. To that end, the company is releasing its first two laptop processors from the Ryzen line: the Ryzen 5 2500U and the Ryzen 7 2700U, designed for ultrathin laptops.
It couples Ryzen’s Zen x86 cores and Radeon Vega graphics together in their SoC design, making them a better choice for portability than standalone CPUs and discrete graphics. In its announcement, AMD aims most on the Ryzen 7 2700U, mentioning that it proffers enough power to run games like League of Legends, Overwatch, CS: GO, and DOTA 2at 1080p with “smooth and playable framerates.”
In the Case of both the processors, that is a Ryzen CPU with a Radeon Vega GPU, and represents one of AMD’s key advantages that is — unlike Intel, which has to rely on partners like Nvidia to provide high-end graphical capabilities, AMD is able to leverage its own GPU experience from the Radeon line in its integrated chips.
The 2700U came packing four Zen cores with 8 threads and a max clock speed of 3.8 GHz. We see the exact same core and thread count in the Ryzen 5 2500U, only with a max clock speed of 3.6GHz instead of 3.8. While the 2700U offers 10 Vega graphics compute units, the 2500U is limited to 8, though specifications are similar elsewhere. Both also boast a 15W nominal CTDP, and compared to former AMD mobile processors, AMD is promising up to 3 times the CPU performance and up to 58% less power consumption.
As previously suggested, we’ll have to wait and see how these Ryzen processors stack up to the competition in side-by-side benchmarks, but at present, they sound like pretty solid pieces of hardware. In the next few weeks, we will see them launch in notebooks from Acer, HP, and Lenovo.