At CES 2021, Lisa Su, the general director of AMD, announced the company’s new microprocessors for laptops — the Ryzen 5000 Mobile with Zen 3 microarchitecture.
These chips are built on the same technology used by the Ryzen 5000 desktop processors and are being manufactured using 7nm photolithography. There is no doubt that this is a very coherent and predictable move, as it will allow AMD to compete more intensely in a market, that of laptops, in which Intel has traditionally ruled.
As low-power APUs, the main focus of the new Ryzen 5000 Mobile APUs is lightweight notebooks, convertibles, two-in-one, and ultraportables. During the presentation, AMD has not hesitated to show its chest by saying that it is the only company that offers low-power solutions with eight-core and sixteen-thread processors.
Ryzen 7 5800U: The Real Star
One of the processors that Lisa Su has shown during the AMD event at this virtual CES is the Ryzen 7 5800U, and, as you can see in the below image, it has faced Intel’s Core i7-1186G7, which is its natural competitor. This processor has 8 cores, processes 16 threads, and can operate at a maximum clock frequency of 4.4 GHz.
AMD promises spectacular battery life for notebooks using Ryzen 7 5800U — we are talking about 17.5 hours of battery life in general use, and no less than 21 hours of video playback. They are figures close to what Apple promises with its ARM processors.
The Ryzen 7 5800U is clearly the star. Based on AMD testing, it is capable of outperforming Intel’s best laptop processors — with 44% better video encoding performance than the Intel Core i7-118G7; it is also 39% faster in Blender.
Intel is dominating the industry, but AMD has announced more collaborations with companies like HP to launch more Ryzen notebooks than ever; 150 new computers from brands such as Acer, Lenovo, Dell or MSI are expected.
Ryzen 5000H Series
AMD has introduced the new generation of Ryzen 5000 processors for laptops, distinguished by the “H” indicator in the name. The new range focuses on offering thinner and lighter notebooks but offering the superior power that users ask for.
AMD is aware that the gaming market is increasingly important, and that is why it has presented a new range of processors for laptops to play. They are distinguished by the designation “HX”, and offer higher performance than conventional models.
The two models announced are the Ryzen 9 5900HX and the Ryzen 9 5980HX. Both have 8 cores and 16 threads, with 20 MB of L2 + L3 cache. Both also control energy consumption, with a TDP of 45 W. The big difference is in the maximum frequency they can reach: the 5900HX reaches 4.6 GHz, and the 5980HX reaches 4.8 GHz.
AMD claims that these processors will be ideal for laptops that can play the latest titles, showing Horizon Zero Dawn running at 100 frames per second at 1080p.