Just a few months after launching the first Ryzen 5000 desktop processors based on Zen 3 architecture, AMD is bringing Zen 3 to laptops with the launch of two new lines of Ryzen 5000 Mobile processors.

As usual, the new chips are divided into 15 watt U-series processors for thin and light laptops and higher-power models designed for gaming laptops and/or mobile workstation PCs.

Let’s look at the high performance chips first, because they’re a little more straightforward. AMD is offering these processors at 3 power levels. Ryzen 5000H processors have a 45 watt TDP, while Ryzen 5000HS versions are lower-power models with a 35 watt TDP and lower CPU frequencies and Ryzen 5000HX chips can exceed 45 watts.

All of the new H-series processors are 7nm chips based on AMD’s Zen 3 architecture, with top of the line models featuring 8 cores, 16 threads, and support for frequencies as high as 4.8 GHz.

NameCores / ThreadsBase freqBoost FreqCacheTDP
Ryzen 9 5980HX8 / 163.3 GHz4.8 GHz20MB45W+
Ryzen 9 5980HS8 / 163 GHz4.8 GHz20MB35W
Ryzen 9 5900HX8 / 163.3 GHz3.6 GHz20MB45W+
Ryzen 9 5900HS8 / 163 GHz4.6 GHz20MB35W
Ryzen 7 5800H8 / 163.2 GHz4.4 GHz20MB45W
Ryzen 7 5800HS8 / 162.8 GHz4.4 GHz20MB35W
Ryzen 5 5600H6 / 123.3 GHz4.2 GHz19MB45W
Ryzen 5 5600HS6 / 123 GHz4.2 GHz19MB35W

AMD’s new Ryzen 5000U processors are a little murkier because they’re not all based on Zen 3 architecture. In a nutshell, if you see a model number that’s a round number, you’re looking at a Zen 3 chip. If you see an odd number, it features the same Zen 2 architecture as last year’s Ryzen 4000U processors.

NameCores / ThreadsBase freqBoost FreqCacheTDPArch
Ryzen 7 5800U8 / 161.9 GHz4.4 GHz20MB15WZen 3
Ryzen 5 5600U6 /122.3 GHz4.2 GHz19MB15WZen 3
Ryzen 7 5700U8 / 161.8 GHz4.3 GHz12MB15WZen 2
Ryzen 5 5500U6 /122.1 GHz4 GHz11MB15WZen 2
Ryzen 3 5300U4 / 82.6 GHz3.8 GHz6MB15WZen 2

That means the Ryzen 5 5600U and Ryzen 7 5800U will bring the biggest gen-over-gen boost in performance and energy efficiency. But it doesn’t mean that the other chips are identical to their predecessors.

AMD has increased the core count and CPU frequencies, so you should see at least a modest performance bump.

In the first half of 2021 AMD also plans to launch Ryzen PRO 5000 Series mobile chips for business and enterprise laptops, and all told the chip maker says more than 150 notebooks with Ryzen 5000 Mobile processors are expected to ship this year.

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5 replies on “AMD launches Ryzen 5000 Mobile chips for ultralight and gaming laptops”

  1. Why can’t Microsoft put these processors in Surface Pro Tablets (only in Surface Laptops)? Did they sign an agreement with Intel? I have an i5 Surface Pro with 8GB RAM and I can’t even reach above 40 fps in Fall Guys at the lowest possible settings. Meanwhile, I saw on YouTube playing Fall Guys on a Vega 3 laptop above 50fps and sometimes maxing out at 60fps.

  2. Guess we’ll be seeing the 15-25w Ryzen 7 5800U in a new wave of portable gaming PC’s.

  3. I guess we have to pre-order products with AMD silicon as they sell out the same day they are released. At least the crypo miners will not be buying laptops. Scalpers will probably will not be buying them either.

    1. I am wondering if Ryzen Cezanne has really good single thread performance primarily from being able to use 100% of the really large L3. The new layout puts all the cores and L3 on a single die. I wonder if there are benchmarks that are not sensitive to cache size.

    2. [joke]”Those more than 150 notebooks with Ryzen 5000 Mobile processors that are expected to ship this year? No, that’s not 150 laptop models. That’s 150 laptops.”[/joke]

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