As expected, AMD is expanding its Ryzen line of chips to include mobile processors aimed at notebook computers. Like their desktop counterparts, the new Ryzen Mobile chips feature AMD’s new Zen CPU architecture which brings a massive performance boost over earlier AMD chips.
But unlike their desktop counterparts, the new AMD Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U have integrated AMD Radeon Vega graphics.
PC makers including Acer, HP, and Lenovo will be among the first to launch laptops powered by the new Ryzen Mobile processors, with models from Dell and Asus expected to launch in early 2018.
AMD says its Ryzen Mobile chips offer serious improvements over previous-gen AMD laptop chips, including:
- Up to 3x more CPU performance
- Up to 2.3x better graphics performance
- 58 percent less power consumption
Both the Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U chips are 15-watt processors designed for use in ultathin laptops. They’ll go head to head with Intel’s Core i5-8250U and Core i7-8550U chips marketplace.
The two chips are both 4-core / 8-thread processors with 6MB of L2/L3 cache. But here are some of the differences between the processors:
- Ryzen 5 2500U – 3.6 GHz max CPU speed / 8 graphics compute units / 1.1 GHz top GPU speed
- Ryzen 7 2700U – 3.8 GHz max CPU speed / 10 graphics compute units / 1.3 GHz top GPU speed
AMD has been largely missing from the thin-and-light notebook space, which makes the launch of Ryzen Mobile a pretty big deal. It remains to be seen just how competitive the new chips will be with Intel’s latest laptop processors, but if AMD can at least come within striking range when it comes to performance, it could provide some real competition in a space that Intel has dominated for much of the past decade.
Early benchmarks look good... but those benchmark results come from tests performed by AMD. We should start to see real-world comparisons once the first laptops with Ryzen Mobile chips start shipping.
Alright, lot’s of data for me to crunch, yay!
The interesting thing would be to see how Raven Ridge handles itself out there in the real-world.
Remember, the last time I commented on Mobile Ryzen was to say that it would perform worse than Intel at a lower efficiency, as that’s what all the rumours, benchmarks, and desktop-relatives were hinting towards.
It looks like I may be right, that AMD does in deed fall short of Intel. However, I may be wrong in “how much” short they will fall, so we might get a pleasant surprise. At least, these specs seem to point towards it.
Link to my earlier comment:
The GPU clocks are surprisingly high at 15W. The 2700U with 640 cores at 1.3GHz means 1.664 TFLOPS and that’s a lot.
The 35-45W SKUs with all 11CU enabled (704 cores) and much higher clocks will be interesting too ofc.
All we need now is a Ryzen-powered Surface!
I’d really like to see these in NUC-like boxes and Mini-ITX boards as they’d make excellent HTPC systems. If the benchmarks turn out to be true, that is.
I was going to say the same thing. I can see AMD owning a big chunk of the mini PC market. I would love to see someone sell a Linux based system preconfigured as a HTPC.
I too was going to say the same thing. Though not as an HTPC for me but perhaps as I nice quiet little server.
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