This week AMD launched its Ryzen 6000 “Rembrandt” line of mobile processors featuring eight new Ryzen 6000H series chips for higher-performance computers and two new Ryzen 6000U series chips for more energy-efficient notebooks.
But the company also introduced three new mobile chips that are part of the Ryzen 5000U family. And they’re… not really all that different from the chips AMD has been making since last year.
The new Ryzen 5000U chips do have a new codename: “Barcelo”. Last year’s models were “Cezanne.” So what’s the difference?
Not much. Both sets of processors are 7nm chips featuring AMD Zen 3 CPU cores and Radeon Vega graphics. But AMD has made some small changes to CPU and graphics frequencies.
In a nutshell, the new chips tend to have slightly higher CPU speeds, but slightly lower GPU speeds:
|Name||Cores / Threads||Base freq||Boost Freq||L2 + L3 Cache||GPU cores||GPU freq||TDP||Launch|
|Ryzen 7 5825U||8 / 16||2 GHz||4.5 GHz||20MB||8||2 GHz||15W||2022|
|Ryzen 7 5800U||8 / 16||1.9 GHz||4.4 GHz||20MB||8||2 GHz||15W||2021|
|Ryzen 5 5625U||6 / 12||2.3 GHz||4.3 GHz||19MB||7||1.6 GHz||15W||2022|
|Ryzen 5 5600U||6 /12||2.3 GHz||4.2 GHz||19MB||7||1.8 GHz||15W||2021|
|Ryzen 3 5425U||4 / 8||2.7 GHz||4.1 GHz||10MB||6||1.5 GHz||15W||2022|
|Ryzen 3 5400U||4 / 8||2.6 GHz||4 GHz||10MB||5||1.6 GHz||15W||2021|
What these chips don’t bring to the table are some of the key features of the new Ryzen 6000 series including:
- 6nm node
- Zen 3+ architecture
- RDNA 2 graphics
- Microsoft Pluton security processor
- PCIe Gen 4
- DDR5 & LPDDR5 memory
So if you want or need some of those features, you should make sure to keep an eye out for laptops or mini desktops with Ryzen 6000 series processors. Because even though the Ryzen 7 5825U, Ryzen 5 5625U and Ryzen 3 5425U are new chips for 2022, they’re based on the same architecture as AMD’s 2021 laptop chips, which means they’re limited to PCIe 3 and DDR4 or LPDDR4, among other things.
There are many people trashing Barcelo on the net. But I feel Barcelo APUs are great for entry level users. People who want to do the basic stuff, who are not really into too much gaming. It all boils down to how PC manufacturers utilize them in their laptops and how they price it. For example, when Cezanne came out, not many models were available with 5400u, most models came with 5300u. Even those were few as Intel dominates the laptop segment. I hope Barcelo will change the dynamics in the market. I wish AMD price these APUs low and target the budget end users and emerging economies. Also AMD needs to have more partners and use Barcelo as an opportunity to expand their share in the laptop segment. I believe there is a huge market that can be tapped with Ryzen 3 5425u. Just that many manufacturers avoid it, maybe coz the margins are less. Also, this will be the last generation before computers enter the DDR5 era, new GPU, new sockets, new modules. Considering the initial costs of DDR5, this is a great time for AMD to undercut Alder Lake and Ryzen 6000 laptops.
Linux users take note Microsoft Pluton, which Phoronix explicited stated Linux may have issues dealing with this software TPM, atleast until they resolve its management issues which could take considerable time. Everything else looks like a spec bump.
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