AMD Launches Ryzen Mobile APUs Combining Zen And Vega For Powerhouse Laptops

Where the Intel-AMD Core War Could Be Headed

AMD's new Ryzen chips have managed to at least offer a credible challenge to Intel's dominance in nearly every facet of the desktop PC world, from high-end, multi-core processors like the Threadripper line to the budget Ryzen 3. AMD also compared the Ryzen 7 2700U against the competition, with some of the results shown in the video below (along with the system configurations at the end), and claim up to 44% better multi-threaded CPU performance and up to 161% more graphics power. Both laptop processors are 15W with four cores and eight threads.

For its own part, AMD claims that the new Ryzen chips will offer dramatically improved performance over its own last generation of laptop chips, with up to 200 percent more CPU performance (for multicore use) and up to 128 percent better GPU performance, although AMD's last generation of chips weren't exactly computational powerhouses to start. The Ryzen 7 model has a maximum clock speed of 3.8GHz, and 10 GPU compute units running at 1300MHz. Meanwhile, the Radeon 5 2700U is slightly slower with a 2GHz base clock and 3.6GHz boost clock, and has two fewer Vega CUs (8 instead of 10), with a max 1,100MHz clock. Similarly, AMD is claiming its Ryzen 5 2500U can achieve twice the performance of the Intel Core i5 7200U in 3DMark.

AMD was quite keen to talk about the performance of its Mobile Ryzen APUs, comparing them not only to the previous generation AMD Bristol Ridge FX-9800P APU, but also compare it to some Intel parts, like the latest 8th generation quad-core Core i7-8550U. They both also support dual-channel DDR4 memory, up to 2400MHz.

Of course, none of this actually matters unless AMD can get its chips into the hands of consumers.

Previously codenamed "Raven Ridge", Ryzen Mobile APUs combine the highly praised Zen CPU architecture with the recently launched Vega GPU architecture. Do you think AMD's Ryzen Mobile Processors will shake up the market the same way that Ryzen did for desktop systems? And with this new version, AMD says the rolloff from a higher to lower speed is more graceful. These APUs will also feature Precision Boost 2, for accelerating performance depending on workload, and mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR) to raise performance when the cooling allows it.

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