As previously mentioned, AMD launched its Ryzen 5000 series processors in late 2020, really opening up the power both for creative and gaming users. Now, these processors are being included in the latest ultra-thin and gaming laptops to bring that performance to portable devices, providing users with the option to not be tied down to a hefty machine.
There were three Ryzen 5000 series CPUs that were officially announced for laptops – the Ryzen 7 5800U, Ryzen 9 5900HX, and Ryzen 9 5980HX.
The Ryzen 7 5800U comes in with 8 cores, 16 threads, and a 4.4GHz boosted clock, bringing desktop capabilities in new thin and light laptops. The introduction of the Ryzen 7 5800U showcases a bunch of advantages over its Intel counterpart in areas such as Content Creation, Video Encoding, and Design & Visualization. Content Creation sees an 18% uplift, Video Encoding at 44%, and Design & Visualization at 39%, really detailing that Ryzen powered laptops are the way forward for 2021.
The two other Ryzen mobile chips simply have one thing in mind – gaming. Both the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Ryzen 9 5980HX aim to again, give you desktop performance while on a tiny, portable device with their incredible specs. The Ryzen 9 5900HX details 8 cores, 16 threads, and a boosted clock of up to 4.6GHz whereas the even more powerful Ryzen 9 5980HX takes that one step further thanks to its 8 cores, 16 threads, and a boosted clock of up to 4.8GHz. When put to the test, we saw Horizon Zero Dawn running at over 100 FPS on 1080p high settings, extremely impressive considering where we were with laptop gaming just a few short years ago.
Similar to that of their desktop counterparts, these mobile processors run off a lower wattage than what you’d traditionally expect. This has a massive knock-on effect for laptops and the longevity of battery life you’ll be able to squeeze out of them. Su stated that with the Zen 3 architecture chips, you’ll be looking at up to 17.5 hours of general usage and up to 21 hours of movie playback. This a huge step in the right direction for improving the multi-faceted usage of laptops and makes them even more attractive for traveling business users.
You won’t have to wait long for these next-generation laptops either with Su stating that you can expect to pick up this new tech from February 2021.