New AMD Ryzen CPU for Laptops

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - January 8th, 2019
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AMD's Keynote presentation, to be hosted by CEO Dr. Lisa Su, is set to happen on Wednesday morning, but ahead of the main event, AMD has already made some announcements regarding new 3rd Generation Ryzen CPU to be used in Laptops and Chromebooks and an interesting statement around driver support.

Radeon Drivers and Software

Starting in pretty much now, a laptop featuring a Ryzen Mobile CPU with integrated VEGA graphics will be supported with a single driver package to cover all devices. According to AMD, this would give us Day 1 driver support for the latest game titles and updates, as well as simplify the process for system builders (like us!), and best of all - the actual users (that's you!). This new, updated, driver package will cover all Ryzen Mobile CPUs (2nd gen included) and even Athlon. It's a nice thought, though we haven't really had any serious driver related issues and the gamers amongst us that love a good driver release along with that new game are generally packing a dedicated graphics card, but anyway, it easier and that's just fine by us.

Before we jump into some of the technical specifics from the announcements so far, let's quickly cover the new models to look out for and the basic specs for each.

Ryzen 3 3200U:
2 Cores, 4 Threads
2.4 GHz Base Freq
3.3 GHz Boost Freq
VEGA Cores 3 @ 1000MHz
5MB Cache

Ryzen 3 3300U:
4 Cores, 4 Threads
2.6 GHz Base Freq
3.5 GHz Boost Freq
VEGA Cores 3 @ 1200MHz
5MB Cache

We expect to see these new Ryzen 3 options to be used by all the big laptop makers, Asus, HP and Acer, in a massive new range of value laptops options. With the Ryzen 3 3300U being a tempting option for mid-range performance with its quad-core and integrated VEGA graphics.

Ryzen 5 3500U:
4 Cores, 8 Threads
2.1 GHz Base Freq
3.7 GHz Boost Freq
VEGA Cores 8 @ 1200MHz
6MB Cache

Ryzen 5 3550H:
4 Cores, 8 Threads
2.1 GHz Base Freq
3.7 GHz Boost Freq
VEGA Cores 8 @ 1200MHz
6MB Cache

At first glance, the Ryzen 5 3500U and 3550H are identical to each other, both sporting quad-cores with eight threads, there is a subtle difference a little deeper in the specs though with the 3500U operating with the same 15w TDP (thermal design power, not directly connected to the watts of power used, and also not always entirely accurate with the blanket approach some vendors take to displaying this specific detail) as the new Ryzen 3 options, and the 3550 having a larger 35w TDP listed in the specs, the same 35w is also listed on the significantly more powerful Ryzen 7 3750H detailed below.

Ryzen 7 3700U:
4 Cores, 8 Threads
2.3 GHz Base Freq
4.0 GHz Boost Freq
VEGA Cores 10 @ 1400MHz
6MB Cache

Ryzen 7 3750H:
4 Cores, 8 Threads
2.3 GHz Base Freq
4.0 GHz Boost Freq
VEGA Cores 10 @ 1400MHz
6MB Cache

And that brings us to the new Ryzen 7 3750H, the best of the bunch, likely to be used within the high-end laptop options.

Performance wise, AMD has provided some numbers directly so we know what to expect from these new components, stating that laptops featuring them should aim for a set of modern standards that include 12hrs or more battery life, 10 hours of video playback, 4K streaming video. Looking at VEGA and gaming specifically, these aren't quite ready to go full on without dedicated graphics cards to help out, but you can still enjoy a games like League of Legends without issues, other like Fortnite can apparently be played at 720p with low settings - but that's definitely something we'll need to check for ourselves.

AMD Chromebooks and A-Series CPU

With these new releases, you can expect to see AMD enter the Chromebook market very soon. Chromebooks currently feature the Intel range of Celerons and Pentiums, and AMD is joining the fun by launching two new Excavator-based A-Series processors with a 6W TDP.

Exciting times ahead, we'll continue adding to this article as more details get confirmed - be sure to keep your eyes on Hardwired News for the latest!

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