At CES 2019, AMD unveiled its second generation of Ryzen laptop chips. It looks to jump ahead of Intel’s 14nm roadblock to offer some of the first 12 nm processors on the market.
AMD is launching a new set of Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7 chips across both the 15W U-series and 35W H-series lineups, almost all of which are built off of the company’s new 12 nm Zen+ architecture.
AMD is using a 12 nm fabrication process and, in addition to the usual 15W processors, it also released a duo of processors with a TDP of 35W intended for game laptops. The new Ryzen Mobile chips are part of Ryzen 3000 in terms of naming but are based on the existing 12nm Zen+ architecture.
The Ryzen 7 3750H, offering four cores / eight threads, a base clock speed of 2.3 GHz, which can boost up to 4.0 GHz. And the Ryzen 5 3550H, also a four core / eight-thread processor, but with a 2.1 GHz base speed, which can boost up to 3.7 GHz, and only eight GPU cores to the Ryzen 7 3750H’s ten.
AMD’s brand new Athlon 300U covers entry-level devices, while its 4-core Ryzen 3000U Series covers all areas of Windows PCs and Ryzen 3000 H Series amps up the power for gaming notebooks.
AMD Ryzen™ 3 Desktop Processors Cutting-edge, the true quad-core architecture provides the responsiveness and performance you’d expect from a much pricier PC. Now including models with advanced Radeon™ Vega graphics built-in. It has 4 cores, up to 10MB Cache.
With AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Processors, do everything. All at the same time. Render. Stream. Compile. Encode. Work and Play. With the ultimate Desktop Platform, featuring the world’s first 32-core desktop processor. It has from 8 to 32 cores, up to 64 processing threads, from 20MB to 80MB cache.
AMD also gave us a sneak peek at how these new SKUs will perform. AMD tested one of its new Ryzen 5 3500U processors against an Intel Core i5-8250U, which is also a Hyper-Threaded quad-core CPU with a 15W TDP. The company showed the Ryzen 5 3500U performed 27% better in an Adobe Photoshop test and 14% better in PCMark 10's web test.
The much higher power envelope compared to the 15W Ryzen 7 3700U allows both mobile gaming processors to be paired with a discrete graphics card, such as the 4GB Radeon 560X seen in the newly unveiled ASUS notebook.
It believes these SKUs will be highly competitive against Intel's Celeron and Pentium processors.