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AMD Launches Ryzen Pro Mobile CPUs

AMD Launches Ryzen Pro Mobile CPUs

Ryzen 7 takes on Intel Core i7 and Ryzen 5 competes against Core i5, but what about the lower end of the CPU market?

Finally, AMD surprised me with the announcement of an upcoming 7nm Vega part for this year. But it's not where AMD is stopping. Both are expected to offer a substantial boost in performance given that the Zen 2 and Zen 3 will follow the 7nm and 7nm+ manufacturing process. But AMD isn't stopping there. We should, however, be seeing more Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 laptops in January. The new chipset will not be required, and existing X370/B350/A320 chipsets will support the new processors. AMD SenseMI technology has also been improved, to provide better performance and power efficiency, such as Precision Boost 2 and XFR 2. AMD also touts silicon improvements for cache and memory speed, and for latency.

Are any desktop processors with integrated graphics on the horizon?

AMD intends to follow this in 2020 with Zen 3, built on a refined "7nm+" process. The chip designer wants to sustain that momentum through 2018 and its kicking off CES with a wide range of announcements.

Judging by AMD's estimates, it depends on what you're doing and what applications you're using.

Even as the first-generation Ryzen products continue to be rolled out, AMD is moving on with the first iteration.

AMD made a very good choice to show off their really vague roadmaps, they are a point in their resurgence where it will comfort large buyers. Clock speeds are higher than what exists on the Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200 and match the core and thread count. This spring that changes with the mobile Ryzen Pro parts, they might not excite enthusiasts but they will up the bottom line.

How do the new chips' specs compare to those of Intel's chips?

The APU also comes outfitted with full-on Radeon RX Vega graphics powered by six compute units. In terms of core specs, they mirror the respective consumer versions of these chips. (Though it becomes easier if you step back to Intel's previous 7th Generation Core line.) For that reason, it might be more effective to look at the cost of the chips (see below). So, if you're looking to pick up any 2000-series processor, be it Pinnacle or Raven Ridge, then you need to make sure your board's updated first. But all of the new processors will be compatible with any Socket AM4 motherboard you may already have, so it doesn't have to be an impediment to your upgrade.

When will the new chips start appearing in laptops?

Both the APUs will hit markets starting February itself.

Do note that this second generation Ryzen CPUs are NOT Ryzen 2 CPUs. That puts the former chip on par with the Intel Core i3-8350K (four cores, four threads, 4GHz), which, as of December, is priced at $168. These don't directly compare against any mobile chips Intel now offers in its 8th Generation line, but they are positioned on the low end, much like Core i3. AMD says they will be out in the second quarter of this year. That raises another question.

How powerful will Ryzen Pro Mobile chips be?

The 12nm design isn't going to allow for any extra space inside the chip as it's more about power than extra transistor density.

Targeted at business laptops and "commercial ultra-thin" models as well as workstations, AMD has three new processors which come with integrated Radeon Vega Graphics: the Ryzen 3 Pro 2300U, Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U and the Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U. While all this seem great on paper we are still waiting to see the actual performance.

CEO Lisa Su noted that "For us, it is all about high-performance computing "and" High-performance computing is absolutely the most exciting part of the semiconductor industry today". Similarly, a successor to the Navi based on the 7nm+ process is also in the cards for a 2020 release. No additional information was provided about these processors or their capabilities, however.


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