Leading the charge in this second generation of Pro Ryzen mobile chips is the Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U, a quad-core, eight-thread chip that runs from 2.3GHz to 4GHz at full whack, and comes paired with a Radeon Vega 10 GPU. Simply put, its an AMD accelerated procession unit (APU) that has decent processor and graphics chops on a single chip.
The Ryzen 5 Pro 3500U follows suit, offering the same number of cores and threads, only running at 2.1Ghz to 3.7GHz, and sporting a Radeon Vega 8.
At the bottom end sits the Ryzen 3 Pro 3300U, a quad-core, quad-thread chip with Radeon Vega 6 graphics; it runs from 2.1GHz to 3.7GHz.
Lurking somewhat behind the Ryzen Pro line up is the Athlon Pro 300U, a dual-core, four-thread chip that runs from 2.4GHz to 3.3GHz. It's by no means a powerhouse on paper but does look more than capable of handling professional-level work duties.
These chips are all being targeted for use in 'ultrathin' professional grade laptops, given they work within a 15W thermal design power. So expect them to pop up in machines from the likes of Lenovo and HP.
The chips should offer a decent alternative for laptops that mix Intel processors and Nvidia graphics. And given how AMD can be pretty aggressive with its pricing, the chips could end up in laptops that undercut those with Intel and Nvidia chip configurations.
Team Red also compared its Ryzen Pro chips to Intel's U-series Core processors, with AMD noting its processors beat equivalent chips from its rival.
Given AMD is doing the testing that's hardly surprising. And Team Red did note it had the U-series Core processors licked in photo editing 3D modelling and visualisation workloads, an area where AMD chips have always done well.
We'd need to see independent and verified test before we cobble together our own opinions of how good AMD's mobile processors really are. But the chips do look to promise pretty good laptop performance.
With the integrated Vega graphics, AMD is touting the new Ryzen processes as having better graphical performance than Intel Core processors.
So if you're after a laptop that can handle everyday computing tasks and then push some pixels for say a bit of lunchtime Overwatch, then it might be worth waiting for the first wave of machines with the second-gen Ryzen Pro chips in them.
In short, AMD looks like it's bringing stiff completion to Intel's shores where it comes to making chips for the laptop world.
That being said the two firms still have their Core and Vega chip tie-up, which delivers some pretty impressive performance and is a good argument for rivals working together. µ
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