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AMD launches Ryzen Mobile APUs with Vega graphics

AMD launches Ryzen Mobile APUs with Vega graphics

Overall AMD says these Ryzen mobile processors put it ahead of its long-term goal of a 25X improvement in performance per watt by 2020. Both laptop processors are 15W with four cores and eight threads.

This is something some of us may have been looking forward to for some months now, and that is AMD finally showing off new APUs based on Ryzen and Vega. Compared to AMD's previous "Bristol Ridge" mobile APU offerings, the company is claiming up to 3X CPU performance, 2.3X graphics performance, and 58 percent less power consumption. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700U has a max clock of 3.8 GHz on the CPU, 1300 MHz on the GPU, and 10 Vega compute units while the Ryzen 5 2500U has a max clock of 3.6 GHz on the CPU, 1100 MHz on the GPU, and only 8 compute units. In its announcement today, AMD focuses most on the Ryzen 7 2700U, saying that it offers enough power to run games like League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, and DOTA 2 at 1080p with "smooth and playable framerates".

The 2.0 GHz Ryzen 5 2500U can be boosted to 3.6GHz while the Ryzen 7 2700U has a base speed of 2.2GHz which can be boosted to 3.8GHz.

The Intel Core i7 part only outperformed both the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 APUs on PassMark 9.

But now AMD is setting its sights even higher, toward laptops - arguably the most important segment of the computer category, and one where Intel's lines of Core i3, i5, and i7 chips have long reigned virtually uncontested by AMD. While the 2700U offers 10 Vega graphics compute units, the 2500U is limited to 8, though specifications are similar elsewhere. Dual-channel DDR4-2400 RAM is supported.

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Of course, none of this actually matters unless AMD can get its chips into the hands of consumers.

Several of AMD's hardware partners are getting ready to launch laptops powered by these new mobile processors, including Acer, HP, and Lenovo.

The 2xxx naming scheme indicates a generation leap compared to the desktop Ryzen 3, 5, 7, and Threadripper models, which are all numbered 1xxx, though AMD isn't promoting its new APUs in such a way.

Bringing the Zen architecture to mobile devices, Raven Ridge APUs are making their way to laptops just in time for the holiday season. Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR) raises sustained performance in notebooks with great cooling solutions and certified for "Ultimate XFR Performance".


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