AMD is coming out swinging against longtime competitor Intel with the launch of Ryzen, its latest PC processors based on the company's Zen chip architecture. On Wednesday, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chipmaker announced details for three central processing units (or CPUs) under the Ryzen 7 brand that beat Intel's top PC chips in both price and performance. With Ryzen, AMD hopes to reinvigorate a waning PC industry, which has experienced overall annual decline in sales for the past five years. "Ryzen is more than just another processor launch," boasted Jim Anderson, senior vice president of computing and graphics at AMD, at a Tuesday event in San Francisco. "It represent real innovation and competition in the high-performance PC market."
AMD has unveiled new Ryzen chips for premium 2-in-1s, convertibles and ultrathin notebook computers which it claims are the world's fastest CPUs for these devices. Must read: Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is what the next MacBook Pro should be (but almost certainly won't) On the power front, AMD claim that Ryzen mobile processors can offer up to twice the battery life compared to its earlier FX-9800P mobile chip, and when the system is at the Windows desktop the CPU can be powered down for as much as 99 percent of the time, with the GPU capable of being powered down 95 percent of the time when not in use. As far as graphics are concerned, both the Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U support 10-bit H.265/HEVC decoding for 4K video and VP9. At this stage we don't know how these chips compare to Intel's Kaby Lake chips, but based on the information supplied, these chips look like they could give Intel a run for its money. These chips will appear in systems by Acer, HP, and Lenovo in the coming weeks (the three systems that use the chips will be a 15-inch HP Envy x360, a 13-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 720S, and a 15-inch Acer Swift 3), with further platform updates expected from Dell, Asus, and other OEMs in early 2018.
The "light but mighty" (in speed and capacity) laptops from Dell, HP and Microsoft seem to me to be very expensive because Intel sells processors at premium prices. Now that AMD has produced Ryzen chips, can you foresee if and when these makers will produce desirable laptops with cheaper AMD chips? I can afford to pay Intel's price premium, but I'd be more likely to buy if the £1,600 price came down to, say, £1,200. The good news is that Ryzen-based laptops will be here soon. The bad news is that the first ones won't be ultralight models like the Dell XPS 13.
AMD vs Intel: Are you in the market for a new desktop processor? The chipmaker has released its first laptop chips based on the Zen microarchitecture. While AMD has been shipping Ryzen desktop CPUs for some time, these Ryzen mobile processors are important because they will make AMD more competitive in the notebook market, which now accounts for around 60 percent of all PC shipments. But they are also notable because they are the first Ryzen APUs, or Accelerated Processing Units, with on-die Radeon graphics. The announcement was not a surprise since AMD had promised mobile parts by the end of the year, and on the quarterly earnings call earlier this week, CEO Lisa Su said that the company had already started shipping some Ryzen mobile processors.
AMD has unveiled its Ryzen 5000 series processors for desktops, which are the first processors to feature its new Zen 3 architecture. Included in the released is a chip -- the Ryzen 9 5950X -- that the company says is "the world's best gaming CPU." None of this will be good news for AMD's beleaguered rival, Intel. The new Ryzen 5000 silicon replaces the Ryzen 3000 released last year, and while the Zen 3 architecture still uses a 7-nanometer process like its predecessor, AMD has squeezed more performance out of the silicon -- higher clock speeds and up to 19 percent increase in instructions per cycle. Taking all the improvements into account, AMD claim that users replacing an older Zen 2 CPU with a comparable new Zen 3 chip would see around a 26 percent performance boost.