AMD’s laptop offerings haven’t been amazing these past few years, but with the unveiling of their 4000 processors, that’s finally going to change.
All that seems set to change. Fast forward to 2020, and notebook users are eagerly awaiting the arrival of products based on AMD’s latest Ryzen Mobile 4000 series processors, which combine up to eight Zen 2 cores and upgraded Vega graphics into a small CPU for the notebook market. AMD has already made waves with its Zen 2 cores in the desktop and enterprise space, and the company has already announced it plans to put eight of those cores, along with a significantly upgraded graphics design, into a processor that has a thermal design point of 15 W. These 15 W parts are designed for ultraportable notebooks, and AMD has a number of design wins lined up to show just how good an AMD system can be.
The same silicon will also go into 45 W-class style notebooks, with a higher base frequency. These parts are geared more towards discrete graphics options, for gaming notebooks or more powerful business designs. The gaming market (at 45 W), the commercial market (15W to 45W) and the ultraportable market (15 W) are where AMD is hoping to strike hardest with the new hardware.
I can’t wait for serious competition to Intel in the laptop space. It’s sorely needed.
Brilliant. I’ve been waiting for this for 20 years now. I still remember my old Compaq Athlon laptop which could easily be used to cook an egg (or cause serious burns to your leg if actually put on your ‘lap’).
About time AMD focussed on mobile CPU’s. These things are the growth area, especially with their usage in appliances, automotive etc.
I picked up a 3500u 2-in-1 yesterday, and realized there’s a performance aspect that is never talked about when this comes up: fan noise. My over 5 year old Intel ultrabook runs silent unless I start doing something that really pushes it enough to spin up the fan. These new ryzen 4000 series processors need the same ability if they’re going to be competing in the ultrabook market.