Whether it is the Toshiba Chromebook 2 or another laptop or desktop, they all run on processors and AMD is a big name in that world. Nothing showcases this new efficacy like the Ryzen line. If you build computers or want to upgrade your current computer – or just make sure that you are getting the best possible chips for your latest rig – then Ryzen is a name to remember.
But let’s talk about the latest Ryzen news specifically.
Throughout this year we’ve seen Ryzen chips in a lot of different desktop models from the pleasantly cheap to the very high end, but they haven’t entered the laptop market in force yet. AMD wants to change that with two new powerful chips, the Ryzen 5 2500U and the Ryzen 7 2700, processors that look specifically designed to compete with the popular Intel Skylake chips that now dominate ultrabooks and powerful laptops.
If you haven’t been paying attention to AMD, it’s important to know that their chips are appearing in more of the best high-mobility laptops, and generally becoming a viable alternative for ubiquitous Intel chips (word has it they will even be appearing on future mobile Windows devices).
First things first: These chips integrate both a CPU and a GPU, a smart move for laptops since the demand for upgrading, particularly upgrading an individual component like a GPU, is much rarer. The GPU is from the Vega line, and AMD is touting that it can produce both CPU and GPU chips for better integration than anything Intel can offer.
Both chips have four cores and eight threads. The Ryzen 5 is the more mild of the two, with a speed clocked at 2.0GHz and a potential boost to 3.6GHz. The Ryzen 7 is clocked at 2.2Ghz with the ability to reach 3.8Ghz.
There’s clearly a lot of room to work with here, and these chips are just as clearly intended for top-line, speedy laptops designed to handle more complicated processes. AMD is claimed that they offer 200% more CPU performance than the previous generation.
All this makes the Ryzen chips ideal Intel competitors for the laptop world, but is anyone snapping these chips up? So far, AMD is saying that Acer, HP and Lenovo will all have laptops available for the holidays that use Ryzen chips.
If that’s true, that will be an important entry point, but buyers may not even notice the difference. The real test will be CES 2018, where AMD says that brand new laptops will be sporting Ryzens of their own.