Dell’s new Inspiron laptops come with AMD’s Ryzen Mobile APUs
Dell has quietly announced four new Inspiron 17 5000 laptops that come equipped with AMD’s Ryzen Mobile APUs. These Raven Ridge chips combine Zen CPU cores with Radeon Vega graphics, and they’ve been touted as a way to equip ultra-thin laptops with gaming capabilities.
While HP was the first to market with its Envy x360 convertible, Dell has now joined the party with its new Inspiron laptops.
These are the first products from Dell to offer the AMD Ryzen 3 2200U (2.5GHz, 4MB L3 cache) with Vega 3 graphics and Ryzen 5 2500U (2.0GHz, 4MB L3 cache) with Vega 8 graphics. Two models are available for each processor, but they all come with the same 17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display, port layout, and platinum silver color.
The model number on the Vega graphics refers to the number of Vega compute units (CUs), so Vega 3 has three CUs while Vega 8 has eight. Both feature the same 1,100MHz clock speed.
In terms of graphics performance, the Vega 8 graphics on the Ryzen 5 APU should do much better than Intel’s integrated UHD 620 graphics, although it’s still a hair below a discrete GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce MX150.
You’ll find two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) and one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI 1.4b output, and an SD card reader on all the machines, in addition to a DVD optical drive.
The base Ryzen 3 model costs US$679 and comes with a single stick of 8GB DDR4-2400 memory and a 1TB 5,400RPM SATA HDD. Moving up the ladder nets you 12GB of memory and the same storage configuration, bringing the price up to US$729.
The Ryzen 5 models start at US$899 and are equipped with more memory and storage, with both laptops featuring 16GB of DDR4-2400 memory and a 2TB 5,400RPM SATA HDD. The main difference between the two is that the more expensive US$999 model has a year of Dell’s Premium Support Plus coverage, which offers additional support features like virus removal, repairs for accidents, and automated performance optimization scans.
We’ll update if there’s any news on local price and availability.