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AMD’s new Ryzen Mobile APU is coming at the end of the year

By John Law - on 27 Oct 2017, 3:40pm

AMD’s new Ryzen Mobile APU is coming at the end of the year

For those of you who have been anticipating AMD’s new Ryzen Mobile processor, the wait is now (sort of) over.

Here's a die shot of the Ryzen Mobile APU.

And here's a comparison shot of the Ryzen Mobile die, next to its predecessors.

Previously codenamed ‘Raven Ridge’, the company officially announced its new Ryzen Mobile APU last night, much to our surprise. The Ryzen mobile chips use AMD’s Infinity Fabric interconnect to link both Zen and Vega on a single piece of silicon, and it says this method offers higher bandwidth and lower latency than the PCIe interface.

Like its predecessors, the Ryzen Mobile is an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU): a processor that is fabricated with a combination of both CPU and GPU compute cores. In the case of Ryzen Mobile, the new APU is a combination of CPU compute cores taken from AMD’s new CPU architecture, and GPU compute cores from its latest Radeon Vega GPU architecture.

Simply put, the Ryzen Mobile APUs signifies AMD’s entry into the world of ultrathin notebooks, and serves as the company’s response to Intel, who has dominated the Ultrabook market segment for many years.

But that aside, you obviously want more details on what is being offered.

AMD will be releasing two SKUs: the Ryzen 7 2700U, and the Ryzen 5 2500U. Both APUs will a 4-cores, 8-threads layout, based on the current 14nm die lithography that is used on both the Ryzen and Vega architectures, respectively.

Performance-wise, AMD states that these APUs will have three times better CPU performance and more than twice the GPU performance than all of its previous AMD mobile processors. And thanks to its 15W nominal TDP, AMD also a 58 percent power consumption reduction in comparison to older APUs.

With the 2700U, AMD says that the APU will have “44 percent more multi-threaded CPU performance” and “up to 161 percent more graphics performance than the competition.

Ryzen Mobile will have full access to the features provided by SenseMI.

Even more impressive is that both Ryzen Mobile APUs have access to the same SenseMI CPU technology. Key features in SenseMI include access to:

  • Precision Boost 2 technology that accelerates performance in workload with one or more cores.
  • Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR), which helps Ryzen Mobile-powered notebooks to sustain its performance (depending on the cooling solutions of the notebooks).

On the subject of GPU performance, AMD says that the 2700U and 2500U are capable of delivering smooth and playable framerates at Full HD resolution in titles titles such as League of Legends (LoL), Overwatch, CS:GO, and even DOTA 2. For media entertainment, Ryzen Mobile will also be capable of streaming both Full HD and 4K resolution videos.

Excited to try your hands out on a Ryzen Mobile-powered notebook? Well, the good news is that you may not have to wait long. As it stands, AMD is already working with manufacturing partners Acer, HP, and Lenovo, to have their own respective notebooks ready and available before the year’s out.

These notebooks will include a variation of HP’s Envy X360, Acer’s Swift 3, and Lenovo’s Ideapad 720S, respectively.

AMD's manufacturing partners include HP, Acer, and Lenovo.

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