The competition between Intel and AMD is not limited to desktops. Both brands have a very interesting portfolio of microprocessors specifically adapted to the needs of laptops. In fact, AMD has just announced its new second generation Ryzen 3000 chips , a family of solutions designed to compete in two of the segments with the most pull among users: the ultralight and the gaming equipment .
The Sunnyvale company has presented six new processors from the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 ranges with a maximum of 4 physical cores and 8 execution threads, Radeon Vega graphics logic and a TDP that ranges from 15 watts to the most modest model. and the 35 watts of Ryzen 7 more powerful. As you can see, on paper they look good. I propose that we take a closer look to try to guess what is proposed by AMD on this occasion.
The new Ryzen 3000 processors presented by AMD are manufactured using 12 nm lithography . All of them incorporate Radeon Vega graphics and attractive a priori features such as Wake on voice , a feature implemented in Windows 10 that allows us to “wake up” our PC when it is in hibernation using our voice, or Modern standby , another feature introduced by the latest system Microsoft operating system that significantly reduces the consumption of the computer when it is in hibernation.
The most ambitious models, such as the Ryzen 5, and, above all, the Ryzen 7, are especially indicated for gaming equipment in which the benefits must be as high as possible. These microprocessors have four physical cores and are capable of simultaneously processing a maximum of 8 threads of execution. On the other hand, the GPU of the Ryzen 7 has 10 cores, while that of the Ryzen 5 remains in 8 cores. Of course, they all have the same level 2 and 3 cache subsystem (6 MB).
The two Ryzen 3 models presented by AMD fit well into ultracompact equipment where overall performance is not as important as low consumption and a heat dissipation rate as small as possible. The Ryzen 3 3300U has four physical cores and lacks SMT technology, so it processes a maximum of four execution threads. The Ryzen 3 3200U model has two physical cores and this one has SMT technology, which allows it to process a maximum of 4 threads .
The TDP of these two last chips is 15 watts, and, like their big brothers, they incorporate the Radeon Vega graphics logic, although the number of cores of the GPU is reduced to 6 in the Ryzen 3 3300U, and 3 in the Ryzen 3 3200U. An interesting fact is that, on paper, all chips with a TDP of 15 watts fit well in ultracompact computers, which, in theory, will allow assemblers to develop lightweight and very compact equipment, but, at the same time , equipped with the power of the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 5 3500U processors.
AMD has confirmed that the first laptops equipped with the new Ryzen 3000 second-generation microprocessors will arrive in stores from the first quarter of this year. In addition, has advanced that some of the manufacturers that will place on the market these computers will be Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo and Samsung.
The American brand has also announced that from the first quarter of 2019 will publish regular updates of the Radeon Adrenalin software that will offer support for new games and improve the performance and stability of equipment that incorporates a Ryzen processor with Radeon Vega graphics logic. Undoubtedly, that microprocessor manufacturers strive to offer a better after-sales service to users is always good news.