As expected, AMD went to the CES stage this week to announce new laptops. Most of the new Ryzen 5000 mobile family of chips share similarities with desktop CPUs that the company announced a few months ago, and they will start shipping with laptops from some of the major computer manufacturers in February.
The new chips are divided into two subfamilies, both at least in part based on 7 nm Zen 3 technology: the H-series, which is intended for advanced, performance-oriented laptops for games and content, and the U-series , which aims at Intel̵
The largest lifters in the line-up are the Ryzen 9 5980HX and 5980HS. The former is a game-oriented chip that will be unlocked for overclocking in some machines. The latter, meanwhile, is set more for laptops made for commercials. Both of these (and all but two of the chips in the Ryzen 5000 mobile family) have eight CPU cores and 16 threads of up to 4.8 Hz.
Here is a chart with specifications for all advertised chips, from AMD’s website:
The U-series selection also includes 8-core chips, but as you can see, there are also a couple of 6-cores. While AMD has made the competitor to Intel’s life difficult in performance-oriented machines too late, Intel still dominates the ultraportable space (for now), so AMD certainly hopes to achieve some growth there. At that point, AMD claims that the 5800U can deliver almost 18 hours of battery life for normal use and up to 21 for video playback. (Intel also announced its own laptop chips this week.)
On the gaming side, AMD says that the 5900HX beats the Intel Core i9-10980HP by more than 20 percent in 3DMark, which certainly seems plausible considering what we saw on the desktop side – although of course it would be wise to wait and see references from someone other than AMD.
OEMs have already started announcing laptops with these chips, so we expect to see the bright references as early as next month.