Thursday, October 26th 2017

AMD Introduces New Ryzen Mobile Processors

AMD today announced the introduction of the AMD Ryzen mobile processor, previously codenamed the "Raven Ridge" mobile APU, providing leadership performance and a complete entertainment experience with optimal efficiency for premium 2-in-1s, convertibles and ultrathin notebook computers. With a configurable 15-watt TDP, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processors combine the architecture of award-winning "Zen" x86 cores--featuring AMD SenseMI Technology processor-level intelligence--with revolutionary Radeon "Vega" graphics in a System-on-Chip design to achieve unprecedented ultrathin notebook performance. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700U is the fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks, with up to 44% more multi-threaded CPU performance as well as up to 161% more graphics performance than the competition.

"We promised to bring innovation and competition back to every segment of the PC market in 2017, and today marks the fulfillment of that promise for consumer notebooks following our successful roll-out across the consumer, commercial and high-end desktop markets earlier this year," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Group, AMD. "Ryzen mobile processors offer leadership performance for everyday activities, multi-tasking, and advanced workloads alike, all while enabling amazing battery life. We are pleased to deliver the world's fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks, offering consumers the opportunity to get the most out of their digital lives through our OEM partners' notebook designs."
Powerful Performer
Consisting of up to 4 cores and 8 threads, Ryzen mobile processors include AMD SenseMI Technology and are designed for leadership performance in a sleek form factor. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700U processor is the world's fastest for ultrathin notebooks, featuring a 15W nominal processor TDP3,4. In addition, AMD Ryzen mobile processors provide blazing fast performance compared to the previous AMD mobile processor generation, with;
  • Up to 3X the CPU performance
  • up to 2.3X the GPU performance
  • and up to 58% less power consumption
Ryzen mobile processors also introduce for the first time:
  • new Precision Boost 2 technology, which accelerates processor performance in workloads using from one to many CPU cores] and
  • Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR), which raises sustained performance in notebooks with great cooling solutions on notebooks certified for "Ultimate XFR Performance"
Completely Entertaining
The AMD Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics provides elite GPU performance;
  • Delivers smooth and playable framerates at 1080p in popular eSports titles such as League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO and DOTA 2, in an ultrathin form factor[x]
  • Ready to power the most advanced & beautiful displays including HDR, Radeon FreeSync 2, and 4K monitors
Efficiently Designed
  • AMD is ahead of pace for its 25X20 initiative, with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U processor enabling a 5.86X energy efficiency improvement since the beginning of the initiative
  • AMD Ryzen mobile processor is targeting up to a 2X battery life improvement
In the coming weeks, initial systems powered by Ryzen mobile processors are slated to be available from top manufacturers including Acer, HP and Lenovo, with further platform updates expected from Dell, Asus and other OEMs in early 2018.

"We're excited to be among the first to bring the AMD Ryzen mobile processor with Radeon Vega Graphics to the market with our Acer Swift 3 notebook," said Jerry Kao, President of IT Products Business, Acer. "Designed for a fast-paced world where people are increasingly mobile, the Swift 3 with the Ryzen mobile processor will help people power through their day and achieve more on-the-go."

"As the first to bring Ryzen 7 1700 8-core processors to gaming notebooks with the Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC, Asus looks forward to introducing new notebook designs based on the powerful and efficient new Ryzen mobile processors," said S.Y. Shian, Chief Officer & Corporate Vice President, ASUSteck Computer Inc.

"We live in a fast-paced world where everyone is on-the-go, requiring productivity in thin and light devices," said Raza Haider, Vice President, Inspiron & Vostro, Dell Product Group, Dell. "Dell's Inspiron line offers affordable and versatile computing in beautiful form factors. Starting in early 2018 we are adding AMD Ryzen mobile processors to select Inspiron laptops bringing more options for powering cinematic and computing experiences while on the go."

"HP continues to deliver PCs that drive amazing experiences for our customers," said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer Personal Systems, HP Inc. "By offering AMD's Ryzen Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics with our exceptionally gorgeous HP ENVY x360, users will experience a device that inspires creativity with superb performance."

"At Lenovo, we're constantly working on bringing powerful, intuitive computing experiences to our customers," said Jeff Meredith, senior vice president and general manager of Lenovo Consumer PCs and Smart Devices. "People today need the right tools to get things done on the go. That's why we're excited to bring to market the IdeaPad 720S laptop powered by the AMD Ryzen mobile processor. The IdeaPad 720S' powerful processor, feather-light design and all-day battery life is made for today's mobile multitaskers."

The complete press deck follows.
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27 Comments on AMD Introduces New Ryzen Mobile Processors

#1
RejZoR
Can't wait for low end Ryzen based notebooks. Looks like they'll start with high end and work their way down like with desktops...
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#2
Hood
These look good, and should be another win for AMD, but I'm really waiting for their desktop APUs with Ryzen/Vega, or budget desktop boards with these mobile APUs embedded, to compete with Intel's Atom.
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#4
plåtburken
I am very excited and really hope it delivers some serious performance for a cheap amount of money.(Compared to Intel).
If it does, I will buy one, surely will be a huge upgrade from my current sandybridge laptop.
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#5
Vya Domus
Finally AMD is back in the mobile space , I was getting tired of seeing overpriced laptops simply because they had an 5/i7 while the rest of the specs were garbage.
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#6
Chaitanya
Nice to see finally see some competition for Intel mobile cpus. 2017 was very exciting for PC users.
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#7
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
RejZoR, post: 3744791, member: 1515"
Can't wait for low end Ryzen based notebooks. Looks like they'll start with high end and work their way down like with desktops...
I really really hope these are not the highest end they'll make.
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#9
Imsochobo
Vya Domus, post: 3744831, member: 169281"
Finally AMD is back in the mobile space , I was getting tired of seeing overpriced laptops simply because they had an 5/i7 while the rest of the specs were garbage.
laptop i5's were dualcores at 2.5 ghz.. that sucks too!
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#10
jabbadap
Heh those cinebench numbers are all over the place. In slide 22 we have cinebench R15 score 707 with 15W tdp and in slide 20 we have 719 score no mention about power and then we have mXFR slide 18, where with 25W thermals has cinebench R15 score of 553 and 15W thermals 448(What does that 5 min loop mean, test have not been run to the end or what?).
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#11
R0H1T
jabbadap, post: 3744940, member: 148195"
Heh those cinebench numbers are all over the place. In slide 22 we have cinebench R15 score 707 with 15W tdp and in slide 20 we have 719 score no mention about power and then we have mXFR slide 18, where with 25W thermals has cinebench R15 score of 553 and 15W thermals 448(What does that 5 min loop mean, test have not been run to the end or what?).
Within margin of error, barely 2% difference in MT score.

5 mins loop implies that the chip will not run at full boost clocks, even for Intel, the slide shows that with mXFR the performance can still be as high as 23% (very likely best case) under CB R15.
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#12
rruff
Frick, post: 3744896, member: 23907"
I really really hope these are not the highest end they'll make.
Plenty of cores and decent clocks, but I want to see a much higher power envelope.

Anyone else think a 15W power target for these is insane? If they can hit that without a lot of throttling that's great, but AFAIK Intel's 15W chips are all 2c4t with weak GPUs, and Ryzen isn't that much more efficient.
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#13
R0H1T
rruff, post: 3744960, member: 154486"
Plenty of cores and decent clocks, but I want to see a much higher power envelope.

Anyone else think a 15W power target for these is insane? If they can hit that without a lot of throttling that's great, but AFAIK Intel's 15W chips are all 2c4t with weak GPUs, and Ryzen isn't that much more efficient.
Not anymore ;)

https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/share-your-aida-64-cache-and-memory-benchmark-here.186338/page-28#post-3740621
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#14
rruff
R0H1T, post: 3744974, member: 131092"
Not anymore ;)
Thanks for the info!

Test of i5-8250U 4c8t 15w processor: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-8th-gen-Kaby-Lake-R-vs-7th-gen-Kaby-Lake-performance-comparison.244318.0.html

Light Gaming and Power Limits
As described earlier in the CPU benchmarks, it was observed that in CPU-related tasks, the turbo frequency was unexpectedly high even in CPU-based tests. Unfortunately this only happens in shorter tests, when the generous (for an ultrabook) 28W short power limit is in play. After the long power limit of 15W comes into play, the unit slows down considerably, usually in the low 2 GHz range for CPU-based tests. This is further hindered by using the iGPU, such as when engaging in light gaming: playing a simple game of Hearthstone (1600 x 900, windowed mode) led the CPU to sit at its base clock of 1.6 GHz, using most of all 8 threads just to play Hearthstone at 60 frames per second. This shows that the 15W limitation is simply not enough for a full quad-core with hyperthreading CPU and its GPU. This means that even light games that one may wish to play and relax with on such a notebook may not provide a very nice experience.
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#15
Suka
R0H1T, post: 3744945, member: 131092"
Within margin of error, barely 2% difference in MT score.

5 mins loop implies that the chip will not run at full boost clocks, even for Intel, the slide shows that with mXFR the performance can still be as high as 23% (very likely best case) under CB R15.
A 1090T can't compete :laugh:
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#16
R0H1T
rruff, post: 3744985, member: 154486"
Thanks for the info!

Test of i5-8250U 4c8t 15w processor: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-8th-gen-Kaby-Lake-R-vs-7th-gen-Kaby-Lake-performance-comparison.244318.0.html

Light Gaming and Power Limits
As described earlier in the CPU benchmarks, it was observed that in CPU-related tasks, the turbo frequency was unexpectedly high even in CPU-based tests. Unfortunately this only happens in shorter tests, when the generous (for an ultrabook) 28W short power limit is in play. After the long power limit of 15W comes into play, the unit slows down considerably, usually in the low 2 GHz range for CPU-based tests. This is further hindered by using the iGPU, such as when engaging in light gaming: playing a simple game of Hearthstone (1600 x 900, windowed mode) led the CPU to sit at its base clock of 1.6 GHz, using most of all 8 threads just to play Hearthstone at 60 frames per second. This shows that the 15W limitation is simply not enough for a full quad-core with hyperthreading CPU and its GPU. This means that even light games that one may wish to play and relax with on such a notebook may not provide a very nice experience.
Yes it isn't but battery life is great, even with an MX150. The thing is Intel & AMD advertise cTDP options but the OEM & ODM almost never put it in the BIOS. This way they can sell virtually the same chips (ULV) at a higher cost in 25/35/45W configs!
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#17
medi01
Does it hurt where it matters, namely, Intel's ulvs?

PS
Yahoo has more on vs Intel:

"The AMD Ryzen 7 2700U is the fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks, with up to 44% more multi-threaded CPU performance3as well as up to 161% more graphics performance4 than the competition3,4."
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#18
RejZoR
Frick, post: 3744896, member: 23907"
I really really hope these are not the highest end they'll make.
Probably not. I mean, the Ryzen launch started with R7 1800X. Then it turned out that wasn't even a high end, real high end arrived in form of Threadripper (EPYC is kinda excluded since it's not a desktop product). So, they'll probably start with this and later ram up even higher performing ones. Or not. We'll see.
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#19
ShurikN
An 11" ultra book with that 2500U would perfectly fit my needs
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#20
jigar2speed
15 Watts TDP if true is an excellent achievement.
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#21
TheinsanegamerN
I have high hopes for these chips. Lenovo already has decent A line laptops for the raven ridge models, just waiting to come out.

Hopefully we get lots of good laptops, and none of the single channel 768p panel bollocks.
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#22
Freez
plåtburken, post: 3744807, member: 171999"
I am very excited and really hope it delivers some serious performance for a cheap amount of money.(Compared to Intel).
If it does, I will buy one, surely will be a huge upgrade from my current sandybridge laptop.
Same case for me. Especially for video editing.:clap:
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#24
rruff
jigar2speed, post: 3745220, member: 103592"
15 Watts TDP if true is an excellent achievement.
I've been doing some more research on these, and they will be seriously nerfed at 15W. They'll need 40W at least to operate at their potential. Really hoping manufacturers design laptops for that envelope or repurpose laptops designed for the higher end Intel chips. This never happened with AMD's earlier generation, but the much better performance of Raven Ridge would make it sensible.
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#25
StrayKAT
Vya Domus, post: 3744831, member: 169281"
Finally AMD is back in the mobile space , I was getting tired of seeing overpriced laptops simply because they had an 5/i7 while the rest of the specs were garbage.
Yeah, that was funny. I have an i7 HP like that.. it was painfully slow (but finally put an 850 in it and breathed new life. Gave it to my dad).
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