After ambushing Intel’s desktop processor party over the year, AMD is ready to take the fight to the portables category.
Its latest processors, Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U, are technically APUs (or accelerated processing units) which not only bring serious processing improvements but also bring huge gains in the graphics department, which has been a shortcoming of the category.
On the surface, both of the processors come with quad-core, eighth thread configurations. The Ryzen 5 2500U is clocked at 2 GHz, with a boost of up to 3.6 GHz. On the graphics side, it is clocked at up to 1100 MHz, offering up to 8 Radeon Vega compute units.
The Ryzen 7 2700U comes with a base clock of 2.2 GHz, with turbo up to 3.8 GHz. It comes with 10 Vega compute units at up to 1300 MHz. In line with the expectations, this represents a processing performance increase of up to 200 percent, as well as a graphical improvement of 128 percent.
Better Than Intel HD Graphics
In terms of gaming performance, you can manage 60 fps on low settings at 720p in Overwatch and around 49 fps in Dota 2 on the fastest preset with a resolution of 1080p. Even though these numbers are far from ideal for gamers, casual gaming will work just fine for most. Do note that these benchmarks are for Ryzen 7 2700U with 10 Vega compute units.
This is still more than twice the performance of a similar option from Intel’s side (i7-8550U in this case). Getting a similar (slightly better) score than the 950M is impressive in its own right.
TDP, Precision Boost 2 and More
Both chips come with a TDP of 15W and dual-channel DDR4-2400 RAM. AMD is also introducing the new Precision Boost 2 technology, which manages workload more effectively by assigning different tasks (based on priority) to each core, making it more efficient than its predecessor.
We can expect laptops running on the new Ryzen processors in the next couple of months. One such machine is the new Envy x360 15, a convertible with Ryzen 5 and Vega 8, available for $699.