AMD Launches Ryzen Pro Mobile CPUs

AMD Radeon Vega Mobile announced

The Ryzen CPU with Vega graphics is a product we all expected to see, it's the first flawless marriage of AMD's revitalized CPU division and its considerable advantage in integrated graphics. Second-generation Ryzen CPUs on the 12nm production process will hit sometime around April. The new Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range (XFR) 2 features have changed the CPU goalposts for boosted clockspeeds.

Some Apple fans, like the good folks at iMore, would love to see AMD used in future Macs and yesterday AMD laid out their x86 roadmap and it was rather surprising.

Add another year to spring 2020 and we see Zen 3 on Globalfoundries 7nm+ process. Intel doesn't have any chips in its current generation that match these directly, as in many cases they have similar clock speeds but more cores and threads, and that makes a direct evaluation hard.

LAS VEGAS-AMD made waves a year ago with its powerful Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen Threadripper CPUs designed for high-end desktops, offering comparable performance to Intel's best processors at equivalent or lower prices.

All of the U-series models are paired with integrated Vega graphics cards, but more interesting to power users is AMD's unveiling of the first discrete GPUs for laptops based on the Vega architecture. The Ryzen 3 2300U has four cores and a max clock speed of 3.4GHz, while the Ryzen 3 2200U is almost identical but with two cores.

Those models will be followed by the second-gen Ryzen, Ryzen Pro and Threadripper CPUs later in the year. You get all of this for just $169, which is only $5 more than the Ryzen 5 1400, yet you get higher CPU clocks out of the box and decent integrated graphics. Integrated graphics are the mainstay of both mobile and desktop computing.


If I want to buy one of these new chips, will I need a new motherboard, too?

The new chipset will not be required, and existing X370/B350/A320 chipsets will support the new processors. That puts the former chip on par with the Intel Core i3-8350K (four cores, four threads, 4GHz), which, as of December, is priced at $168. However, despite these specs, it still should be able to outperform its primary competitor, the Intel Core i3-7100U.

The chips include accelerated processing units (APUs), or desktop chips with both Ryzen processors and Radeon Vega graphics built into them in a combo chip.

Will the prices of any other desktop Ryzen chips be affected?

While both the Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 are created to offer reasonable levels of gaming experience at an affordable price range, the latter comes across as a cost-effective solution against comparable Core i5-8400 and Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 chip combo that costs $288 taken as a whole. The 12nm design isn't going to allow for any extra space inside the chip as it's more about power than extra transistor density.

Not yet, though it seems safe to assume that numerous companies who put out ultrathin systems will at least offer a variant using the new Ryzen Mobile chips. What we didn't expect was for AMD to preview its roadmap on CPUs and GPUs going into 2020.

According to a new report, the AMD Ryzen 2, as it is being referred to at the moment, will see the light of day in March. No additional information was provided about these processors or their capabilities, however.

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