While Intel may have revealed its long awaited discrete graphics card, AMD was revealing something a tad more exciting at CES 2020.
This week AMD announced the Ryzen 4000 Series of CPUs for notebooks and it’s nothing short of a gauntlet being thrown before Intel.
Ryzen 4000 is AMD’s first mobile chip based on the Zen 2 7nm architecture. There are seven Ryzen chips in total but only two variants. The variants that will be available are the 4000U Series which boasts a TDP of 15W while the 4000H series will have a TDP of 45W.
“We are kicking off 2020 with a bang, bringing unmatched performance, graphics, and longer battery life to ultrathin and gaming laptop users with the new AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processors,” said senior vice president and general manager of AMD Client Compute, Saeid Moshkelani.
|MODEL||CORES/THREADS||cTDP6 (Watts)||BOOST/BASE FREQ. (GHz)||L2 / L3 CACHE (MB)|
|AMD Ryzen 7 4800H||8C/16T||45W||Up to 4.2 / 2.9 GHz||12|
|AMD Ryzen 5 4600H||6C/12T||45W||Up to 4.0 / 3.0 GHz||11|
|AMD Ryzen 7 4800U||8C/16T||15W||Up to 4.2 / 1.8 GHz||12|
|AMD Ryzen 7 4700U||8C/8T||15W||Up to 4.1 / 2.0 GHz||12|
|AMD Ryzen 5 4600U||6C/12T||15W||Up to 4.0 / 2.1 GHz||11|
|AMD Ryzen 5 4500U||6C/6T||15W||Up to 4.0 / 2.3 GHz||11|
|AMD Ryzen 3 4300U||4C/4T||15W||Up to 3.7 / 2.7 GHz||6|
For now we want to focus on the mention of longer battery life because living in South Africa, the threat of loadshedding is a constant fear.
Team Red says that Ryzen 4000 is twice as efficient as the Ryzen 3000 mobile processors were.
So what does that mean exactly?
Thanks to ASUS we already have a bit of information about Ryzen 4000’s application in a gaming notebook.
That notebook is the Zephyrus G14 which will use the beefier Ryzen 4000H series as well as – up to – an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. ASUS claims that this configuration will yield “more than 10 hours of battery life”.
For a gaming notebook, that is ridiculously good performance. However, it’s unclear what conditions will get us to that magical 10 hour mark so we’re taking that advice with a grain of salt, for now.
The prospect of being able to game on battery life for the duration of a loadshedding period without worrying about draining the battery within the first hour is quite exciting.
Another unknown is how AMD and OEMs will configure these chips. The 7nm process allows for performance improvements or improved energy efficiency.
We’d lean toward OEMs opting toward the latter for notebooks that don’t require the mad performance demanded by gamers but we’ll have to wait for more announcements to know for certain.
Thankfully, more than 12 Ryzen 4000 notebooks will start becoming available in Q1 with AMD stating that there will over 100 systems by year end.
It seems that your next notebook might have AMD and not Intel inside.