Without any excessive formalities, AMD has listed two new notebook processors – the Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H. After the Ryzen success in the desktop department, it’s about time for AMD to step more firmly in the notebook market. The company has made a couple of attempts with the Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U processor or implementing a desktop Ryzen 7 2700 and Ryzen 7 1700 inside a laptop but without much commercial success.
You can see currently available Ryzen notebooks over here: https://laptopmedia.com/specs/?q=ryzen&hPP=20&idx=laptops&p=0&is_v=1
The new Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H processors can be looked upon as successors to the Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U. They have a lot of similarities but a few key differences too. Most importantly, the new H-processors, similar to Intel’s H-series 8th gen CPUs, have a nominal TDP of 45W which suggest their use in gaming notebooks and workstations. For comparison, the Ryzen U CPUs have a nominal TDP of only 15W. Moreover, the new processors have a much higher base clock speeds. The Ryzen 5 2600H is clocked at 3.3 GHz instead of 2.0 GHz on the Ryzen 5 2500U and the Ryzen 7 2800H clocks at 3.4 GHz instead of 2.2 GHz. The boost clocks speeds remain the same as their predecessors at 3.6 and 3.8 GHz respectively. The last major upgrade is the fact that the new SoCs supports RAM up to 3200 MHz compared to just 2400 MHz.
Other than that, the new processors are the same as the Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U. We see the same 4-core/8-thread configurations and 4 MB L3 cache. The integrated graphics on the Ryzen 5 2600H is the same Radeon RX Vega 8 from the Ryzen 5 2500U and the Ryzen 7 2800H has a slightly upgraded Vega 10 called Vega 11.
AMD hasn’t unveiled pricing but that would be the key factor for success. With a 45W TDP, the new Ryzen processors are set to compete with Intel’s Core i5-8300H and Core i7-8750H. Intel’s CPUs boast a higher boost clock and the latter offers six cores and twelve threads so performance-wise AMD’s chips shouldn’t outperform in any way. Also, the Vega GPUs, although much better than Intel’s UHD Graphics, can’t compete with a dedicated graphics card which means manufacturers will have to implement one in their AMD-based gaming notebooks which will increase the cost. In other words, if AMD wants to grab a piece from the market the new Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H should be very reasonably priced.
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