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AMD launches Ryzen mobile APUs equipped with Vega graphics

AMD is wrapping up its 2017 Ryzen line-up this week with the launch of the Ryzen Mobile Processor. Formerly known as ‘Raven Ridge’, these APUs combine Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 5 CPU cores with Radeon Vega graphics, paving the way for ultra-thin AMD powered gaming laptops.

There are two Ryzen Mobile Processors set to start rolling out, the Ryzen 7 2700U and the Ryzen 5 2500U. According to AMD, the Ryzen 7 2700U is the fastest processor around for ultra-thin gaming notebooks, with up to 44 percent more multi-threaded CPU performance and massive boost to integrated graphics performance as well.

Both the Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U come with four cores and 8 threads, the former comes with a maximum CPU clock speed of 3.8GHz while the latter tops out at 3.6GHz. On the GPU side, the Ryzen 7 is equipped with Vega 10 with a max clock speed of 1300MHz while the Ryzen 5 comes with a Vega 8 GPU with speeds up to 1100MHz. Both APUs have 6MB of L3/L2 cache and are rated for a 15W TDP, making them highly energy efficient.

In summary, with Ryzen Mobile, AMD is offering 3X the CPU performance and up to 2.3X the GPU performance compared to last generation APUs, all while consuming 58 percent less power.

Initially, we will see laptops from Acer, HP and Lenovo featuring Ryzen Mobile Processors. Later on, we should begin to see the likes of Dell, Asus and other OEMs begin rolling out their own Ryzen-powered laptops.

KitGuru Says: Ryzen for laptops is finally here, though some OEMs might not begin rolling out updated laptops until early 2018. Are any of you currently in the market for a new laptop? Do you think AMD’s Ryzen Mobile Processors will shake up the market the same way that Ryzen did for desktop systems?

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