AMD Trying to Strengthen a New Market
AMD has decided to compete with Intel chips designed for workstation laptops by creating some of their own. They recently made two new processors countering the Coffee Lake H series chips from Intel, paving the way for the company’s expansion into more laptops and mobile workstations.
Although these processors are laptop versions of the desktop’s quad-core processors AMD already launched, they are modified to only consume 45-watt, have eight processor threads, and Radeon Vega graphics. The Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H supports DDR4 RAM up to 3200 MHz and are also configurable to a higher or lower wattage, up to 54 watts or down to 35 watts. This gives laptop makers the ability to scale the chip higher for performance, or lower for less heat production and extended battery life.
Although both the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 are quite similar, the latter is going to be just a little more improved.
Ryzen 5 2600H: 3.2GHz baseline; 1.1GHz Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
Ryzen 7 2800H: 3.3GHz baseline; 1.3GHz Radeon Vega 11 Graphics
Digging even deeper into this market, AMD has a 15W Ryzen line for lighter laptops, however, these new 45W models can handle a lot more. The company is trying to stand apart from Intel by focusing on higher base speeds as opposed to Intel’s focus on additional cores.
Less than 10 percent of laptops/notebooks contain an AMD processor. The space is almost entirely ruled by Intel. With these new processors, though, AMD can get a foothold in the market by targeting higher-end model laptops and increase its reputation as a strong Intel competitor and rival. Competition is a necessity in CPU manufacturing and AMD continues to do a great job offering comparable quality at an affordable price.