As the two big hitters in laptop processor space, Intel and AMD regularly trade blows. With the former releasing its 11th-gen ‘Tiger Lake’ chips recently, the pressure is on AMD to respond.
The company’s Ryzen 4000 series has been extremely well received in 2020, so expectations are high for a successor. But will it move to the new Zen 3 architecture, or stick with the Ryzen 5000 moniker from AMD’s desktop chips? Here’s what the rumours are telling us so far.
When will Ryzen 5000 laptop chips be released?
AMD has confirmed that it will hold a keynote on 12 January at CES 2021, and new laptop chips are widely expected to be among the announcements. It will take place at 11am EST (4pm UK time).
AMD is back on the virtual stage! Join AMD CEO @LisaSu for our #CES2021 keynote on Tuesday, January 12.
— AMD (@AMD)
December 2, 2020
This would follow the schedule for the current Ryzen 4000 Series, which were revealed at CES 2020 before making their way into devices in the months that followed.
It’s worth noting that any official release date doesn’t signal when we’ll get our hands on AMD’s new laptop processors. It’s usually a while before the chips make their way into new devices, and they aren’t designed to be sold as standalone components. However, expect some early adopters to be revealed alongside the chips at CES.
How much will Ryzen 5000 Series laptops cost?
AMD’s laptop processors typically provide an integrated CPU and GPU solution, but how much devices cost will depend on individual manufacturers. Some companies choose to combine Intel and AMD processors on specific products (including the 15in version of the Surface Laptop 3), while others offer Ryzen chips across all configurations.
However, Ryzen chips are usually split into four tiers according to the level of performance they offer. We wouldn’t expect that to change anytime soon:
Ryzen 3 – basic browsing, streaming and content creation
Ryzen 5 – solid for productivity and entertainment
Ryzen 7 – high-end performance, including demanding tasks
Ryzen 9 – elite performance across gaming and content creation
You can often pick up a Ryzen 3 laptop for as little as £200, while a Ryzen 9 device can cost upwards of £2000. We’d expect these four tiers to go head-to-head with Intel’s equivalents (i3, i5, i7, i9) once again.
AMD Ryzen 5000 series devices
With built-in laptop processors, the release of the chips themselves is far less exciting than the devices they will run on.
Nothing has been confirmed at this stage, although a laptop running an AMD Ryzen 7 5700 did make a brief appearance on Amazon. As Notebookcheck spotted, the unreleased Acer Aspire 5 A515 looks identical to the Intel version you can currently buy today.
Besides that, the laptops currently using the 4000 series give a good indicator on the types of devices to expect. The Acer Swift 3, HP Envy x360 and Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 all currently have options for AMD processors. It’s a popular pick for gaming laptops, with the likes of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and Asus TUF Gaming A15 also sporting Ryzen 4000 processors.
It still doesn’t have quite as wide a selection as Intel, but you’re certainly not compromising on quality devices by opting for AMD. The Intel-AMD hybrid of configurations across current laptops looks set to continue
As is usually the case, early adopters of the new laptop chips will probably be revealed at the same time as the processors themselves, but it’s impossible to predict which devices they’ll be right now.
AMD Ryzen 5000 series spec news
The same Notebookcheck article above also revealed some key details on the architecture that the Ryzen will run on. It suggested that would be a mix of Zen 2 (Lucienne) and Zen 3 (Cezanne), with the Acer Aspire 5 listed above using the former. Full details below are based on rumours from Twitter leaker @ExecuFix:
Ryzen 3 5300U Zen 2 (Lucienne) – 4 cores, 8 threads
Ryzen 3 5400U Zen 3 (Cezanne) – 4 cores, 8 threads
Ryzen 5 5500U Zen 2 (Lucienne) – 6 cores, 12 threads
Ryzen 5 5600U Zen 3 (Cezanne) – 6 cores, 12 threads
Ryzen 7 5700U Zen 2 (Lucienne) – 8 cores, 16 threads
Ryzen 7 5800U Zen 3 (Cezanne) – 8 cores, 16 threads
The article suggests Ryzen 5000 laptop chips will max out at 2.6GHz base clock speed and 4.4GHz boost clock speed. They’re also expected to stick with current-gen Vega graphics cards, with these chips primarily designed for laptops with discrete GPUs.
Further leaks surrounding the Ryzen 5000 series so far concern a new low-power APU codenamed ‘Van Gogh’. Phoronix found the information from a recent Linux update, which also revealed it would come with DDR5 memory and AMD’s new Navi 2 integrated graphics.
The latter would replace the Radeon graphics currently found alongside the 400 series, and confirmed what leaker Patrick Schur had already tweeted:
Van Gogh (VN)FF3 BGA 7.5 – 18 wattZen 2 Navi LPDDR5
— Patrick Schur (@patrickschur_)
August 21, 2020
We’ll update this article once we know more about the Ryzen 5000 series. In the meantime, check out its main competitor in Intel’s Tiger Lake.