AMD Launches 2nd Gen 15W and 35W Ryzen 3000 Mobile Processors with Vega Graphics

Subject: Processors | January 6, 2019 - 03:07 PM |
Tagged: Zen+, vega APU, ryzen mobile, ces2019, athlon, amd

AMD today officially announced its lineup of 2nd generation Ryzen mobile processors, designated Ryzen 3000 Series Mobile Processors. Unlike AMD’s expected 3000-series desktop launch, which will be based on Zen 2, these new mobile variants stick with AMD’s 12nm Zen+ architecture.

Each 15- or 35-watt model features Vega graphics and core/thread counts ranging from 2 cores/4 threads to 4 cores/8 threads. AMD is touting improvements in battery life and overall performance, claiming that the top-end 15-watt part can best the Intel i7-8550U by up to 29 percent in media editing, while the mid-tier 15-watt Ryzen 5 3500U beats its Intel counterpart, the i5-8250U, by up to 14 percent in website loading speed.

Model Cores/Threads TDP Boost/Base Freq. Graphics GPU Cores Max GPU Freq.
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 4/8 35W 4.0/2.3GHz Vega 10 1400MHz
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U 4/8 15W 4.0/2.3GHz Vega 10 14000MHz
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H 4/8 35W 3.7/2.1GHz Vega 8 1200MHz
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U 4/8 15W 3.7/2.1GHz Vega 8 1200MHz
AMD Ryzen 3 3300U 4/4 15W 3.5/2.1GHz Vega 5 1200MHz
AMD Ryzen 3 3200U 2/4 15W 3.5/2.6GHz Vega 3 1200MHz
AMD Athlon 300U 2/4 15W 3.3/2.4GHz Vega 3 1000MHz
AMD A6-9220C 2/2 6W 2.7/1.8GHz R5 3 cores
192 shaders
720MHz
AMD A4-9120C 2/2 6W 2.4/1.6GHz R4 3 cores
192 shaders
600MHz

The initial batch of laptops featuring Ryzen 3000 Series Mobile Processors will be available in the first quarter from partners Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, and Samsung, with additional product launches coming later in the year.

In addition to its flagship Ryzen mobile lineup, AMD is launching a Zen-based Athlon mobile processor, the Athlon 300U, to target entry-level price points. The company has also announced two new 6-watt A-Series chips aimed at the Chromebook market.

Finally, on the software side, AMD announced that starting this quarter, it will provide Radeon Adrenalin driver support to any laptop with a Ryzen processor and integrated Radeon graphics. This will simplify the driver situation for both consumers and manufacturers, as well as give AMD the ability to directly update gamers’ devices for the latest features and game optimizations.

With AMD getting its arguably less-exciting mobile announcements “out of the way” to start CES, this paves the way for the company to make its big desktop-focused announcements during Dr. Lisa Su’s CES keynote on Wednesday.

Source: AMD

January 6, 2019 | 05:44 PM - Posted by SmallRefreshTo12nmMostlyButItIsBetterThanNoneAtAll (not verified)

I know that the Ryzen 7 3750H is gettng paired with diecrete mobile AMD Graphics for gaming laptops but what about any Ryzen 7 3750H workhorse laptops that just have the good 35 watt thermal cooling solutions and no Discrete Mobile graphics.

I wish more Laptop OEMs would at least offer the Ryzen 7 3750H in some regular form factor laptops with proper cooling solutions to allow the Ryzen 7 3750H/Vega 10 integrated graphics to run a 35 watts for extended periods of time when plugged in.

That Vega 10 integrated graphics on the 3750H looks to be more powerful on its own than AMD's older Non GCN laptop Graphics that was extensively made use of in by laptop OEMs.

Hopefully there will be some news also at CES 2019 concerning any Non Apple Laptops getting that Vega Disctere Mobile graphics that comes with 4GB of HBM2.

There are a lot of Folks doing Non Gaming Graphics workloads in Blender 3D/Other software that really would benefit from Vega Mobile's 4GB of HBM2 that can be turned into a last level GPU Cache(High Bandwith Cache) to a larger pool of Virtual VRAM Pooled out to system DRAM, or even SSD/Hard-drive.

For Blender 3d Non Gaming graphics workloads that Vega HBCC/HBC(HBM2) will allow for Super High Resolution Textures/Mesh Model data to be larger that the physical HBM2 size with no worries about any physical VRAM Limits.

So far Apple is the only OEM getting any Discrete Vega Mobile with 4GB of HBM2 SKUs and Apple's laptops that come with Discrete Mobile Vega are way overpriced compared to non Apple laptops.

It's nice that AMD has stepped up and taken greater control of the Laptop/Mobile Graphics driver update process because laptop OEMs are really bad with keeping up with their OEM Graphics Drivers update process and this is not a new issue. Laptop OEM's for the entire history of laptops with Integrated/Discrete mobile graphics have been terrible with their graphics drver support after the sale for their laptops.

I do hope that AMD is far enough along with 7nm APU design process that maybe there could be at least 1 or 2 Zen2/Vega, Or Zen2 Navi, High end Laptop APU SKUs that could be to market around XMAS 2019. Maybe AMD could still brand that with as Ryzen 9/3000 series APUs and offer 6 Zen-2 cores with Vega 20/nCU Integrated Graphics. Zen-2 with the Larger L1 I$/D$, Larger L2 caches and the doubling of L3 Cache is going to really help reduce the need for latency increasing DRAM accesses. But Really AMD what about getting any APUs with at least 1-2GB of HBM2 so the Integrated Graphics is not so starver for bandwidth. That and any news about Laptop APU SKUs that support for PCIe 4.0, and even DDR5 DRAM even if its listed on a roadmap.

USB 3.2 support also as I do not think that TB3/Newer is ever going to be available on non Intel laptop offerings. So at least USB 3.2 and 20Gb/s of bandwidth.

January 6, 2019 | 07:40 PM - Posted by James

“The company has also announced two new 6-watt A-Series chips aimed at the Chromebook market.”

Are those old jaguar based chips still?

I am kind of surprised that AMD seems to be going to announce 7 nm Ryzen 3000 series processors this early. If they are available in the next few months, then I will probably be buying one. The 16 core device would be great, but I don’t know if it will be available right away if it requires a new motherboard. I expected the 7 nm parts to be available much later, so I am still suspicious that they will be available so soon.

January 7, 2019 | 09:08 PM - Posted by John H (not verified)

Much worse... excavator based.

January 6, 2019 | 11:22 PM - Posted by CB

That 3700U looks awesome. 14000MHz!!!! I bet that thing gets some nice frame rates! ;)

January 7, 2019 | 01:07 PM - Posted by beagley (not verified)

future proof AF.

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