Computex 2017: AMD Demos Ryzen Mobile SoC with Vega Graphics

Subject: Processors, Mobile | May 30, 2017 - 10:43 PM |
Tagged: amd, ryzen, mobile, Vega

As part of the company’s press conference from Computex 2017, AMD displayed for the first time to the public a working notebook utilizing the upcoming Ryzen SoC with on-die Vega graphics. The CPU is a 4-core / 8-thread design and the system was shown playing back some basic video.

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We don’t really have any more detail than that on the platform, other availability in second half of this year. The system being shown was impressively built, with a sub-15mm ultra-portable form factor, putting to rest concerns over AMD’s ability to scale Zen and Vega to the lower required power numbers. AMD claims that Ryzen mobile will offer 50% better CPU performance and 40% better GPU performance than the 7th Generation AMD APU. I can't wait to test this myself, but with a jump like that AMD should be competitive in the processor space again and continue its dominance in integrated graphics.

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The Vega on-die integration was first mentioned at the company’s financial analyst day, though if you were like me, it went unnoticed in the wave of Threadripper and EPYC news. This iteration is obviously not using a non-HBM2 memory implementation, but I don’t yet know if there is any kind of non-system-memory cache on the processor to help improve integrated graphics performance.

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For a product not slated to be released until the end of this year, seeing a low profile, high performance demo of the platform is a good sign for AMD and a welcome indicator that the company could finally fight back in the mobile notebook space.

Source: AMD

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May 31, 2017 | 09:12 AM - Posted by LazarusIV

I am SO EXCITED for mobile Ryzen and Vega!!! This cannot arrive soon enough, I'm hoping it'll all be here in time for the back-to-school rush. Cannot wait! Great coverage PC Per, thank you!

July 12, 2017 | 09:41 AM - Posted by Nandor (not verified)

This will be my decision point to buy a new notebook.

August 26, 2017 | 06:45 AM - Posted by Will (not verified)

With Threadripper and EPYC, VEGA, and Ryzen 3 now ALL released and in the wild, I really hope this zips out in a month to little fanfare, and is immediately and widely offered by most laptop vendors bc after all everybody now knows Ryzen is a great architecture. Really hate Intel mobile parts.. even the i5's seem to choke on basic workloads, and power does not seem like what they claim (in my limited experience..)

October 8, 2017 | 01:20 PM - Posted by Chris Macleod (not verified)

Is there any news on AMD entering the mobile SoC? as a sole competitor to *then* Bay Trail and Cherry Trail SoCs from Intel?

I could care less about sub-35W Mobile CPUs but I want to see AMD make it into the 4 - 6W SoC

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