Mobile gaming on Ryzen 5

Subject: Processors | November 28, 2017 - 03:39 PM |
Tagged: Ryzen 5 2500U, Envy x360, amd

HP released a Ryzen powered laptop recently, the Envy x360, which The Tech Report used to test out the performance of the Ryzen 5 2500U.  The APU sports four cores with a base clock of 2.0GHz, boosting to 3.6GHz and eight GPU CUs with a clock of 1100 MHz.  In order to level the playing field when comparing it to Intel-powered gaming laptops, they installed a Samsung 960 EVO 500GB NVMe which was sadly not installed in the Envy.  The mobile chip's GPU matched a pattern similar to Vega GPUs, offering a bit better performance at lower resolutions but vastly outpacing the performance of Intel's integrated GPU at higher resolutions.  You will still be better off with a mobile GPU playing The Witcher 3 at 1600x900 but the fact that the Ryzen can hit 24fps with decent frame times is very impressive indeed. 

It might even run faster once you remove that certain piece of software recently installed on HP laptops.

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"AMD's Ryzen 5 2500U pairs the competitive performance of four Zen CPU cores with eight compute units of Vega graphics power in a notebook-friendly power envelope. We put the Ryzen 5 2500U to the test aboard HP's Envy x360 laptop to see whether the fusion of Zen and Vega results in the best APU yet."

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November 29, 2017 | 04:59 AM - Posted by Daniel Waddell (not verified)

Why aren't anyone reviewing these things yet?

November 29, 2017 | 08:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous2 (not verified)

^
First comment on article specifically ignores contents of article.

November 29, 2017 | 11:58 AM - Posted by Anonymous3 (not verified)

^He looked at the article. PC Perspective isn't reviewing it. Instead of reviewing it, they are only citing The Tech Report like many other sites are doing.

November 29, 2017 | 01:53 PM - Posted by Daniel Waddell (not verified)

This is a news story based on Tech Report's benchmarking of the AMD APU in the HP X360. This is not a review of the laptop itself.

November 29, 2017 | 12:10 PM - Posted by RedsIsBackWithSomeGameOfItsOwn (not verified)

Now TechReport has done a follow up for battery life and the APU appears to be competative with Intel on battery usage. But I'd rather wait for the ASUS with the Ryzen 7 2700U with the cTDP set all the way up to 25 watts and hopefully the fastest memory available. Hopefully ASUS is thinking more about putting a desktop Raven Ridge APU in a laptop just like ASUS has already done with the Ryzen 7 1700 8 core CPU in a laptop.

I think that AMD's Desktop Reven Ridge APUs inside of a laptop will see the best results for affordable gaming without the need for a discrete mobile GPU! But I'd expect that ASUS will give users the option of pairing a desktop Reven Ridge APU with a Radeon Discrete Mobile GPU. So a Vega 11 base die diecrete moble variant with more than 36 Vega nCUs would be nice also paired with the Vega integrated APU graphics.

The DX12 an Vulkan APIs will not require any CF from AMD in the drivers as DX12/Vulkan can better give the games/gaming engine developers assess to both a discrete GPU's and and APU/integrated GPU's graphics/compute resources.

I'm also interested in the Vega 11 base(36+ Vega nCUs) die and how it compares to the Vega 10 die based variants as Vega 11's design may have a better Shader to ROP ratio more inline with power saving discrete mobile usage metrics.

November 30, 2017 | 11:42 AM - Posted by Jefffrey Hramika (not verified)

I installed 16gig of Kingston Memory into my HP 2500U and my Skydiver benchmarks went up 28%.

November 30, 2017 | 12:15 PM - Posted by Relkind (not verified)

Jeffrey,

great to hear you can add more ram. Did you also try to install a SSD drive ?? I am considering the unit, but would love to add a SSD to the unit. the Ryzen 5 2500u looks amazing and reviews on how it performs are fantastic. How has your Envy been ?

thanks.

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