AMD Launches Ryzen Pro Mobile CPUs

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Both models, Ryzen 3 2300U and 2200U, are significantly cut-down versions of the new AMD CPUs that are meant to be used as an alternative solution to Intel's Core-i3 processors in entry-level notebooks. The other two will focus on the APU and GPU announcements. But it's not where AMD is stopping. But AMD isn't stopping there. Here's what you need to know about what they are and what they may have to offer you.

Along with the new CPUs, AMD will be debuting a new motherboard chipset. AMD also touts silicon improvements for cache and memory speed, and for latency. AMD has also announced its next-generation X470 desktop chipset, promising better power efficiency and launching in April 2018.

AMD returned to the fore with its Ryzen processors in 2017, and now it's giving fans a peek at where it's headed with Ryzen and Vega in 2018 and beyond. It will be interesting to see what these AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge 12nm based chips will have to offer. The official launch of the chips is scheduled for January 9, so it likely won't be too long after that we see the first systems.

When will the new chips start appearing in laptops?

AMD says these will even be used in gaming systems.

The Ryzen 3 2200G is better still value. Perhaps unsurprisingly, AMD also gushes about the chips' graphics prowess. These features will give you more value for money than before. Without knowing the system specs and detail settings used, this is hard to validate, but AMD's long-running graphics experience should provide a marked improvement in gaming on lower-cost machines.

What are the specs of these new chips?

Clock speeds are higher than what exists on the Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200 and match the core and thread count. Intel doesn't have any chips in its current generation that match these directly, as in many cases they have similar clock speeds but more cores and threads, and that makes a direct evaluation hard. Users can apparently expect lower power consumption and new features from the new 400-series AM4 motherboards although AMD didn't explain about them in detail during its pre-CES media event. But all of the new processors will be compatible with any Socket AM4 motherboard you may already have, so it doesn't have to be an impediment to your upgrade.

How powerful will Ryzen Pro Mobile chips be?

The two chips, dubbed Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G, offer up budget options for those looking to build a low-priced gaming PC. Both 14nm and 12nm Ryzen parts will continue to be manufactured for now, and there will also be 2nd generation Threadripper parts that use the Zen+ architecture. While the Ryzen CPUs were excellent at heavily-threaded workloads, they typically fell behind the competing Intel CPUs at single-threaded tasks.

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How much will the new chips cost?

The Ryzen 5 2400G, for example, has a four core, eight thread CPU clocked at 3.6 GHz with a boost up to 3.9 GHz. The Ryzen 5 2400G will run at up to 3.9GHz with 4-cores/8-threads and 11 CUs, a 65W TDP, and a price of $169.

Expect to start seeing laptops using Ryzen Pro Mobile chips in the second quarter of this year.

Will the prices of any other desktop Ryzen chips be affected?

The new prices on Ryzen are quite unbelievable, with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X dropping from $499 down to $349, while the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 drops aren't as significant.

Prior to this, the AMD Ryzen 2 was expected to arrive in February as it was indicated in a leaked roadmap of the manufacturer, but it turns out the company needs more time.

Though AMD might not use the term APU anymore, that's what we are looking at today. AMD says the design is complete and it will "improve on the award-winning Zen design in multiple dimensions". While all this seem great on paper we are still waiting to see the actual performance. No additional information was provided about these processors or their capabilities, however.