We all knew that AMD is also making CPUs for Laptops but, we didn’t know if they would go the Intel way or their own way. But, it seems like they have actually gone the Intel way. They have announced two new processors called the Ryzen 7 2700U & the Ryzen 5 2500U. As it looks just by the numbers, these are AMD’s U-series Processors that are designed for Thin & Light Laptops and 2-in-1’s. Definitely made to compete the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 & i7 U-series, these Processors actually have head to head features with the Intel ones.
AMD Ryzen Laptop Processors (U-series)
|Ryzen 5 2500U||Ryzen 7 2700U|
|Process Technology||14 nm||14 nm|
|Number Of Cores||4||4|
|Number Of Threads||8||8|
|Base Frequency||2.0 GHz||3.6 GHz|
|Max Frequency||2.2 GHz||3.8 GHz|
|Cache Size||6 MB||6 MB|
|TDP||15 MB||15 MB|
|Memory Type||DDR4 – 2400 MHz||DDR4 – 2400 MHz|
|Max Memory Channels||2||2|
|Graphics||Radeon Vega GPU||Radeon Vega GPU|
|No Of GPU Cores||8||10|
|Graphics Dynamic Frequency||1.1 GHz||1.3 GHz|
So, as you’d expect the specs are really close match with the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 & i7 CPUs. We have 4 Hyper-threaded Cores, 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM support. Though AMD hasn’t mentioned the Number Of PCIe Lanes anywhere. The Base Clocks are a little bit faster on these CPUs but, we don’t expect them to perform better than the 8th Gen Intel ones cause, we have been catching these CPUs on Geekbench for a while now & the scores were not that impressive compared to their Intel competitors.
The one noticeable difference between the Laptop 8th Gen i7 CPUs & the Ryzen 7 2700U is the amount of Cache Memory. Both the i7-8550U & 8560U have 8MB Cache while the Ryzen 7 2700U only has 6MB Cache. The TDP is about the same at 15W so, you’ll be able to do some good Multi-core stuff but, long gaming sessions is not something these CPUs can handle pretty well.
Anyway, we’ll seeing these GPUs in thin & light devices pretty soon & the good news is they’ll reportedly be more affordable compared to the ones using the 8th Intel U-series CPUs. Well, what we really would like to test out is how AMD has controlled heating on these CPUs. Though they’re 15W Processors but, because of the Higher Clock Speeds, they might run a little bit hotter than the Intel. But, let’s just see how well AMD has made their deal with heating & throttling. In case we get our hands on, we’ll definitely let you know !