AMD Announces First of “Raven Ridge” Mobile Processors
AMD has officially announced its first two Ryzen mobile processors. The Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U quadcore processors will both feature Vega graphics cards.
These upcoming “Raven Ridge” processors are more than just a hardware announcement. They signify AMD’s true return to the notebook processor market. This is the first time in nearly a decade that AMD has truly been competitive with Intel.
We promised to bring innovation and competition back to every segment of the PC market in 2017, and today marks the fulfillment of that promise for consumer notebooks following our successful roll-out across the consumer, commercial and high-end desktop markets earlier this year,” said AMD’s Jim Anderson
While these chips are based on the same Zen architecture as AMD’s previously released desktop processors, the mobile processors come with an integrated GPU which the desktop models lack. Both of these chips will feature four cores and eight threads, but, beyond that, the 2700U is the more powerful offering and will a higher max clock speed, more GPU compute units, and a slightly higher maximum GPU clock speed.
In its press release, AMD also announced that HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Dell had announced that they were working on notebooks that would make use of these new mobile processors. The majority of these notebooks are expected to hit the market in early 2018 though exact release dates and prices have not yet been revealed.
It remains to be seen how successful these processors will be, but AMD hasn’t disappointed us so far. Like many people, I was a touch skeptical of the company’s ambitious plans for this year as they’ve lagged behind Intel and Nvidia for years, but this year has proven that the company still has a lot of life in it and they’ve even forced Intel to innovate and lower prices so they’ve got to be doing something right.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.