What you need to know
- AMD announces a total of 13 new Ryzen mobile processors at CES 2022, supporting PCIe 4.0, USB 4.0, and DDR5 RAM.
- The AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX is leading the charge with eight cores, 16 threads, and a boost of 5.0GHz.
- The first laptops from AMD partners with the new processors are expected in February.
AMD announced a plethora of new processors for laptops during its CES 2022 presentation (hours preceding Intel's 12th Gen Mobile Chip reveal). The company is going big on mobile processing, offering a total of 12 new SKUs for consumers to pick from when buying AMD-powered laptops. As well as using the newer Zen 3+ core architecture and RDNA 2 graphics (with new 6000M series mobile GPUs) to launch 6000 series CPUs, AMD is also revamping some 5000 series chips.
The new processor and graphics tech should result in considerably better performance in games (two times the graphics performance of previous-gen Ryzen CPUs) and extended battery life, according to AMD. The new series is built using TSMC's 6nm transistor manufacturing process. It's allowed AMD to push the boundaries of its mobile processors, resulting in boost clock speeds of 5.0GHz.
The maximum number of cores and threads you can find with the new 6000 series is 8 and 16, offering considerable performance for more demanding tasks and gaming. Then there's the inclusion of DDR5 RAM support, PCIe 4.0 and USB 4.0 support, AI noise-cancellation for filtering background noise in calls, and Wi-Fi 6E.
Take a gander at the table below for the full list of processors announced by AMD at CES 2022, including both 6000 and revamped 5000 series chips.
|Model||Cores (Threads)||Max boost||Cache||TDP|
|AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX||8 (16)||5.0GHz||20MB||45W+|
|AMD Ryzen 9 6980HS||8 (16)||5.0GHz||20MB||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX||8 (16)||4.9GHz||20MB||45W+|
|AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS||8 (16)||4.9GHz||20MB||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 7 6800H||8 (16)||4.7GHz||20MB||45W|
|AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS||8 (16)||4.7GHz||20MB||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 6600H||6 (12)||4.5GHz||19MB||45W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 6600HS||6 (12)||4.5GHz||19MB||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 7 6800U||8 (16)||4.7GHz||20MB||15-28W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 6600U||6 (12)||4.5GHz||19MB||15-28W|
|AMD Ryzen 7 5825U||8 (16)||4.5GHz||20MB||15W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 5625U||6 (12)||4.3GHz||19MB||15W|
|AMD Ryzen 3 5425U||4 (8)||4.1GHz||10MB||15W|
AMD also announced the new Ryzen 6000 series CPUs are the first to support advanced Windows 11 security features with an integrated Microsoft Pluton security chip. Pair this tech with AMD's own Secure Processor and Memory Guard and you've got one secure, yet very capable mobile processor.
As well as the new mobile processors outlined above, AMD announced 6000 PRO CPUs for businesses and professionals with the same Zen 3+ architecture and 6nm process. You can expect to see the best Windows laptops with AMD's new 6000 series processors as early as February.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
Question on USB 4.0. Since it incorporates Thunderbolt 3, would it be compatible with a Thunderbolt 4 docking station? All of the docking stations where I go are either TB3 or TB4 and would want to ensure compatibility.
According to Intel's announcement of TB4, USB4 compatibility is part of the compliance requirements for the TB4 spec. Their words: "It is the most comprehensive Thunderbolt specification yet with compliance across the broadest set of industry-standard specifications – including USB4, DisplayPort and PCI Express (PCIe) – and is fully compatible with prior generations of Thunderbolt and USB products." So, a TB4 dock should, by the requirements of the TB4 spec, should function over a USB4/TB3 port. You would have to remember, of course, that TB4 has a higher throughput that you wouldn't get. You would be limited to whatever the slowest point in the connection (in your case, USB4/TB3 speeds).
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