What you need to know
- AMD's Ryzen 6000 H-series processors are available starting today.
- The new CPUs were first shown off at CES 2022 and promise a significant performance boost over the previous generation.
- The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of the first laptops to run on a Ryzen 6000 H-series chip.
AMD's next generation of CPUs is here. The new Ryzen 6000 H-series processors should deliver significantly better performance than the previous generation. In addition to improved output, the new CPUs from AMD feature an integrated Microsoft Pluton security chip, which works alongside AMD's own security tech to protect PCs.
The new Ryzen 6000 H-series CPUs are built on the newer Zen 3+ core architecture. The chips also support DDR5 RAM, PCIe 4.0, USB 4.0, and Wi-Fi 6E.
AMD announced its new H-series chips alongside several U-series CPUs. Here are the specs of the 13 new processors from AMD that were unveiled at CES 2022:
|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|
Alienware, ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, and Razer all have laptops with Ryzen 6000 H series processors on the way. The first major PC to run on one of the new chips is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14. That laptop has a Ryzen 9 6900HS and AMD Radeon RX 6800S discrete graphics. With those specs, the ROG Zephyrus G14 could be among the best gaming laptops.
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