AMD unveils Ryzen 5000 mobile processors based on the 7nm Zen 3 architecture

AMD unveils Ryzen 5000 mobile processors based on the 7nm Zen 3 architecture

AMD has taken the covers off its much anticipated AMD Ryzen 5000 mobile processors, heading to gaming notebooks and ultra-portables during 2021, and described in the company’s CES keynote as  “the most powerful PC processors ever built.” Following on from the Desktop range, revealed last October, there are two distinct ranges, the H-Series for gaming and the U-Series for portability.

Most products in the 7nm range boast AMD’s Zen 3 architecture (though a couple of the U-Series are stuck on Zen 2) matched up with Vega Compute units. The top-of-the-line U-Series chipset is the Ryzen 7 5800U, which offers a 1.9GHz clock, with a speed boost up to 4.4GHz. AMD claims that this will wipe the floor with the equivalent Intel Core i7-1165G7. The company also offers some pretty impressive stamina — suggesting 17.5 hours of continuous usage. Let’s take that one with a pinch of salt for now until we see it working on a real-world device, but it certainly sounds like a serious powerhouse.

H is for Gaming

For the gamers, there’s the H-series, spearheaded by the Ryzen 9 5980HS, an octa-core monster with 16 threads, and a 3.0GHz clock speed that maxes out at 4.8GHz – significantly faster than anything we’ve seen from AMD’s mobile chipsets before. If that’s not enough juice for you, there’s the Ryzen 5900HX, which has similar specs, but comes unlocked, a first for a mobile processor from AMD, allowing for overclocking. As such, it’s configured for TDPs above the 45w of the HS model. All these headline variants also boast 20MB of L3 cache.

All of that means that, at least on paper, these processors can handle more than Intel’s Tiger Lake H devices announced at CES, though, with more powerful Intel offerings promised by the Spring, they may not be able to make that boast for long.

Meanwhile, there are AMD Ryzen variants across the range, starting with the AMD Ryzen 3 5300U with its 4 cores and 8 threads, 15-watt TDP, 2.6GHz base frequency, boosted up to 3.8GHz, but with a mere 6MB L3 cache and working up through Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 configurations, up to those meaty gaming options in the Ryzen 9 range.

It’s not entirely clear why there are a couple of U-Series offerings that are on last year’s Zen 2 architecture, especially given that they all have a Zen 3 equivalent also launching. This could be a branding exercise, allowing OEMs to offer lower-priced devices boasting today’s model numbers at yesterday’s prices. All will become a lot clearer as some of the “1500 devices” that AMD believes will be launched using its chips during 2021, start to appear and get benchmarked.

The full range and specifications are listed below, (with thanks to Anandtech).

AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile Series

AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile: H-Series
Credits: AnandTechCores/ThreadsBase FrequencyBoost FrequencyTDPZen
Ryzen 9 5980HX8C / 16T3300480045W+Zen3
Ryzen 9 5980HS8C / 16T3000480035WZen3
Ryzen 9 5900HX8C / 16T3300460045W+Zen3
Ryzen 9 5900HS8C / 16T3000460035WZen3
Ryzen 7 5800H8C / 16T3200440045WZen3
Ryzen 7 5800HS8C / 16T2800440035WZen3
Ryzen 5 5600H6C / 12T3300420045WZen3
Ryzen 5 5600HS6C / 12T3000420035WZen3


AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile: U-Series 
Credits: AnandTechCores/ThreadsBase FrequencyBoost FrequencyTDPZen
Ryzen 7 5800U8C / 16T1900440015WZen3
Ryzen 5 5600U6C / 12T2300420015WZen3
Ryzen 7 5700U8C / 16T1800430015WZen2
Ryzen 5 5500U6C / 12T2100400015WZen2
Ryzen 3 5300U4C / 8T2600380015WZen2

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I am the UK News Editor at XDA Developers. I’ve been writing about technology for over a decade for the likes of The Inquirer, where I was Associate Editor, Computer Shopper UK, and IT Pro. I’ve also appeared on Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera and recently left a long-running weekly tech news spot on TalkRadio UK. My love of technology comes from my family who hail from the pioneering days of Silicon Valley - in fact my Grandfather worked on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I’ve been using smartphones (and reading XDA) since the HTC Canary in 2003. I’m also a smart home obsessive. You can find me tweeting as @ChrisTheDJ or email me at [email protected]