AMD is catching up with laptop makers with the Ryzen 5980HS chip, which promises better single- and multi-threaded performance than Intel’s Core i9-10980HK laptop CPUs, also with 45+ watt TDP. At the same time, it said the Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU outperforms the i9-10980HK gaming processor with 14 percent single-thread performance and 37 percent overall CPU performance. Based on these numbers, it could compete with high-end desktop gaming chips that are only two generations old. It also promises “impressive battery life”, although it has yet to provide any specific numbers.
U-series chipsets for ultra-thin laptops – a category that Intel still dominates – will see gains, albeit on a smaller scale. Like the 4800U, the Ryzen 7 5800U has 8 cores and 16 threads, while consuming only 15 watts of power. With the additional efficiency of the Zen 3 core and a larger 20MB cache, this places it very much ahead of the latest-generation Ryzen 7 4800U, and either front or even with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU for productivity. Meanwhile, AMD promises 17.5 hours of battery life for general use and 21 hours of movie playback.
Yesterday, Intel Corporation Chest Its own set of laptop chips, including the 35W i7-11375H which Intel claims is 30 percent faster than AMD’s Ryzen 4900H, at least at single-threaded speeds. Intel also has an edge on the graphics side with its Xe integrated GPU. With both companies now unveiling their laptop CPUs, the playing field appears to be fading and probably tilting in AMD’s favor – we’ll learn more once we get our hands on some of the laptops they use.