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AMD showcased its Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors on Tuesday, with Chief Executive Lisa Su taking to the virtual stage for her keynote. It follows the graphics card maker’s reveal of the in November.
The 5000 series processors includes up to eight of AMD’s Zen 3 processing cores. The top end for ordinary laptops will be the Ryzen 5800U, but the 5900HX is the first of a new line geared for gaming. Su showed the graphics-intensive Horizon: Zero Dawn game running on the Ryzen 9 5900HX at more than 100 frames per second with 1080p resolution set up to show high detail.
“You can expect to do more, be more productive, and have more immersive gaming experiences,” Su said.
AMD has become more competitive with Intel in the x86 chip market, particularly for high-end PCs that have a lot of processing cores. But the x86 rivals now have new competition with Apple’s M1 processors, which reviewers agree offer a compelling new balance of performance and battery life.
The Ryzen 5000 mobile chips will outperform Intel chips in content creation, office productivity and video rendering, Su said, and battery life also will be good. “You can expect up to 17.5 hours of general use and 21 hours video playback on a single charge,” Su said.
Intel didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Su also offered a demonstration of AMD’s upcoming third-generation Epyc server chip, code-named Milan, running weather forecasting software. In the test, a server with dual processors, each with 32 cores, outpaced a dual-processor Intel server using Xeon Gold 6258R chips with a 68% performance advantage.
That’s the kind of performance that appeals to customers like Lucasfilm, which built a special effects studio in Sydney entirely with AMD-based systems. “We just need as much firepower as possible,” said François Chardavoine, Lucasfilm’s vice president of technology, during the keynote.
Su also highlighted AMD’s efforts to helpresearch, having donated computing power to universities across the world, an effort that’s used AMD’s Epyc processors.