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CES 2021: New chips from AMD and Intel

CES 2021: New chips from AMD and Intel

AMD CES 2021 keynote

AMD's big announcement at CES 2021 was its new Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors. These 13 new Ryzen mobile chips are based on the same 7nm, Zen 3 CPU architecture — hailed by AMD CEO Dr Lisa Su as the “the most powerful PC processors ever built — as last year's Ryzen 5000 series desktop chips. The new AMD chips will be found in laptops from major PC makers such as Asus, HP and Lenovo in Q1.

In a nutshell

  • 13 new Ryzen 5000 Series mobile processors
  • Two HX Series processors offer top performance for gamers and creators
  • Flagship Ryzen 9 5980HX up to 23% faster in single-threaded and up to 17% faster multi-threaded performance over last gen
  • 35W HS Series processors intended for thinner and lighter form factors
  • AMD Ryzen 5000 U-Series up to 17.5 hours of general usage battery life and up to 21 hours of video playback on a single charge
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors now available to retail consumers
  • Intel 11th-gen H-Series mobile processors for gaming laptops

The top AMD Ryzen 5000 mobile chips are the two eight-core HX Series models (Ryzen 9 5980HX and Ryzen 9 5900HX) that AMD says are the best processors for gaming notebooks. The Ryzen 5980HX, in particular, was singled out as being faster than rival Intel's flagship Core i9-10980HK in CPU and graphics benchmarks. These overclockable chips are rated with a TDP of 45W+, which means notebook vendors can choose to define the TDP level — assuming proper cooling, of course.

For mainstream users, the AMD U-Series processors (Ryzen 7 5800U, Ryzen 7 5700U, AMD Ryzen 5 5600U, AMD Ryzen 5 5500U and AMD Ryzen 3 5300U) are said to offer the perfect blend of performance and efficiency. For instance, the 5800U is said to offer up to 16% more single-threaded performance and up to 14% faster multithreaded performance over its predecessor.

Intel H-Series mobile processors
Intel's H35 mobile chips are intended for ultra-portable gaming. Credit: Intel

In addition, AMD also announced two new AMD desktop CPUs with a lower 65W TDP. The AMD Ryzen 9 5900 and AMD Ryzen 7 5800, though, are available only in pre-built OEM systems. AMD's workstation-class Ryzen Threadripper Pro processors will also be available to consumers directly from retailers from March 2021.

Meanwhile, Intel, too, made several announcements at its CES 2021 event. Firstly, the chip giant introduced a new line of 11th gen Core H-series mobile processors that are targeted at ultra-portable gaming. These chips will be in more than 40 designs from top manufacturers, including Acer, Asus, MSI and Vaio in the first half of 2021. Intel also launched the vPro versions of its latest 11th gen mobile chips for thin-and-light business notebooks, as well as the Intel Evo vPro platform.

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