AMD Announces New Ryzen Powered Ultrathin Notebooks And Convertibles

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AMD just announced their long-awaited AMD Ryzen powered ultrathin notebook computers and 2-1 convertibles, bringing power and efficiency to a smaller form factor.

To achieve this feat, AMD has merged their award-winning high-performance Zen X86 architecture with their Radeon Vega graphics, specifically their Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U processor range in a sleek form factor.

Compared to the previous generation, the AMD Ryzen mobile processor delivers up to 3x more CPU performance, 2.28x more GPU performance while using 58% less power consumption requirements. Furthermore, AMD’s new Precision Boost 2.0 technology provides additional acceleration and processor gains in workloads using one or many CPU cores. Finally, the Mobile Extended Frequency Range or mxFR within the upcoming line raises sustained performance in notebooks, delivering up to 40% more multi-thread CPU performance and an even more impressive, 161% increase in GPU gains over the competition.

AMD has managed to get an impressive number of top manufacturers onboard, which include Acer, HP and Lenovo, with plans to include Dell, Asus and other OEMs in early 2018.

Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager for AMD, had this to say on the matter:

“We promised to bring innovation and competition back to every segment of the PC market in 2017, and today marks the fulfilment of that promise for consumer notebooks following our successful roll-out across the consumer, commercial and high-end desktop markets earlier this year. We are pleased to deliver the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks, offering consumers the opportunity to get the most out of their digital lives through our OEM partners’ notebook designs.”

It’s nice to see such powerful offerings in smaller form factors. Hopefully, AMD can deliver and continue to refine the trend into the future, with more and more manufacturers taking advantage of the new and emerging technology into 2018 and beyond.

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AMD Introduces Budget Ranged Threadripper CPU

AMD Introduces Budget Ranged Threadripper CPU

AMD’s line of Threadripper processors are being touted as the company’s top of the line processors. However, with great performance comes an even greater price tag, and this is why AMD has recently introduced a more affordable option.

The AMD Threadripper 1900x is notably weaker than some of AMD’s other Threadripper offerings, with the 1900x sporting a slightly meagre 8 cores/16 thread architecture. Priced at a reasonable $549, the lower specs are more than acceptable for performance per dollar.

Comparatively, AMD’s other Threadripper offerings are priced upwards of $999 with the Threadripper 1950x offering enthusiasts 12 cores/24 threads of computational power.

Additionally, when compared to AMD’s top Ryzen 7 model CPU, the $499 Ryzen 1800X, the 1900x just edges it out thanks to its added performance.

The AMD 1900x exists in order to fill a void for those who were turned off by AMD’s high asking price for their flagship 16 core offerings from earlier this year. In other words, those looking for high-end performance for half the asking price should seriously consider the 1900x Threadripper.

Taking a closer look a the 1900x specs, the new Threadripper branded CPU offers users eight cores clocked at 3.8Ghz, with an additional turbo feature that cranks up each core to a blistering 4.0Ghz.

Those curious about performance, especially when it comes to gaming, should be aware that the 1900x in some instances is actually weaker in pure gaming performance when compared to the cheaper Ryzen 7 1800x CPU. For a better analysis of the performance, readers are encouraged to visit Techradar’s look at the 1900x.

Ultimately AMD’s 1900x CPU is a good middle ground for those want the best bang for their buck. It may not be the best processor for gaming, but overall the 1900x offers users a great overall experience, especially when it comes to multi-tasking and other intensive workloads.