After a very long wait, AMD has finally unveiled the latest Ryzen 4000 series. This brings eight cores with 16 threads, which is a first for AMD in the laptops category. These new processors have some improvements, as they are a lot more than an adaptation of the desktop Ryzen 3000 series. The Zen 2 architecture is assisted by an array of new systems, which are designed to keep a closer eye on the laptop’s energy consumption and temperature for the entire system so that higher frequencies can be kept for a much longer amount of time. Another advantage is that the system switches to lower frequencies when not in use, which is a great improvement for battery life.
AMD claims that these upgrades will bring with them a 25% increase in performance at the same frequency as in the previous generation of processors. The energy efficiency with the Ryzen 4000 series is double, and there is a 5-fold higher speed at state-changing processor status, which helps the laptop wake up from a low power state, so users will be able to get back to work a lot faster, greatly reducing waiting times. AMD also provides support for faster memory, more modern connectivity, and various new features which will somehow be found on another laptop.
When it comes to graphics, we still have Vega, and it turns out that we have even less Vega than we previously did. Now, we get eight processing units instead of the usual 11, but these are on 7nm, which actually results in better overall performance by an impressive 16% when compared to the last generation APUs.
If you want to look at the actual processors, a borrowed list is available on Videocardz.com. According to the website, this year we will have HS processors available on the market as well, which increase efficiency and are made in partnership with AMD.