AMD Ryzen 6000 mobile processors show off promising gaming performance
AMD breaks the wheel with new 6nm process.
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Today, AMD has officially launched Ryzen 6000 mobile processors intended for thin and light notebooks and ultrabooks alike. This new chip is based on Zen 3+ chips and possesses an RDNA 2-based APU, similar to what we’ve seen on desktops as the RX 6500 XT. Based on a brand-new 6nm process and an all-new platform, these are the first Zen 3+ processors we’ve seen come to market thus far. Compared to its competitors, the AMD Ryzen 9 6900 HS is up to 2.62x more power-efficient than the rival Intel Core i9-12900HK, and that’s just the beginning of what you can expect with these incredibly promising processors.
Every AMD Ryzen 6000 mobile processor announced today
AMD has segregated the 6000 series into three divisions, all of them have their own discrete use-cases, TDP, and performance, but regardless of what you might choose, you can assume that they are going to come equipped with industry-leading performance in their respective categories thanks to breakthroughs in the 6nm process node design. This means that performance can go up to 5GHz on the higher-end chips, and end up with some stunning mobile performance. With the scalability of performance all the way down to just 15W, you can expect these systems to also come equipped with excellent battery life. AMD reports that you could get a projected 24 hours of continuous battery life while using the system, with up to 17% increases on the previous generation of Ryzen 5000 mobile CPU battery life.
AMD Ryzen 6000 U series for thin and light laptops
|CPU||Cores / Threads||TDP|
|AMD Ryzen 7 6800U||8C/16T||15-28W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 6600U||6C/12T||15-28W|
These CPUs and their relatively meager TDP mean that you will be getting good performance within laptops that have a smaller form factor than your usual gaming laptop. However, with large core counts to handle heavier loads, you can expect good performance, with full performance from each core available to you, should you need it.
AMD Ryzen 6000 HS series for enthusiast laptops
|CPU||Cores / Threads||TDP|
|AMD Ryzen 9 6980HS||8C/16T||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS||8C/16T||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS||8C/16T||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 6600HS||6C/12T||35W|
Though a couple of the CPUs listed here may appear to be named similarly to the ones that we’ve seen in the U series, you can expect to find greater performance to the boards, due to the higher TDP, which should see performance and computing power skyrocket when pushed to their limits. Additionally, these processors will be aimed at and found in portable high-performance gaming laptops, or creator-focused laptops. These are not the highest-end that these chips go, as they are still able to be carried around in a relatively portable package.
AMD Ryzen 6000 H series for high-end laptops
|CPU||Cores / Threads||TDP|
|AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX||8C/16T||45W+|
|AMD Ryzen 6900HS||8C/16T||45W+|
|AMD Ryzen 7 6800H||8C/16T||45W+|
|AMD Ryzen 5 6600H||6C/12T||45W+|
These chips are approaching desktop-class performance, and allow you to really maximize performance in specialized systems created for gaming and creator laptops. Think of the bigger gaming laptops that you see out on the market, and essentially, these systems will be providing you with the best possible performance.
AMD Radeon 600M graphics
Radeon 600M is what AMD is calling their latest graphics chipsets, which are equipped with RDNA 2 technology to boost performance, with two novels in the form of the Radeon 680M in addition to the Radeon 660M, which both have support for features such as support for DirectX 12 Ultimate, FidelityFX Super Resolution, in addition to AMD Radeon Super Resolution. The 680M operating with a chip of 28W rivals even the dedicated Nvidia GTX 1650 MAX-Q models, which is incredibly impressive for a portable, integrated GPU solution.
With FSR or RSR enabled, the GTX 1650 MAX-Q is handily beaten, which is incredibly impressive. This means that modern gaming is possible at 1080p on integrated GPUs in laptops, which could break the barriers for mainstream accessibility for PC gaming.
However, we’re going to have to test out all of these claims when we get our hands on these systems for ourselves, as manufacturers can sometimes exaggerate their claims. However, when looking at the lower end chip, the 660M, it becomes much more comparable to Nvidia’s MX 450.
AMD Ryzen 6000 series connectivity
This latest generation of AMD Ryzen processors has access to some incredibly high-end features such as support for LPDDR5 memory, and DDR5 memory, USB 4 with certified systems, WiFi 6e, the advanced Microsoft Pluton security systems, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 2 options, and an onboard AV1 decoder. All of these combine to make for a cutting-edge, cohesive suite of features that we can’t wait to test out for ourselves when given the chance to get one of these CPUs in our hands.
AMD Ryzen 6000 series release date
According to the slides presented to us, AMD looks to roll out the Ryzen 6000 series beginning in mid-February. Starting with the HS series, and then the HX and U series releasing at the beginning of March. You can expect to find the PRO series to come in mid-March. AMD reports that over 200 laptops will be released with Ryzen 6000-based CPUs in 2022, including the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, Acer Nitro 5, Razer Blade 14, and other incredibly popular gaming laptops that you can expect to buy very soon.
AMD Ryzen 6000 series price
The price of the AMD Ryzen 6000 series is ultimately going to be determined by the type of system you choose, you could find these chips in mainstream thin and light laptops, all the way to the highest-end of Razer products. However, you should be able to find a system with a Ryzen 6600U for around $600 at the bare minimum. As for the more expensive models of the CPU? That’s totally up to the laptop manufacturers and can fetch upwards of $3,000 if they choose to pair the CPU with a high-end discrete GPU solution and other high-end features like an OLED display or an inventive cooling system.