AMD Announces Second-Gen Ryzen Po and Athlon Pro Mobile Processors

Credit: AMDCredit: AMDAMD today announced its new Ryzen Pro Mobile series of chips designed for thin-and-light notebooks for the business and commercial markets. These new chips come with a bevy of features to satisfy the professional segment, but on the hardware side, they mirror the Picasso APUs that AMD announced at CES 2019. That includes the same core and thread counts, graphics engines, and TDPs.

AMD also brought its Athlon 300U to the Pro series to keep pressing its advantage in low-end laptops and Chromebooks while Intel is hamstrung with its ongoing chip shortage. 

These new chips are essentially the same as the Ryzen Mobile 3, 5 and 7 processors that come armed with Zen+ CPU cores paired with Vega graphics cores in an SoC (System on Chip) design. As we’ve seen with the refreshed Ryzen Mobile models, AMD upgraded the cores over the first-gen Zen design. 


ProcessTDP
Cores/Threads
Base/Boost Freq.
Radeon Graphics
L2+L3 Cache
Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U
12nm
15W
4/8
2.3/4.0
Vega 10 (10 CU)
6MB
Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U
14nm
15W (12-25W cTDP)
4/8
2.2/3.8
Vega 10 (10 CU)
6MB
Ryzen 5 Pro 3500U
12nm
15W
4/8
2.1/3.7
Vega 8 (8 CU)
6MB
Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U
14nm
15W (12-25W cTDP)4/8
2.0/3.6
Vega 8 (8CU)
6MB
Ryzen 3 Pro 3300U
12nm
15W
4/4
2.1/3.5
Vega 6 (6 CU)
6MB
Ryzen 3 Pro 2300U
14nm15W (12-25W cTDP)4/4
2.0/3.4
Vega 6 (6 CU)
6MB
Athlon Pro 300U
12nm
15W
2/4
2.4/3.3
Vega 3 (3 CU)
5MB

The Zen+ design includes more sophisticated multi-core boost algorithms that help in everyday use, along with reduced cache and memory latency. AMD also moved from the Global Foundries 14nm node to the 12nm process that provides higher clock speeds within a similar power range, even though it doesn’t have any density benefits (meaning the transistors still have the same dimensions).

The new process may not be smaller, but AMD optimized the processors to provide 100 to 200MHz of extra speed for the CPU cores compared to the previous-gen models. As with the last-gen Mobile Pro parts, the Ryzen 7 and 5 models come with four cores and eight threads, while one quad-core Ryzen 3 model comes without threading.

AMD also brought its Athlon 300U to the Pro lineup, which opens up even more opportunities for the company in the low-end segment.

AMD provided several benchmarks against Intel's Core i7-8650U, i5-8350U, and the i7-7600U, claiming solid wins in Cinebench multi-threaded tests, PCMark 10, 3DMark 11, photo editing, 3D modeling, and Visualization workloads. As with any vendor-provided benchmarks, take these with a grain of salt. AMD also claims 12+ hours of battery life during general productivity applications, and 10 hours of battery life during video playback.