AMD 'Raven Ridge'-powered Dell Latitude 5495 surfaces online
The list of notebooks powered by AMD 'Raven Ridge' aka Mobile Ryzen is growing albeit, at a snail's pace. We first saw reports of the HP Envy x360 notebook powered by the Ryzen 5 2500U followed by some leaked benchmarks of the Acer Swift SF315 powered by Ryzen 7 2700U. We've also seen Asus announce ROG branded laptops featuring desktop Ryzen 7 1700. Now, it looks like Dell has joined the bandwagon and could debut business notebooks featuring mobile Ryzen 7 APUs. A listing of the Dell Latitude 5495 powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U has popped up on benchmarking site, SiSoft Sandra and not surprisingly, has earned the 'Excellent Performance' rank.
Apparently, the Dell Latitude 5495 could offer a choice between the Ryzen 7 2700U and the Ryzen 5 2500U. The Ryzen 7 2700U is a 4C/8T CPU with onboard Radeon Vega graphics. Geekbench results of the Ryzen 7 2700U showed it to be a tough competitor to the Intel Core i7-8550U making it a very attractive option for ultrabooks and multimedia notebooks. The onboard Vega GPU has also been shown to fare better than the Iris Plus 640 found in Intel's offering. Since Dell's Latitude series is aimed at the business user, this could greatly benefit 3D rendering on the move while being a little battery friendly. Apart from the CPU information, not much is evident from the benchmark listing. We will, of course, see more details trickle down as we approach launch date.
As we head into 2018, we might very well see OEMs considering both business and consumer offerings powered by mobile Ryzen APUs. Having an OEM like Dell onboard could very well give AMD the much needed shot in the arm to compete with Intel in the notebook space. Though we might still not see absolutely droolworthy notebooks powered by mobile Ryzen (for the record, the Intel-AMD MCM just stole the show) just yet, these APUs with onboard Vega graphics can offer formidable competition to Intel with a good price-to-performance ratio.