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AMD Ryzen 6000 mobile unveiled with a focus on iGPU performance and power efficiency

AMD claims that Ryzen 6000 mobile chips offer better performance per watt than competing Intel Alder Lake processors. (Image source: AMD)
AMD claims that Ryzen 6000 mobile chips offer better performance per watt than competing Intel Alder Lake processors. (Image source: AMD)
AMD has finally presented more details about the Ryzen 6000 series for laptops, a month after it unveiled the series at CES 2022. Ryzen 6000 mobile APUs include the economical Ryzen 6600U up to the Ryzen 9 6980HS and Ryzen 9 6980HX. Purportedly, AMD's latest laptop APUs should consume less power than their Intel Alder Lake counterparts while still delivering excellent iGPU performance.

Over a month has passed since CES 2022, where AMD revealed official Ryzen 6000 mobile benchmark results. At long last, the company has provided more details about its latest laptop APUs, which all rely on the Zen 3+ architecture. As its name implies, Zen 3+ builds on Zen 3 rather than being a new architecture as Intel Alder Lake is. Still, Zen 3+ features a die shrink from 7 nm to 6 nm, which should yield power efficiency improvements compared to Zen 3 APUs.

While that was already known, AMD now states that the Ryzen 7 6800U is 30% faster than the Ryzen 7 5800U and up to 2x more performant than the Core i7-1185G7 in some applications. It is worth stressing that AMD is comparing its current-generation APUs against last-generation Intel silicon. For context, Intel has presented Alder Lake laptop processors like the Core i7-1280P, which will be available soon in machines such as the Surface Laptop 5.

(Image source: AMD)
(Image source: AMD)

Additionally, AMD reports that the Ryzen 9 6900HX should outperform the Core i9-11980HK to the tune of 34% while consuming 20 W less than its Intel counterpart (45 W/65 W). Similarly, comparing Zen 3+ processors against Tiger Lake ones may be relevant today, but Alder Lake will be the true test of AMD's latest laptop APUs. AMD has not provided any comparisons between the two architectures, although it asserts that the switch to 6 nm nodes could yield up to 24 hours of battery life for laptops with the Ryzen 5 6600U and Ryzen 7 6800U.

Arguably, the most exciting element of the Ryzen 6000 mobile family is their RDNA 2-based iGPUs. As we have discussed separately, AMD believes that the Radeon 680M can outperform the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q in games, albeit with Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) enabled. Likewise, the company's official benchmarks present the notion that Ryzen 6000 iGPUs can render practically any game at 1080p. The first Ryzen 6000HS-powered laptops should be available towards the end of this month. In comparison, Ryzen 6000U and Ryzen 6000HX machines will follow a month later.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-02-17 (Update: 2022-02-17)