The AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX could debut alongside an Asus laptop soon
It's been a while since both Intel and AMD unveiled their 2020-21 laptop processor line-up. While most SKUs are out and about, some of the high-end ones are yet to make an appearance, such as the AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX. We have a good estimate about what it could bring to the table thanks to its sibling, the Ryzen 9 5900HX. We could see the Ryzen 9 5980HX make its debut alongside an Asus laptop soon, according to a Newegg listing discovered by LaptopUnderBudget.
The first-ever laptop to run the AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX could be a new Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo SE variant. It offers an incremental upgrade over its predecessor's Ryzen 9 5900HX. Other specifications include an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of solid-state storage and a 15.6-inch FHD panel with a refresh rate of 300Hz. This is probably an entry-level variant, as the previous ROG Zephyrus Duo SE iteration was configurable with a GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3070.
Twitter veteran @_rogame also stumbled upon the Ryzen 9 5980HX on controversial benchmarking website Userbenchmark. The listing also mentions the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo SE with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Only the iGPU appears to have been tested, so we have no idea what dGPU this model is packing. We can reasonably assume that it is a high-end Ampere card based on its remaining spec sheet.
It'll be interesting to see how the AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX performs against the Intel Core i9-11950H, which also stopped by Geekbench not too long ago. Both models represent the very best Intel and AMD have to offer and the battle will determine which team reigns supreme. The Ryzen 9 5980HX has been lurking in the shadows for nearly eight months since its CES 2021 reveal. One can't really blame AMD for not pushing it out earlier, though, given the current situation with semiconductor availability.