AMD launched its all-new Ryzen 6000 series of mobile processors at its CES 2022 keynote earlier today. These new processors offer leadership performance alongside a strong focus on battery life. AMD president and CEO Lisa Su launched these new processors for several of their laptop OEMs, and they will be available starting February 2022. These new CPUs will bring significantly faster instructions per clock (IPC) and much better security features. Additionally, they will almost double the overall gaming performance for an APU compared to the last-gen Ryzen 5000 series mobile processors.
The All-New Ryzen 6000 Series
It starts with an updated Zen 3+ CPU core, optimized specifically to deliver leadership performance per watt for notebooks. For the first time, AMD is bringing their RDNA to graphics to notebook accelerated processing units (APUs). For increased performance and greater power efficiency, Ryzen 6000 APUs are built using TSMC’s 6nm process technology.
To enable OEM partners to build ultimate notebooks, AMD paired their leadership mobile processor with the latest in memory and connectivity technologies, including low-power DDR5 memory, USB4, and Wi-Fi 6E. Ryzen 6000 powered notebooks feature the fastest Ryzen processor to date.
The all-new Ryzen 6000 series of processors are delivering almost 130% more performance when pitched against the Ryzen 5000 series. This applies to testing in demanding benchmarks like PCMark 10 and Cinebench R23. These processors are reportedly touching clock speeds of up to 5 GHz, and they have AMD’s remarkable RDNA2 graphics built-in. RDNA2 is much faster when compared to the aging Vega graphics, which were packed with AMD processors to date. These brand new APUs surpass the last-gen equivalents significantly.
AMD showcased a gain of 69% more performance in leading video editing software suites, about 130% more performance in 3D rendering workloads, and about 100% more or double the 1080p gaming performance as compared to Ryzen 5000. AMD isn’t taking the ongoing security threats lightly, either. These Ryzen 6000 series of processors will pioneer the integration of Microsoft Pluton, a processor dedicated to addressing security concerns.
AMD has made significant design optimizations and enhancements in their Ryzen 6000 processors to deliver a leadership performance per watt. This includes an all-new adaptive power control framework and new power management features that will enable up to 24 hours of video playback on a single charge.
More About the Zen 3+ Core
In Ryzen 6000, AMD introduced the Zen 3+ core bringing in the perfect balance, high performance, and incredible efficiencies. The Zen 3 core shines in cases where performance matters. AMD upped their game and raw APU horsepower, logging substantial gains in both single-thread and multi-thread compute. Cinebench R23 single-thread has improved by 11%, and multi-thread was enhanced by 28%. A combination of improved frequency and enhanced clock residency delivers performance across the most demanding applications. PCMark 10 Extended, which blends a suite of real-world applications, shows a 28% gain compared to the Ryzen 5000 series products.
Power consumption is at the front and center of Zen 3+ with over a 30% system power reduction when running Microsoft Teams and 40% playing Netflix.
For the first time, AMD is bringing the incredible RDNA graphics architecture into a mobile APU. It offers up to 12 RDNA2 compute units, setting a new standard for APU graphics. It is the first mobile APU to support hardware ray-tracing. Compared to Ryzen 5000 graphics, the RDNA 2 engine supports a 2x larger cache. The overall graphics engine is 50% larger than the prior generation of Ryzen mobile, and the Ryzen 6000 is optimized for FidelityFX Super Resolution and Microsoft DirectX 12 Ultimate.
We see it as significantly faster than the Integrated Xe graphics available in the Tiger Lake 1165G7 notebook. Ryzen 6000 APU graphics also beats that of MX450 discrete graphics hands down. Ryzen 6000 also introduces an all-new connected laptop platform. There’s an all-new high-speed USB4. PCI-E Gen 4 enables the latest generation of mobile GPUs, NVME drives to their full potential. Most notably, the Radeon 6000 series lineup of GPUs supports this high-speed interface from top to bottom.
AMD also has enabled the latest DDR5 or LPDR5 on all Ryzen 6000 platforms. The deep partnership with several wireless providers ensures fast, responsive Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E solutions are available on Ryzen 6000 laptops. Finally, Ryzen 6000 rocks an all-new display engine, delivering the richest visuals of any notebook platform.
All the New Ryzen 6000 Mobile Processors Announced So Far
|Processor Name||Thread and Core Count||Boost Clock Speed||L3 Cache||Rated TDP|
|Ryzen 9 6980HX||8 cores, 16 threads||5.0 GHz||20 MB||45+ W|
|Ryzen 9 6980HS||8 cores, 16 threads||5.0 GHz||20 MB||35 W|
|Ryzen 9 6900HX||8 cores, 16 threads||4.9 GHz||20 MB||45+ W|
|Ryzen 9 6900HS||8 cores, 16 threads||4.9 GHz||20 MB||35 W|
|Ryzen 7 6800H||8 cores, 16 threads||4.7 GHz||20 MB||45 W|
|Ryzen 7 6800HS||8 cores, 16 threads||4.7 GHz||20 MB||35 W|
|Ryzen 5 6600H||8 cores, 16 threads||4.5 GHz||19 MB||45 W|
|Ryzen 5 6600HS||6 cores, 12 threads||4.5GHz||19 MB||35 W|
|Ryzen 7 6800U||8 cores, 16 threads||4.7 GHz||20 MB||15-28 W|
|Ryzen 5 6600U||6 cores, 12 threads||4.5 GHz||19 MB||15-28 W|
|Ryzen 7 5825U||8 cores, 16 threads||4.5 GHz||20 MB||15 W|
|Ryzen 5 5625U||6 cores, 12 threads||4.3 GHz||19 MB||15 W|
|Ryzen 3 5425U||4 cores, 8 threads||4.1 GHz||10 MB||15 W|
New Notebooks Featuring Ryzen 6000
One of the best laptops to introduce the Ryzen 6000 and all its features is the new Lenovo Thinkpad Z. With the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO processor, AMD PRO security, an FHD camera, OLED display, the all-new Thinkpad comes in 13″ and 16″ models. It also has a built-in mic array and the Microsoft Pluton security processor. AMD CEO Lisa Su called it the “ultimate collaboration laptop for business users.”
In addition to the ThinkPad Z, AMD also has a record number of premium, commercial, consumer, and gaming notebooks designs powered by Ryzen 6000 on the way this year. To power all those different notebooks, AMD has 20 different Ryzen 6000 mobile processors optimized for ultra-thin, commercial, and gaming designs. The first Ryzen 6000 notebooks will go on sale starting in February 2022.