Introducing the Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U
For many months people have been speculating on AMD's upcoming APUs and mobile CPUs and whether or not AMD would go full speed with adding Vega graphics to their mobile line up. We can now confirm that AMD has married Ryzen with Vega, and they are quite happy together. Both of AMD's top brands are now in one product, and that product will be widely available for the Holiday season.
AMD's Zen core was designed to be extremely power efficient, not only for the datacenter but also for use in mobile devices. However, AMD has also integrated Vega cores into the same die as Ryzen and has leveraged their Infinity Fabric to bring everything together.
In the next few months we will see two AMD Ryzen processors with Radeon Vega graphics; the Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U. Both will feature four cores and eight threads, while the 2700U will offer a 2.2GHz base and 3.8GHz boost and the 2500U will offer a 2.0GHz base and 3.6GHz boost clock. The 2700U will also offer two extra compute units, for a total of ten Vega CUs.
Both CPUs will feature only a single CCX, which is actually a good thing since CCX to CCX latency will be removed from the equation. The GPU in the 2700U will be clocked at 1.3GHz while the 2500U will have its GPU clocked at 1.1GHz. L1, L2, and L3 cache are identical on both models as is DDR4 2400Mhz memory support and a 15W nominal TDP. The TDP for each of the CPUs is configurable up and down depending on cooling and power implementations.
As with Ryzen desktop processors, AMD greatly exceeded their targets. Generational improvements are monstrous, and not only on the CPU side of things but also on the GPU side of things. They not only cut power by almost 60% but also increase CPU performance up to 200% and GPU performance by almost 130%. Just looking at responsiveness, application launch times have great improved, and we all know that waiting for an application to load on a notebook is grueling.
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