AMD has announced its enterprise AMD Ryzen Pro APUs for desktop and mobile platforms that bring features targeted towards business customers.
Mainstream AMD Ryzen CPUs have already been giving Intel a run for its money with competitive prices and overall better performance and now AMD is jumping into the mobile APU market with AMD Ryzen Pro APUs and the company is all set to dominate the mobile platform market.
Intel mobile CPUs were the first choice for the laptop manufacturers and only a few laptops rads featured AMD CPUs or APUs and Intel had dominated both desktop and mobile CPU market.
However, with the introduction of AMD Ryzen, things started to change and more laptops started to roll out into the market with AMD Ryzen Pro chips in them like the Lenovo ThinkPad E485, E585 Laptops which feature AMD Ryzen Pro chips.
Here we will discuss just how Ryzen Pro APUs will be dominating the mobile platform market along with comparing them with current-gen Intel mobile CPU.
AMD Ryzen Pro APUs
Ryzen Pro mobile APUs include the Ryzen Pro 2700U, 2500U, 2300U which are the same APUs powering the aforementioned Lenovo ThinkPad E485 and Thinkpad E585.
These Ryzen Pro APUs will be in direct competition with Intel mobile processors which will be dropping in the second half of 2018. These Intel mobile CPUs include Intel Core i7-8559U, i5-8269U, i5-8259U and i3-8109U.
However, if you compare the Intel CPUs and AMD Ryzen Pro APUs, you will notice that in terms of core/thread count both are almost the same and in terms of clock speeds for its CPU, Intel Mobile processors have an upper hand.
The Ryzen Pro 2700U is a 4 Core/8thread APU with 2.2 GHz base clock and 3.8 GHz boost clock. On the other hand, we have Intel Core i7-8559U with 4 cores/8 threads and has a base clock of 2.7 GHz and a boost clock of 4.5 GHz.
The Ryzen Pro 2500U is also a 4 Core/8 thread APU with a base clock of 2.0 GHz and a boost clock of 3.6 GHz. As for the Intel Core i5-8269U, it is also a 4 Core/8 thread CPU with a base clock of 2.6 GHz and a Boost clock of 4.2 GHz.
Last but not the least, the Ryzen Pro 2300U is a 4 Core/4 thread APU with a base clock of 2.5 GHz and a boost clock of 3.4 GHz. The Intel Core i5-8259U, on the other hand, is a 4 Core/ 8 thread CPU with a base clock of 2.3 GHz and a boost clock of 3.8 GHz.
Just by comparing these two you can see the difference in their clock speeds as Intel Core i7-8559U definitely has the upper hand and Intel has more variety in its mobile chip portfolio compared to AMD.
Intel has always had a diverse portfolio of Desktop and mobile chips and this remains the same for its 8th-gen Coffee Lake Mobile CPUs not to mention its 8th-gen Coffee Lake refreshes of performance mobile chips with Intel Core i9-8950HK leading them.
The Intel Core i9-8950HK comes with a base clock speed of 2.9GHz and the boost clock is 4.6GHz.
However, the boost clock for Intel Core i9-8950HK can go up to 4.8GHz thanks to Thermal Velocity Boost or TVB but, to reach this level of boost clock a certain criterion is to be met.
Intel Core i9-8950HK and Xeon E-2186M are the only CPUs in H-series to feature Thermal Velocity Boost. Furthermore, the Core i9 features a 12 MB cache.
This might make the Ryzen Pro APUs to look weaker compared to Intel mobile CPUs but, these Ryzen Pro APUs will still be able to easily dominate the mobile market as laptop manufacturers have already started to feature them in their laptops.
Firstly, at first glance, the Intel mobile CPUs look more capable compared to AMD APUs due to their higher clock speeds. However, the reason why AMD Ryzen Pro APUs will take the mobile market is that these are APUs with Radeon Graphics chips embedded into them.
On the other hand, Intel’s CPUs are not known for the prowess of their integrated GPUs and AMD APUs have always been the powerful ones in terms o rendering.
Given that AMD Ryzen Pro APUs come with Radeon Vega graphics, the average consumer will go towards the notebook or laptop featuring these APUs compared to Intel Mobile CPUs. This is one of the reasons why Ryzen Pro will be taking over the mobile market for AMD.
Another reason for Ryzen Pro to take over the mobile market, which might sound silly, is the goodwill of mainstream AMD Ryzen APUs among the consumers.
AMD Ryzen APUs have a clear advantage over Intel when it comes to playing games, take Ryzen 3 2200G as an example which compared to Intel i3-8100 has a better overall performance while rendering games using its Raden Vega graphics and it is even able to play games at medium settings at 1080p resolution.
The general perception of AMD Ryzen being way better compared to Intel chips will greatly help these AMD Ryzen Pro APUs to dominate the mobile market as the consumer’s first choice will be Ryzen Pro APUs compared to Intel Mobile chips.
While we can’t benchmark these APUs and Intel Mobile chips since they aren’t available at the time of writing but we are sure that these APUs will perform better due to their superior architecture.
The other reason why Ryzen Pro APUs will dominate the mobile market will its price. While AMD has not announced prices for its Ryzen Pro APUs but, given that mainstream AMD Ryzen CPUs and APUs have competitive prices compared to Intel we are sure AMD will continue this trend for its mobile APUs.
The lower price point for its APUs will result in laptop manufacturers to use more of the AMD Ryzen Pro APUs in their laptops and notebooks since they will reduce the price down of the overall product.
From the consumer’s perspective, the notebook or a laptop with a superior APU and less price, compared to laptops with Intel mobile processors, will seem like much better package and many will be inclined to move towards notebooks featuring these Ryzen APUs.
These are all the factors that we think will help AMD to dominate the mobile market and leave Intel behind.
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