In the increasingly competitive battle between AMD, Apple, and Intel for PC performance and performance efficiency, AMD just released its next round of high-end mobile SoCs for laptops – the Ryzen Pro 6000 series. As with the previous generation, AMD offers the Pro 6000 in multiple CPU, GPU, memory, and power configurations, but all receive the benefit of the company’s latest Zen 3+ CPU architecture, RDNA 2 graphics architecture, and TSMC’s 6nm process technology. All told, the Pro 6000 ups the ante in the competitive landscape for high-end and thin-and-light laptops, the fastest-growing segments of the PC market and critical tools for today’s hybrid workforce.
Aimed at the commercial market, the Ryzen Pro 6000 series includes all the latest technology and features. The new series offers eight new product configurations with six or eight of the latest Zen 3+ CPU cores capable of supporting two threads per core combined with RDNA 2 GPU cores in power ranges from 15W to 45W. While the base frequencies range from just 2.7GHz to 3.3GHz, the boost frequencies allow these SoCs to run up to a maximum of 4.1GHz to 4.9GHz. All told, the company claims that the CPU performance increase is 1.3x and the GPU performance is 2.0x over the previous Ryzen Pro 5000 series. Leveraging the RDNA 2 graphics architecture also enables support for the latest codecs and up to four 4K displays. The Ryzen Pro 6000 series also gets a boost in performance from a faster PCIe Gen 4.0 internal interface, USB4 external interface, and the latest DDR5 memory.
As with the previous generation, there are two classes of Ryzen Pro 6000 SoCs, the H class for mobile workstation-class performance and the U class for power-efficient thin-and-light laptops. All come with the AMD Pro IT technologies. While many customers may not fully leverage these technologies today, it is a critical item for consideration in enterprise environments and should be leveraged for enhanced security and manageability sooner rather than later. AMD continues to enhance security with new technologies like supporting Windows 11 security features and the Microsoft Pluton security processor. The Pro technologies package also includes image stability over the life of the system, easing the IT support burden.
According to AMD, all this performance comes with increased battery life – the most important factor for many users. The company cited up to 29 hours of video playback for thin-and-light laptops powered with the Ryzen Pro 6850U SoC. While the actual battery life will vary by application and the combination of applications, even power users should be able to get a full day of work without recharging.
While the company is launching the new SoCs first with HP and Lenovo in multiple new laptops, AMD is also working with other OEMs that will be announcing products soon. One Lenovo laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad Z, will even feature an optimized Ryzen Pro 6000 SoC, the Ryzen 7 Pro 6860Z, that is only available in that laptop. According to AMD, the two companies worked together on the complete system design. Additionally, AMD has also stated that some PC OEMs will be offering laptops with a cellular modem option, but no details were provided. If the current crop of laptops is any indication, the cellular modem will be a pricy upgrade.
According to AMD, the new Ryzen Pro 6000 series will give it a performance leadership position in commercial laptops. In some of the benchmarks cited, the Ryzen Pro 6000 SoCs outperformed the competition in terms of multi-threaded CPU performance and GPU performance but were edged out in single-treaded CPU performance. Note that Tirias Research has not had an opportunity to test any of the systems with the new Ryzen Pro 6000 processors. As a result, we will not publish these benchmarks but look forward to the opportunity to run and publish our own tests in the near future.
The key takeaway from this announcement is that AMD is still moving forward with an aggressive product roadmap for laptops, just as the competition increases from both Apple and Intel across all laptops and Intel for the commercial laptop segment. In the end, the competition benefits IT buyers and end-users and ensures that the PC remains a key platform for today’s hybrid work environment and for technology development.