In February, AMD launched its revamped Ryzen Mobile 6000 family of CPUs. Now the company has released the Pro CPUs from the same family for enterprise customers. They use the same Zen 3+ architecture as their non-Pro counterparts, but include additional security features that business customers appreciate. These chips also feature the company’s latest RDNA2 GPUs and are made on TSMC’s 6nm process.
Like the company’s regular mobile CPUs, the Pro series comes in both high-performance “H” variants and battery-sensitive U-series. In addition to offering ‘Rembrandt’ CPUs from the 6000 series, AMD also offers three ‘Cezanne’ chips from the 5000 series. AMD claims that its latest professional CPUs are more efficient and powerful than Intel’s Alder Lake chips, and also a step up from the previous generation of CPUs. As we reported earlier, AMD’s Zen 3+ is architecturally the same as Zen 3, but the power consumption is optimized for better efficiency. The family of chips ranges in power consumption from 45W to 15W, paving the way for an interesting low-watt showdown with Intel.
The Pro chips support the latest technology, including DDR5 memory, PCIe 4.0, USB 4, and Wi-Fi 6. It should be noted that while Alder Lake desktop chips offer PCIe 5.0, the mobile chips are PCIe 4.0, just like AMD’s. . The RDNA2 GPU offers both HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0, and AMD says it can also use four 4K displays.
In terms of security and IT, these are the first x86 SoCs to integrate Microsoft’s Pluton security chip. It provides chip-to-cloud security and prevents certain attack vectors between the CPU and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). There is also a separate processor for remote management and deployment. It works with tools such as Windows Autopilot and Microsoft’s Endpoint Manager.
AMD is making some bold claims with these chips, directly calling on Intel in the process. For example, it claims that the Ryzen 7 6850U offers up to 29 hours of battery life. Similarly, it also says its Pro chips offer up to 45 percent better battery life for performance during team meetings compared to the Intel Core i7-1260P. AMD generally says that the Pro series offers 2.6x the efficiency of Intel’s flagship mobile component, the 45W Core i9-12900HK. However, that’s Intel’s most power-hungry mobile chip, which can consume up to 115W in Turbo mode.
At launch, the Pro CPUs will be sold only by HP and Lenovo, with more manufacturers to follow. Lenovo is introducing a new model called the ThinkPad Z, which will be available in both 13″ and 16″ sizes. They cost $1,549 and $2,099 and will be available in May. Next up is the HP EliteBook G9, which will also be available in several sizes. So far, no pricing information is available, but according to PCMag, it sounds like a premium laptop. The company will also announce several workstations with its Pro chips in the near future.
The arrival of these super-efficient chips makes for an interesting battle between AMD and Intel. All we’ve seen so far are the top chips competing against each other. Intel still comes out on top in that battle, but it wasn’t necessarily a fair right. Intel sent reviewers a bulky desktop replacement laptop for its reviews to take the “fastest mobile CPU” crown. AMD, on the other hand, sent reviewers a much more efficient 14-inch laptop. AMD is clearly very focused on efficiency with its 6000 series mobile chips, and the Pro chips continue that trend. How that compares to Alder Lake in the 10W-15W landscape will be an interesting matchup.