AMD Ryzen 6000 PRO, Zen 3+ also arrives on business notebooks

AMD Ryzen 6000 PRO, Zen 3+ also arrives on business notebooks

AMD Ryzen 6000 PRO

A few months ago AMD officially announced the new Ryzen 6000 APUs for laptops, ready to do battle with the different Alder Lake Mobile families of Intel. Today the Sunnyvale house has formalized the new AMD Ryzen 6000 PRO, notebook processors that share most of the features with the consumer models, but are designed to offer the best to business users, who need more stringent security systems and greater reliability in certain areas.

The new Ryzen 6000 PRO are based on the Zen 3+ architecture at 6nm, which offers up to 30% more performance than the Zen 3, while improving efficiency energy. The integrated graphics, on the other hand, are based on RDNA 2 architecture, which guarantees up to double the performance compared to Vega, supports the new HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 2.0 standards and the latest generation codecs.

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In the U series we find instead only two new features, the Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U and the Ryzen 5 PRO 6650U. The former offers an 8 core / 16 thread configuration with a maximum frequency of 4.7GHz and a TDP of 25W, while the latter has a 6 core / 12 thread configuration with a maximum frequency of 4.5GHz and a TDP of 25W. Both offer a configurable TDP, from a minimum of 11.5W to a maximum of 30W.

AMD has also introduced new features for the Ryzen 5000 PRO family, based on Zen 3 architecture. The new models are the Ryzen 7 PRO 5875U, Ryzen 5 PRO 5675U and Ryzen 3 PRO 5475U and offer 8 cores / 16 threads, 6 cores / 12 threads and 4 cores / 8 threads respectively, with peak frequencies of 4.5GHz, 4.3GHz and 4.1GHz. All three models have a TDP of 15W, configurable in a range of 10W-25W.

In terms of performance, AMD has shown that the new Ryzen 6000 PRO solutions are more powerful than the Alder Lake P-series competitors. 28W in some synthetic benchmarks, such as Cinebench R23 (both single thread and multi thread), 3DMark Time Spy and Passmark 10. Even in the Office and productivity tests, the Ryzen come out as winners, outperforming Intel in all PCMark 10 benchmarks, albeit slightly lower in the new UL Procyon test. Overall, the new Ryzen 6000 PROs are up to 17% faster than their Intel counterparts in these benchmarks, according to AMD.

In addition to these features, the new Ryzen 6000 PROs offer various hardware and software security measures, which work in harmony to ensure the protection of data. In addition to the AMD Shadow Stack implemented in the Zen 3 architecture we find AMD Secure Processor, the Microsoft Pluton chip and AMD Memory Guard, in addition to the security features of Windows 11 such as Secured-Core PC and those of OEMs, such as Lenovo's ThinkShiled .

AMD’s Ryzen 6000 Pro CPUs are ready to supercharge business laptops

AMD’s Ryzen series has been making incredible headway in the laptop space, but Intel still has a firm grip in the high-end gaming and workstation portion of the market. That might just change with the launch of Ryzen 6000 Pro, AMD’s series of CPUs for uncompromising business laptops. If money is no object — or if your employer is paying your tab! — you’ll want to check out these specs. 

Ryzen 6000 Pro chips will come in no less than eight different models, with the 6-core Ryzen 5 Pro 6650U on the bottom and the 8-core Ryzen 9 Pro 69050H on the top. AMD is also releasing three lower-specced CPUs as Ryzen Pro 5000 badges for thin-and-light designs, running on the slightly older 7nm architecture. Which one you’ll be able to buy will depend on which ones laptop makers design their latest models around. 

AMD 6000 Pro series processors


All of the new Zen3+ designs have some long-awaited hardware capabilities. These include compatibility with DDR5 memory, Wi-Fi 6E networking, and USB 4 and Thunderbolt standards (though it’s only certified for the latter). That means external GPUs should be available for the new generation of laptops, though it might not be as smooth as on their Intel-powered counterparts. 

Scaling from 28 watts of power draw all the way up to 45 watts, the Zen3+ architecture allows for a maximum processor speed of 4.9GHz and 20MB of combined L2 and L3 cache. Compared to the equivalent processor tiers in the 5000 series, CPU performance is being boosted by up to 1.3x, with the upgraded RDNA 2-based GPU performance going up to 2.1x more powerful for the 28-watt chips. Comparing Ryzen 7 Pro 6000 U-series chips to Intel Core i7 12th-gen chips, AMD is claiming impressive gains of 125-150 percent for Cinebench, 3DMark, and Passmark tests, with more modest gains on basic productivity software. 

AMD Ryzen Pro security


For a sneak peek at the performance of these new Ryzen Pro chips, check out our review of the fantastic Ryzen 6900HS laptop chip, which is built on the same underlying technology but without all the extra enterprise-centric features these Pro chips offer. Those perks include advanced security and fleet management tools for IT admins, along with extended support and reliability plans you can build your business needs around long-term.

But frankly, raw power isn’t the most important metric for a lot of laptop users. AMD is also projecting better battery life for the Pro 6000 series when testing with essential workloads. In particular they tested a 45 percent gain in battery life for Microsoft Teams video meetings versus the Intel Core i7 1260P. On the HP Elitebook 865, a 16-inch model with a beefy 76 watt-hour battery, AMD measure the 6850U processor at an amazing 26.15 hours of battery life using the MobileMark 2018 benchmark. 

Ryzen 6000 pro battery life


Laptops featuring Ryzen Pro 6000 chips (as well as some Pro 5000 designs) should be available to retail and business customers by the end of the second quarter. HP’s Elitebook 865, 845, and 835 will get 6000-series chips, while the Elitebook 655 and 645 will get Ryzen Pro 5000. Lenovo has announced Ryzen 6000 Pro chips for its new flagship ThinkPad Z series, as well as refreshed models of the T14, T16, and X13. ThinkPad L designs will have Ryzen 5000 Pro options. 

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