AMD Launches Ryzen 7 2800H And Ryzen 5 2600H APUs For High-Performance Laptops

AMD Ryzen Mobile
AMD is releasing a couple of new, high-end mobile processors with Radeon Vega graphics for high-end laptops and mobile workstations. They include the Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H, both of which are essentially APUs (accelerated processing units), even though AMD doesn't care to use that term anymore.

Starting with the higher-end of the two, the Ryzen 7 2800H is a 4-core/8-thread processor with a 3.3GHz base clock and 3.8GHz max boost clock. It also has 4MB of L3 cache. For graphics, it sports 11 Radeon Vega compute units (CUs) clocked at 1,300MHz.

The Ryzen 5 2600H is also a 4-core/8-thread chip, but with slightly slower clockspeeds—3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz max boost. It has the same amount of L3 cache. For graphics, the chip is outfitted with 8 Radeon Vega CUs clocked at 1,100MHz.

Both new Raven Ridge parts come with a 45W TDP out of the box. However, the TDP is configurable from 35W to 54W, so OEMs have some leeway in balancing performance with heat output, depending the cooling capabilities of the laptop chassis they are using. At these TDPs, don't expect to find either SKU stuffed inside an ultra-thin system, though.

These mobile APUs are close in specs to the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G, which are desktop desktop APUs. Here's how the specs compare:
  • Ryzen 7 2800H: 4C/8T, 3.3GHz to 3.8GHz, 4MB L3 cache, Vega 11 at 1,300MHz, 45W TDP
  • Ryzen 5 2400G: 4C/8T, 3.6GHz to 3.9GHz, 4MB L3 cache, Vega 11 at 1,250MHz, 65W TDP
  • Ryzen 5 2600H: 4C/8T, 3.2GHz to 3.6GHz, 4MB L3 cache, Vega 8 at 1,100MHz, 45W TDP
  • Ryzen 3 2200G: 4C/4T, 3.5GHz to 3.7GHz, 4MB L3 cache, Vega 8 at 1,100MHz, 65W TDP
We have seen references to the new APUs before. For a brief time, AMD tipped the SKUs in the footnotes of a page outlining the company's "25x20 Energy Efficiency Initiative," which was spotted by Reddit. AMD removed the references, presumably because it wasn't ready to announce the chips. Now, however, both SKUs have been given product pages on AMD's website.

AMD 25x20
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Regarding the 25x20 initiative, AMD stated in a separate blog post last month that an "upcoming processor" would make additional strides towards its goal.

"This includes improvements in every key metric in our 25x20 initiative: more compute performance, more graphics performance, lower power during heavy usage, and significantly lower power during light usage. These advancements mean the Ryzen processor with Radeon Graphics is expected to be both the eco-friendliest and the fastest APU we’ve ever built. Upon introduction of our latest processor, we expect to be 25 percent closer in our quest to 25x20 in a single processor generation," AMD said.

AMD set the goal in 2014 of delivering at least a 25X bump in energy efficiency by 2020 with processors that combine powerful CPU and graphics cores in a single chip. Now as we approach the end of 2018, AMD says it's on track to meet its goal.