AMD Launches Ryzen Pro 3000 And Athlon Pro Mobile CPUs For Enterprise Laptops

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AMD is expanding its Pro family of processors with the introduction of new Ryzen Pro Mobile and Athlon Pro Mobile processors which come backed by Radeon Vega graphics. All of the processors are based on the 12nm process node, with the Athlon Pro 300U taking up the low-end of the segment with a dual-core/quad-thread setup, while the range-topping Ryzen 7 Pro counters with 4 cores and 8 threads.

As with its other "Pro" branded processor offerings, AMD is targeting commercial customers that demand high levels of security, reliability and manageability for the notebook fleets. AMD introduced its Ryzen Pro 2000 Series processors in May of 2018, and the follow-up Ryzen Pro 3000 Series is launching today.

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In addition to offering roughly a 15 to 25 percent performance advantage over the Ryzen Pro 2000 Series processors, AMD is really gunning for Intel's Pentium, Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processor families with Ryzen Pro 3000. 

Starting at the bottom, the aforementioned Athlon Pro 300U has 2C/4T Zen+ CPU configuration, 5MB cache (L2 + L3), a base clock of 2.4GHz and a boost clock of 3.3GHz along with a Vega 3 graphics core. AMD sees this processor going head-to-head with the Intel Pentium 4415U.

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Stepping up the scale, we come to the Ryzen 3 Pro 3300U, which brings a 4C/4T setup with a base clock of 2.1GHz and a boost clock of 3.5GHz. There's 6MB of cache onboard and a Vega 6 GPU. AMD is targeting the Core i3-8145U with this processor. Moving along, we come to the Ryzen Pro 5 3500U which adds SMT support with 4 cores and 8 threads, a base clock of 2.1GHz, a boost clock of 3.7GHz, 6MB cache and a Vega 8 GPU.

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Finally, we come to the Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U, which is also a 4C/8T APU with 6GB cache, and a base clock of 2.3GHz that can boost to 4GHz. With this SKU, you're bumped up to a Vega 10 GPU. AMD sees the Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U competing against both the Core i7-8565U and the Core i7-8650U.

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All of the processors are rated at 15W and are targeting at thin and light machines with battery life of up to 12 hours (10+ hours video playback). Also along for the ride is requisite support for AMD GuardMI Technology with on-chip DRAM memory encryption, secure boot, fTPM/TPM 2.0 and a host of other security-minded features.

AMD hasn’t pinned down an exact launch date for these new mobility processors, but says that designs are “coming soon” from Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and a number of other top OEMs.