AMD launched its new Ryzen 5000 C-Collection processors immediately, bringing the corporate’s Chromebook CPU household on top of things with the Zen 3 structure and 7nm course of. The 4 new 15W chips ship as much as eight x86 cores, a primary for Chromebooks, and are available armed with the Radeon RX Vega graphics engine with as much as eight GPU cores. Regardless of a high-performance focus for what have historically been low-power Chromebooks, AMD claims its chips present as much as nearly twice the battery lifetime of Intel’s competing Tiger Lake fashions.
AMD plans for the 5000 C-Collection to handle a brand new higher-tier class of Chromebooks replete with the highest-end lodging, like premium screens and designs, whereas the corporate’s present 3000 C-Collection chips will proceed to handle mainstream and entry-level tiers.
AMD’s first foray into tailored CPUs for Chromebooks got here again in 2020 with the Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Collection chips that wielded the first-gen Zen structure and the 14nm course of, so immediately’s step as much as Zen 3 and 7nm marks a giant step ahead for all sides of efficiency and energy consumption and effectivity.
As earlier than, many of the 15W Ryzen 5000 C-series chips come as rebranded variations of AMD’s different cell merchandise, on this case, the Ryzen 5000 U-series, with AMD’s rationale for the brand new branding being a transparent separation of the Home windows- and Chromebook-branded chips.
We do see slight variations in clock charges between the Chromebook-optimized variants and their U-series siblings, with 100 MHz larger CPU enhance frequencies traded for a 100 to 200 MHz discount in peak GPU clock charges. Nevertheless, the Ryzen 3 5125C stands as an exception – there does not look like a dual-core quad-thread counterpart within the present Ryzen 5000 U-series lineup.
As with all vendor-provided specs, take these with a grain of salt. We have included the check notes on the finish of the album to your perusal.
Naturally, the soar as much as eight cores will drastically enhance efficiency in threaded workloads, whereas Zen 3’s IPC positive factors will supply tangible benefits over AMD’s Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Collection chips in single-threaded work. The Radeon RX Vega graphics engine additionally touts the identical optimizations for 7nm as we see with the laptop computer chips, so it should present large positive factors over 3000C’s older 14nm Vega.
In opposition to its personal Ryzen 7 3700C, AMD touts that the Ryzen 7 5825C delivers a 67% enhance within the internet browser Webxrt 3 benchmark, indicative of efficiency developments in single-threaded work. AMD additionally claims a 107% enchancment within the Geekbench 5 multi-threaded check, however this benchmark is not actually indicative of efficiency in real-world multi-threaded workloads, so take that with an additional serving to of salt. Lastly, given that almost all video games performed on a Chromebook shall be within the browser, AMD claims an 85% enchancment within the internet browser-based Movement Mark benchmark (this should not be thought-about litmus check for intense graphics work, although).
We’ve got but to see Intel’s Alder Lake -N variants come to the Chromebook market, so AMD squares off with Tiger Lake. AMD in contrast the 5825C to the Intel i7-1185G7, claiming a 7% benefit in Webxprt 3, 25% benefit within the threaded Geekbench 5 sub-test, and a ten% benefit within the Movement Mark benchmark. We should always count on this comparability to vary drastically when Intel’s Alder Lake-N arrives at an unspecified date.
Maybe most vital for what has historically been a low-power section with beneficiant battery life, AMD claims the Ryzen 5 5525C gives as much as 94% extra battery life than the Intel i5-1135G7 within the CrXPRT2 battery life benchmark (CrXPRT is a Chromebook-specific benchmark from Principled Applied sciences).
AMD’s Ryzen 5000 C-Collection has the identical security measures as its Professional sequence lineup, together with safe boot, AMD safe processor, and help for Google’s TPM administration.
AMD touts the 14″ clamshell HP Elite C645 G2, which launches immediately, for instance of the higher-end choices enabled by its new chips, whereas the Acer Chromebook Spin 514, additionally introduced immediately, represents a premium 14″ 2-in-1 convertible. Each come powered by AMD’s flagship Ryzen 7 5825C.
AMD’s preliminary entrance into the Chromebook market with the Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Collection again in 2020 could not have come at a extra opportune time, however not for the perfect causes: Again then, we have been within the opening levels of the pandemic and the resultant lockdowns. That sequence of unlucky occasions pushed education again to the house for a lot of college students, leading to an unprecedented surge in Chromebook gross sales.
Naturally, Chromebook gross sales have plummeted by 69% year-over-year (per IDC) because the worst of the lockdowns recede in most areas, however AMD’s determination to allow a higher-tier of Chromebook might be profitable transferring ahead — extracting extra margin from what has traditionally been a low-margin section makes loads of good enterprise sense. These higher-end chips will even be wanted to fend off Intel’s x86 Alder Lake-N chips, to not point out the Arm competitors from Qualcomm and Mediatek, over the approaching yr.