AMD 7nm Renoir Ryzen 9 Laptops Outperform Intel-Based Portable Computers?

The latest laptops with the new 7nm AMD Renoir Ryzen CPUs are just arriving, and preliminary testing indicates the ZEN 2 based AMD ‘Renoir’ Ryzen 4000 Series processors outperform nearly every Intel Mobility CPUs. Although powerful Intel CPUs meant primarily for the laptop market still possess a few capabilities that AMD chips do not, the latter’s APUs can potentially snatch Intel’s dominance in the laptop market after decimating the company’s stronghold over the desktop and server markets.

As tests, benchmarking, and reviews of the latest premium gaming and professional start trickling in, it is increasingly becoming apparent that the new AMD Mobility APUs and CPUs can change the market dynamics. A just-arrived review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, which packs the latest AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS chip, clearly indicates how AMD’s Mobility processors, built on the 7nm Fabrication Node and based on the ZEN 2 Architecture could be the market leader.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 With AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU And NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q Reviewed:

A just-concluded review of the premium ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, which packs a relatively lower-power AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU and discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060Max-Q GPU, offers some surprising revelations and conclusions. On a Cinebench R15 multi-threaded performance test, a 3.5-pound ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with a low-power AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS was only about 5 percent slower than an 8.5-pound Alienware Area 51m R1 with a desktop Core i9-9900K.

The same consistent results were revealed on the Maxon’s new Cinebench R20, which uses a far more current engine from Cinema4D, supports up to 256 threads, and also stresses AVX, AVX2 and AVX512 workloads. Running for a much longer time, and taxing the CPU, especially the Boost Clocks heavily, the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS solidly held its ground.

It is surprising to note that the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS easily beats every single laptop that runs on Intel Mobility CPUs, except the Alienware Area 51m R1. Interestingly, the lead is quite marginal, and considering the powerful Intel Core i9-9900K inside the 51M R1, AMD’s contender is clearly a worthy alternative.

The majority of applications and platforms today still rely on the single-core performance when it comes to laptops, and unsurprisingly, Intel has had a lead in this particular segment. Intel’s archaic but highly mature 14nm CPUs are the favorites especially because of the respectably high clock speeds in the 4.8 GHz to 5 GHz range. Hence it is no wonder that AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobility CPUs still have some ground to cover. Nonetheless, AMD’s 7nm Mobility CPUs are proving to be a better alternative, especially for lightweight laptops with limited thermal cooling solutions. Given the miniature-sized CPU Architecture, the ZEN 2-based 7nm AMD Renoir Mobility Chips could be heavily preferred even for everyday work and professional laptops and notebooks.

In Addition To Performance, AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobility CPUs May Have Better Thermal Efficiency And Battery Endurance, Hint Tests:

The review of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 indicates that the new AMD Ryzen 4000 Series CPUs run cooler than the Intel’s 9th Generation currently available CPUs. Intel’s competing products also mandate more robust and powerful cooling solutions as their TDP ratings are on the higher side. AMD’s ZEN 2-based 7nm Ryzen CPUs, on the other hand, seems to work well even with standard cooling solutions. Earlier reports about the AMD Mobility CPUs have indicated the rather low TDP ratings of the chips.

[Image Credit: AMD via PCWorld]
Incidentally, an ability to use efficient cooling instead of intense fans has a significant impact on battery life as well. While the AMD’s claims about 18-hour battery life might not be possible in everyday scenarios, the company’s newest CPUs, when not stressed rigorously and regularly, should offer substantially better battery endurance when compared to the comparable Intel Mobility CPUs.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.

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