AMD has just announced their powerful Ryzen Pro 6000 series chips for business workhorses. AMD calls it the most advanced processor for business laptops today. We need to see its real performance against Intel’s 12th-gen vPro chips. These chips will release in Q2 of this year.
AMD is releasing six H series and two U series chips. Some of these chips have already been announced in HP’s Elitebook 800 G9 series and Lenovo Z and T series.
Ryzen Pro 6000 specs
Ryzen Pro 6000 series has six H series chips with default TDP between 35W-45W and two U series chips with default TDP between 15W-30W. AMD is also keeping three Ryzen Pro 5000 processors for use.
The Ryzen Pro 6000 series is based on their latest Zen 3+ architecture. These are developed on a 6nm node and claim up to 30% performance improvement. The built-in graphics is AMD’s own RDNA 2 which should bring significant performance improvements over the 5000 series.
As seen in the spec sheet below, three of the eight new processors have six cores and twelve threads. The other five are all eight-core CPUs with sixteen threads.
AMD’s tests claim that the 6850U processor is 11% faster than its predecessor at the same 15W TDP in all tests. The 28W TDP version is almost 28% better consistently in most tests when compared to 15W 5850U.
On the graphics side, the AMD’s RDNA 2 GPU claims to be 1.5x faster at 15W, and 2.1x faster at 28W.
AMD made these comparisons against Intel’s 12th-gen 28W P-series. It claims the Ryzen Pro 6000 is faster in Cinebench R23 multi-thread, graphics, Passmark 10, PCMark 10, PCMark 10 Extended, and PCMark 10 Productivity. However, Intel’s chips are faster at single-core tests.
Battery life performance is also impressive. AMD did a bunch of tests on MobileMark 2018.
Using MobileMark 2018 on an HP EliteBook 865 G9, having a Ryzen 7 PRO 6850U and a 76WHr battery, it came up with 26.15 hours while running at 150 nits. But in the same test an HP EliteBook x360 1040 G8 with a Core i7-1165G7 and a 78WHr battery, only scored 22.25 hours.
AMD’s same processor also promises up to 29 hours of video playback, and up to 45% better battery life in Microsoft Teams calls when compared to an Intel Core i7-1260P.
Chip’s security features
This Ryzen Pro 6000 series will be the first x86 chips to have support for Windows Pluton – a level 2 security platform. We had seen this system in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chipset. Windows Pluton provides a tight integration between hardware and software and protects against physical attacks. AMD already provides this feature in Xbox consoles.
There is also support for Windows Autopilot that allows admins to quickly setup fresh Windows devices. AMD also promises support for modern management solutions like Microsoft Endpoint Manager. There is planned software stability of 18 months and 24 months of planned availability.
These features provide a level of stability for businesses to decide which chip system to go for.
More laptops coming
The Ryzen Pro 6000 processors will arrive in a bunch of business laptops by Q2 of this year. Some of the announced laptops are HP EliteBook 800 G9, Lenovo ThinkPad Z and T series. AMD mentions more partnerships but they are not announced yet.
The Ryzen PRO 5000 chips are present in HP EliteBook 600 G9, ProBook 400 G9, and HP 200 G9. In Lenovo machines, they power Lenovo ThinkPad L-series, ThinkPad E-series, V-series, and ThinkBook. So, it is fair to assume many more laptops will get the Pro 6000 series in the future.
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