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AMD’s latest series of mobile chips are now available for purchase. The AMD CES 2022 speech provided us with a wealth of information, including the fact that they would be the first CPUs to arrive with Microsoft’s Pluton security processor, which was designed to thwart new attack vectors that have been used to infiltrate computers in the past. But perhaps most significantly for gamers, several of these new chips (particularly AMD’s new discrete graphics capabilities) appear to be quite powerful.
You’ll find Ryzen 6000 H-series CPUs in a variety of laptops from Alienware, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Razer, and other manufacturers that will be released in the next weeks and months. But for the time being, all eyes are on Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14, which is one of the first gaming laptops to be equipped with AMD’s newest components.
The G14 has evolved into something of a showcase device for AMD’s high-end Ryzen H-series CPUs, and this year’s edition is the first to employ the Ryzen 9 6900HS processor in conjunction with the Radeon RX 6800S discrete graphics from Radeon Technologies, Inc. This system attempts to raise the bar for what type of performance can be achieved with AMD’s newest components in a 14-inch gaming laptop that is both small and lightweight. Other notable enhancements are the installation of a camera and the expansion of its screen to a more favored 16:10 aspect ratio.
A number of benchmarks have also been posted by AMD, demonstrating how the Radeon RX 6800S discrete graphics in the G14 outperforms some really strong competition. Example: In a gaming benchmark, the Zephyrus G14 outperformed the Razer Blade 14, which is equipped with a previous-gen Ryzen 9 5900HX and an RTX 3080 and is the top-of-the-line gaming PC from last year.
According to that benchmark, which measured 1080p performance across various titles at their highest graphics settings, the 6800S outperformed the RTX 3080 in the majority of situations. In titles such as Far Cry 6, Halo Infinite, and Hitman 3, the Ryzen 9 6900HS with the Radeon RX 6800S gave a greater performance on average than the RTX 3080. (though it was bested by the RTX 3080 in Deathloop). At least in this specific benchmark, AMD says that its components may give up to 15 percent greater performance than its competitors.
What the graphic does not emphasize, on the other hand, are a couple of critical aspects. Suppose this were a (more intriguing) competition between games running on Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and AMD’s fairly new FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). My assumption is that it would be a more competitive battle, and at the moment, Nvidia is the clear winner in terms of having more PC games that support it as a setting. If AMD’s new Radeon Super Resolution graphics card can live up to its promise of being compatible with a broad range of titles, the tides may turn in AMD’s favor.
What’s also essential to note is that the RAM speeds of the new Asus G14 and the 2021 Blade 14 are different, which might have an influence on performance in some cases.
OTHER MODELS THAT WILL GET SPEEDY RYZEN 6000 H-SERIES CHIPS
As I previously stated, the ROG Zephyrus G14 will not be your only option when purchasing a gaming laptop (or the most powerful one). The larger Zephyrus G15, which will be the successor to our current favorite gaming laptop, will support the same CPU as well as graphics cards up to the RTX 3080 Ti. Outside of Asus, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro for 2022, a 16-inch laptop, is one that I’m most interested to put through its paces. It is compatible with processors up to and including the Ryzen 9 6900HX, however, the graphics are provided by Nvidia (up to the RTX 3070 Ti). You’ll be able to purchase the same high-end CPU in Razer’s 2022 Blade 14, which has a graphics card that can compete with the RTX 3080 Ti at its highest setting. It has a starting price of $1,999.99.
Most notably, Alienware’s M17 R5 Ryzen Edition is a 17-inch gaming laptop that has internals that is likely to be far quicker than the ones I outlined above. Perhaps no firm has gone larger (literally) with AMD than Alienware so far. It may be configured with AMD’s Ryzen 9 6980HX CPU and a Radeon RX 6850M XT graphics chip, up to a maximum of Ryzen 9 6980HX. The price of this one is yet unknown, but we don’t anticipate it to be in the least bit reasonable compared to the other two.
It is hoped that Acer’s most recent edition of the Nitro 5 would provide gamers with a more inexpensive method to obtain a Ryzen 6000 H-series processor laptop. It has a starting price of $1,099.99 and can be customized with up to a Ryzen 7 6800H processor and Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti graphics card.
The Verge will be testing as many of these AMD-equipped devices as possible in the near future, so stay tuned for more information on upcoming reviews.