AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile processors are hitting laptops. Which one is right for you?
AMD unveiled its Ryzen 5000 Mobile processors (CPU) at CES 2021, complementing its Ryzen 5000 Desktop chips unveiled late 2020. Like the Ryzen 4000 Mobile CPUs before, Ryzen 5000 Mobile is split into H-series and U-series. The former chips are meant for gaming and creator laptops, while the latter chips are meant for thin, light laptops with snappy performance and long battery life.
There are quite a few different CPUs in each series, and we’re expecting them to show up in the best Windows laptop options out there. Buying the right one for your needs can be difficult. We break things down here to ensure you’re getting the right hardware for the task at hand.
AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series Mobile CPUs
Since some laptops with AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series CPUs have launched, we’ll focus on the more powerful hardware first.
AMD splits its H-series Ryzen Mobile processors into three categories, much like Intel does with its Core line. Whereas there are Ryzen 3 chips in the lower-powered U-series line, H-series is meant for gaming and creating, so AMD starts with a Ryzen 5 and goes up to a Ryzen 9.
- Ryzen 5 — 6 cores, 12 threads
- Ryzen 7 — 8 cores, 16 threads
- Ryzen 9 — 8 cores, 16 threads
AMD has built these CPUs with a 7nm process. They have a TDP starting at 35W with the Ryzen 5 5600HS and go up to 45W+ with the Ryzen 9 5980HX. Let’s take a closer look at these CPUs that are only available in laptops.
AMD Ryzen 5 5000 H-series CPUs
|AMD Ryzen 5 5600HS||6||12||3.0GHz (4.2GHz)||19MB||7nm||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 5600H||6||12||3.3GHz (4.2GHz)||19MB||7nm||45W|
There are two Ryzen 5 CPUs in this class: Ryzen 5 5600HS and Ryzen 5 5600H. Each has six cores and 12 threads, and a base clock speed of 4.2GHz. However, the “HS” version has a lower 35W TDP compared to a 45W TDP in the “H” version. Expect to see the 5600HS in gaming laptops that go for the thin and light look.
Bottom line: Ryzen 5 H-series CPUs are an excellent jumping-off point for gamers and creators who aren’t looking to push their systems to the absolute maximum. They cost less, and they should be a great choice for the average gamer or creator.
AMD Ryzen 7 5000 H-series CPUs
|AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS||8||16||2.8GHz (4.4GHz)||20MB||7nm||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 7 5800H||8||16||3.2GHz (4.4GHz)||20MB||7nm||45W|
Ryzen 7 5000 CPUs are where most people will settle. There are two options: the Ryzen 7 5800HS and the Ryzen 5800H — each with eight cores and 16 threads. Again, the “HS” version comes in at a lower 35W TDP, while the “H” version hits a higher 45W TDP.
These CPUs will handle just about any modern game, and they’ll put up a strong fight against intensive design and development software. The extra cores over the Ryzen 5 chips make them better for multitasking, and they likewise have a higher boost clock speed.
Bottom line: Ryzen 7 H-series CPUs should be the right choice for most people with a little bit more money to spend. They’re going to deliver high-end gaming and creating performance, and they cost less than Ryzen 9.
AMD Ryzen 9 5000 H-series CPUs
|AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS||8||16||3.0GHz (4.6GHz)||20MB||7nm||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX||8||16||3.3GHz (4.6GHz)||20MB||7nm||45W+|
|AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS||8||16||3.0GHz (4.8GHz)||20MB||7nm||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX||8||16||3.3GHz (4.8GHz)||20MB||7nm%|