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AMD has finally officially announced the highly anticipated next generation Ryzen 6000 ‘Rembrandt’ APU family. Mobile processors that will power countless laptops are coming to both high-end and low-power laptops with the new Zen 3+ core architecture as well as the advanced RDNA 2 graphics core architecture.

Just like the last generation Ryzen 5000H and Ryzen 5000U ‘Cezanne’ family, Ryzen 6000 APUs, codenamed Rembrandt, are divided into two series, Ryzen 6000H and Ryzen 6000U. Let’s add that the new APUs will also be based on refined 6nm manufacturing technology rather than the current 7nm process.

AMD will compete with Apple’s highly competitive M1-based processors alongside Intel’s Alder Lake mobile processors. The Red team stated that Rembrandt chips offer 1.3 times faster processing and 2 times faster graphics performance than the Ryzen 5000 series. At the same time, ray tracing technology is joining AMD’s mobile platforms. Additionally, AMD demonstrated advanced connectivity technologies with support for USB4, WiFi 6E, DisplayPort 2, and AV1 media encoding, as well as support for PCI Express Gen 4 and DDR5/LPDDR5. The presentation also talked about improvements on the power side and mentions up to 24 hours of battery life.

The AMD Ryzen 6000H series consists entirely of processors with Zen3+ cores. The list extends to the Ryzen 9 6980HX with a boost clock of up to 5.0 GHz and a TDP of 45W+. At the bottom, we see the Ryzen 5 6600H(S), a six-core processor that reaches a frequency of 4.5 GHz.

The 6000U series will have only two SKUs taking advantage of the Zen3+ architecture: Ryzen 7 6800U and Ryzen 5 6600U. As for the other refreshed processors, they continue to use the Zen 3 architecture and come with some improvements.

Rembrandt was also the first CPU platform to support Microsoft’s Pluton technology. Pluton aims to protect you from firmware attacks while on the go with your laptop, while providing stronger security to prevent physical attacks and encryption key theft.

This technology was first released on Xbox and AMD’s EPYC data center processors, while joining other security features such as AMD Secure Processor and Memory Guard.

AMD hasn’t shared all the details yet. But as the name suggests, we do know that the Zen 3+ architecture is an iterative update over the existing Zen 3 architecture that powers the Ryzen 5000 chips.

It was said that there are no changes at the microarchitectural level (ie kernels). However, the move from 7nm to 6nm has allowed the company to put in more transistors per square millimeter.

TSMC’s 6nm process offers up to 18% higher logic density than the 7nm “N7” process, but offers similar power and performance values. In addition, the N6 uses EUV lithography with up to five layers of the chip, thereby reducing cost and speeding up production.

Interestingly, AMD mentioned better performance/watt values ​​with the 6nm process. However, this does not agree with TSMC’s similar power/performance estimates. Either way, the Ryzen 6000’s performance and battery life improvements also come from 50 new and improved power management features, adaptive power management, and new deep sleep feature.

AMD’s RDNA 2 iGPU is the first ray-traced APU on the market. Rembrandt processors have up to four more CUs than units offered with Vega, and we’re looking at twelve RDNA 2 CUs that can clock up to 2.4GHz.

The new Ryzen 6000 series processors come with 1.5X larger GPU computing engine, 1.5X more memory bandwidth and 2X larger L2 cache. These are all greatly needed improvements over the aging Vega architecture in previous generation APUs.

Let’s underline that the RDNA 2 graphics engine is also powered by LPDDR5/DDR5. Improved memory throughput will greatly improve performance, and PCIe 4.0 connectivity is predicted to apply to the GPU as well.

History of Ryzen Mobile Processors

CPU Family Production Technology Size
Ryzen 4000 -Renoir 7nm 156 mm²
Ryzen 5000 – Cezanne 7nm 180 mm²
Ryzen 6000 – Rembrandt 6nm 208 mm²
Alder Lake -P Intel 7 217 mm²

H series processors are generally prepared for gamers and content developers. AMD can boost its HX series lineup up to 45W+ TDP for the fastest gaming laptops. The 35W HS models fall into the compact performance category and the H series will be used in more powerful laptops with 45W.

All AMD Ryzen 6000 APU powered laptops are home to a host of technologies including Freesync Premium/Pro, HDR, HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 2 and AV1 Decode. In addition, technologies already found in the latest generation Ryzen 5000 APUs have been upgraded to deliver a better AMD Advantage experience, such as AMD SmartShift MAX, SmartShift ECO and Smart Access Graphics modes. AMD Ryzen 6000 laptops are expected to go on sale February 2022.

Ryzen 9 Series

The four Ryzen 9 models come with eight CPU cores and 16 threads paired with 12 RDNA 2 CUs clocking up to 2.4GHz. This is a notable improvement over the Vega graphics units that come with Cezanne processors. It is worth noting that up to four more CUs (Execution Units) are offered than Cezanne chips. The overclockable flagship Ryzen 9 6980HX has a base clock of 3.3 GHz and a boost clock of 5.0 GHz.

The Ryzen 7 series comes with lower CPU clock speeds and a lower GPU frequency of 2.2 GHz. In addition, the chips again carry 8 cores and 16 threads.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800H runs with a base clock of 3.20 GHz and a boost frequency of 4.70 GHz. All cores can reach 4.50 GHz. The CPU has 16 MB of L3 cache and 4 MB of L2 cache.

Ryzen 5 class mobile chips have 6 cores and 12 threads based on Zen 3+ architecture and can reach frequency speeds of up to 4.5 GHz. The integrated RDNA 2 GPU has a frequency of 1.9 GHz and six cores.

AMD Ryzen 5 6600H/HS is a 6 core and 12 thread chip. However, it is listed with a base clock of 3.30 GHz and a boost clock of 4.50 GHz. The mobile chip is backed by 16MB of L3 cache and 3MB of L2 cache.

APU Name Architecture Production kernel Base Clock Boost Clock L3
Defb.
GPU TDP
Ryzen 9 6980HX Zen 3+ 6nm 8 / 16 3. 30GHz 5. 00GHz 20 MB RDNA 2
12 CUs (2.4 GHz)
45W+
Ryzen 9 6980HS Zen 3+ 6nm 8 / 16 3. 30GHz 5. 00GHz 20 MB RDNA 2
12 CUs (2.4 GHz)
35W
Ryzen 9 6900HX Zen 3+ 6nm 8 / 16 3. 30GHz 4. 90GHz 20 MB RDNA 2
12 CUs (2.4 GHz)
45W+
Ryzen 9 6900HS Zen 3+ 6nm 8 / 16 3. 30GHz 4. 90GHz 20 MB RDNA 2
12 CUs (2.4 GHz)
35W
Ryzen 7 6800H Zen 3+ 6nm 8 / 16 3. 20GHz 4. 70GHz 16MB RDNA 2
12 CUs (2.2 GHz)
45W
Ryzen 7 6800HS Zen 3+ 6nm 8 / 16 3. 20GHz 4. 70GHz 16MB RDNA 2
12 CUs (2.2 GHz)
35W
Ryzen 6 6600H Zen 3+ 6nm 6 / 12 3. 30GHz 4. 50GHz 19 MB RDNA 2
6 CUs (1.9 GHz)
45W
Ryzen 6 6600HS Zen 3+ 6nm 8 / 16 3. 30GHz 4. 50GHz 19 MB RDNA 2
6 CUs (1.9 GHz)
35W

AMD will launch only two processors in the Ryzen 6000U ‘Rembrandt’ APU family, which will be expanded later. The company will renew some of its Ryzen 5000U chips under the ‘Barcelo’ label to close the big gap of the previous generation chips. Rembrandt will have 6nm Zen 3+ and RDNA architecture, while Barcelo will have 7nm Zen 3 & Vega architecture.

Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 Series

At the top of the line is the Zen 3-based Ryzen 7 6800U. The Ryzen 7 5800U carries an RDNA 2 integrated GPU with 12 Compute Units at 2200 MHz. This processor also has 8 cores and 16 threads tuned to base frequencies of 2.7 GHz and boost frequencies of 4.7 GHz. APU with 16MB L3 cache is tight with TDP of 15-28W.

The Ryzen 5 667U, on the other hand, will run at a base clock of 2.90 GHz and will go up to 4.5 GHz. The number of RDNA 2 Execution units is reduced to six, while the frequency rate remains the same as 2.2 GHz. Both chips are much more powerful than the previous generation, with higher frequency speeds alongside faster RDNA 2 iGPUs.

All AMD Ryzen 6000 APUs feature next-generation RDNA 2 GPUs, and we expect significant increases in gaming performance on integrated graphics.

APU Name Architecture Production kernel Base Clock Boost Clock L3
Defb.
GPU TDP
Ryzen 7 6800U Zen 3+ 6nm 8 / 16 2. 7GHz 4. 7GHz 20 MB RDNA 2
12 CUs (2.2 GHz)
15-28W
Ryzen 5 6600U Zen 3+ 6nm 6 / 12 2. 9GHz 4. 5GHz 19 MB RDNA 2
6 CUs (2.2 GHz)
15-28W
Ryzen 7 5825U Zen 3 7nm 8 / 16 2. 0GHz 4. 5GHz 20 MB Vega
8 CUs (1.8 GHz)
15W
Ryzen 5 5625U Zen 3 7nm 6 / 12 2. 3GHz 4. 3GHz 19 MB Vega
7 CUs (1.6 GHz)
15W
Ryzen 3 5425U Zen 3 7nm 4 / 8 2. 7GHz 4. 1GHz 10MB Vega
6 CUs (1.5 GHz)
15W

The company claims that the Ryzen 6000 has 30% lower power consumption during video conferencing, reduces power by 15% when browsing the web, and saves 40% when streaming video. So much so that these comparisons were made against the previous Ryzen 5000 series.

AMD’s app tesdollar series claims that these power savings come with a huge leap in performance. The chipmaker emphasizes that compared to the Ryzen 5800U, the Ryzen 7 6800U offers up to 1.3 times the multi-thread performance, 1.1 times the single-thread performance, and 1.3 times more productivity applications. AMD claims coding, rendering and gaming increased by 1.7x, 2.3x and 2x respectively when looking at more intense workloads.

The Ryzen 7 6800U also benchmarked the integrated graphics of the Intel Core i7-1165G7 and the entry-level MX450 discrete GPU. In the entire series of gaming tesdollars, the Rembdrandt APU is ahead. AMD also specifically states that the 6800U is 2x ahead of the 5800U in almost every game tested.

The red team, on the other hand, announced at CES that Far Cry 6 now supports FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) and released a demo that reaches 59 FPS with the quality preset. This means an improvement of 51%.

The company hopes to have more than 200 premium systems on the market by 2022, but that includes the entire Ryzen portfolio (including the 5000 series). AMD plans the first shipments of Ryzen 6000 mobile systems to begin in February. We look forward to the detailed tesdollar series of the numerous developments and especially the mobile chips that come with it.


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