AMD Launches Chromebook-Optimized Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series Mobile Processors

After unveiling Athlon 3000-series of 15W mobile processors earlier this year, AMD has now announced Chromebook-optimized mobile processors with AMD Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series family.

Designed in collaboration with Google, the new AMD mobile “Zen” processors deliver up to 178% faster web browsing and 212% better performance for multitasking and content creation compare to the previous generation AMD A6-9220C powered Chromebooks.

There are currently five 15W Ryzen/Athlon 3000 C-Series processors for Chromebooks.

Model
Cores / ThreadsBoost/Base freq.GPU CoresCache
AMD Ryzen 7 3700C4C/8TUp to 4.0 / 2.3 GHz106MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3500C4C/8TUp to 3.7 / 2.1 GHz86MB
AMD Ryzen 3 3250C2C/4TUp to 3.5 / 2.6 GHz35MB
AMD Athlon Gold 3150C
2C/4TUp to 3.3 / 2.4 GHz35MB
AMD Athlon Silver 3050C2C/2TUp to 3.2 / 2.3 GHz25MB
All processors are manufactured with a 12nm CMOS processor and look to be based on existing AMD U-series processors namely AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, 5 3500U, Ryzen 3 3250U, Athlon Gold 3150U, and Athlon Silver 3050U. All basic parameters are the same on AMD Chromebook-optimized processors, and it’s unclear to me what the differences are exactly.
This chart looks wrong, and it should probably be read like Ryzen 3 3250C is up to 66% faster than A6-9220C, not that Ryzen 3 3250C is up to 66% as faster as A6-9220C…

AMD also reported other performance metrics around with AMD Ryzen 7 3700C Mobile Processor offering up to 251% better graphics performance, up to 104% faster office productivity performance, and up to 152% better photo editing performance compared to AMD A6-9220C powered Chromebooks. The performance delta looks impressive on paper, especially AMD A6-9220C was unveiled less than two years ago until you realize A6 is a 6W processor, while the new processors are listed with 15W TDP.

AMD 3000 C-Series Chromebooks are expected in Q4 202 from Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and others. More details may be found on the press release and product page.

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willy
willy
1 month ago

So this means that the previous CPUs were more efficient then, if they achieve 50-60% of the new one’s performance using only 40% of their power usage. Of couse when you factor every power-eating device in a laptop, it may happen that the whole new laptop completes a task using less energy (race to halt), but that remains to be verified.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

https://www.amd.com/en/products/apu/amd-ryzen-3-3250c

Only the 3500C and 3700C are based on 12nm Zen+. The other three are 14nm Zen/Dali.

Along with the Excavator-based A6-9220C and A4-9120C at the lower 6W TDP, this is a lot of Chromebook SKUs. Watch Chromebooks with the top two get priced above Ryzen 5 4500U systems or something stupid like that.

fossxplorer
fossxplorer
1 month ago

These laptops have no chance of running Linux?

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