As the two big hitters in laptop processor space, Intel and AMD regularly trade blows.
With the former releasing its new 11th-gen ‘Tiger Lake’ chips recently, the pressure is on AMD to respond. The company’s Ryzen 4000 series has been extremely well received in 2020, so expectations are high for its successor.
Here’s everything we know so far.
AMD Ryzen 5000 Series release date
As you’ll see below, there are already plenty of rumours about the Ryzen 5000 series. That would usually point to an imminent unveiling, but it remains to be seen whether AMD will keep to a consistent update cycle.
The Ryzen 4000 series was unveiled at CES 2020, before making its way into a wide range of devices in the months that followed. That looks like the most likely scenario, which would mean a January launch at the virtual CES 2021.
However, nothing has been confirmed just yet.
AMD Ryzen 5000 Series price
As with Intel Tiger Lake, don’t expect 5000 series chips to be available to buy. They’re are designed to be used in everyday consumer laptops, so the price you’ll pay is for the device in its entirety.
However, the tier of processor is often a key indicator of how much the device will cost. Expect AMD to stick with the 3 we saw in the Ryzen 4000 series:
- Ryzen 3 – basic browsing, streaming and content creation
- Ryzen 5 – solid for productivity and entertainment
- Ryzen 7 – high-end performance, including demanding tasks
- Ryzen 9 – elite performance across gaming and content creation
You can often pick up a Ryzen 3 laptop for as little as £200, while a Ryzen 9 device can cost upwards of £2000. We’d expect these four tiers to go head-to-head with Intel’s equivalents (i3, i5, i7, i9) once again.
AMD Ryzen 5000 series devices
With built-in laptop processors, the release of the chips themselves is far less exciting than the devices they will run on.
While we can’t be certain, the laptops currently using the 4000 series give a good indicator on the types of devices to expect.
The Acer Swift 3, HP Envy x360 and even Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 all currently have options for AMD processors. It’s a popular pick for gaming laptops, with the likes of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 and Asus TUF Gaming A15 also sporting Ryzen 4000 chipsets.
While it might not have quite as wide a selection as Intel, you’re certainly not compromising on quality devices by opting for AMD. Indeed, many manufacturers currently offer options for both Intel and AMD chips on their devices, and we wouldn’t expect that to change in 2021.
AMD Ryzen 5000 series spec news
The key leaks surrounding the Ryzen 5000 series so far concern a new low-power APU codenamed ‘Van Gogh’. Phoronix found the information from a recent Linux update, which also revealed it would come with DDR5 memory and AMD’s new Navi 2 integrated graphics.
The latter would replace the Radeon graphics currently found alongside the 400 series, and confirmed what leaker Patrick Schur had already tweeted:
Van Gogh (VN)
FF3 BGA 7.5 – 18 watt
Zen 2 Navi LPDDR5
— Patrick Schur (@patrickschur_)
August 21, 2020
It’s worth clarifying here that the upcoming Ryzen 5000 series is specifically targeted towards laptops. That means it’s expected to use the AMD’s Zen 2 architecture, with the upcoming Zen 3 expected to be reserved for desktop PCs at launch. While the former was launched in August 2019, AMD tends to wait more than two years before it changes laptop architecture.
We’ll update this article once we know more about the Ryzen 5000 series. In the meantime, check out its main competitor in Intel’s Tiger Lake.