Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) unveiled its line of Ryzen 6000 Series mobile processors in January this year, in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show. Based on the company’s Zen 3+ CPU architecture with integrated RDNA 2 graphics, the notebook processor family covers the gamut of laptop offerings on the market, from rugged gaming machines with 45 watt+ power envelopes, to ultralight mobile workhorses in the 15 watt range. High-performance gaming and creator-focused laptops based on the Ryzen 6000 Mobile platform have been available in the market for months. However, today the company lifted the performance embargo on its ultralight 15-watt Ryzen 6000U series processors, and one of the first machines to arrive is a stunning 13-inch ASUS machine called the Zenbook S 13. OLED.
As you’d expect from the model name, this 2.2-pound sliver of tech sports a gorgeous 13.3-inch HDR OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display, but the beauty is way beyond the skin with this machine.
Ryzen 6000U brings cutting-edge platform technology and memory support
One area where AMD followed its main rival Intel on its previous generation Ryzen 5000 mobile platform was the latest PCI Express and USB or Thunderbolt IO connectivity. However, AMD’s Ryzen 6000 family, and by association the Ryzen 6000U platform that powers this new ASUS Zenbook, bridges that gap with support for PCIe Gen 4 SSD storage connectivity, as well as USB4 with a full 40 Gbps link rate that also supports Thunderbolt 4 interoperability (certification pending). AMD’s Ryzen 6000 USB4 design also supports tunneled DisplayPort 1.4a connectivity with a full bandwidth of 34.56 Gbps. For system memory, Ryzen 6000U supports up to 6400 MHz of LPDDR5 RAM for masses of memory bandwidth, and in fact this machine was configured with 32 GB of LPDDR5-6400 MHz RAM. Add the latest Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, and AMD is on par with Intel here. However, AMD’s Radeon 680M integrated graphics card is a cut above.
AMD offers an even less powerful Ryzen 6000U family of processors, with 4, 6, and 8 CPU-core designs that also have more modest graphics configurations. However, the Ryzen 7 6800U flagship aboard the ASUS Zenbook that my colleague Marco tested at hot hardware, is infused with a high-end 12-core Radeon 680M integrated RNDA 2 GPU that truly delivers a little more firepower (think a 20% increase) for gaming and some content creation tasks, compared to Intel’s Iris Xe graphics built into its 12th Gen Core Alder Lake-P offering.
Ryzen 6000U is all about power-efficient performance
The latest refinement AMD has brought to the table, for the Ryzen 6000U series in particular, is its Zen 3+ processor architecture which has been heavily optimized for power efficiency and a bit more performance in multi-threaded workloads. . Here is a quick overview of hot hardware review…
Here we see that AMD’s new Ryzen 7 6800U aboard the 13-inch ASUS Zenbook is able to outperform Intel’s Core i7-1260P aboard the Samsung Galaxy Book2 360 by around 9%, even though the Samsung system is bigger, but still a thin and light 16-inch machine. However, single-threaded responsiveness is still a win for Intel, where the Core i7-1260P leads by about 13% or so.
When it comes to battery life, the results show that the new ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED delivers some of the best numbers we’ve seen on a sub-3lb machine, and in fact, it tops the charts. the database with more than 12 hours of availability without connection in a HD video playback battery drain test, with its punchy display still on and connected to a Wi-Fi network.
What Ryzen 600oU Means for AMD and Thin & Light Laptops
What I take away from this kind of availability launch for AMD is that Ryzen 6000U is probably the company’s best chance in many years, maybe ever, to take some share from Intel in a product segment popular over which its main rival has held sway for what seems like an eternity.
Although these competing laptop platforms (Ryzen 6000U and Intel Alder Lake-P) trade blows when it comes to CPU performance, depending on the workload, AMD has a clear advantage with its integrated graphics and what also appears to be power efficiency and battery life. We are still working on comparison and benchmark tests with regards to power consumption, but so far Ryzen 6000U is looking really Well. And when it comes to ultralight laptops, battery life, along with competent performance, is king.
AMD has lined up plenty of other design wins like Lenovo, HP and others beyond the new ASUS Zenbook S13 OLED we’ve tested. However, it’s probably one of the best-looking and well-balanced laptops we’ve seen in a long time.
I can’t wait to see this unfold in the months to come as this next generation of ultralight Ryzen 600oU-powered machines are ushered in. and it should have a noticeable hardware impact on the market compared to Intel.