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As the two big hitters in laptop processor space, Intel and AMD regularly trade blows. With the former releasing its 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 a successor. But will it move to the new Zen 3 architecture, or stick with the Ryzen 5000 moniker from AMD’s desktop chips? Here’s what the rumours are telling us so far. 

When will AMD Ryzen 5000 laptop chips be released?

There are already plenty of reports on what Ryzen 5000 series laptop chips might bring, but nothing on the release date. 

The Ryzen 4000 series was unveiled at CES 2020, before making its way into a wide range of devices in the subsequent months. That still seems the most likely scenario, which would mean a January launch at the virtual CES 2021. However, AMD may continue with its 2020 strategy of holding its own online events, particularly with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic expected to stretch long into 2021. 

It’s worth adding that any official release date doesn’t signal when we’ll get our first taste of AMD’s new laptop processors. It’s usually a few months before the chips make their way into new devices, and they aren’t designed to be sold as standalone components. 

How much will AMD Ryzen 5000 series laptops cost?

AMD’s laptop processors typically provide an integrated CPU and GPU solution, but how much devices cost will depend on individual manufacturers. Some companies choose to combine Intel and AMD processors on specific products (such as the Surface Laptop 3), while others offer Ryzen chips across all configurations.

However, Ryzen chips are usually split into four tiers according to the level of performance they offer. We wouldn’t expect that to change anytime soon:

  • 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.

Nothing has been confirmed at this stage, although a laptop running an AMD Ryzen 7 5700 did make a brief appearance on Amazon. As Notebookcheck spotted, the unreleased Acer Aspire 5 A515 looks identical to the Intel version you can currently buy today.

Besides that, 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. 

As is usually the case, early adopters of the new laptop chips will probably be revealed at the same time as the processors themselves, but it’s impossible to predict which devices they’ll be right now. 

AMD Ryzen 5000 series spec news

The same Notebookcheck article above also revealed some key details on the architecture that the Ryzen will run on. It suggested that would be a mix of Zen 2 and Zen 3, with the Acer Aspire 5 listed above using the former. Full details below are based on rumours from leaker @ExecuFix on Twitter:

  • Ryzen 3 5300U Zen 2 (Lucienne) – 4 cores, 8 threads
  • Ryzen 3 5400U Zen 3 (Cezanne) – 4 cores, 8 threads
  • Ryzen 5 5500U Zen 2 (Lucienne) – 6 cores, 12 threads
  • Ryzen 5 5600U Zen 3 (Cezanne) – 6 cores, 12 threads
  • Ryzen 7 5700U Zen 2 (Lucienne) – 8 cores, 16 threads
  • Ryzen 7 5800U Zen 3 (Cezanne) – 8 cores, 16 threads

The article suggested Ryzen 5000 laptop chips will max out at 2.6GHz base clock speed and 4.4GHz boost clock speed. 

Further 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:

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. 

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