AMD HX laptop CPUs could take mobile gaming crown

Just before Nvidia announced its new generation RTX 3000 Max-Q GPUs with their impressively capable DLSS and resizable BAR features, AMD pledged to take the laptop gaming crown not just with its RDNA2 GPUs, but with its Ryzen 5000 CPUs too. Based on the same Zen 3 architecture as its recent-generation Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs, the new mobile line will feature up to eight cores and 16 threads at up to 4.8GHz, offering unprecedented mobile performance that can beat even some of Intel's top desktop CPUs.

The 5980HX will act as the new-generation's flagship with a 45W+ TDP and 20MB of L2+3 cache. Performance should be well in excess of Intel's Tiger Lake 1165G7 — as you might expect, considering Intel's Tiger Lake tops out at just four cores. More impressive then, is that it can beat the desktop Core i7-11700K in single threaded and multithreaded performance. It even beats the 11900K in single-threaded tasks, falling just behind in multi-threaded tests due to its lower core count.

Elsewhere in the range the Ryzen 7 5800H is likely to be a popular chip for gaming laptops. It has the same TDP as the top chip, the same eight cores and 16 threads, but drops its clock speed to 4.4GHz — nothing to sniff at. It also decimates the Intel 1165G7.

In the GPU space, AMD showed a quick demo of its RX 6000-series mobile graphics solutions delivering well over 100 FPS at 1080p in Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Dirt 5 running at over 60 FPS at 1440p.

AMD promised we'd see over 100 AMD Ryzen 5000 laptops this year, so there should be a lot more to choose from in the coming months.

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