Ryzen 3000 Mobile Series Launched
Just ahead of their CES Keynote AMD has decided to launch their upcoming Ryzen 3000 mobile series. Don't confuse these with the upcoming Ryzen 3000 series desktop chips as they are much different. Quick take away from these chips is that they are 12nm, using the Zen+ architecture and include moderate increases over their predecessors the Ryzen Mobile 2000 series.
In addition to the low power chips, AMD is finally announcing their 'High' power chips, the H series. These chips will come in at the same clocks as their U series processors but thats not the say they will perform the same. With a 35w TDP, these chips will be able to hit their max boost frequency more often and hold it longer than their low power brethren.
Below we have put together a table with the new and older Ryzen mobile CPUs.
The final thing I wanted to touch on here is probably the most exciting to me. Starting in Q1 2019 AMD will begin directly supporting mobile Ryzen with a single driver package. For those that aren't up to speed on the current situation, AMD doesn't offer first hand drivers for the mobile Ryzen lineup. Instead, you have to go through your OEM to get drivers for your platform. This is problematic because not all OEMs deliver up to date drivers for their systems, and as I have found, updated drivers from say Acer don't necessarily work on HP systems (which are still on 17.7). This has been a thorn in my side for over a year at this point when it comes to using my own 2500u laptop. So, great move by AMD for noticing an issue caused by OEMs and fixing it themselves. More on this when the first driver package launches.
AMD has stated that you can expect OEMs to announce products based on these updated Ryzen chips starting at CES. In the meantime we already have Asus announcing their new FX505DY TUF Gaming entry gaming laptop. (image courtesy of Anandtech, their article can be viewed here)