AMD has announced that it is introducing its latest 5000 Series Zen 3 processors to the high-end Chromebook market. The company announced four processors that are connected to the Chromebook; all are 15w parts. The big news is the highest chip, the Ryzen 7 5825C, is the 8C / 16T part, which is the highest number of cores / threads ever for a Chromebook. AMD promises that the new chips will bring more performance, longer battery life and advanced features such as Wi-Fi 6E in this budget category of laptops.
The announcement is a long time ahead. The company previously released its 3000 Series Chromebook processors in 2020, so it’s been a while. At AMD press release, the company says its latest processors can go around the 3000-series. This is not a big surprise, as the previous chips were based on the company’s Zen (+) architecture. Switching to Zen 3 is a big leap.
At the top of the product stack is the aforementioned 8C / 16T Ryzen 7 5825C. It has a 2GHz base clock and a maximum gain of 4.5GHz per core. It has an Radeon Vega iGPU with eight cores running at 1.8GHz. Compared to Ryzen’s flagship processor from the previous generation, the 4C / 8T Ryzen 7 3700C, AMD says it’s twice as fast with multitasking in the Geekbench 5. At the same time, the newer processor is 67 percent faster and when surfing the web, according to AMD.
The Ryzen 5 5625C is a six-core Chromebook chip with a 6C / 12T configuration. It has a higher base clock than the chip above it at 2.3GHz, but a lower gain clock of 4.3GHz. It also has one smaller Radeon Vega processor core with a total of seven.
The 4C / 8T part is the Ryzen 3 5425C, which is configured similar to the chip above it. For example, a higher base clock of 2.7 GHz and an amplifier clock of only 4.1 GHz. It also has six Vega GPU cores, which is one less than the above model, but three more than the final chip in the stack. The last one is the Ryzen 5125C, which is a 2C / 4T processor part that seems to run at 3GHz all the time. Its base and gain clocks are the same and have only three GPU cores.
AMD claims that one of the biggest benefits that its latest processors bring to the platform is improved battery life. According to the publication, he claims that his six-core chip provides 94 percent longer battery life than Intel’s Core i5-1135G7 processor. For reference, Intel’s part is the Tiger Lake 4C / 8T chip, so AMD claims that although it offers more cores, it can still nearly double battery life. AMD claims that each processor in this family provides “all-day” battery life, which they say is at least eight hours.
As for the launch models, AMD says the main OEM partners in several verticals will offer Chromebooks with their latest processors. So far, however, only two are under development: one from HP and one from Acer. The HP model is the Elite c645 G2 Chromebook Enterprise and should arrive in June. It will offer a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen display and up to 512 GB PCIe SSD storage along with 16 GB LPDDR4X memory. The Acer model is the Chroembook Spin 514, which is a 2-in-1 convertible with a gorilla glass touch screen. It offers military-grade MIL-STD 810 durability and up to 256 GB PCIe storage. Will arrive in Q3. Prices for both models are TBD at the time of printing.