AMD doubles the variety of CPU cores it presents to Chromebooks

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HP Elite c645 G2 Chromebook lid
Enlarge / HP Elite c645 G2 Chromebook.


AMD is upping the ante with regards to Chromebooks. Whereas nonetheless a methods off from having Chrome OS gadgets with the capabilities of the Ryzen 6000 cellular CPUs, Crew Purple introduced the Ryzen 5000 C-series for Chromebooks on Thursday. The highest chip within the sequence has eight of AMD’s Zen 3 cores, giving programs that use it extra x86 CPU cores than another Chromebook. The chips aren’t only a good concept both; HP and Acer have already detailed Chromebooks they plan to launch with the chips this 12 months.

The 7nm Ryzen 5000 C-series ranges from the Ryzen 3 5125C with two Zen 3 cores and a base and increase clock pace of three GHz, as much as the Ryzen 7 5825C with eight cores and a base clock pace of two GHz that may increase to 4.5 GHz. For comparability, the very best finish Intel chip present in Thursday’s Chromebooks, the i7-1185G7, has 4 cores and a base clock pace of three GHz that may increase to 4.8 GHz. You’ll be able to check out the Ryzen 5000 C-series full specs beneath:

AMD Ryzen 5000 C-series specs.
Enlarge / AMD Ryzen 5000 C-series specs.


On their very own, the chips aren’t that thrilling. They seemingly supply related efficiency to the already-released Ryzen 5000 U-series chips. The Ryzen 5000 C-series additionally makes use of years-old Vega built-in graphics somewhat than the upgraded RDNA 2 present in Ryzen 6000 cellular chips, which, upon launch, AMD stated are “as much as 2.1 occasions sooner.”

However for somebody who’s consistently pushing their Chromebook to do extra than simply open a Chrome tab or two, the chips carry probably elevated efficiency than what’s at the moment obtainable. Like Chromebooks, the Ryzen 5000 C-series is not about pushing 1080p gaming in some titles, for instance. There’s larger give attention to productiveness efficiency, significantly multitasking. AMD claims the brand new chips supply as much as twice the multitasking efficiency than its last-generation Chromebook chips.

Particularly, AMD claimed the top-end Ryzen 7 5825C will carry as much as a 107 % enchancment in multitasking efficiency in comparison with the Ryzen 7 3700C and as much as 25 % in comparison with the i7-1185G7, based mostly on Geekbench 5 testing.

Internet looking efficiency is purportedly as much as 67 % improved from AMD’s prior era and seven % than what the i7-1185G7 presents, based mostly on the WebXPRT 3 benchmark.

In relation to graphics, AMD claims it is improved efficiency by as much as 85 % in comparison with the final gen and 10 % in comparison with the Intel chip, based mostly on the Movement Mark 1.2 testing.

However since these are all AMD-supplied benchmarks with out info on issues like testing circumstances, take them with a grain of salt.

Zen 3 Chromebooks

Acer Chromebook Spin 514.
Enlarge / Acer Chromebook Spin 514.


The HP Elite c645 G2 Chromebook and Acer Chromebook Spin 514, in addition to their respective Enterprise model, make use of the brand new AMD chips in a 14-inch design. With respective beginning costs of $559 in early June and $580 in Q3, they’re pricier, however not the priciest, Chromebooks. Keep in mind, there are four-figure Chromebooks on the market.

HP's clamshell goes up to 512GB of storage, 16GB of memory, and 1920×1080 resolution.
Enlarge / HP’s clamshell goes as much as 512GB of storage, 16GB of reminiscence, and 1920×1080 decision.


AMD claims its Zen 3 Chromebook chips can present as much as 13 hours of battery life. HP did not present a battery life declare for the c645 G2 Chromebook, however the Chromebook Spin 514 claims as much as 10 hours.

The Spin 514 goes up to 256GB of storage, 16GB of RAM, and 1920×1080 resolution.
Enlarge / The Spin 514 goes as much as 256GB of storage, 16GB of RAM, and 1920×1080 decision.


With HP and Acer about to launch Chromebooks packing extra x86 cores than ever, we should always anticipate to see extra Chrome OS gadgets with mid- to high-end worth tags leverage AMD’s new chips as nicely.


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