AMD at CES 2019 mainly presented the Radeon VII graphics card, the first chip that was prepared for players in 7 nm and used the Vega 20 core, and also the first concrete information about the upcoming Ryzen 3000 series processors, based on the Zen 2 architecture, given. they also forgot about laptops, because a few days ago APU Picasso systems and new processors from the Ryzen H-series were officially announced. At the AMD stand, several notebooks were issued that use these units. The most important question, however, is the issue of the availability of upcoming notebooks on the market, and nowadays it is not known how it will be. As far as the presented devices are concerned, here we will find the proposals from ASUS, Dell or Honor, as well as more energy-efficient Chromebooks.
On the AMD stand, including the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DY laptop with AMD Ryzen 5 3550H and Ryzen 7 3750H processors.
Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U – new APU for light laptops
The most interesting construction with AMD Ryzen processors on the stand of the American manufacturer was the ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DY. Both models of Ryzen 5 3550H and the slightly stronger Ryzen 7 3750H will be on sale. The common denominator is the Radeon RX 560X. Unfortunately you can still not rely on the connection of AMD processors with NVIDIA graphics cards. You have to rely on the red duo. The hardware itself looks good – it's a 15.6 "design with narrow frames around the screen, which affects the overall size of the laptop, as it is only slightly larger than notebooks with a 14-inch matrix. ASUS is the only manufacturer who, together with AMD, showed the novelty with Ryzen Mobile, which is not optimistic because there is again concern about whether more than one device will be available for sale.
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H and Ryzen 7 3750H – new CPU for notebooks
At the AMD stand there were some light laptops, equipped with renewed APU Picasso. In this case we are talking about the Ryzen 3 3300U, Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U systems, which use the improved 12-mer Zen + architecture. For many, the naming itself is certainly disappointing, which may indicate the use of 7 nm of the Zen 2 technological process (Ryzen 3000 in desktops). Users who are less familiar with this terminology must be aware of the differences between the two series. Ryzen 3 3300U, Ryzen 5 3500U and Ryzen 7 3700U are only slightly refreshed systems with higher clocks and slightly stronger integrated Radeon Vega 6, Vega 8 and Vega 10 systems. In this case, the popularity of APU Picasso will again depend on the number of models being prepared by OEM partners and how any constructions are prepared at all. Raven Ridge has shown that companies have to learn a lot in this matter.
The standard of the manufacturer shows laptops such as the Dell Insprion 5000 15 with APU AMD Ryzen 5 3500U plus Radeon Vega 8 and the convertible device Dell Inspiron 5000 14 2in1 from Ryzen 7 3700U plus Radeon Vega 10. This last equipment seems interesting because of the possibility choose a version with 16 GB RAM that works in Dual Channel mode and with the option to add up to two disks. The version presented at the fair had an HDD carrier with a capacity of 2 TB and an extra M.2 SSD with a capacity of 256 GB. As far as a convertible device is concerned, it seems at least promising. An interesting laptop named Honor MagicBook was also shown. The equipment looks a bit like a copy of Macbook Air, while the heart of the notebook is the APU Ryzen 5 3500U with the integrated Radeon Vega 8. The presented laptops are pretty good in the real world, but their popularity will depend on availability.
There was also something for fans of desktop components. The jewel among the computers presented was certainly the Dell Alienware Area 51 Threadripper edition. This monstrous PC is equipped with a 16-core and 32-thread AMD Threadripper 2950X processor and AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card. I have to admit that the case looks very futuristic. Triangular shape, ubiquitous LEDs or the distinctive Alien logo on the front are just a few elements of the set. The stand itself was very interesting and atmospheric, and it is only a shame that you could not see the new Radeon VII graphics card and the 3000 series of Ryzen engineering samples.