CES 2022: AMD unveils Zen 3+ based Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs with RDNA 2 graphics

Codenamed "Rembrandt"

AMD Ryzen 6000 Series Mobile CPUs Announced Processors Rembrandt APU CPU
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AMD has officially unveiled the Ryzen 6000 series mobile processors based on the upgraded Zen 3+ architecture during its CES 2022 keynote yesterday. The company claims that these chips can deliver up to 1.3x faster processing power than last year’s Ryzen 5000 series and up to 24 hours of battery life.

AMD Ryzen 6000 Series Overview:

Just like its predecessor, the Ryzen 6000 lineup—codenamed “Rembrandt”—will have both the ‘H’ and ‘U’ suffixed CPUs. As you might’ve guessed, the latter is aimed at portable notebooks while the former will power gaming, creator-centric laptops of 2022.

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Architecture

AMD Ryzen 6000 APU

These new APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit) are based on TSMC’s 6nm process node with the upgraded Zen 3+ architecture and AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics. Compared to Zen 3, the new architecture improves power management between cores. AMD is claiming 15-40% less power consumption during web browsing and video streaming.

Note: An APU is a mobile chip that combines CPU and GPU on a single die. It’s often interchangeably used with CPU. So, when we’re referring to CPU or APU in this article, they’re the same thing.

AMD Ryzen 6000 Series Mobile CPUs:

APUs Cores / Threads Base Clock Boost Clock L3 Cache Graphics TDP
H-Series
Ryzen 9 6980HX 8 / 16 3.3 GHz 5.00 GHz 16 MB 12 CU (2400 MHz) 45W+
Ryzen 9 6980HS 8 / 16 3.3 GHz 5.00 GHz 16 MB 12 CU (2400 MHz) 35W
Ryzen 9 6900HX 8 / 16 3.3 GHz 4.90 GHz 16 MB 12 CU (2400 MHz) 45W+
Ryzen 9 6900HS 8 / 16 3.3 GHz 4.90 GHz 16 MB 12 CU (2400 MHz) 35W
Ryzen 7 6800H 8 / 16 3.2 GHz 4.70 GHz 16 MB 12 CU (2200 MHz) 45W
Ryzen 7 6800HS 8 / 16 3.2 GHz 4.70 GHz 16 MB 12 CU (2200 MHz) 35W
Ryzen 5 6600H 6 / 12 3.3 GHz 4.50 GHz 12 MB 6 CU (1900 MHz) 45W
Ryzen 5 6600HS 6 / 12 3.3 GHz 4.50 GHz 12 MB 6 CU (1900 MHz) 35W
U-Series
Ryzen 7 6800U 8 / 16 2.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 16 MB 12 CU (2200 MHz) 15-28W
Ryzen 5 6600U 6 / 12 2.9 GHz 4.5 GHz 12 MB 6 CU (1900 MHz) 15-28W

Here, the ‘H’, ‘HS’, and ‘HX’-series of Ryzen chips have either 35W or 45W TDP. The Ryzen 5 6600U and Ryzen 7 6800U CPUs, on the other hand, can draw 15W to 28W power—which can be tweaked by laptop manufacturers as per their design.

Graphics leap

Moving on, the Ryzen 9 and Ryzen 7 processors incorporate RDNA 2-based Radeon 680M GPU with 12 Compute Units (CU), while the Ryzen 5 models feature Radeon 660M GPU with 6 CU. It provides a significant performance boost over the aging Vega graphics found on the Ryzen 5000 series.

Thanks to RDNA 2, these APUs also support hardware-accelerated ray tracing and DirectX 12 (DX12) Ultimate API. AMD claims they perform up to 2.1 times faster than the Vega GPUs and allow the majority of games to run at 1080p. Similarly, the chip-integrated AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution supersampling provides a 20-60% boost in frame rates.

AMD’s internal benchmark results of the U-series 6000 series CPUs say you can get 73fps on Deathloop and up to 114fps on Call of Duty: Vanguard with the super-sampling technique.

Rest of the specs

Aside from that, the new Rembrandt CPUs support [email protected] and [email protected] RAM—but don’t seem to support DDR4 RAM. In addition, they also bring PCIe 4.0, USB 4, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.1, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth LE 5.2 support.

AMD Ryzen 6000 Series Mobile CPUs: Availability

AMD expects to have over 200 premium Ryzen 6000-powered laptops on the market by 2022. Laptop manufacturers will announce their devices with these new CPUs during the ongoing CES 2022.

  • Meanwhile, check out our review of the MacBook Pro 16 (2021).