AMD Announces Ryzen 3000 C-Series For Chromebooks

AMD Announces Ryzen 3000 C-Series For Chromebooks

AMD has announced a new range of mobile processors that are specifically geared towards the upcoming midrange and high-end Chromebooks. In the past year, AMD says that Chromebook’s market share has grown from 5.2% to 21%. So far, it has been exclusively comprised of ultra-cheap Chromebooks powered by AMD’s A-series processors.

Now, AMD has launched a new line of Athlon and Ryzen processors for the Chromebook, known as the Ryzen 3000 C-Series. There are Ryzen chips similar to the Ryzen 3000 chips launched for Windows devices in 2019 – AMD says the C-series branding is meant to help clarify names for users and potential buyers.

As Chromebooks continue to be more expensive and more powerful, some manufacturers have begun to opt for the Intel Core processor rather than the slower Celeron or Pentium variety. That’s exactly what new AMD processors have to compete with.

These are not the latest Ryzen 4000 processors offering an eight-core configuration with improved Radeon graphics. Nevertheless, they introduce the powerful Zen + Core (Risen) and Zen Core (Athlon) into the Chromebook world, which is the first.

Here is a complete rundown of the new Ryzen and Athlon processors.

Cores / threadsCashBase clockBoost clockThe graphicsGraphics frequencyTDPArchitecture
AMD Ryzen 7 3700C4/86MB2.3GHz4.0GHz10 radaron cores1.4GHz15W12nm Zen +
AMD Ryzen 5 3500C4/86MB2.1GHz3.7GHz8 radon core1.2GHz15W12nm Zen +
AMD Ryzen 3 3250C2/45MB2.6GHz3.5GHz3 radon core1.2GHz15W14nm zen
AMD Athlon Gold 3150 C2/45MB2.4GHz3.3GHz3 radon core1.1GHz15W14nm zen
AMD Athlon Silver 3050 C2/25MB2.3GHz3.2GHz2 radarone chorus1.1GHz15W14nm zen

The Ryzen 7 3700C is exactly with the Ryzen 7 3700U, while the Ryzen 5 3500C matches the Ryzen 5 3500U. Both of these use the 12nm process Zen + architecture and have four cores and eight threads. They should be very powerful for this type of laptop, and easily outperform the chips of the 8-gen Intel Y-series found in premium Chromebooks like the Asus Chromebook Flip C434. Meanwhile, the performance will be consistent with the Core i5-10210U, found only in top-tier Chromebooks such as the Samsung-Chrome Chromebook.

The Ryzen 3 3250C is outright. Despite being just two cores, with very few graphics cores and older Zen architecture, it has been given the “Ryzen” brand. This may be to fight against the proliferation of Intel Core m3 processors as the base configuration for Chromebooks like Pixelbook Go.

Both Athlon Gold and Athlon Silver are dual core processors – simultaneous multithreading and one without. These fall into the midrange area, but will be a bigger step up in performance than the A-series chips. However, AMD states that it will continue to support budget-level systems with its A4 and A6 chips.

AMD did not offer direct comparisons to Intel or MediaTek Chromebooks. Instead, the company offered performance numbers for its chips in benchmarks such as PCMark and 3DMark. The graph shows that Ryzen 7 is 151% faster than the A6 in 3DMark Slingshot, an Android-based graphics icon. Meanwhile, Ryzen 7 is 153% faster in Android-based PCMark photo editing.

For basic performance, AMD states that Ryzen 7 is also 153% faster in the web-based Speedometer 2.0 benchmark, which measures speed in running browser-based JavaScript applications.

AMD says that a total of six different Ryzen and Athlon Chromebook designs have arrived in 2020, although how many of them remain to be seen. We expect to see announcements from companies such as HP, Dell and Lenovo soon. AMD even stated that some designs would be oriented towards the commercial market.

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