AMD finally puts its best CPUs in Chromebooks with Ryzen 5000 C-Series

Believe it or not, until 2019, there was no such thing as an AMD Chromebook. Also, the first ones were slow, and AMD’s second attempt at Chromebooks was rather a little better, they still contain rebranded CPUs whose Zen cores were years out of date. Today, AMD is taking a better foothold – with the new Ryzen 5000 C-Series chips, including the “first 8-core high-performance x86 processor for Chromebooks.”

I mean, AMD still isn’t betting to be best leg forward as these APUs will still feature the latest generation AMD Vega graphics rather than the latest RDNA 2 stuff you’ll find in the company’s Ryzen 6000 chips (not to mention the PS5, Xbox Series X and Steam Deck). And the new Ryzen 7 5825C, Ryzen 5 5625C and Ryzen 3 5425C don’t really try to hide that they’re also largely rebrands of the company’s U-series chips. (Compare the 15W CPUs you find here with the table below.)

But the highlight here is that AMD’s Chromebook chips are no longer stuck on the old Zen architecture — they’ve skipped over to Zen 3 altogether, and AMD says this means doubling the performance of its 3000-series chips in synthetic benchmarks, depending of the workload.

The companies also trying to claim that they are ahead of Intel processors in both performance and battery life, but the comparisons there are… a bit vague to say the least. It’s impressive to hear that AMD’s Ryzen 7 5825C, with a TDP of 15W, is even 7 percent faster than Intel’s 28W i7-1185G7 when browsing the web, considering how much extra headroom the Intel chip can use. .

But still, that’s comparing to an 11th generation Intel chip, not Intel’s latest 12th-generation processors – which should be making their way into Chromebooks already.

And when AMD points out that its 15W Ryzen 5 5625C has nearly double the battery life of Intel’s 28W i5-1135G7, it’s hard to be surprised because the Intel chip also has nearly double the TDP. There’s a reason why a list of Chromebooks with the longest battery life includes 15W Intel processors, not 28W ones. How would an apples-to-apples comparison be? We do not know.

Still, there’s no question that this is big for AMD, which struggled for years to make laptop chips worth buying and only recently started to succeed. So far, it has won two wins for these new Chromebook chips: the 14-inch HP Elite C645 G2 Chromebook, aimed at enterprises with things like SmartCard and fingerprint sensors, and the 14-inch Acer Chromebook Spin 514, which you can read more about here.

Those two laptops will arrive in the second and third quarters of this year, respectively. Demand for Chromebooks has declined since the pandemic, but there’s always room for a particularly good and inexpensive PC. We’ll let you know if these qualify.

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