Busy program for AMD this year, with the Ryzen 6000s starting to hit the market for laptops (albeit in small and sad), a recently released Ryzen 5800X3D heralding the manufacturer’s 3D V-Cache technology, and the Ryzen 7000s. for desktops due in the fall. Despite this busy schedule, the manufacturer has just announced a new range of processors under the Zen 3 architecture: the Ryzen 5000C. This series, intended exclusively for Chromebooks, is not a total innovation, as AMD already offered its Ryzen 3000 series in version C and therefore skipped a generation to relaunch it.
Performance and autonomy highlighted
Chromebooks are computers under Chrome OS, usually economical, easy to use, and on which you can install any Android application, but which generally do not perform very well. However, if they are often equipped with energy-efficient Arm chips, some are equipped with conventional Intel processors, provided they pay a sometimes significant additional cost and sacrifice some autonomy.
With its Ryzen 5000C, AMD plans to combine the best of both worlds by introducing high-performance processors while offering solid battery life. These four new processors (two Ryzen 3, one Ryzen 5 and one Ryzen 7) take advantage of the manufacturer’s Zen 3 architecture and embed up to 8 cores for the Ryzen 7, the first for Chromebooks. This should give a good performance boost to these computers, especially in multitasking: AMD announces in this area + 107% compared to its previous generation Ryzen 3700C and even + 25% against Core i7-1185G7, the fastest model in ‘Intel aimed at ultrabooks.
Above all, AMD emphasizes the energy efficiency of its processors and promises up to almost twice as much autonomy (94% to be exact) between its Ryzen 5 and its direct competitor, the Core i5-1135G7, which is found in many ultra-portable and Chromebooks. The manufacturer thus evokes up to 13 hours of autonomy for Chromebooks equipped with the Ryzen 5000C.
A pair of tweezers to take with you
Although everything on paper seems flawless, some reservations need to be made. While the Ryzen 5000s have proven themselves and performance gains are always welcome, this is not to say that this is the priority for Chromebook users, which is generally used for basic office automation. If the price-quality ratio is interesting, why not, but if the extra cost is too high, the demand may be low … Today, we see many advanced Chromebooks equipped with Intel Core i5 processors approaching or even reaching € 1,000.
In terms of autonomy, the results given by AMD are enticing, but the manufacturer is used to crazy announcements on this page – we remember the 24 hours of autonomy promised for the Ryzen 6000. So far we have never seen laptops with a Ryzen 5000 when 13 hours of battery life. It remains to be seen whether much effort has been made to optimize this C-Series if the TDP is only 15 W.
In any case, these new Ryzen 5000Cs will be found over the next few months in the HP Elite C645 G2 Chromebook first and then in the Acer Spin 514. The unknown, size, is currently the price of these machines.