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AMD launch 5000 series of mobile processors.

Posted 01 Feb 2021

Last week, AMD launched its Ryzen 5000 series of microprocessors, which brings the efficient “Zen 3” architecture to the laptop and notebook market. As specialists in supplying IT infrastructure to businesses across the East of England, we are hugely excited by this new launch. Machines using these new processors will have a significant boost in performance for those using intensive applications, making them comparable to the processing power commonly found in desktop PCs.  

AMD has described the microprocessors as “the fastest x86 processor in the world for thin and light notebooks.” It is believed that notebook and laptop devices powered by Ryzen 5000 chips will have a battery life of up to 17.5 hours general usage, and 21 hours of movie playback. Even more significantly, AMD has stated that the latest chips offer up to 16% improvement on single-thread performance and 14% for multi-threaded performance when compared to the previous Ryzen 4000 series of microprocessors.

New laptops by brands including HP, Lenovo, and ASUS will soon be powered by the Ryzen 5000 chips, and we expect these to be available in the coming months.

By the end of 2021, AMD anticipates that more than 150 consumer and commercial notebooks will use the Ryzen 5000 Series Mobile Processors.

Why this is significant for businesses across the East of England.

In our view, this is a hugely exciting development.

As part of our work with clients, we proactively identify the best software and hardware solutions to ensure that their corporate IT infrastructure works as effectively as it should be.

We know that clients often prefer to use laptops or notebooks rather than desktop PCs because they offer greater flexibility – especially now that most businesses are having to work from home. However, a drawback of using a laptop is that it often doesn’t have the same processing power as a desktop PC. This is especially true if your work is based upon heavy usages, such as video and image editing or CAD/CAM design.

Therefore, the increased capabilities of laptops and notebooks powered by the AMD Ryzen 5000 series means that there are far more options than ever before to suit business needs, as well as their budgets.

As well as offering faster processing power (vital for those working across a wide range of spreadsheets or heavy multi-taskers), the new chips are also designed with security in mind. With “innovative layers of defence at the silicon, OS, and platform levels”, they are far more resilient to security threats. A core part of our work is ensuring that our clients are fully protected from a wide range of threats, so as a managed IT service, we welcome any new hardware solutions which offer added protection to devices whether they are office-based or stationed at home.

What’s more, the entire product stack (starting from the AMD Ryzen 3 5300U) has been upgraded with high performance levels. This means that clients needing replacement entry-level machines will also benefit from these improvements, not just heavy-users.

Speaking of the launch of the new Ryzen 5000 series, our Technical Manager David Poole says:

“Our knowledge of each individual client means that we can immediately identify those users who would significantly benefit from the increased processing power created by the new 5000 series. These new laptops would be ideally suited to those needing lots of data processing power such as bookkeepers and data analysts, as well as those working in creative roles which require a lot of video and image editing capabilities.

We proactively work with clients to assess which devices are coming to the end of their lifespans, and these new upgrades mean that we’ll be able to provide even better equipment for local businesses. This means that our clients will be able to be more productive than ever before, regardless of whether they are looking to invest in an entry-level grade laptop, or something designed for heavy usage. It’s a real win-win.”

Helping you to make the most of your IT upgrades.

We work with businesses across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and London to help them make the most of their corporate IT systems.

If you think it’s time to upgrade your laptops, desktops, or thin client machines then please get in touch. We’ll identify what you need your IT equipment to be able to do and make effective recommendations that align with your business needs and your budget.  

by Amy Dawson