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Top 10 Reasons to Buy Laptops with AMD Processors
Today's AMD® processors offer a winning value combo of low price and world-class technology. Yet, some shoppers still don't know the benefits of owning AMD laptops and PCs.
AMD leads in key technology areas like processing speeds, durability, reliability, and graphics performance. Their processors also get high scores in PCMark 10 benchmarks and deliver exceptional battery life. Let's take a look at what's new with AMD and why many consumers are turning to these CPUs.
What are AMD processors?
AMD processors are a brand of central processing unit (CPU) for laptops and desktop PCs. Renowned for affordability, they also pack surprisingly-fast speeds. Chips like the AMD Ryzen™ 5 4500U have turned reviewers' heads with their unbeatable performance and value.
Models like the Ryzen 4800U are prized for their high-end gaming chops and creative work muscle. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U outclasses the competition with up to 211% multi-thread performance to make short work of demanding workloads. AMD's family of laptop processors have come into their own with a bang.
1. Super-fast processing speeds
The AMD Ryzen 4000 series processors put the pedal down with base clock speeds up to 3.0 GHz and boost-speeds up to 4.2 GHz. Today's AMD CPUs are exceptionally powerful and portable, with up to 8 speedy “Zen 2” cores and 16 threads that make productivity and gaming fast and seamless.
Zen 2 architecture delivers up to 15% more instructions per cycle, improving efficiency for cloud computing, gaming, and streaming. More cores mean you're saving the world better in Fortnite or rendering a 4K video project without overheating or loud fan noise.
If you want great performance at shockingly-low prices, AMD processors are a strong choice. In most cases, you'll save money when you choose an AMD laptop, all while getting exceptional performance. Expect to pay 10% to 20% less for an AMD-powered notebook compared to other CPU brands.
At every price point, AMD delivers either more cores or more threads. And more threads means your machine can handle more tasks at once. So when you've got 15 tabs open and you're streaming Seinfeld episodes, AMD can do it for less.
3. Durable and reliable
Today's AMD CPUs are known for their reliability thanks to power-efficient processing. They have improved cooling profiles, coupled with low power consumption, to create an impressive level of durability.
Laptops with AMD processors are compact, too, allowing for thinner, lighter devices. HP AMD laptops are put through the wringer with military-grade testing for static, freezing, moisture, drops, shocks, sand, vibration, and a gauntlet of other hammerings and dunkings. In other words, you can confidently take yours just about anywhere, and potentially do just about anything with it.
4. Deep compatibility
AMD processors are compatible with a long list of popular memory modules, WiFi cards, accessories, and VR tech. That's one reason notebooks with AMD Ryzen processors are trusted by eSports players around the globe, and by creative pros with heavy rendering workflows.
Plus, AMD's processors play well with coveted add-ons like GeForce® GTX graphics cards with ray tracing. GTX is the new gold standard for gaming visuals, and all the best games likeGTAV, Dota 2, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt make full use of its graphical superpowers.
5. Superior graphics performance
Graphics support matters to laptop users of all stripes; for telework, photo and video editing, gaming, design, and streaming the latest episode of The Mandalorian. AMD's integrated Radeon graphics win out handily with zippy image-crunching speeds.
For instance, the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U features 7 graphics processing cores, with core clock speeds of 1600 MHz. That makes it easy to churn out your next Maya or KeyShot project without waiting, or battle ghosts while playing Oxenfree.
6. High PCMark 10 Benchmark scores
One of the most frustrating things about buying a laptop is not knowing how it'll perform. That's where PCMark 10 scores come in. These are industry-standard benchmarks that pit one PC against another. The testing runs computers through a gamut of common office productivity tasks, plus processor-heavy jobs like video editing.
The verdict? With the most cores in each class, it's no surprise that AMD Ryzen 3000 and 4000 series mobile processors score high in the PCMark 10 rankings. To you, that means up to 177% faster performance in apps like Microsoft Excel, MS Edge, and PowerPoint, and more than twice the multi-thread performance over the previous generation.
7. Exceptional battery life
If you're looking for more power with less plug, AMD has what you need. Their newest mobile processors are built on advanced 7 nm technology, delivering a one-two punch of massive productivity and long battery life. AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 laptop processors double the performance-per-watt of the previous generation of CPUs.
While you're working and playing miles from any plug all day (or for several days), enjoy increased power efficiency too, with cooler systems that allow for a slimmer chassis.
8. Modernised security
Today's internet is a digital cat-and-mouse game where the stakes get higher every day. Cybercriminals aren't standing still, so you can't either. Laptops with AMD processors keep you a step ahead with a multi-layered, modern security approach. Security is built into the design of “Zen” processor architecture, but it doesn't stop there.
AMD collaborates with Microsoft and HP® to unlock enterprise-level security features. Also, AMD Memory Guard delivers real-time encryption to shield your system memory from prying eyes. If your laptop is lost or stolen, your laptop is a mystery machine, and mum's the word.
9. Business ready
Buying a new laptop shouldn't be a guessing game. We expect that when we power up our PC the first time and every time, it should act snappy as we work. AMD processors are designed for longevity, quality, and reliability. Whether you're in the conference room or on-the-go, you'll get long-term consistency and peace of mind.
Look to AMD-powered laptops for professional-grade security and speed across office applications, video conferencing, and email. Multitask like a pro, even when you have lots of browser tabs and apps running. For demanding data crunching and content creation, higher-end models like the Ryzen 9 4900H are your best bet. Plus, AMD laptop processors carry enterprise-grade quality assurance to keep you productive for years.
10. Great gaming processors
The AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series mobile processor with Radeon Graphics is the new gold standard for pro gaming performance. Because they're smaller and they use less power, they make big, clunky gaming laptops a thing of the past. AMD CPUs can handle gaming with less fan noise and less heat, while fitting in a slim, light laptop chassis.
AMD and HP® work closely to max out the experience with micro-edge bezel displays and immersive Bang & Olufsen audio, Full High Definition (FHD) displays, and improved thermal coding so no matter how fierce the gameplay gets, you and your machine stay cool.
Best HP AMD laptops
Gamers, office pros, and creatives need the best AMD laptops for their unique, connected lives. Check out a smorgasbord of the best models here:
Best AMD business laptop
Designed for comfort, security, and connectivity, the HP EliteBook 845 G7 Notebook PC eases you through your multi-tasking day with thin, light power and an AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 4750U processor.
Best AMD convertible
The HP ENVY x360 13 packs an FHD display and incredible battery life into the convertible x360 form factor.
Mobile professionals will appreciate the HP EliteBook 745 G6 Notebook PC for its security, crisp, clear communication, and fast AMD Ryzen PRO processor, with Radeon VEGA graphics.
Best for gaming
The HP Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop shines, delivering legendary GeForce® GTX 1650 graphics to run Fortnite, League of Legends, and other favourites with immersive video and sound.
Best budget laptop
If you're in the market for a wallet-friendly AMD laptop, the HP Laptop 14 is priced well below the average phone. But it's still slim, portable, and powerful, with a zippy AMD Ryzen 3250U processor and 8GB of SDRAM.
List of AMD laptop processors
There are dozens of speedy AMD laptop processors on the market, from the Ryzen 4000 and 3000 series to the AMD Athlon™ line. Here's a quick selection:
- AMD Ryzen 9 4900H: 8 cores, 16 threads, 8 GPU cores, and a 3.3 GHz base clock speed.
- AMD Ryzen 7 4700U: 8 cores, 8 threads, 7 GPU cores, and a 2.0 GHz base clock speed.
- AMD Ryzen 3 3250U: 2 cores, 4 threads, 3 GPU cores, and a 2.6 GHz base clock speed.
- AMD Ryzen 7 3700C: 4 cores, 8 threads, 10 GPU cores, and a 2.3 GHz base clock speed.
- AMD Athlon Gold 3150U: 2 cores, 4 threads, 3 GPU cores, and a 2.4 GHz base clock speed.
- AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U: 8 cores, 16 threads, 7 GPU cores, and a 1.7 GHz base clock speed.
See the full list of AMD notebook and laptop processors if you want to know more.
Laptops with AMD processors are a smart buy for their dream-come-true pairing of more power at a lower price point. Today's AMD processors are thinner, cooler, and longer-lasting than their predecessors, providing a smooth, fast work and play experience with longer-lasting, faster-charging battery performance.
About the Author:Tom Gerencer is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes.Tom is an ASJA journalist, career expert at Zety.com, and a regular contributor to Boys' Life and Scouting magazines. His work is featured in Costco Connection, FastCompany, and many more.