Before Ryzen mobile processors got introduced, laptops came with just two and, on rare occasions, four-core CPUs. Today, both Intel and AMD offer high-core CPUs with iGPUs that can run modern video games.
However, this jump in performance has not stopped either company from creating even faster processors.
Ryzen 6000 is AMD’s next generation of mobile processors based on a Zen 3+ architecture. This 6000 series are exclusively for laptops (for now), while the desktop series will skip this number and go straight to 7000.
With the information available online, whether through leaks, rumors, or official releases, we’ve created this article explaining Ryzen 6000.
Let’s see what we can expect from these processors!
- September 30, 2022: Added a few laptop options.
- September 29, 2022: Cleaned up a few errors.
- June 24, 2022: Cleaned up article, added new specifications and performance benchmarks for mid-end CPUs.
- April 22, 2022: Added specifications for Ryzen 6000 Pro series.
- March 23, 2022: Added performance numbers for the Ryzen 6900HX.
- March 10, 2022: Added table to further explain Ryzen 6900HS’ efficiency.
- February 28, 2022: Added another chart comparing the RDNA 2 iGPU with Intel’s XE iGPUs.
- February 21, 2022: Added third-party benchmarks and videos for the Ryzen 6900HS.
- February 8, 2022: Added Acer Nitro 5 with 6800H review.
- January 31, 2022: Added AMD CES 2022 keynote video.
- January 25, 2022: Grammar fixes/updates.
- January 20, 2022: Added the possibility that Ryzen 6000 APUs might re-release as desktop processors later in the year.
- January 12, 2022: Added new information and optimized article for Ryzen 6000 mobile CPUs.
- December 28, 2021: Added leaks suggesting an early Zen 4 release during Computex.
- December 22, 2021: Added benchmark leak of a Ryzen 6000U system.
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One of the first laptops was the ASUS Zephyrus G14 paired with a Ryzen 6000 CPU, released in February 2022. It was specifically a Ryzen 9 6900HS inside of this device.
Throughout 2022, supposedly, there will be more than two hundred different laptop Ryzen models available.
It’s also possible that Ryzen 6000 CPUs may release as desktop APUs later in 2022.
The biggest advantage Ryzen 6000 will have over the last Ryzen mobile CPUs is the jump to a Zen3+ architecture.
Both desktop and laptop Zen 3 CPUs were quite efficient, competitive, and offered good value, so getting an architectural upgrade on that will surely bring considerable improvements.
What makes these processors so compelling is that they are fitted with an RDNA 2 GPU. And with the success of the RX 6000 GPUs (which is based on RDNA 2), you can imagine the overall performance these iGPUs can deliver. But, more on that later.
If you’re interested in getting a Ryzen 6000 system in 2022, take a look at this table of all the SKUs that will release.
Here’s the H-Series of Ryzen 6000 processors:
|AMD Model||Cores/Threads||Base Clock||Max Boost||L2+L3 Cache||GPU Boost Clock (Cores)||Node Process||TDP|
|Ryzen 9 6980HX||8/16||3.3 GHz||5.0 GHz||20 MB||2.4 GHz (12)||6nm||45W+|
|Ryzen 9 6980HS||8/16||3.3 GHz||5.0 GHz||20 MB||2.4 GHz (12)||6nm||35W|
|Ryzen 9 6900HX||8/16||3.3 GHz||4.9 GHz||20 MB||2.4 GHz (12)||6nm||45W+|
|Ryzen 9 6900HS||8/16||3.3 GHz||4.9 GHz||20 MB||2.4 GHz (12)||6nm||35W|
|Ryzen 7 6800H||8/16||3.2 GHz||4.7 GHz||20 MB||2.2 GHz (12)||6nm||45W|
|Ryzen 7 6800HS||8/16||3.2 GHz||4.7 GHz||20 MB||2.2 GHz (12)||6nm||35W|
|Ryzen 5 6600H||6/12||3.3 GHz||4.5 GHz||19 MB||1.9 GHz (6)||6nm||45W|
|Ryzen 5 6600HS||6/12||3.3 GHz||4.5 GHz||19 MB||1.9 GHz (6)||6nm||35W|
Here’s the U-Series of Ryzen 6000 processors:
|AMD Model||Cores/Threads||Base Clock||Max Boost Clock||L2+L3 Cache||GPU Clock (Cores)||Process Node||TDP|
|Ryzen 7 6800U||8/16||2.7 GHz||4.7 GHz||20MB||2.2 GHz (12)||6nm||15-28W|
|Ryzen 5 6600U||6/12||2.9 GHz||4.5 GHz||19MB||2.2 GHz (6)||6nm||15-28W|
|Ryzen 7 5825U||8/16||2.0 GHz||4.5 GHz||20MB||2.2 GHz (8, Vega)||7nm||15W|
|Ryzen 5 5625U||6/12||2.3 GHz||4.3 GHz||19MB||2.2 GHz (7, Vega)||7nm||15W|
|Ryzen 3 5425U||4/8||2.7 GHz||4.1 GHz||10MB||2.2 GHz (6, Vega)||7nm||15W|
Like previous releases, Ryzen 6000 will get Pro variants that supposedly provide much better security features and a longer warranty. These are advertised as enterprise models.
Here’s a list of all the Pro SKUs we’ll see in 2022.
As you can see, there’s no real difference in specifications. But, Pro variants usually come from the highest yielding wafers, so they should have much better long-term reliability than standard Ryzen CPUs.
Here’s a list of some high-end Ryzen 6000 laptops:
- ASUS ROG Flow X13 GV301 – Ryzen 9 6900HS
- ASUS ROG Flow X13 GV601 – Ryzen 9 6900HS
- 2022 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402 – Ryzen 9 6900HS
- 2022 Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 GA503 – Ryzen 9 6900HS
- Corsair Voyager a1600 – Ryzen 9 6900HS
- 2022 Lenovo Legion Slim 7 – Ryzen 9 6900HX
- 2022 Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro X – Ryzen 9 6900HS
- 2022 Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 16 – Ryzen 9 6900HS
- 2022 Razer Blade 14 – Ryzen 9 6900HX
Also consider checking out ASUS’ new Zenbook Pro 17 paired with a Ryzen 9 6900HX or the Lenovo ThinkPad T16 that’often gets some significant discounts.
The Lenovo Legion 5 is also one of the best-rated Ryzen 6000 laptop on Amazon, specifically the one with a Ryzen 5 6800H and an RTX 3060.
Below, you can see AMD’s slide of a Ryzen 6800U with a 12 CU RDNA 2 GPU which is considerably faster than Intel’s Intel XE iGPU in the i7-1165G7 and Nvidia’s MX450.
The iGPU in the Ryzen 6800U is up to 3 times faster in Doom Eternal than Nvidia’s MX450 and the iGPU in Intel’s i7-1165G7. That’s impressive but expected, considering that the GPU will share the system’s memory which will be DDR5. More on that later.
These are first-hand AMD marketing benchmarks, so let’s look at some third-party evidence.
Currently, the most interesting product paired with an AMD Ryzen 6000 series has to be the Zephyrus G14. This laptop has smashed all records these past several years, so let’s see whether the 2022 version will be just as good.
Looking at different reviews, it seems that the G14 is definitely faster than its Ryzen 5900HS predecessor.
From this image alone, we can easily work out that the 2022 G14 packs a lot more power. But, keep in mind the 2022 version comes with a faster (RX 6800S) GPU.
However, Ryzen 6000 mobile processors are not just about raw power. In fact, their main advantage is power efficiency. AMD has been advertising power efficiency up to 2.5x better than Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs.
Linus Tech Tips tested this and proved that the Zephyrus G14 used considerably less power (in certain situations).
Here’s a timestamped video showing the Ryzen 6900HS’ power efficiency:
For this test, they limited both the Intel i9-12900HK and the Ryzen 6900HS to see which one performs better with less power.
At higher wattage, both CPUs perform equally. But, as power drops to 40W, 30W, and even 25W, the AMD’s CPU provides considerably more speed than the Intel counterpart.
ComputerBase did a similar taste against the i7-12700H, and again, the power efficiency on the 6900HS is ridiculously good.
Here’s ComputerBase’s results table of the various tests:
As proof of that efficiency, here’s LTT’s battery test:
The new generation ended up lasting two times longer than the last generation, G14. Both laptops have the same battery size. Simply incredible power efficiency!
Last but not least is the Ryzen RDNA 2 iGPU.
I believe it is pretty clear from this benchmark that the Iris Xe iGPU in the i9 doesn’t even come close to AMD’s iGPU. Almost twice as fast in Forza Horizon 5!
Here is a Gears 5 chart showcasing the processing power of the RDNA 2 iGPU.
In this case, the 6900HS GPU is 35% faster than Intel’s XE iGPU in the 12700H. Those are some incredible performance improvements.
While the Ryzen 9 6900HS is a very powerful CPU with just as fast a GPU, the i9-12900HK is still faster.
If you’re looking for an even more powerful Ryzen, that’s the Ryzen 9 6900HX, with a 45W TDP and 4.9 GHz boost clock.
But what about the low-powered CPUs?
Well, looking at this video by Hardware Unboxed, we see that even the CPUs with lower TDP are quite competitive. With a 25W TDP, the Ryzen 6800U trades blow with Intel’s i7-1260P (28W) and sometimes even keeps up with the Ryzen 9 5980HS in various apps.
In gaming, again, the RDNA 2 GPU stomps Intel’s iGPU, performing almost twice as fast.
Unfortunately, our praises don’t continue with certain H-variants, like the Ryzen 6800H (45W TDP). It’s so close to the 6800U in terms of performance there doesn’t seem to be a need for that extra 20W TDP.
DDR5 Memory, PCIe 4.0, USB 4, And More
Usually, iGPUs borrow the system’s RAM to use it as VRAM. So, faster RAM means faster GPU performance.
In the case of the Ryzen 6000, the RDNA 2 iGPU will use DDR5 memory. DDR5, as we already know, is still quite new but also faster than DDR4, with the potential to be even faster as time goes by.
LPDDR5 could even go up to 6,400 MT/s. To put that into perspective, the highest LPDDR4X speed is around 4,200 MT/s.
DDR5 isn’t the only thing we’ll see on Ryzen 6000. New Ryzen laptops will come with PCIe 4.0 for faster storage speeds. Yes, this is one generation older than PCIe, which already comes with Alder Lake CPUs and will be introduced with Ryzen 7000, but gen 4 is more than enough for laptops.
USB transfer speeds are also getting a significant upgrade (up to 40 Gbps) by moving over to USB 4.0.
The pricing for these processors depends entirely on laptop manufacturers. But, since there are so many different Ryzen 6000 SKUs, we’ll probably see laptops at almost all price points.
Everything from budget gaming laptops to high-end gaming laptops with Ryzen 9 6900HX to high-end ultra-light laptops with Ryzen 7 6800U.
Looking at previous generation laptops, prices can start anywhere from $350 to $1500+.
As new laptops get released, we’ll update this article to share some good options you should consider buying.