AMD had introduced its Ryzen 3000 C-series for Chromebooks in 2020, thus expanding its array of high-end customer-focused products. These were low-cost chips based on the 12nm Picasso architecture, with up to four cores and eight threads, as well as up to eleven Radeon Vega computing units. AMD has just launched four new Ryzen 5000 C-series chips based on its Zen 3 architecture to spice up the Chromebook space, two years after releasing the Ryzen 3000 series.
The four new Ryzen 5000 C-series CPUs have up to eight cores and sixteen threads, a 15 W TDP, and are meant to boost productivity and battery life over existing Ryzen 3000 C-series processors. AMD’s Ryzen 5000 C-series CPUs provide OEMs the option of catering to the high-end Chromebook area, which has hitherto been dominated by Intel. These high-end Chromebooks are expected to include premium features such as quick charging and Wi-Fi 6E networking.
AMD Ryzen 5000 C-Series Chip Range
The Ryzen 7 5825C is the top-tier model in the Ryzen 5000 C-series, with an astounding 8 cores and 16 threads, which is double that of the previous top-tier Chromebook Ryzen processors. It has a 2 GHz base core frequency and a boost core clock of up to 4.5 GHz on a single core. AMD’s Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics, with a maximum boost frequency of up to 1.8 GHz, supplements its performance.
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The Ryzen 5 5625C is the second-to-top variant, with 6 cores, 12 threads, and integrated Radeon Vega 7 graphics with a maximum boost clock of up to 1.6 GHz. The Ryzen 5 5625C’s six cores have a base clock of 2.3 GHz, with one of these cores capable of boosting to 4.3 GHz for demanding applications.
The Ryzen 3 5425C is the entry-level model in the Ryzen 5000 C-series, featuring 4 cores and 8 threads with a base frequency of 2.7 GHz with a boost frequency of up to 4.1 GHz on one core. This processor also includes AMD’s Radeon Vega 6 graphics, which can accelerate to 1.5 GHz. Following that is the Ryzen 3 5125C, which is the least expensive of the four options. It has only two cores and four threads, with a stable core clock speed of 3 GHz. It also has three Vega graphics compute cores with a maximum boost frequency of 1.2 GHz.
Since all Ryzen 5000 C-series models have a 15 W TDP envelope, core frequency on both the Zen 3 cores and the Radeon Vega cores will be determined by the application, workload, or game being used to optimise the relative power envelope to fall inside the 15 W TDP threshold. All four processors are built on the 7nm technique for low power consumption, feature Wi-Fi 6, rapid charging, and Instant Wake from sleep.
So far, AMD has revealed that two of its partners, HP and Acer, are already on board with its Ryzen 5000 C-series for Chromebooks. Both are releasing new models later this year.