Chromebooks have traditionally been low-power gadgets aimed at students. Things seem to be changing now, and if the performance stats provided by a leaked AMD Ryzen 5000-powered Chromebook are to be believed, Chrome OS’ future may be looking bright. Chrome Unboxed, a publication dedicated to Chrome OS, obtained a leaked Chromebook powered by an AMD Ryzen 5000 generation processor.
They hid the OEM that built this specific computer alone with the exact CPU specifications for the sake of their source’s protection. However, it appears to be an Asus product powered by a Ryzen 7 5800U mobile CPU. Based on their limited testing, which consisted of performing a few benchmarks, it appears that the new Ryzen series may push Chromebooks into a higher performance tier. Having said that, these Chromebooks are still lagging behind those powered by 11th or 12th Generation Intel CPUs, which are starting to hit the market.
With Octane scores near 70,000, Speedometer scores just over 200, and MotionMark scores around 980, there’s no doubt this set of processors will perform when they show up in the market.
Also worth noting is that the Ryzen 5000 series CPUs were first revealed in 2020, and the first Chromebooks powered by these chips were scheduled to be released in early 2021. This did not happen, as AMD has now delivered the Ryzen 6000 series to the market. That means that even if this Ryzen 5000-powered Chromebook is capable of creating a stir, it will be powered by a processor that is already a full generation behind. One thing is evident after seeing this unit—AMD is serious about delivering Chromebooks to the premium end of the market with the Ryzen 5000.