Intel Is Losing to AMD in the Mobile Chip Market

Can we take a Moment to acknowledge THAT AMD is absolutely finishing it when it comes to laptop chips in particular? We spend a lot of time talking about the DIY desktop computer market in terms of individual silicon gains, but it is rare that we specifically advocate mobile processors.

We are usually talking about the laptops themselves, and then secondarily about the chips that have been embedded in them.

But damn, the last AMD handsets were Ace. I recently reviewed the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17, the first of the new gaming laptops in the AMD Dragon line that I have seen. If you are wondering what the range of the Dragon is, you are probably not alone.

Dragon Range is AMD’s codename for its powerful mobile processors based on Zen 4 of the Ryzen 7000 series. And it doesn’t play. The high-end Ryzen 9 7945hx is a 16-core, 32-thread beast that positively chews up any number of tasks you could do-and does it comfortably faster than Intel’s best.

I didn’t necessarily like the Asus laptop itself, but the silicon in it is hard to beat.

These chips are practically the mobile equivalent of AMD’s Ryzen 7000 desktop processors, and as such, the GPU component consists of integrated low-core rDNA 2 graphics designed only to keep the lights on the monitor. However, this processor class is still associated with a dedicated graphics card, so this is not a problem at all.

But where the Zen 4 processors did not set the world on fire on the desktop … hmm, sorry, unfortunate formulation considering the Ryzen 7000x3d burning problems… where the Zen 4 processors have not performed particularly well on the desktop, they are getting into games and taking names in mobile form.

The other side of the Ryzen 7000 coin is APU’s Phoenix range. The first one that fell into my hands was the Z1 Extreme, which is integrated into the Asus ROG Ally portable gaming PC. This is a bit of a special matter, but not much, because it is supposed to be exactly the same AMD silicon as the Ryzen 7 7840u, which will be integrated into laptops and other portable devices This year.

And it is unlike any other APU I have ever played with, as it almost fulfills the promise of the custom chips THAT AMD uses to fulfill the current generation of gaming consoles. Okay, so there are no real PlayStation 5 vibrations with its 12 computing units in its RDNA 3 GPU, but it is still a very healthy piece of graphics silicon that fits into any mobile device.

Especially the one that doesn’t sound like a Turbine every time you turn it on, embarrassing yourself in public or draining your laptop battery in 40 minutes.

However, on the actual CPU side of the APU equation, there is no compromise to balance this powerful GPU component. This Ryzen 7 7840U comes with eight cores and 16 threads of processing power. This puts it on a par with most of the Core i7 mobile processors from Team Intel, sometimes even beating them.

You can see in my 13th generation Intel Framework 13 motherboard test how far the chip inside the ROG Ally is ahead of the recent Core i7 in comparison. And Dock the ROG Ally and it becomes a surprisingly powerful little work machine that can offer a bit of light 1080p gaming on the go.