AMD’s latest generation of mobile processors is here. We already know a lot about them, thanks to AMD’s CES 2022 keynote, as if they were the first processors to ship with Microsoft’s Pluton security processor, which is built to block new attack vectors that have been used to compromise PCs. More importantly for gamers, some of these new processors (including AMD’s new discrete graphics offering) seem all powerful.
You’ll be able to find the Ryzen 6000 H-series processors in laptops from Alienware, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Razer and more to be released in the coming weeks and months. But right now, all eyes are on Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14, which will be one of the first to launch with AMD’s latest components. Here’s our verdict on that laptop.
The G14 has become something of a showcase product for AMD’s high-end Ryzen H-series processors, and this year’s model is the first to use the Ryzen 9 6900HS in tandem with its Radeon RX 6800S discrete graphics. Basically, this machine aims to set the bar for what kind of performance is possible from AMD’s latest components in a thin 14-inch gaming laptop. It features other notable improvements such as the addition of a webcam and stretching the screen to a preferred 16:10 aspect ratio.
AMD has also released some benchmarks showing how its Radeon RX 6800S discrete graphics card in the G14 performs best against some tough competition. For example, in a gaming benchmark that compared the top-of-the-line 2022 Zephyrus G14 to last year’s Razer Blade 14 with a last-gen Ryzen 9 5900HX and an RTX 3080, the G14 got an edge.
That benchmark compared 1080p performance in several games at maximum graphics settings, and the 6800S beat the RTX 3080 in most cases. The Ryzen 9 6900HS with the Radeon RX 6800S outperformed the RTX 3080 on average in games like Far Cry 6† Halo Infiniteand Hitman 3 (although it was beaten by the RTX 3080 in death loop† AMD claims its components deliver up to 15 percent better performance — in this particular benchmark, at least.
What the chart doesn’t highlight, however, are some key factors. Like how the numbers might change if this were a (more interesting) battle between games running with Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and AMD’s relatively nascent FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). My guess is it would be a closer battle, and currently Nvidia comes out on top when it comes to having a setting available in more PC games. Though, the tide could turn if AMD’s upcoming Radeon Super Resolution can deliver on its promise to work within a wide variety of games.
Also important to note is that Asus’ new G14 and 2021 Blade 14 have different RAM speeds, which can affect performance.
Other Models Getting Fast Ryzen 6000 H Series Chips
As I mentioned earlier, the ROG Zephyrus G14 won’t be your only option (or the most powerful one). The larger Zephyrus G15 – the successor to our current favorite gaming laptop – supports the same CPU with up to the RTX 3080 Ti. Outside of Asus, the 16-inch Lenovo Legion 5 Pro for 2022 is one I’d like to test. It comes with up to the Ryzen 9 6900HX processor, but sticks to Nvidia for the graphics (up to the RTX 3070 Ti). You can get that same high-end processor in Razer’s 2022 Blade 14, which excels on graphics on the RTX 3080 Ti. It starts at $1,999.99.
Perhaps so far no company is going bigger (literally) with AMD than Alienware’s M17 R5 Ryzen Edition, a 17-inch gaming laptop that may be significantly faster internally than the options I’ve mentioned above. It can be configured up to AMD’s Ryzen 9 6980HX processor, with a Radeon RX 6850M XT graphics chip. We still don’t know the price of this one, but don’t expect it to be affordable in the least.
Acer’s latest revision of the Nitro 5 should give gamers a more affordable way to get a Ryzen 6000 H series-equipped laptop. It starts at $1,099.99 and can be configured with up to the Ryzen 7 6800H and Nvidia’s RTX 3070 Ti.
We plan to test as many of these AMD-equipped models as possible in the near future, so keep it locked on The edge for upcoming reviews.