In a major announcement, AMD has stated that starting in Q1 2019, all Ryzen Mobile systems will receive graphics updates at the same time as their desktop brethren.
AMD is announcing its new Ryzen Mobile refresh at CES this week. First-generation Ryzen Mobile CPUs debuted just over a year ago, and while this update slipped a bit in comparison, it can be thought of as the last hurrah for AMD’s 12nm Ryzen refresh cycle before 7nm chips begin arriving later in the year.
Over the past year, AMD’s overall push with Ryzen has seemed to focus primarily on desktop and server markets. We haven’t seen the same emphasis on pushing Ryzen into mobile form factors or spaces, but that may be changing with this new generation of products. The same adjustments to boost behavior and other features of second-generation Ryzen products are also baked into these new APUs, along with some modest clock improvements to both base and boost clock. Between the two, overall performance should be moderately higher than last year.
AMD is also adding features to bring its newest laptops fully onboard with Windows Modern PC features, with support for wake-on-voice, Cortana Far Field, and support for the S0i3 sleep state. The company is partnering with Asus to create systems like the FX505DY TUF Gaming, a Ryzen 5 3550H CPU, and RX 560 mobile GPU. In a major announcement, AMD has stated that starting in Q1 2019, all Ryzen Mobile systems will receive graphics updates at the same time as their desktop brethren. This should fix a significant pain point that came up earlier in the year when it became clear that Ryzen Mobile laptops had gone over a year without a GPU driver update.