Asus ROG teases the world’s first AMD Ryzen laptop – PCWorld
Just days ago, AMD promised that Ryzen-powered laptops will hit the streets in the third quarterâsometime in July through September. But it looks like we wonât need to wait quite that long to get our first glimpse of a Ryzen notebook, going by an intriguing new teaser video on Asusâs Republic of Gamers YouTube page.
The video doesnât spill many beans, but it doesnât need to in order to get its point across. In it, a laptop sits in shadow in front of Ryzenâs circular orange logo. The ROG branding slowly fades in on the notebookâs lid, with the words âsomething has awakenedâ appearing at the bottom. The videoâs brief description includes the #Computex2017 hashtag.
Asus will be revealing a Ryzen gaming laptop at Computex in two weeks, in other words (and as first spotted by Overclock3D).
So what? Well, this is the first-ever Ryzen laptop that weâre aware of, and because itâs the ROG brand, you can bet it wonât be a cheap ho-hum effortâAsus reserves ROG for high-quality gaming gear. But what weâre really interested in is details about which processor family hums in the belly of this beast. AMDâs Ryzen-based âRaven Ridgeâ APUs will launch in notebooks in the third quarter, but theyâre paired with Radeon Vega graphics cores. Radeon Vega isnât out until late June, and the debut Radeon Vega Frontier Edition isnât even targeted toward gamers. That suggests Vega graphics cards and mobile solutions may not be available for a few months yet.
If that winds up being the case, this ROG Ryzen laptop might use a more straightforwardâand thus far unannouncedâmobile variant of AMDâs standard Ryzen CPUs instead. Itâs a long shotâAMDâs only previewed APUs thus far. Or maybe consumer Vega will launch right around the same time as the Frontier Edition. Or maybe this laptop will take a while to actually launch. Time will tell!
AMD says Ryzen laptops will provide a 50-percent boost in CPU performance, a 40-percent boost in GPU performance, and use 50 percent less power than the APUs it offers today.
Why this matters: Ryzen notebooks represent AMDâs return to high-performance mobile chips, but theyâre far from the only hardware AMD has up its sleeve this summer. As detailed at the recent Financial Analyst Day, AMDâs got a hurricane of hardware planned, spanning CPUs and GPUs, from desktops to laptops to servers. While youâre waiting to hear more about this Ryzenâd ROG system, catch up on AMDâs big PC hardware plans, or read PCWorldâs Ryzen CPU explainer to learn what all the hub-bubâs about.