For years Intel has been the queen of notebook processors, all because AMD designed its processors to work on the desktop. It was from the development of the Ryzen 4000 that AMD began to bet on making APUs for laptops and entering that market. The results? It can be said that AMD has achieved its goal and snatched market share from Intel, while allowing them to enter the market for processors for PC notebooks. Which is economically more succulent for Intel and AMD than the desktop because they have higher margins. Well, it seems that AMD would be trading performance for battery, which does not say much in its favor.
AMD cuts performance in its APUs to gain battery
The battery in a laptop is one of the most important points when making your purchase, since a good number of users use a laptop outside their home and therefore on the go. This is where the choice between Intel and AMD is not reduced to who has the fastest processor, but who can offer the maximum performance with the maximum possible battery.
Well, as we can read in Windows Central, there are several models of AMD laptops that do not perform the same depending on whether we have them connected to the current or we are pulling the battery. For this they have compiled a series of data where they have compared Surface Laptop 4, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 and the new Razer Blade 14. All of them make use of AMD APUs and all of them see their performance cut to be able to reach their battery hours announced. The cut is such that when Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 runs on battery power, it performs worse than the Surface Laptop 3 that uses an Intel CPU. Something that we might think is due to a specific model, but the thing does not end with the Microsoft laptop.
For example, in the Razer Blade 14, a recently launched gaming laptop. As the folks at Windows Central tell us, the performance cuts are significant. With a descent to the third of the graphics performance in 3D Mark and cut the NVMe SSD interface speed in half. Which is something that depends exclusively on AMD.
Are laptop APUs still AMD’s big unfinished business?
Nobody doubts about the enormous performance of the Ryzen 4000 and Ryzen 5000 APUs, but there is no doubt that AMD continues to lag behind Intel in optimizing the consumption of its notebook processors. Many expect minimal performance from their laptops, even when they are off the grid. Users are aware that battery use affects overall performance, but at this point one does not expect to see graphics power reduced to a third, communication speed with the SSD to half and CPU performance as well. severely trimmed.
The performance of Intel CPUs for 10th and 11th generation laptops does not vary much when we have them connected to the network or we are using the battery. Unlike those of AMD, which makes it the pending subject. Hopefully Rembrandt have managed to solve this problem or at least that there are no performance disparities in both modes of use.