AMD launches first Zen-based Chromebook CPUs – Ryzen 3000 C-series

Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo are set to introduce a broad range of entry-level to premium systems, bringing the award-winning “Zen” architecture to the Chromebook market

Today, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced the first AMD Ryzen™ mobile processors and the latest AMD Athlon™ mobile processors for Chromebook platforms, with up to 178% faster web browsing compared to the previous generation.1 Designed in collaboration with Google, the AMD Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series Mobile Processor lineup introduces the first-ever “Zen” architecture-powered Chromebooks with systems from Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo launching in Q4 2020. The AMD Ryzen 3000 C Series Mobile Processors offer up to 212% better performance for multitasking and content creation compared to the previous generation of AMD Chromebooks.2 With built-in AMD Radeon™ Graphics, AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series Mobile processors include the most powerful graphics available in a Chromebook.3

“Whether users are online, offline, on-the-go or at home, AMD Ryzen processor-based and Athlon processor-based Chromebooks deliver the combined CPU, graphics and overall performance needed to stay productive and breeze through the high demands of distance learning and remote working,” said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, Client Compute, AMD. “We are pleased to be working with Acer, ASUS, Google, HP, and Lenovo to significantly expand the number of AMD-powered Chromebooks and deliver more powerful options with the first of many AMD Ryzen-based Chromebook systems.”

AMD Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series Mobile Processors

Built on the powerful “Zen” architecture with best-in-class AMD Radeon graphics, AMD-powered Chromebooks are fast and responsive while browsing the web, multitasking, or streaming video. The power-efficient 3000 C-Series Mobile Processors enable thinner and lighter Chromebook designs that deliver long battery life as well as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 capabilities for enhanced connectivity.4
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700C Mobile Processor offers premium performance for Chromebooks, bringing:
  • Up to 251% better graphics performance compared to previous generation AMD Chromebooks5
  • Up to 104% faster office productivity performance compared to previous generation AMD Chromebooks6
  • Up to 152% better photo editing performance than previous generation AMD Chromebooks7

Partner Quotes

The AMD Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series Mobile Processors are coming soon in systems from major OEM partners in the consumer, education and enterprise markets.
“Chromebooks continue to be a rapidly growing market where customers are looking for appealing designs and top-notch features to power their work, education and gaming with Chrome OS,” said John Solomon, Vice President of Chrome OS at Google. “Our partnership with AMD, along with the unprecedented offering of Ryzen processor-based Chromebooks, gives consumers and businesses an even broader choice of affordable Chromebook designs that deliver blazing fast connectivity, long battery life and the ability to power through multitasking workloads.”
“Acer is continuing its history of leadership and innovation in the Chromebook market by utilizing new AMD Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series Mobile Processors in our upcoming product line, which will give customers what they need to excel at school, work and home,” said James Lin, general manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “Our new AMD-based Acer Chromebooks will deliver a heightened level of power, graphics performance, responsiveness and efficiency, allowing our customers to tackle challenging projects and take advantage of the growing range of apps and extensions in the Chrome ecosystem.”
“Today’s workforce wants powerful, secure, and easy-to-use cloud-centric devices as they adapt to the new realities of working from home or in the office,” said Andy Rhodes, global head of Commercial Personal Systems, HP Inc. “We are proud of our continued collaboration with AMD to offer business users advanced Chrome Enterprise security and manageability features to protect endpoints and unify manageability. Powered by the latest AMD Ryzen processor, the new HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise packs impressive power, enterprise-level security and manageability features, and seamless collaboration tools to address the productivity needs of business users everywhere.”
“Designed for the evolving demands on laptops, Lenovo systems powered by AMD processors will balance knockout performance with portability, enabling users to get things done remotely and on the move,” said Jerry Paradise, vice president, commercial portfolio, PC & Smart Devices at Lenovo. “Along with partners like AMD, we are able to offer customers fast and responsive user experiences in powerful and portable laptop designs.”
  1. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 09/01/2020. Chromebook manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary. RC-08
  2. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 04/22/2020 utilizing a Ryzen 7 3700C and a similarly configured system with AMD A6-9220C processor in the following benchmarks: Geek Bench 4 Multicore. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary. RC-04
  3. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 04/22/2020 utilizing a Ryzen 7 3700C processor vs. An Acer Chromebook Spin 13 with an Intel Core i7-8550U, an Acer Chromebook Spin 713 with an Intel Core i5-10210U, and a Lenovo Chromebook with a Core i3-10110U in the following benchmark: 3DMark Sling Shot Score. Chromebook manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary. 3DMark is a trademark of Futuremark Corporation. RC-14
  4. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 availability varies by laptop manufacturer and are system configuration dependent. Check with your laptop manufacturer for compatibility information. GD-149.
  5. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 09/01/2020 on a Ryzen 7 3700C CPU vs. an AMD A6-9220C CPU using the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Open GL benchmark. Chromebook manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary. 3DMark is a Trademark of Futuremark Corporation. RC-07
  6. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 09/01/2020 utilizing the following benchmark: PCMark Writing 2.0 Score. Chromebook manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary. PCMark is a trademark of Futuremark Corporation. RC-11
  7. Testing by AMD Performance Labs as of 09/01/2020 utilizing the following benchmark: PCMark photo editing. Chromebook manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Performance may vary. PCMark is a trademark of Futuremark Corporation. RC-10
  8. Max boost for AMD Ryzen Processors is the maximum frequency achievable by a single core on the processor running a bursty single-threaded workload. Max boost will vary based on several factors, including, but not limited to: thermal paste; system cooling; motherboard design and BIOS; the latest AMD chipset driver; and the latest OS updates. GD-150
  9. Base frequency is the approximate processor clock speed of a typical workload running at the processor’s standard TDP. GD-166.

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