AMD has announced its next generation of Ryzen CPUs. Known as the AMD Ryzen H-series processors, the CPUs are promising to drastically boost performance over the last generation. The company also says the chipsets will run a Microsoft Pluton security processor to add extra security.
According to AMD, the Ryzen H-series are built on the new Zen 3+ architecture and support DDR5 RAM, Wi-Fi 6E, USB 4.0, and PCIe 4.0. Below are all the models AMD is preparing for the H-series processors:
|AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX||8 (16)||5.0GHz||20MB||45W+|
|AMD Ryzen 9 6980HS||8 (16)||5.0GHz||20MB||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX||8 (16)||4.9GHz||20MB||45W+|
|AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS||8 (16)||4.9GHz||20MB||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 7 6800H||8 (16)||4.7GHz||20MB||45W|
|AMD Ryzen 7 6800HS||8 (16)||4.7GHz||20MB||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 6600H||6 (12)||4.5GHz||19MB||45W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 6600HS||6 (12)||4.5GHz||19MB||35W|
Laptops are already being built with the Ryzen H-series on board, including models from ASUS, Lenovo, Acer, Razer, and Alienware. ASUS will be the first to market with the ROG Zephyrus G14. This gaming machine sports the Ryzen 9 6900H alongside AMD’s Radeon RX 6800S discrete graphics.
As mentioned, Microsoft’s Pluton is also on board. Launched in December 2020, Microsoft Pluton is a security chip platform that will replace the company’s existing Trusted Platform Module (TPM). However, it builds on TPM and makes some improvements to create more security for Windows devices.
TPM is a component of Windows 10 that stores important data, such as user information for sensitive tools. It keeps this information separate from other Windows system, making it harder for attackers to gain access. In other words, a threat actor cracking Windows would not necessarily give them access to data in TPM.
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