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AMD challenges Intel with amazing next-gen laptop processors

AMD Intel 2016 Laptop Processors

Computex 2016 is the place to be if you want to see a kick-ass battle between computing giants. Intel wasn’t the only company to announce some incredibly fast new silicon at the show, and Intel’s 10-core desktop CPU isn’t the only marvelous thing coming out of Computex. AMD has unveiled a variety of mobile chips that are supposed to be even faster than what Intel has to offer.

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Unlike Intel’s announcement which covered desktop-grade chips, AMD has come out with a new generation of processors that target notebooks. The company unveiled its 7th-gen (Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge) chips this week, which are supposed to be significantly faster than their predecessors, while simultaneously beating their respective rivals from Intel.

The high-end AMD FX 9830P chips are supposed to be 56% faster than AMD’s previous notebook CPUs. Compared to Intel’s i7 mobile chip, AMD’s silicon offer 53% faster graphics (that’s Radeon R7 graphics) and 51% better computing performance. Energy-wise, the new FX chips consume 12% less power than the last generation.

The FX 9830P chip has a base clock speed of 3GHz, with the maximum speed set at 3.7GHz. Meanwhile, the E2-9010 chip is clocked at 2GBz and goes up to 2.2GHz (see table above). The A9 series is set to compete against Intel Core i3 chips and is clocked at up to 3.5GHz, which is seriously faster than Intel’s i3-6100U (which goes up to 2.3GHz).

Similarly, AMD’s entry-level 7th-gen chips are 52% faster compared to previous models. The A9, A6, and E2 chips are supposed to be faster and more efficient than their predecessors when it comes to playing HD video.

Expect to find these chips inside new laptops from a variety of players, including Asus, Dell, HP, and Lenovo later this year. The HP Envy X360 pictured above already packs AMD’s 7th-gen mobile processor. Notably absent in that list is Apple, whose Macs rely on Intel’s latest CPUs.

For a more advanced look at AMD’s newest mobile processors, head on over to AnandTech.

If you’re shopping for AMD Bristol Ridge chips for desktops, you’ll have to wait a while longer, as the company did not elaborate on them yet.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.