Recently, AMD announces the Ryzen 3000 C and Athlon 3000 C series processors. The C suffix in both lineups means that they are meant for powering Chrome OS. The Ryzen one is for the Premium and more popular Chromebooks, whereas the Athlon one is for the mid-range Chromebooks. And for the low-range, there is A-series, which the company announced at CES 2019.
Under the Ryzen series, the company announced three processors which are:
- Ryzen 7 3700C with four cores, eight threads, 12nm Zen+ architecture, and 15W TDP
- Ryzen 5 3500C with four cores, eight threads, 12nm Zen+ architecture, and 15W TDP
- Ryzen 3 3250C two cores, four threads, and 14nm Zen architecture instead of Zen+.
The Athlon 3000 series for Chromebooks has two CPUs under it:
- Athlon Gold 3150C (2 cores and 4 threads)
- Athlon Silver 3050C (2 cores and two threads)
Here is the table of AMD processors for Chromebooks announced today:
|Model||Cores / Threads||Frequency||Cache||Graphics||TDP||Process Node||Architecture|
|Ryzen 7 3700C||4 / 8||Upto 4.0 / 2.3 GHz||6MB||10 Radeon Cores 1400 MHz||15W||12nm||Zen+|
|Ryzen 5 3500C||4 / 8||Upto 3.7 / 2.1 GHz||6MB||8 Radeon Cores 1200 MHz||15W||12nm||Zen+|
|Ryzen 3 3250C||2 / 4||Upto 3.5 / 2.6 GHz||5MB||3 Radeon Cores 1200 MHz||15W||14nm||Zen|
|Athlon Gold 3150C||2 / 4||Upto 3.3 / 2.4 GHz||5MB||3 Radeon Cores 1100 MHz||15W||14nm||Zen|
|Athlon Silver 3050C||2 / 2||Upto 3.2 / 2.3 GHz||5MB||2 Radeon Cores 1100 MHz||15W||14nm||Zen|
However, these aren’t new as the company’s most recent processor Ryzen 4000 lineup, is built on Zen 2 architecture, whereas these are on Zen+ and Zen. Also, the Ryzen 7 3700C is identical to Ryzen 7 3700U, which you can find in Acer Aspire 5 and Dell Inspiron 15.
Now, the question comes, is it reasonable to use these earlier gen chips? Simple answer yes because Chromebooks use low power chips than the Windows systems. Moreover, AMD also mentioned that we might able to Chromebooks with the same from HP, ASUS, and Lenovo.