Huawei recently released the new MateBook 13/14 2020 Ryzen Edition notebooks. Compared with the previous products, they all use AMD Ryzen standard pressure processors. While experiencing these two products, I have been thinking about two questions: How do they compare to low-voltage processors, and whether they are worth buying.
According to the conventional thinking, standard pressure processors are generally used in gaming laptops. They have stronger performance and are naturally better than low-voltage products. Just buy them directly. But after reading the description of R5 4600U and R5 4600H on AMD’s official website, I was lost in thought…
Because their parameters are so similar.
In theory, the standard pressure is indeed stronger than the low pressure performance
From the above parameters, we can see that the R5 4600H as a standard pressure processor is indeed stronger than the R5 4600U of the same series in terms of parameters. Not only can it run with higher power consumption, but the base frequency is 42% higher.
As for the highest frequency of both are 4.0GHz, we may have noticed the exclamation mark next to it, so let’s take a look at what is written in it.
Is the above sentence more troublesome to understand? Simply put, this processor can theoretically run 4.0 GHz, but considering factors such as power supply, heat dissipation, and manufacturer adjustments, the actual effect cannot be guaranteed.
Simply put, it means “data is for reference only.”
In this case, the additional tens of W power consumption limit of the standard voltage processor can theoretically allow it to maintain a longer time at a higher frequency, whether it is instantaneous or continuous performance, it should be better.
The next question is why manufacturers can put standard pressure processors in thin and light notebooks.
If you are familiar with thin and light products in recent years, then you should know that products using Ryzen processors have only been mentioned last year. This is because the Ryzen processor brings better CPU performance, coupled with AMD’s years of advantages in nuclear display, has gradually been recognized by consumers.
On the other hand, Intel’s low-voltage processors, although they have been ahead of the CPU for many years, the performance of the nuclear display is really not flattering. As for the actual performance, if you happen to have a notebook with an Intel processor, you can experience it by disabling the independent display.
This kind of performance is naturally not enough, so Nvidia launched the GeForce MX series graphics cards for the thin and light field. For example, the latest MX350 can not only run mainstream online games such as “League of Legends”, but if it is a full-blooded version, there is no pressure to run some large games that are not very resource-intensive.
Taking into account the excellent performance of AMD’s nuclear display, and at the same time further exerting the advantages of APU in terms of cost performance, most of the current thin and light notebooks using AMD processors do not have an additional discrete graphics card, which provides more space for heat dissipation and power supply.
In addition, standard-voltage processors are often cheaper than low-voltage processors, and are naturally sought after by many manufacturers.
After all, the price is not expensive, the performance is better, and the mold can be fully practical. Why not?
However, the actual situation will vary according to the different adjustment methods of the manufacturer. For example, when both low-voltage processors and standard-voltage processors are limited to 25W, the actual performance of low-voltage processors may be higher than the latter, which is why the Apple MacBook series has such excellent performance.
For example, as a low-voltage processor, the i5-8259U can achieve a power consumption of about 45W, which has caught up with many standard voltage processors. But because of its better physique, its performance under full load is also very impressive.
Lightweight? It can also be a game book
In the previous introduction of gaming laptops and Thunderbolt 3, I mentioned external graphics cards. In order to make the performance of the external graphics card better and more stable, in addition to using the “full-blood version” Thunderbolt interface with more PCIe channels, it is best to use a standard voltage processor.
Take Lenovo Y9000X as an example. It can select up to i9-9880H processor and 4K screen, adopt 95W USB Type-C charger and add dual lightning interface.
Through the above parameters, Lenovo Y9000X can not only obtain a higher gaming and rendering experience through an external graphics card, but the product itself requires less power consumption and heat dissipation pressure, so it can be installed in such a configuration combination under a relatively thin and light body.
△ Razer game product with Thunderbolt 3 interface
At present, Intel has not only added the Thunderbolt Protocol Controller to the processor, but has gradually opened up the authorization of Thunderbolt 3. Coupled with USB 4.0, known as “Little Thunder 3”, I believe that more people will experience functions such as external graphics cards in the future. At this time, the thin and light notebooks with standard pressure processors can meet the needs of going out to work and going home to play games.
Summary: First consider your own needs
This seems to be a versatile summary, but I think it fits today’s theme very well. Compared with the two, low-voltage processors have lower power consumption and lower heat dissipation, which can help notebook computers achieve a thinner and thinner body and longer standby time, which is suitable for users who frequently travel on business.
At the same time, the performance of standard pressure notebooks is better and theoretically more playable. However, the power consumption is relatively high, which is suitable for users who have high requirements for performance and can easily find the power supply.
So, how would you choose?