KEY POINTS

  • AMD announces its Ryzen Pro 4000 processors
  • Ryzen Pro 4000 will compete with Intel’s vPro
  • AMD promises performance gains and new security features

The Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile business processor series has been announced by the silicon manufacturing giant Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). According to the company, the new chips feature improvements to performance and battery life as well as new security features. The Ryzen Pro 4000 chips are designed for modern business PCs and aim to rival Intel’s vPro series.

According to the Verge, AMD’s Pro 4000 series includes three chips: the Ryzen 3 Pro 4450U (2.5GHZ base speeds up to 3.7GHz with boost, eight threads, four cores), the Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U (2.1GHz base speeds up to 4.0GHz with boost, 12 threads, six cores) and the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U (1.7GHz base speeds up to 4.1GHz with boost, 16 threads, eight cores). The new mobile business processors are AMD’s first chips based on its 7nm Zen 2 architecture.

The Ryzen Pro 4000 series will come with a performance advantage, both over competing Intel vPro chips and its predecessor Ryzen Pro 3000 line. According to AMD, the high-end Pro 4750U chip performs better than the Intel Core i7-1070U rival, being the fastest processor for business laptops. On most benchmarks in AMD’s testing, the Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U also outperformed the i7.

The AMD Ryzen Pro 4000’s most important feature is the improved security. A dedicated AMD Secure Processor is included in the chips to prevent security threats such as kerne-level attacks. The AMD Secure Processor is based on Microsoft secured-core technology. The Pro 4000 also includes AMD’s Memory Guard encryption feature that makes them the only chips to support full-memory encryption. This means that a thief won’t be able to access your sensitive data if your laptop is stolen.

AMD’s Pro Manageability is another feature of the Ryzen Pro 4000 chips. This feature rivals Intel’s Active Management Technology implemented in its vPro series. Ryzen Pro processors support a platform for managing PCs and servers called Microsoft’s Endpoint Manager.

The new mobile business processors also come with improved battery life. They feature activity detection, idle detection and power-state selection. According to AMD, systems incorporating its Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U chip can provide over 20 hours of battery life.

AMD chip A chip the size of a coin, used in central processing units and a graphic processing units developed by the US-headquartered Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is displayed during a press conference held in Taipei ahead of Computex, Asia's largest IT trade fair, May 24, 2011. Photo: SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images