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2021 HP OMEN 15 (Valkyrie) Gaming Laptop Preview!

2021 HP OMEN 15 (Valkyrie) Gaming Laptop Preview!

HP just unveiled their 2021 OMEN 15 gaming laptop, codenamed Valkyrie – powered by both AMD and NVIDIA!

 

2021 HP OMEN 15 (Valkyrie) Gaming Laptop

Codenamed Valkyrie, the 2021 HP OMEN 15 gaming laptop is a 15.6-inch laptop built with serious gaming in mind, with a sleek and modern minimalistic design!

15.6-inch IPS Display

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 comes with a large 15.6-inch IPS display, with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

You can opt for a 144 Hz refresh rate, as well as a premium 144 Hz display with 300 nits brightness and 72% NTSC colour gamut.

Gaming Performance

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 is powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor, and paired with up to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics!

It is kept cool by the OMEN Tempest Cooling Technology, with 3-sided venting and 5-way airflow, to ensure maximum performance even during prolonged gaming sessions!

Memory + Storage

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 comes with up to 16 GB of DDR4-3200 memory, in dual-channel mode for maximum performance.

You can equip it with up to a 1 TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD, or up to two 256 GB SSDs in RAID 0 mode for super-fast transfers.

Connectivity

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 comes with Gigabit LAN wired connectivity built in, and offers either Intel Wi-Fi 6 or Realtek Wi-Fi 5 wireless connectivity.

Audio

You do not have to rely on headphones for maximum gaming enjoyment. The new OMEN 15 comes with Bang & Olufsen speakers and support for DTS:X Ultra!

Gaming Keyboard

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 comes with an island-style backlit keyboard with integrated numeric keypad.

You have the option of simple dragon red backlighting, or RGB backlighting with 4 independent zones.

 

2021 HP OMEN 15 (Valkyrie) : Specifications + Options

The 2021 HP OMEN 15 gaming laptop comes with these specifications and configuration options :

Specifications 2021 HP OMEN 15
Display 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Display Options 144 Hz, 300 nits, 72% NTSC
144 Hz, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
60 Hz, 250 nits, 45% NTSC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
Microsoft Windows 10 Home
CPU Options AMD Ryzen 9 5900H
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
Memory Options Up to 16 GB DDR4-3200
GPU Options NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti
Storage Options Up to 1 TB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD
Up to 2 x 256 GB PCIe NVMe TLC SSDs
Card Reader SD card reader
Audio Bang & Olfusen dual speakers
DTS:X Ultra support
Networking Gigabit LAN
Wireless Options Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0
Realtek Wi-Fi 5 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0
I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 Type C with DisplayPort 1.4
1 x USB 3.0 Type A with Sleep + Charge
2 x USB 3.0 Type A
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x headphone / mic combo port
1 x Mini DisplayPort
1 x HDMI 2.0a
Camera HD camera with dual-array digital mic
IR thermal sensor
Keyboard Options 1-zone dragon red backlit keyboard
4-zone RGB backlit keyboard
Touchpad HP Imagepad Touchpad
Battery Options 6-cell Li-Po, 70.9 Wh
3-cell Li-Po, 52.5 Wh
Charger 150 / 200 watt charger
Dimensions 357.96 mm wide
239.7 mm deep
22.5 mm thick
Weight 2.37 kg

 

2021 HP OMEN 15 : Price + Availability

The new HP OMEN 15 gaming laptop has a starting price of RM 3,899 (about US$965 / £684 / A$1,220 / S$1,272).

It comes with 2-years of Accidental Protection Damage warranty, and is available from the HP Online Store in Malaysia right now.

Here are purchase options in other countries :

 

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AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : Major Consumer Kick-Off In 2020!

AMD just kicked off a major consumer roll-out of the AMD Ryzen 4000 family of mobile processors!

Join us for AMD’s official consumer tech briefing, and compare the full stack of Ryzen 4000 consumer and PRO mobile processors!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : Major Consumer Kick-Off In 2020!

The AMD Ryzen 4000 family of mobile processors was first unveiled at CES 2020, but its major roll-out got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To take on Intel’s considerable control of the laptop market, AMD prepared a formidable stack of 14 mobile processors – all with integrated Vega graphics.

To kick-off their 2020 assault on Intel’s mobile market stronghold, AMD lined up these laptops with their partners :

  • ASUS G14 : Ryzen 4000 H-series + NVIDIA + AMD FreeSync
  • ASUS G15 : Ryzen 4000 H-series + NVIDIA + AMD FreeSync
  • MSI Bravo : Ryzen 4000 H-series + Radeon RX 5500M + AMD FreeSync
  • Lenovo Legion 5 : Ryzen 4000 H-series + NVIDIA
  • Dell G5 15 SE : Ryzen 4000 H-series + Radeon RX 5600M + AMD FreeSync + AMD SmartShift

Recommended : AMD Radeon RX 5700M | RX 5600M : A Quick Primer!

 

AMD SmartShift : A Special Mention!

AMD SmartShift is a new technology that gives the new AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors better performance – up to 10% in games, and 12% in content creation.

It is basically a smart power distribution technique that dynamically improves CPU or GPU performance with a limited power budget.

For more details, we recommend reading AMD SmartShift Explained : Smart Power Distribution FTW!

Unfortunately, it’s not launching in all Ryzen 4000 laptops, only the Dell G5 15 SE at this time. So if you want to take advantage of this new AMD technology, we highly recommend you check out the Dell G5 15 SE.

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : Specifications

For your convenience, here is a table comparing the key specifications of the full stack of AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors – both consumer-grade and PRO-grade models.

Processor Model Cores /
Threads
cTDP Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
GPU
Cores
GPU
Clock
Ryzen 9 4900H 8 / 16 45 W 3.3 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 9 4900HS 8 / 16 35 W 3.0 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800H 8 / 16 45 W 2.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800HS 8 / 16 35 W 2.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800U 8 / 16 15 W 1.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U 8 / 16 15 W 1.7 GHz 4.1 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 5 4700U 8 / 8 15 W 2.0 GHz 4.1 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U 6 / 12 15 W 2.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600H 6 / 12 45 W 3.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600HS 6 / 12 35 W 3.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600U 6 / 12 15 W 2.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4500U 6 / 6 15 W 2.3 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 3 PRO 4450U 4 / 8 15 W 2.5 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB 5 1.4 GHz
Ryzen 3 4300U 4 / 4 15 W 2.7 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB 5 1.4 GHz

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : More Videos!

Just in case you missed them, here are more videos on the AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processor family!

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Official CES 2020 Briefing

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Gaming Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Battery Life

 

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AMD Ryzen 9 4900H : 8C/16T High Performance Mobile APU!

AMD just introduced the Ryzen 9 4900H – a high-performance 8-core, 16-thread mobile processor with a TDP of 45 watts!

Here is EVERYTHING on the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H, including four new Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series videos!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900H is part of the new Ryzen 4000 H-Series, which consists at launch of just these two models :

  • Ryzen 9 4900H : 8 cores, 16 threads, 3.3 GHz base clock, 4.4 GHz boost clock
  • Ryzen 7 4800H : 8 cores, 16 threads, 2.9 GHz base clock, 4.2 GHz boost clock
  • Ryzen 5 4600H : 6 cores, 12 threads, 3.0 GHz base clock, 4.0 GHz boost clock

Recommended : 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile Family : A Quick Primer!

 

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H Mobile APU

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900U not only comes with 8 cores, it also supports simultaneous multithreading, allowing it to process up to 16 threads at the same time.

It has a 4 MB L2 cache and an 8 MB L3 cache, with a 3.3 GHz base clock and a 4.4 GHz boost clock. It comes with a Radeon Vega 8 Graphics integrated GPU that runs at 1.75 GHz.

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900H has a nominal TDP of 45 watts, but is configurable by the laptop manufacturer for a TDP of 35 watts to 45 watts.

Like the other AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors, it is fabricated on the 7 nm process, and supports LPDDR4x memory. It also has SmartShift capability, when paired with a separate Radeon GPU.

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Gaming Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Battery Life

 

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H Specifications Compared

Here is a comparison of the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H against the other members of the AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile family.

Processor Model Cores /
Threads
cTDP Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
GPU GPU
Clock
Ryzen 9 4900H 8 / 16 45 W 3.3 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800H 8 / 16 45 W 2.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800U 8 / 16 15 W 1.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 5 4700U 8 / 8 15 W 2.0 GHz 4.1 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600H 6 / 12 45 W 3.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600U 6 / 12 15 W 2.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4500U 6 / 6 15 W 2.3 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 3 4300U 4 / 4 15 W 2.7 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB Vega 5 1.4 GHz

 

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H Gaming Performance

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900U is targeted directly at the Intel Core i7-9750H, offering 39% better gaming performance, according to AMD.

 

 

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AMD Ryzen 7 4800H : 8C/16T High Performance Mobile APU!

AMD just introduced the Ryzen 7 4800H – a high-performance 8-core, 16-thread mobile processor with a nominal TDP of 45 watts!

Here is EVERYTHING AMD has revealed so far about the Ryzen 7 4800H, including when you can expect it to debut!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series

The AMD Ryzen 7 4800H is part of the new Ryzen 4000 H-Series, which consists at launch of just these two models :

  • Ryzen 7 4800H : 8 cores, 16 threads, 2.9 GHz base clock, 4.2 GHz boost clock
  • Ryzen 5 4600H : 6 cores, 12 threads, 3.0 GHz base clock, 4.0 GHz boost clock

Recommended : 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile Family : A Quick Primer!

 

AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Mobile APU

The AMD Ryzen 7 4800U not only comes with 8 cores, it also supports simultaneous multithreading, allowing it to process up to 16 threads at the same time.

It has a 4 MB L2 cache and 8 MB L3 cache, with a 2.9 GHz base clock and a 4.2 GHz boost clock. It comes with a Radeon Vega 7 Graphics integrated GPU that runs at 1.6 GHz.

The AMD Ryzen 7 4800H has a nominal TDP of 45 watts, but is configurable by the laptop manufacturer for a TDP of 35 watts to 45 watts.

Like the other AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors, it is fabricated on the 7 nm process, and supports LPDDR4x memory. It also has SmartShift capability, when paired with a separate Radeon GPU.

 

AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Specifications Compared

Here is a comparison of the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H against the other members of the AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile family.

Processor Model Cores /
Threads
cTDP Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
GPU GPU
Clock
Ryzen 7 4800H 8 / 16 45 W 2.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800U 8 / 16 15 W 1.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 5 4700U 8 / 8 15 W 2.0 GHz 4.1 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600H 6 / 12 45 W 3.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600U 6 / 12 15 W 2.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4500U 6 / 6 15 W 2.3 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 3 4300U 4 / 4 15 W 2.7 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB Vega 5 1.4 GHz

 

AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Performance

The AMD Ryzen 7 4800U is targeted directly at the Intel Core i7-9750H, offering :

  • Up to 5% better single-threaded performance
  • Up to 46% better multi-threaded performance
  • Up to 25% faster 4K video encoding on Adobe Premiere
  • Up to 39% faster gameplay physics simulation performance

Thanks to its 2 extra cores and ability to process 4 extra threads, the Ryzen 7 4800H significantly cuts down on the time it takes for content creators to process their work.

Now, its integrated Radeon Vega 7 Graphics is not very fast, which is why AMD did not quote any graphics performance figures. In fact, it has one less core and runs at at a slower speed than the Radeon Vega 8 Graphics in the Ryzen 7 4800U.

Instead, AMD shared with us the PHYSICS test results of the 3DMark Firestrike benchmark. It shows the Ryzen 7 4800H beating not only the Core i7-9750H mobile processor, but also the Core i7-9700K desktop processor! However, it is CPU-only benchmark.

Its gaming performance will definitely be poorer than that of the 15W Ryzen 7 4800U, which means it will likely be paired with a Radeon RX 5500M or RX 5600M, to take advantage of the new AMD SmartShift capability.

 

AMD Ryzen 7 4800H Availability

One of the first laptops to feature the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, which claims to be the world’s most powerful 14-inch gaming laptop.

It comes with a 14-inch Pantone-validated display with a Full HD or WQHD resolution, and a 120 Hz refresh rate.

It is less than 18 mm thick and weighs just 1.6 kg. ASUS claims a 10 hour battery life, not while gaming though but playing videos.

The Zephyrus G14 and the first slew of laptops to feature the Ryzen 7 4800H will debut in Q1 2020. We will update this article once we know more.

 

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AMD SmartShift Explained : Smart Power Distribution FTW!

At CES 2020, AMD announced their SmartShift technology that debuts in the Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors.

What is AMD SmartShift, and how does it work? Let’s find out!

 

AMD SmartShift : What Is It?

AMD SmartShift is a new technology that is being introduced with the new AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor family.

It can be simply described as a smart power distribution technique, to dynamically improve CPU or GPU performance with a limited power budget.

 

How Does AMD SmartShift Work?

In a typical laptop, the CPU and GPU each have their own pre-defined power budget.

The CPU and GPU will individually adjust their power consumption according to the load, using less power for a longer battery life, but never exceeding their power budget even when there is a need for more performance.

AMD SmartShift changes that by simply doing away with the pre-defined power budget, and using a shared power budget instead.

When you are running CPU-intensive tasks, it lets the Ryzen CPU take up more of the power budget, improving its performance.

But when you start up a game, AMD SmartShift lets the Radeon GPU take up more of the power budget, for better gaming performance.

Ultimately, SmartShift lets you squeeze out more performance from the CPU and GPU for a limited power budget.

 

The Performance Impact

According to AMD, SmartShift will deliver up to 10% better gaming performance, and up to 12% better content creation performance.

This was based on their internal tests using the AMD Ryzen 4800H mobile processor, coupled with the AMD Radeon RX 5600M GPU.

 

AMD SmartShift : How To Get It

AMD SmartShift is built into the new AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor family, but also requires the laptop to have a separate AMD Radeon Graphics GPU.

It also works only with the recently-launched AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver.

 

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