Updated – 09/May/2020 – So far Intel has ruled the Gaming Laptops market, but AMD is closing in and launching some new Ryzen processor-based laptops. In this post let’s check out some of the affordable (Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 70000) Ryzen based laptops that are currently available in the Indian market.
Ryzen is a sub-brand from AMD Processors that have some laptop and desktop processors in its portfolio. AMD’s Ryzen 5 CPU series fills the mainstream segment of processors and features Quad-core and hexacore chipsets.
The Ryzen brand was first introduced by AMD in 2017, and initial processors were launched for desktop PCs.
Ryzen 4000 Series Update
If you are planning to purchase an AMD Ryzen laptop, this is the right time.
AMD has recently launched the new Ryzen 4000 laptop processors that come with upto 8 Cores and are highly energy-efficient due to the 7Nm manufacturing process.
The major problem with high-performance laptops is heating and throttling due to the heat. With the new Ryzen 4000 series laptops like the 4800H, 4800U or the 4600H, there is less to worry as they heat less in comparison to the 10th Gen Intel rivals.
Intel has also launched the new 10th Series of laptop processors with more Core count and higher clock speed.
The major problem with Intel is that they still stuck with the 14 Nm manufacturing process that was introduced with the Skylake processors, 6 years back.
The AMD product is far superior in terms of performance and energy-efficiency. So at this point in time, it is prudent to get an AMD laptop for better performance and battery life. However, the issue is the limited availability of AMD Ryzen 4000 processor-based laptops.
Below mentioned laptops are based on the Ryzen 2000/3000 architecture and I wouldn’t recommend buying them at this point.
Let’s take a look at the laptops that feature AMD Ryzen processors available in India that are ideal for gaming.
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42 (2018)
Recently, Acer has brought Nitro 5 to India – a gaming laptop that was revealed in the global market couple of weeks back. The Acer Nitro 5 boasts a 15.6-inch IPS display that comes with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.
The Acer Nitro 5 ships with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Processor. The processor has a clock speed of 2.0 GHz and comes with Quad Core architecture. Moreover, the AMD version of the laptop carries a dedicated Radeon RX560 graphics card for gaming which comes with 4 GB GDDR5 dedicated memory module.
Also, the Nitro 5 is available with Intel processors – 8th Gen Intel Core i5, Core i5+, Core i7, Core i7+ processors. But, there is another model that has a different processor altogether.
The Acer Nitro 5 packs 8 GB of RAM along with a 1TB hard disk coming additionally with 16 GB optane or 128 GB SSD options.
The laptop is pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home and comes equipped with Acer’s own Nitro Sense control software which supports CPU and GPU by monitoring and managing their cooling.
The Nitro 5 carries a multitude of other features, apart from game-centric additions to it. The laptop features Dolby Atmos Premium and Acer TrueHarmony audio technology, an HD webcam, HDMI port, and USB Type-C to name a few.
The models of the laptop that come with Intel processors have dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards.
The pricing for the Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen 5 processor starts at Rs. 65,999 whereas the models with the Intel Core CPU are available from Rs. 72,999.
Acer Swift 3 (SF315-41)
Price – Rs. 46,990 on Flipkart
Acer Swift 3 is a gaming laptop which is not too expensive and is meant for the budget buyers. It has an all-metal design and features a fingerprint sensor for quick unlocking.
The laptop comes with a 15.6-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) LED-backlit IPS display. To tune in with the excellent viewing experience, the Acer Swift 3 is equipped with build in dual stereo speakers having Acer TrueHarmony technology.
The Acer Swift 3 packs a Ryzen 5 Quad-Core processor (2500 U) clocked at a speed of 2 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz. Moreover, it has a cache size of 4MB.
Talking about its storage, the laptop has a 1TB hard disk with 5400RPM, along with an 8GB DDR4 RAM and an AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics processor to ensure crisp gaming.
The Acer Swift 3 laptop comes pre-installed with 64-bit Windows 10 Home operating system.
For connectivity, a number of ports are there in the laptop including a USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, a USB Type C, and an HDMI port. Moreover, there is a webcam, and an SD card slot too.
Wireless connectivity on the laptop features IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.1.
The laptop weighs 2.1 kg while measuring at 370.5 x 255 x 18.9 mm.
The Acer Swift 3 packs a 3220 mAh Li-ion battery, and it lasts up to 8 hours according to company’s claims.
In the end, we can say that it is a competent laptop. Its massive amount of RAM along with an excellent processor is excellent for processing and multitasking.
Dell 5575 (Ryzen 5)
Price – Rs. 47,490 on Amazon
Dell Inspiron 15 5575 is yet another laptop with Ryzen processor.
The laptop comes with a 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) LED-backlit display.
Powering the laptop is an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Mobile Processor along with Vega 8 Graphics similar to the ACER Swift 3.
Media on this laptop can be enjoyed using 2 tuned speakers which come with audio processing by Waves MaxxAudio Pro. Whereas, an HD (720p) webcam with digital microphone is there for video calling.
The Dell Inspiron 15 5575 comes with a 1TB 5400rpm hard drive along with an 8GB RAM module. Notably, the RAM is expandable up to 32GB. Moreover, there is an integrated graphics with an AMD APU video card.
The laptop comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 Home Plus operating system. Apart from that, the laptop comes pre-installed with Microsoft Home with Office Home and Student 2016.
This laptop even has an optical drive with DVD/CD read/write capability, along with 2 USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, 1 HDMI and 1 noble lock ports. Additionally, there is an SD media card slot too.
For wireless connectivity, the Dell Inspiron 5575 has 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1.
The laptop packs a 42WHr 3-cell battery and weighs 2.22 kgs while measuring at 22.7 x 380 x 258 mm.
It is a great laptop for the price and delivers outstanding performance. It is highly capable of intense graphics and gaming, and provides a smooth overall experience.
Before the Ryzen was released, AMD’s competitor – Intel – kept growing and knocked out AMD in benchmark scores of single-core and multi-core CPU performances.
With the release of Ryzen CPUs, the market share of AMD has increased significantly.
Ryzen’s CPU with new Zen microarchitecture churned better and stronger multi-threaded performance compared to the same level of Intel CPUs.
Intel still has the monopoly in the consumer market, and enjoy over 90% of share. Although Intel remains the first choice for users, AMD Ryzen comes out as a new option for prospective buyers, who want to have a change from their Intel mindset.
The laptops mentioned above, come with Ryzen processors, and are comparable to their Intel counterparts, in terms of gaming and day-to-day performance alike.
Written By – Prateek Sharma