Tested: AMD’s Ryzen 7 6800U brings big performance to the tiniest laptops

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You no longer have to choose between performance and portability.

With the launch of its first Ryzen 6000 mobile processors earlier this year, AMD supercharged the performance of lighter laptops. Before, you had to look to five or six pound laptops to get the kind of power now available in a three-and-a-half pound notebook.

But that release was from the AMD’s beefier H-class processors—chips with a TDP of 35W or higher, intended for gaming, content creation, and other heavy production tasks. Now comes the next round of laptop CPUs, those meant for thinner laptops weighing under three pounds. These U-series processors are rated at a variable TDP of 15W to 28W, with the Ryzen 7 6800U as the headliner.

We’ll have a deeper dive into this chip’s performance soon, but for now, here are the five key takeaways you need to know based on our testing.