AMD launched their latest Ryzen 5000 Mobile series early this year at CES 2021 and the first one we got is from our AMD friends which is the ASUS ZenBook 13 that is powered by the Ryzen 5000 U-Series “Cezanne” mobile processor which is the AMD Zen 3 CPU cores. All that power on a 13.3-inch ultraportable laptop rocking a vivid 1080p OLED 16:9 widescreen panel.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800U
GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics
Storage: 1TB SSD
Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p, OLED
Size: 12.0 x 8.0 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.6 pounds
This specific model should be hitting the stores by next month though pricing is not yet available, the Intel 11th Generation has already stores. The Ryzen variants start from the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U and go up until the Ryzen 7 5800U. We have the latter today.
When it comes to ports, the UM325S brings a microSD card reader with a single USB-A connector on the right-hand side. This is specifically useful for content creators on the go. Giving them access to a card reader to conveniently transfer files with ease. Here, the dual-band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) with Bluetooth 5.0 support is available as well.
While on the left-hand side, we find a pair of USB Type-C 3.2 Gen2 ports and an HDMI 2.1 header. The USB Type-C also functions as the charging port. With the 67-Whr lithium polymer battery present in the laptop, it lasts up to 16 hours and has a fast charge capability that gives juice of up to 60% in under 49 minutes with any PD-compatible charger. The speed test on the USB Type-C ports also confirmed its 10Gbps transfer speed with CrystalDiskMark showing sequential reads reaching 1011 MB/s while write speeds went as high as 920 MB/s sequential writes.
We feel as though one thing lacking is a 3.5mm headphone jack though ASUS has conveniently added a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter with the bundle this still lessens port availability.
ASUS Zenbook 13 UM325S Build
The build of the ZenBook 13 is rigid for a 0.55″ thin device thanks to its MIL-STD 810H rating. Though the finish is a fingerprint magnet, it might be something that would trigger OCD for cleanliness. The colour fall with the ZenBook line aesthetic giving a clean and professional look.
ASUS ZenBook 13 UM325S Benchmarks
We ran mainstream benchmarks on the ASUS ZenBook 13 to see its capabilities with the Ryzen 7 5800U.
The performance given was outstanding on the ASUS ZenBook 13 with its Ryzen 7 5800U. The multi-threaded performance show on the 8-core, 16-thread processor delivered a top-notch performance. While comparing to other recently released laptops in the market using 3DMark and PCMark 10, the ASUS ZenBook 13 comes out on top.
Just a quick note that these configurations might not come the same as the local configuration as these were sent from Australia by our friends from AMD and pricing again is not yet available. We can’t wait for other Ryzen 5000 series that would come out in the market. This is just the first taste of what the new processors are capable of. Hoping that the price tag on this particular ZenBook wouldn’t be as high as usual Zenbook laptops though.