It seems like AMD has been providing excellent CPUs specifically from Ryzen 3000 CPUs. The recently launched Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300x are excellent performance and value for money. But there is not a single AMD’s desktop APU launch based on Zen 2 architecture. Seems like AMD did provide us previously with Ryzen 3 3200G(4C/4T) and Ryzen 5 3400G(4C/8T) APUs but those SKUs were based on Zen+ architecture. These APUs are really good for what they offer but really hold back in terms of true gaming and productivity performance which standard Ryzen CPUs can provide. However, that premise might change with the introduction of this new APU recently appeared which claims to pack quite a punch.
The new upcoming Zen 3 APU appears to have 8 Cores and 16 Threads(Simultaneous Multithreading) along with an integrated Vega Graphics. According to UserBenchmark (Avg Bench %), the performance of the APU is sort of an intermediate between Ryzen 5 3600( 85.3% ) and Ryzen 7 3700x( 88.6% ). While the Vega Graphics performance is quite close to the laptop Ryzen 9 4900HS. The information was spotted by the user TUM_APISAK on Twitter sourced from UserBenchmark which reports Avg Bench % of 86.1%.
AMD Eng Sample: 100-000000149-40_40/30_Y— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) May 7, 2020
AM4, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
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The Price and TDP figures are still unknown but the specifications of the mysterious APU are:
|AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir Desktop APU (8 Cores)|
|Core Configuration||8 Cores 16 Threads (SMT Enabled)|
|Clock Speeds||3GHz-3.9GHz(Boost Clock)|
|Architecture||Zen 2 (7nm)|
|iGPU||Radeon Vega Graphics (1750Mhz, 8CU)|
|Release Date(Rumoured)||October 2020|
*The specifications of the APU are from an Engineering Sample which means clock speeds and few other specifications might not be the same at launch. However, it was confirmed that the SKU is in fact an APU with a code “RenoirAM4” which is used for mobile Ryzen 4000 laptops APUs. Most noteworthy, some people might be wondering about the sketchy reputation of the UserBenchmark that caused a big concern in the Tech Industry on Reddit a few weeks ago. Well if you’re unaware of the problem, it was related to AMD CPUs scoring much less as compared to counterpart Intel CPUs. As a result, we chose only AMD CPUs to gauge the performance of this upcoming APU.
Motherboard compatibility is not confirmed but according to a few speculations and reports, it should be compatible with B450, X470, X570, B550. The first generation motherboards A320, B350, X370 with updated Zen 3 BIOS should technically work with this APU too but that’s yet to be confirmed. The APU seems to be confirmed and supported with B550 motherboards as the user revealed his configuration.
The APU seems to be extremely powerful, unlike the previous APU releases. According to provided benchmarks, It matches the performance of laptop Ryzen 7 4800HS and surpasses Ryzen 5 3600 along with the undoubtedly fastest iGPU. By considering the prices of previous APUs, they’re usually cheaper than Ryzen 5 CPUs of that particular generation. It should be an excellent performer and value for money with massive IPC gains over last-gen Zen+ APUs.