AMD recently announced its ‘Renoir’ Ryzen (PRO) 4000G series of desktop CPUs for OEMs. Featuring 7nm Zen 2 CPU cores & enhanced Vega GPU architecture, the new AMD Ryzen 4000G-series of desktop processors deliver impressive generational leap in performance and amazing power efficiency for consumers, gamers, streamers and creators.
Ryzen 4000 series Desktop processors are built on the industry-leading 7nm process and Zen 2 core architecture, offering unmatched user experiences and power efficiency in the socket AM4 platform. As compared to today’s Ryzen 3000G-series APUs, AMD has upgraded their processors to higher core counts from four to eight.
TechEpiphany has uploaded some performance videos for the flagship Renoir APU, the AMD Ryzen 7 4700G. These videos are being added to a benchmark playlist, and include some gaming benchmarks for Death Stranding, Doom Eternal, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and GTA 5. But I will only focus on DOOM ETERNAL for this article. The AMD Ryzen 7 4700G is the flagship APU of this lineup, featuring 8 cores, 16 threads, 4 MB of L2 and 8 MB of L3 cache, for a total of 12 MB cache. This CPU features a base clock of 3.60 GHz and a boost clock of 4.4 GHz.
TechEpiphany uploaded one video which shows the AMD Ryzen 7 4700G desktop processor’s Radeon Vega 8 iGPU running Doom Eternal. As we all know Doom Eternal is well optimized for the PC platform. And it’s impressive to see the Vega 8 iGPU crunch through this game at 1080p, with no resolution scaling, on mostly High details. The frame rates can be seen fluctuating between 40 and 50fps at 1080p on high settings, with the FPS sometimes dropping to 37 fps in close-quarters combat. When the resolution scale was set to 70%, frame rates are shown climbing 50+ FPS.
When lowering down the Game settings to Medium, the game comes close to the 60 FPS mark. More importantly, the game is also utilizing all 16 logical processors of this 8-core/16-thread processor, which is an impressive feat. The Ryzen 7 4700G APU comes with 8 Vega compute units, which amounts to 512 stream processors/SPs, but the iGPU can easily dial up the engine clocks (GPU clocks) all the way up to 2.10 GHz, which helps it overcome much of the performance loss when compared to the Vega 11 iGPU found in the previous generation of ‘Picasso’ APU silicon.
The 4700G can also be seen playing Death Stranding at over 30fps on 1080p screen resolution, and over 60fps at 720p on high settings (very high model detail, medium shadow resolution, ambient occlusion on, and post-processing, depth of field, and TAA on).
All these benchmark results show us just how well AMD has optimized the now slightly ageing Vega architecture for today’s graphics standards. For those who want to build a budget or SFF (small form-factor) build, these APUs offer great value for money. With their Ryzen 4000 G-series of desktop processors, AMD has claimed performance, efficiency and gaming leadership, promising performance levels exceeding today’s mainstream Intel platforms.
When compared to today’s Ryzen 5 3400G, AMD’s new Ryzen 4000G processors can deliver up to 25% more single-threaded performance, 152% more multi-threaded performance, and 19% more gaming performance. These are APUs, and unlike normal desktop CPUs, these have integrated onboard Graphics (not comparing here with Intel’s iGPU though). Simply put, an APU is constituted of both the CPU and GPU cores on a single die. They often serve as approachable entry-level graphics solutions for budget gaming PCs and gaming laptops alike. Those gamers who don’t want a dedicated/discrete GPU can go for an APU setup for ‘casual’ light Gaming.
APUs are a perfect upgrade path for budget and casual gamers alike, and also for those who don’t want to spend some extra cash on a dedicated GPU, or they are budget constrained for some reason. Until now AMD has only released budget APUs, with the assumption that serious gamers and professionals will mostly go for a discrete graphics cards in their systems, which seems to be a reasonable assumption if you ask me. But with this new Renoir APU lineup things are a bit different.
An APU can also be seen as a “backup” option, just in case your GPU dies. Or, these could alternatively be used in NAS boxes, servers, media centers etc. The GE SKU APUs on the other hand might be an ideal option for compact gaming PCs which require high core counts along with low levels of power consumption/heat, at 35 Watts TDP. AMD is targeting ‘pre-built’ and OEM PCs, with the Vega integrated Graphics.