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Ryzen 7 4700U: AMD's First Ever 8-Core APU

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A Redditor has dug up a PCMark 10 result of the unreleased the Ryzen 7 4700U APU (Accelerated Processing Unit). The leaked Renoir chip is part of the upcoming Ryzen 4000-series APU lineup that's expected to land early next year and could paint a devastating picture for Intel's low-end processors. As it stands already, AMD's APUs put consistent pressure on Intel's lower-end parts, but moving forward to the Zen 2 microarchitecture, not to mention an eight-core die, puts Intel's Core i5 series firmly in the crosshairs. 

Renoir will finally bring AMD's APUs up to date. The new parts are reportedly based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture and TSMC 7nm process node. The processors would still employ Vega graphics, but will come with a significant core upgrade, as evidenced by the Ryzen 7 4700U.

The model name alone is a hint that the Ryzen 7 4700U is most likely the successor to the existing Ryzen 7 3700U. The new APU shows up on PCMark 10 with a whopping eight cores but lacks SMT (Simultaneous Multi-Threading). The Ryzen 7 4700U flaunts a 2 GHz base clock and 4.2 GHz boost clock. Being an unreleased processor, the final specifications may vary.

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Ryzen 7 4700U (Image credit: rogame/Reddit)

Even more fascinating is that the Ryzen 7 4700U allegedly continues to operate within a 15W envelope despite having double the cores of the Ryzen 7 3700U. This just goes to show that AMD's Zen 2 microarchitecture and TSMC's 7nm FinFET manufacturing process are a powerful combination that shouldn't be taken lightly.

Sadly, PCMark 10 misreported the Ryzen 7 4700U's iGPU (Integrated Graphics Processing Unit) clock speed. However, the software help us confirm Renoir's continued usage of Vega as the exhibited by the GFX902 ID. At this point, it's uncertain if the Ryzen 7 4700U will arrive with 10 or 11 Compute Units (CU).

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Ryzen 7 4700U (Image credit: rogame/Reddit)
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Ryzen 7 4700U (Image credit: rogame/Reddit)

When it comes down to pure performance, the Ryzen 7 4700U obviously excels thanks to the core upgrade. The eight-core Renoir part outperforms the Ryzen 3 3700U by up to 17.9%, which is pretty impressive for a generation-over-generation upgrade.

In comparison to its rivals, the Ryzen 7 4700U delivers up to 13.2% and 2.8% higher performance than Intel's Core i7-10510U Comet Lake and Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake processors, respectively. In Intel's defense, the Ryzen 7 4700U has eight cores and eight threads while the two aforementioned Intel chips only have four cores and eight threads to work with.

The PCMark 10 results show that only the six-core, 12-thread Core i7-10710U Comet Lake part is capable of holding off the Ryzen 7 4700U. The Renoir chip falls behind by a 11.5% margin.

Speculation around the hardware circles is that AMD could introduce a Ryzen 9 model, which doesn't seem implausible. The chipmaker can go at it in two ways: Either maintain the eight-core, eight-thread configuration and give it higher operating clocks or enable SMT. We're keeping our fingers crossed that AMD goes with the latter, but only time will tell.

  • twotwotwo
    Wow, kind of expected Renoir to compete alright with Skylake parts, but not really with Ice Lake i7s. When they come out with the 65W desktop-ified version (mid-'20?) just hope there's supply and the price isn't nuts! :P
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  • Zizo007
    8 Ryzen Cores with 15W TDP?? Very impressive if real.
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  • Keviny Oliveira
    Zizo007 said:
    8 Ryzen Cores with 15W TDP?? Very impressive if real.
    With low clocks and in 7nm is possible.
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  • TerryLaze
    Hey,there we go,so that's gonna be the CPU in the PS5/xboxsx.
    8 ryzen cores at ~2Ghz (with possible boosts?? ) with a modified iGPU.
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  • bit_user
    TerryLaze said:
    Hey,there we go,so that's gonna be the CPU in the PS5/xboxsx.
    8 ryzen cores at ~2Ghz (with possible boosts?? ) with a modified iGPU.
    Lol wut?

    The only thing it will have in common with the PS5 is Zen2. But it's not even the first Zen2-based processor on the market, so I don't get your point.

    The PS5 obviously will not be constrained to 15 Watts, so base/boost clocks will be different, and I expect the PS5 to enable SMT.

    The iGPU will not simply be modified, it'll be a completely different animal. This still uses Vega, but the PS5 is going to be Navi-based, and that thing will be huge - probably be on par with a RX 5700.

    Finally the memory will be completely different - GDDR6. This will impact not only GPU performance, but also probably hamper the CPU, to some extent (due to higher latency).

    So, at least you got the Zen2 part right, and I think we know the PS5 will technically have an APU.
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  • bit_user
    Keviny Oliveira said:
    With low clocks and in 7nm is possible.
    Yeah, they dropped the base clocks from the Ryzen 7 3700U's 2.3 GHz. So, even the smaller process node and killing SMT wasn't enough to get to 8 cores - they also had to sacrifice about 14% of base clocks.
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  • urbanman2004
    admin said:
    The Ryzen 7 4700U shows up with eight cores clocked at 4.2 GHz within a 15W envelope.

    Ryzen 7 4700U: AMD's First Ever 8-Core APU : Read more

    3700X FTW ;)
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  • TJ Hooker
    urbanman2004 said:
    3700X FTW ;)
    What does the 3700X have to do with this?
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  • bit_user
    TJ Hooker said:
    What does the 3700X have to do with this?
    I guess that they're similar? Both 8-core Zen2, but 3700X has a max boost of 4.4 GHz - not 4.2 - and features SMT. Not to mention the base clocks...

    It's a little more relevant than the PS5 comment, but still kinda 😕
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  • urbanman2004
    TJ Hooker said:
    What does the 3700X have to do with this?
    Since I own a "3700X" it was my choice to exert my freedom of expression. It's not that complicated. Don't take yourself so serious next time guy 😉
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