What you need to know
- AMD today launched its Ryzen 4000 series chips for desktop PCs.
- The APUs bring substantial improvements for AMD's integrated graphics and more.
- These chips will be available in pre-built systems from PC makers. AMD says we'll have to wait a bit longer for Ryzen 4000 series chips for custom builds.
AMD's Ryzen 4000 series is finally jumping from laptops to desktops. The company today announce the launch of its Ryzen 4000 series chips for desktop PCs, making them available for PC makers to use in pre-built systems.
The big focus in this jump is in improvements to graphics performance. AMD claims that you'll see up to 60 percent more performance per graphics compute unit on its desktop Ryzen 4000 chips.
Outside of the graphics performance, these chips are built on AMD's 7nm "Zen 2" core architecture. The company says to expect up to 2.5 times more performance than with its previous generation chips. At the top end, you're looking at an eight-core, 16-thread chip with eight graphics cores and capable of hitting up to 4.4GHz.
In terms of gaming, the focus with these chips is on 1080p gming. AMD is claiming a performance advantage of well over 100 percent over an Intel Core i7-9700 with several games like DOTA2, Rocket League, HITMAN (2016), and GTA V. Notably, those stats are all at 1080p and low settings on the top-end Ryzen 4700G.
General tasks used in content creation, such as real-time rendering, see some respectable boosts as well. AMD claims up to an 89 percent advantage over the Intel Core i7-9700 with movie mastering in Davinci Resolve 4K, for example.
In all, the Ryzen 4000 G-series, as AMD has dubbed it, packs six chips spread across Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7. Here's how each breaks down.
|Category||Ryzen 7 4700G||Ryzen 5 4600G||Ryzen 3 4300G|
|Frequency (Up to)||4.4 / 3.6GHz||4.2 / 3.7GHz||4.0 / 3.8GHz|
|Graphics frequency (MHz)||2100||1900||1700|
|Category||Ryzen 7 4700GE||Ryzen 5 4600GE||Ryzen 3 4300GE|
|Frequency (Up to)||4.3 / 3.1GHz||4.2 / 3.3GHz||4.0 / 3.5GHz|
|Graphics frequency (MHz)||2000||1900||1700|
In addition to the Ryzen 4000 G-series APUs for general consumers, AMD also announced Ryzen Pro chips as well. Due in the second half of 2020, these chips are purpose-built for enterprise PCs with extra layers of security.
These chips are built on the same base Zen 2 architecture as the consumer desktop chips, bringing similar performance improvements for enterprise scenarios.
If ou were hoping to get your hands on one of these new Ryzen 4000 G-series desktop chips, you'll have to go with a pre-built system. AMD isn't offering chips on their own for custom builds just yet, though it says it has plans for that market at a later point.
The AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT is at the top end of AMD's range when it comes to enthusiast CPUs. If you're looking to eke out as much power as you can in your custom build, it's definitely worth considering.
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