Accidental retailer listing indicates two things: Prices and SKUs are fixed. The product is landed and arrived at local distributors or retailers. This is the case with a Dutch retailer Centralpoint who posted the listings of the upcoming AMD RYZEN 4000 Pro series APUs, codenamed Renoir. The retailer listed the expected inventory to be available on July 17th.
What makes THIS APU generation look promising?
While pricing listed in such sites are usually placeholder prices, the specifications confirm it is and what isn’t. Renoir has been a talk of the town for a while since its using Zen 2 CPU architecture and Vega GPU. Such implementations are greats because usually, it also trickles down to notebooks. Not in this case because notebook APUs are launching tomorrow. We already reported about a mini PC manufacturer raising funds for NUC-like PC with Ryzen 3000 APUs, but will also include models with the upcoming APU. What is also attractive is that AMD enabled Simultaneous Multi-Threading, the first of its APU to have it. AMD Ryzen 4000 Pro mobile APUs are TSMC made 7nm based. So, maybe these would be, too.
Leaks about the Renoir APUs have been consistent and accurate enough that even those who signed a non-disclosure agreement to easily circumvent it citing sources.
The three APUs
The Ryzen 4000 Pro series APUs will have compatibility with most AMD 500 series motherboards with new BIOS rollouts. These are all Pro series APUs- The Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G, Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G and the Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G. The first two are eight-core/ six-thread boost clocked up to 4.4 GHz and 4.3 GHz. While the Ryzen 3 Pro G variant being a quad-core based boost clocked up to 4.1 GHz. Oddly enough, it did not mention the base clocks of respective APUs. It took down its listings at the time of writing. But Toms’ Hardware was quick to point it out.
The specs are as follows:
Retail leaked specifications
|APU||C / T||Boost Clock||Cache||TDP||Pricing|
|Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G||8 / 16||4.4||12||65||$370|
|Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G||6 / 12||4.3||11||65||$252|
|Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G||4 / 8||4.1||6||65||$177|
Limited PCIe 3.0 lanes, No PCIe 4.0 lanes
APUs are not all sunshine and rainbows. APUs have certain tradeoffs to accommodate potent on-chip graphics. One of the obvious ones is the reserved amount of PCIe 3.0 lanes. Biostar unapologetically hinted at the lack of PCIe 3.0 lanes when it listed its B550 motherboards. Biostar also listed other variants of the AMD Ryzen 4000 series APUs so we’ll see more on this. There will also be a reduction of certain native I/O options compared to traditional CPU variants. For a single graphics card enabled setup, it is not a bad deal.
While not many talks about it, on-chip graphics are potent performers even for low-to-mid end gaming depending on the spec, resolution and the game itself. Some prefer if they wish to have a fully built system while having the option to get a graphics card in the distant future. Of course, these are great APUs for a general built and for HTPCs.