AMD is making a big push into the prebuilt desktop PC market by releasing 18 new CPU processors that come with Radeon Graphics onboard.
The AMD Ryzen 4000 G-series are set to power a new wave of enterprise, consumer, and gaming PCs, including all-in-one computers. But for now, the processors will be available only to PC manufacturers, such as HP and Lenovo. So you won’t be able to buy them for your own desktop tower creations.
The 7nm chips use the existing Zen 2 architecture, not the upcoming Zen 3, which is expected to debut in a new family of AMD processors later this year. (For PC builders looking to create a custom unit now, the company last month released the Ryzen 3000XT series.)
The big selling point of the 18 new processors unveiled today is the inclusion of on-chip Radeon Graphics. AMD has long called this specific class of silicon “Accelerated Processing Units,” or APUs. The key benefit: You (or a PC maker) won’t necessarily need to shell out extra money to buy a dedicated GPU in order to play games, or run 3D-modeling programs.
Citing its own benchmarks, the company claims the new Ryzen G desktop chips chips can offer a 100 to 200 percent improvement on gaming and graphics processing when compared against the integrated graphics on competing Intel silicon. However, the benchmarks were done against last year’s 9th generation Intel Core processors. So it’s not exactly an up-to-the-moment comparison, especially since Intel has been working to improve its own integrated graphics technology. (In its defense, AMD said it had a hard time obtaining competing 10th-gen silicon from Intel, and Intel’s UHD Graphics 630 integrated silicon remains constant between the mainstream chips of its newer 10th generation and the 9th.)
Additional AMD-provided benchmarks claim that these new AMD processors can yield a sizable boost—from 30 to 100 percent—on multi-threaded performance and content creation tasks, such as editing movies or rendering 3D models.
The Ryzen 4000 G Lineup
For consumer desktops, the new lineup starts with six processors in the Ryzen line that scale up from four cores to eight. To power budget PCs, AMD is introducing three Athlon chips, which feature two or four cores.
The Athlon “Gold” and “Silver” branding is new with the Ryzen 4000 series, and is parallel to Intel’s Gold and Silver tiers for its competing Pentium desktop chips.
The remaining nine processors are being released for prebuilt enterprise PCs. These Ryzen Pro and Athlon Pro chips come with additional security protections and remote-manageability functions to help them appeal to business customers.
All but the Athlon Silver chips will come in 35-watt and 65-watt variants. PC manufacturers are slated to begin deploying new desktops with the chips later this year. Lenovo, for instance, plans on packing the new silicon inside its IdeaCentre and ThinkCentre desktop PCs.