AMD 4700S Desktop Kit: Defective PlayStation 5 SoC set to grace over 80 mini-ITX designs
We have previously reported about the AMD 4700S Desktop Kit, which is said to be based on the same CPU found in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The AMD 4700S was already available in mini-ITX offerings in the Chinese market, and other findings confirmed that this CPU is actually from the PlayStation 5 with its iGPU disabled.
While listings of the said chip and desktop kit were available even before AMD officially listed it, the company has now confirmed to Tom's Hardware that over 80 systems featuring the 4700S Desktop Kit will soon be made available.
We expect to see over 80 designs come to market from our SI [System Integrator] partners beginning on June 24th. Prices of these systems will be announced by our SI partners in due course... AMD 4700S Desktop Kit is its own unique solution, designed to address the desire for robust, high-core count performance in the mainstream market – ideal for multi-tasking, productivity, and light 3D workflows."
The SoC quite matches the PS5's "Ariel" Zen 2 chip and even makes use of GDDR6 memory, but it will likely have certain modifications to various components such as the memory controllers, video encode/decode blocks, etc.
The AMD 4700S Desktop Kit comes with the RDNA 2 iGPU disabled and as such does not offer built-in display outs. This should allow for added CPU clock speeds compared to what the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S offer. However, going by AMD's recommendations, the choice of compatible GPUs that can fit in the lone PCIe Gen 2 x4 slot seems to be quite limited — only up to the Radeon RX 590 or the GeForce GTX 1060 being listed as eligible.
While AMD 4700S Desktop Kits are up for sale in Asian markets, it is not clear whether these will eventually make their way to global markets as well.