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AMD "Artic" Ryzen 4000 desktop APU spotted on 3DMark

The desktop variants of the Ryzen 4000 APUs are expected to launch in the second half of 2020. (Image Source: AMD)
The desktop variants of the Ryzen 4000 APUs are expected to launch in the second half of 2020. (Image Source: AMD)
The CPU and GPU clocks appear to be quite low compared to mobility models like the Ryzen 7 4700U, but the "Artic" chip proves to be faster, at least in CPU-related tests, and the DDR4-3200 support certainly helped. On the iGPU side, however, the performance is not that great, as it turned out to be slower than a Vega 6 model.

The freshly released Ryzen 4000 mobility APUs are getting positive reviews across the board, but we might not actually see too many laptops integrating these great chips in the coming months, as the supply appears to be limited. AMD plans to release the desktop variants in the second half of this year, so the supply could hopefully catch up by then. Some early test samples of the desktop Ryzen 4000 APUs have already been spotted a few weeks ago, and now we have another sighting.

Twitter user _rogame recently stumbled upon a 3DMark entry of an AMD “Artic” chip that is supposedly part of the Ryzen 4000 desktop APU family. It features a 35 W TDP, so it could be part of the Ryzen GE series. Even with a base CPU clock of only 3 GHz, this chip managed to score higher than the 4600U and 4700U mobility models, so it may be boosting to more than 4.1 GHz, plus it was tested with DDR4-3200 RAM. However, the iGPU clocks appear to be set too low at 1.2 GHz, which consequently led to lower scores compared to a Vega 6 iGPU.

This is most likely an early Ryzen 3 4200GE or 4100GE sample, so performance may be improved further towards the release date. It is yet unclear what core count it may get. The Ryzen 7 4700U has 8 cores and 8 threads but it also has a lower TDP of 15-25 W. With a 10 W higher TDP, the desktop variant may get fewer cores (6?) yet double the threads, and possibly higher boost clocks for around US$150.

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Bogdan Solca, 2020-04-23 (Update: 2020-04-23)