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AMD Renoir Architecture: Ryzen 4000 APUs with Zen 2 and Vega Graphics in 7nm

Currently three versions of Renoir APUs are planned according to AMD:

  • 15 Watt U series: For thin and light laptops. The TDP can be configured from 12 to 25 Watt and the high end version offers all 8 CPU cores. The base clock speed however is rather low, and depending on the cooling solution the long term performance may suffer.
  • 35 / 45 Watt H series: Currently two versions are known of. The 35 (HS) and 45 Watt (H) versions should offer a similar performance level and offer very similar specifications. The 35 Watt versions could use selected chips. Interestingly the fastest version at launch (Ryzen 7 4800H) won't include all GPU cores, as AMD rather shifts power to the CPU cores. For the intended gaming and creator laptops, dedicated GPUs are usually used, so this should be not an issue. A Ryzen 9 version could come at a later date.
  • 65 Watt D series: Intended for desktop PCs with a higher TDP and most likely higher clock speeds than the H series. Should use the existing FM4 socket.

Zen 2 CPU Architecture

Zen 2 Microarchitecture
Zen 2 Microarchitecture

The Zen 2 cores have been introduced in the Ryzen 3000 desktop chips (Matisse, e.g. Ryzen 9 3900X) and were able to significantly improve the IPC (instructions per clock) speed and catch up and partly even overtake the Comet Lake IPC speed.

Integrated graphics card, still Vega based

The integrated graphics card in the new Renoir chips is still based on the Vega architecture (5th generation of GCN) and not the new Navi (RDNA architecture). Interestingly, it looks like the CU (compute unit) count was not increased and for the first models even decreased. However, the GPUs now clock higher across the board thanks to the new 7nm process. Therefore, we do not expect high leaps in the GPU department, but it should still position itself on top of iGPUs.

Features of the SoC

Information on additional features of the SoC are still scarce. The integrated dual channel memory controller supports now power efficient and fast LPDDR4X-4266. PCI Express 4.0 however is not supported by Renoir (in contrast to the desktop Ryzen 3000 Matisse chips). Thunderbolt or WiFi should not be integrated in the chip (in contrast to Intel Ice Lake, that partly integrates both).

Verdict

Thanks to the fast Zen 2 processor cores (and eight of them), the new 7nm process and design improvements, the Renoir chips look to be a very strong contender to Intel H and U chips (especially Comet Lake based). First benchmarks from AMD (Cinebench R20) show excellent performance for the top models of the U and H series. AMD also advertises a 2x improved performance per watt for Renoir compared to the previous generation. 30 percent of that are contributed on IPC and design improvements and 70% on 7nm process gains.

However, it always depends on the implementation in laptops on how much of the potential can be unleashed.

PosModelL2 Cache + L3 CacheTDP (Watt)MHz - TurboCores / ThreadsCinebench R15 CPU Single 64BitCinebench R15 CPU Multi 64BitCinebench R20x264 Pass 1
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H4MB + 8MB453300 ‑ 44008/16
192
1886
4233
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS4MB + 8MB353000 ‑ 43008/16
193
1863
4288
223
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H4MB + 7.9MB452900 ‑ 42008/16
188n15
1854n21
4339.5n18
215.6n2
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS4MB + 8MB352900 ‑ 42008/16
186.5n2
1700.65n2
3869
216.52
AMD Ryzen 7 4980U4MB + 8MB152000 ‑ 44008/16
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H3MB + 11MB453000 ‑ 40006/12
176n7
1426.5n8
3237.5n6
197
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U4MB + 8MB151800 ‑ 42008/16
180
1568
3259.5n2
196.11
AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS3MB + 8MB353000 ‑ 40006/12
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U4MB + 8MB151700 ‑ 41008/16
181n5
1410n5
3203n5
201.85
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U4MB + 8MB152000 ‑ 41008/8
180n11
1094.5n12
2647n9
191.3
AMD Ryzen 5 4680U3MB + 8MB152100 ‑ 40006/12
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U3MB + 8MB152100 ‑ 40006/12
175.5n2
1089n2
2544n3
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U3MB + 8MB152100 ‑ 40006/12
175n4
1161n4
2599n4
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U3MB + 8MB152300 ‑ 40006/6
174n13
892n18
2219n13
210
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4450U2MB + 4MB152500 ‑ 37004/8
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U2MB + 6MB152700 ‑ 37004/4
165
580
1501.5n2
172.3
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

AMD Renoir APUs (Ryzen 4000) with up to 8 Zen 2 CPU cores and an integrated Vega GPU.

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The ThinkPad E15 Gen.2 features a new more compact design and offers more performance thanks to an AMD CPU. The IPS display is still very dim and the underside still gets very hot under load.
Andreas Osthoff, Sun, 29 Nov 2020 16:05:00 +0100
Lenovo IdeaPad S540 13-inch: AMD Ryzen ensures a very good rating despite cut corners

Lenovo IdeaPad S540 13-inch: AMD Ryzen ensures a very good rating despite cut corners

We have taken a look at the 13.3-inch subnotebook Lenovo IdeaPad S540. We were once again surprised by the currently outstanding performance of the Ryzen processors. Thanks to this, the laptop received a very good rating despite t...
Christian Hintze, Sat, 28 Nov 2020 13:34:00 +0100
HP EliteBook 855 G7 Laptop Review - Stylish office laptop for on the go

86% HP EliteBook 855 G7 Laptop Review - Stylish office laptop for on the go

Red meets silver. HP is a very serious manufacturer of high-quality business laptops. The EliteBook 855 also follows the AMD trend and offers a decent system performance thanks to Ryzen-Pro. In addition, the model shines with a high-quality finish and a chic design.
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000) | 15.60" | 1.7 kg
Marius Schell, Fri, 27 Nov 2020 05:20:00 +0100
The Mars 4000U is the thinnest AMD-powered mini-PC. (Image source: ASRock)

ASRock Mars 4000U: Thinnest AMD-powered mini-PC launched with support for up to a Ryzen 7 4800U

ASRock has released a new set of mini-PCs, and ones that it claims to be the thinnest of its kind. The Mars 4000U will be available with up to the AMD Ryzen 7 4800U and will support dual-channel DDR4-3200 RAM, along with Wi-Fi 6 a...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 27 Nov 2020 01:24:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen.2 Review: Office laptop with an AMD chip and new design

84% Lenovo ThinkPad E15 Gen.2 Review: Office laptop with an AMD chip and new design

Top performance thanks to Ryzen. The 15.6-inch office laptop from Lenovo comes with the redesigned housing and only AMD CPUs. We examine the second generation of the ThinkPad E15 with a Ryzen 7 processor.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 | 15.60" | 1.8 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Thu, 26 Nov 2020 23:02:00 +0100
Dell Inspiron 15 5505 with the latest AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU and 1080p display is now down to $490 USD (Source: Dell)

Deal | Budget Dell Inspiron 15 5505 with the latest AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 256 GB NVMe SSD, and 1080p display is now down to $490 USD

Down from its original launch price of $630 USD, the Inspiron 15 5505 is our next Holiday highlight sale because of its fast processor performance relative to the low asking price. This is Dell's latest budget laptop that should e...
Allen Ngo, Wed, 25 Nov 2020 04:35:00 +0100
HP reinforces negative stereotypes about business laptops with the EliteBook 835 G7

HP reinforces negative stereotypes about business laptops with the EliteBook 835 G7

Business laptops are known for their good keyboards, numerous connections, and high reliability - but unfortunately, also for their often below-average LCDs, a stereotype that HP regrettably reinforces with the AMD Ryzen 4000 Elit...
Benjamin Herzig, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 01:33:00 +0100
The MateStation B515 will only be available in China, for the time being. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei launches the MateStation B515 with AMD Ryzen processors

The MateStation B515 is here, but not with Huawei's in-house processor, as was expected. Instead, the B515 comes with a choice of the AMD Ryzen 5 4600G or Ryzen 7 4700G. A 23.8-inch IPS monitor and a keyboard will come bundled wit...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 20 Nov 2020 18:38:00 +0100
The Ryzen 5 5500U is effectively a Ryzen 5 4500U that supports SMT. (Image source: Digital Trends)

Geekbench confirms that the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U is effectively a rebranded Ryzen 5 4600U

AMD's Ryzen 5 5500U has appeared on Geekbench, confirming several aspects of the upcoming mid-range APU. The Ryzen 5 5500U is effectively a Ryzen 5 4500U with SMT enabled, or a rebranded Ryzen 5 4600U. The Ryzen 5 5500U has six co...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 19 Nov 2020 17:45:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkPad T14 AMD Review: Best Business Laptop you can buy?

89% Lenovo ThinkPad T14 AMD Review: Best Business Laptop you can buy?

Business all-rounder with plenty of power. The ThinkPad T14 is the entry-level model for Lenovo's expensive ThinkPad T-series and customers can choose between Intel and AMD models. The Ryzen APUs have an advantage in terms of performance, but what about the efficiency and the features?
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000) | 14.00" | 1.5 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 23:27:00 +0100
The upcoming BRIX mini PCs powered by Renoir APUs are coming with slim or tall cases. (Image Source: Gigabyte)

Gigabyte teases BRIX mini PCs with AMD Renoir APUs

AMD is already preparing to launch the Ryzen 5000 APU series, yet Gigabyte is a bit late to the party with some Ryzen 4000 PCs. Better late than never, as they say. The recent teaser from Gigabyte does not specify the exact proces...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 14:02:00 +0100
AMD is expected to announce the Ryzen 5000 mobile APUs early next year. (Image source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 7 5700U in HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eh1xxx is an SMT upgrade over the Ryzen 7 4700U with an up to 23% Geekbench multi-core score improvement

Another example of the AMD Ryzen 7 5700U mobile APU has been spotted, this time being tested in an HP Pavilion laptop on Geekbench. The Lucienne Zen 2-based part showed good improvements over the Renoir Ryzen 7 4700U and includes ...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 12 Nov 2020 18:52:00 +0100
Lenovo ThinkPad L15 laptop review - Decent office companion with high system performance

85% Lenovo ThinkPad L15 laptop review - Decent office companion with high system performance

AMD upgrade. Lenovo's ThinkPad L series includes inexpensive business laptops that have been able to convince in the past with good input devices and quite high-quality workmanship. The current 15-inch model in the series seeks to carry on this tradition while dramatically improving system performance with the new AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750 at the same time. We will clarify in the following review whether the final concept works.
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 | 15.60" | 1.9 kg
Marius Schell, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 22:23:00 +0100
Honor MagicBook Pro

Honor offers a good multimedia laptop at a fair price with the MagicBook Pro

Large display, fast processor, sufficient storage, and an aluminum case - for around 900 Euros (~$1,054), the Honor MagicBook Pro actually offers everything that a multimedia laptop needs.
Andreas Osthoff, Sat, 07 Nov 2020 05:32:00 +0100
Acer Aspire 5 A515 powered by AMD Ryzen 7 5700U shows up on Amazon Italy. (Image Source: Amazon.it)

Acer Aspire 5 A515 powered by AMD Ryzen 7 5700U Lucienne APU shows up early on Amazon Italy for €779

An Acer Aspire 5 powered by the upcoming AMD Ryzen 7 5700U Lucienne APU has popped-up on Amazon Italy. The laptop features a 15.6-inch FHD display, 8 GB RAM, and a 512 GB PCIe SSD. The chassis and port selection seem to be unchang...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:03:00 +0100
Can AMD reach 50% desktop X86 market share with the new Ryzen 5000 CPUs by mid-2021? (Image Source: EnterpriseAI)

AMD hits highest overall X86 market share in 13 years

AMD's overall X86 market share at the end of Q3 2020 reached 22.4%. The desktop CPU market share is already higher than 20% and, with the launch of the Ryzen 5000 CPUs, it may quickly climb to new all-time-highs in the next few qu...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 04 Nov 2020 14:29:00 +0100
The EliteMini Box X400 is slightly bulkier than your average Intel NUC. (Image Source: MINISFORUM)

MINISFORUM announces new EliteMini Box X400 mini PCs with AMD Renoir desktop APUs

The upcoming EliteMini Box X400 mini PCs will support Ryzen 2000 / 3000 / 4000 APUs up to a Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G processor. Even though the chassis is the same as the Intel version that comes with a GTX 1050 Ti GPU, the AMD models do...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 16:28:00 +0100
Mixing GPU results coming from mobile devices and lightweight laptops might not be a good idea. (Image Source: benchmarks.ul.com)

The new 3DMark Wild Life cross-platform benchmark is reporting some strange results where Apple's A13 Bionic GPUs beat the latest AMD Vega 8 iGPUs

PCWorld tested the Apple A13 Bionic SoC against a few popular laptop processors, and it turns out that the iPhone 11 chip appears to be faster than iGPUs like the Iris Plus and the Vega 8, but it is also significantly lagging behi...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 28 Oct 2020 16:37:00 +0100
Lenovo's Legion Slim 7 can now be equipped with up to a Ryzen 4900H APU. (Image Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo releases the AMD Ryzen 4000H versions of the Legion Slim 7 gaming laptops

Lenovo is now introducing Ryzen 4000H APU options for the world's lightest gaming laptops featuring RTX 2000 GPUs. The new Legion Slim 7 models can be equipped with up to a Ryzen 4900H APU coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:11:00 +0200
These models may be the lightest, but they also come with small batteries. (Image Source: Fujitsu)

Fujitsu announces the world's lightest 13.3-inch Lifebook laptops weighing only 634 g, Intel Tiger Lake and AMD Renoir processors in tow

In order to bring the total weight down to 643 grams, Fujitsu had to reduce the number of components, replace the metallic upper cover with carbon fiber and redesign some of the ports and internal circuitry. The UH-X / E3 models a...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:26:00 +0200
AMD Ryzen 5000 APUs will have both Zen 2 Lucienne and Zen 3 Cezanne parts. (Image Source: AMD)

AMD's Ryzen 5000 APU lineup is a confusing mix of Zen 2 Lucienne and Zen 3 Cezanne parts

AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5000 APU lineup will be a mix of Zen 2 Lucienne (Renoir Refresh) and Zen 3 Cezanne parts probably with the intention of offering more value to OEMs and maximizing the utilization of the 7 nm node. So far, ther...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:01:00 +0200
RMT allows Renoir users to overclock or udnerclock their Ryzen 4000 APUs. (Image Source: github)

Renoir Mobile Tuning 1.0.0 quick test: overclocking and underclocking the Ryzen 4000H/U APUs

In this quick test, we attempt to overclock and underclock the Ryzen 5 4600U APU powering a Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 using the new Renoir Mobile Tuning 1.0.0. Underclocking worked like a breeze, but the Renoir-U APU in question shows n...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:14:00 +0200
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Klaus Hinum, 2020-01- 9 (Update: 2020-01-25)