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AMD Ryzen 4000 APUs can run Crysis without any cooling

The AMD Ryzen 3 4300U can run Crysis without any direct cooling. (Image source: Fritzchens Fritz)
The AMD Ryzen 3 4300U can run Crysis without any direct cooling. (Image source: Fritzchens Fritz)
AMD's Ryzen 4000 APUs are some mighty powerful 15 W chips, but can they run Crysis? It turns out that they can and even without any cooling.
Alex Alderson,

Undoubtedly, AMD has done a great job with the Renoir architecture. As we discovered in our recent review of the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42, Renoir APUs can match competing Intel processors while offering graphics performance that is comparable to dedicated solutions like the NVIDIA GeForce MX250. We tested the Ryzen 7 4700U, an eight-core Renoir APU with a Radeon RX Vega 7 integrated GPU, but it turns out that the quad-core Ryzen 3 4300U and its Radeon RX Vega 5 GPU can hold its own in older triple-A titles, too.

As Fritzchen Fritz has demonstrated, the Ryzen 3 4300U can run Crysis smoothly enough. However, the APU can also do in the absence of a cooling solution without overheating. Unsurprisingly, removing the heatsink and fan did cause the Ryzen 3 4300U to thermal throttle heavily. According to our database, the quad-core APU should achieve around 580 points in Cinebench R15. By contrast, benchmarking the chip in these conditions yielded a result of just 327 points. There was a similar gulf in performance in 3DMark Time Spy too. Regardless, the Ryzen 3 4300U does satisfy that age-old internet meme even in the most extreme conditions.

Ultimately, we would not recommend doing this with your laptop. However, the test underlines just how he capable and well-manufactured these Zen 2 processors are. You can view the full results in the embedded video below. 

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Alex Alderson, 2020-06-17 (Update: 2020-06-17)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.