AMD has just fired the first shots of CES 2020, debuting their 7nm chips for the first time. The new Ryzen 7 4000 series of CPUs are coming soon, There are actually two embedded product lines in the stack. The 15W Ryzen 7 4000 U-Series aims to pick up slack in AMDs ultra-efficient budget lines with new low-cost CPUs. These would be great for consumer laptops or micro-PCs. This line is then complimented by the 45W Ryzen 7 4000 H-Series, designed for high-intensity workloads and gaming.
In terms of performance, we’re still a little in the dark. AMD did show the Ryzen 7 4800U could beat out the i7-1065G from Intel in muliple areas. The AMD offering was 4% better in single-threaded workloads, 90% better in multi-threaded performance, and 3DMark Time Spy Extreme rated the CPU as 28% better than the Intel competitor.
These new CPU packages have been given theoretical limits and show some promise. but it’s important to remember that these CPUs have some degree of variance, thanks to the old silicon lottery. The Ryzen 7 4000 series of processors will likely change a bit in the hands of end-users. The 7nm process will only get better over time, so performance will continue to improve.
Here’s the full breakdown of all the SKUs. The Ryzen 7 4800H leads the pack with 8 Cores and 16 threads, with a 2.9 GHz base clock per core. It also has the potential to turbo boost to 4.2 GHz.
- AMD Ryzen 7 4800H – 8C/16T – 45W – Boost to 4.2 / 2.9 GHz base frequency
- AMD Ryzen 5 4600H – 6C/12T – 45W – Boost to 4.0 / 3.0 GHz base frequency
- AMD Ryzen 7 4800U – 8C/16T – 15W – Boost to 4.2 / 1.8 GHz base frequency
- AMD Ryzen 7 4700U – 8C/8T – 15W – Boost to 4.1 / 2.0 GHz base frequency
- AMD Ryzen 5 4600U – 6C/12T – 15W – Boost to 4.0 / 2.1 GHz base frequency
- AMD Ryzen 5 4500U – 6C/6T – 15W – Boost to 4.0 / 2.3 GHz base frequency
- AMD Ryzen 3 4300U – 4C/4T – 15W – Boost to 3.7 / 2.7 GHz base frequency
AMD says that the first AMD Ryzen 4000 series laptops will arrive from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo starting in Q1 2020. And speaking of ASUS they’re busy working with rival NVIDIA on the first 360Hz gaming monitor ever. And then there’s Dell, which is hard-at-work ripping off the Switch with Alienware.