Today AMD is finally lifting the lid on its long-awaited desktop Zen2 based APU family. Using the same silicon as in the Ryzen Mobile 4000 family, AMD is pumping it up into 35 W and 65 models in the same AM4 platform that is in use today. There has been strong demand from PC builders to release these chips, which were on the topics of forum conversation all the way back at CES. There’s only one downside to these new processors: you can’t buy them on their own. AMD states that the initial release of Ryzen 4000G hardware is for OEMs like Dell and HP only for their pre-built systems.

The new processors use the same 8-core Zen2 plus 8 compute unit Vega that we saw in Ryzen Mobile 4000 at the beginning of the year, but as with previous APU launches, the frequency and power thermals have been pushed up into more manageable desktop environments. To that end, AMD will be launching hardware in the Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 3 product lines at both 65 W and 35 W, all on the AM4 platform.

AMD Ryzen 4000G Series APUs
AnandTech C/T Base
Freq
Turbo
Freq
GPU
CUs
GPU
Freq
PCIe
*
TDP
Ryzen 4000G
Ryzen 7 4700G 8 / 16 3600 4400 8 2100 16+4+4 65 W
Ryzen 7 4700GE 8 / 16 3100 4300 8 2000 16+4+4 35 W
Ryzen 5 4600G 6 / 12 3700 4200 7 1900 16+4+4 65 W
Ryzen 5 4600GE 6 / 12 3300 4200 7 1900 16+4+4 35 W
Ryzen 3 4300G 4 / 8 3800 4000 6 1700 16+4+4 65 W
Ryzen 3 4300GE 4 / 8 3500 4000 6 1700 16+4+4 35 W
Ryzen Pro 4000G
Ryzen 7 Pro 4700G 8 / 16 3600 4400 8 2100 16+4+4 65 W
Ryzen 7 Pro 4750GE 8 / 16 3100 4300 8 2000 16+4+4 35 W
Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G 6 / 12 3700 4200 7 1900 16+4+4 65 W
Ryzen 5 Pro 4650GE 6 / 12 3300 4200 7 1900 16+4+4 35 W
Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G 4 / 8 3800 4000 6 1700 16+4+4 65 W
Ryzen 3 Pro 4350GE 4 / 8 3500 4000 6 1700 16+4+4 35 W
*PCIe lanes on the SoC are listed in GFX+Chipset+Storage

The top processor is the Ryzen 7 4700G, coming in at 65 W TDP with a base frequency of 3.6 GHz and a turbo frequency of 4.4 GHz. It uses all eight compute units for the graphics, running at a mind-numbing 2100 MHz.

At the lower end is the Ryzen 3 4300G, with four cores and eight threads, with a base of 3.8 GHz and a turbo of 4.0 GHz, which should mean that performance is very consistent. This part has six compute units for graphics, running at 1700 MHz.

Every version has a GE counterpart at 35 W, which for the most part reduces the base frequency and TDP only. The exception is the Ryzen 7, where 100 MHz is lost on turbo and 100 MHz is lost on graphics.

All the APUs support DDR4-3200, and have sixteen PCIe 3.0 lanes for add-in cards, as well as four PCIe 3.0 lanes for storage. On the PCIe lanes, the reason this is PCIe 3.0 and not PCIe 4.0 is because the equivalent mobile chip was built with eight PCIe 3.0 lanes for add-in cards, to save on power in a mobile environment. AMD sees these chips being used mostly on their own without a separate discrete graphics card, given that the company already has the Ryzen 3 CPU family for those that want discrete graphics.

At the same time as the Ryzen 4000G APUs, AMD is also launching the Ryzen Pro 4000G versions for the commercial market. These specifications mirror the standard Ryzen counterparts, but fall under AMD’s Pro Technologies feature set, with additional security, manageability, and business ready pillars. This includes full memory encryption and support for DASH management, OS image stability over 18 months, guaranteed processor availability for 24 months, and enhanced QA.

So they are OEM only? What?

Just to be clear, AMD specified OEM and not system integrators (SIs). On our call, AMD clarified that the market for its APUs is skewed very heavily towards the big mass-market prebuilt customers like HP and Dell, rather than custom home builds. The numbers quoted were around 80% of all APU sales end up in these systems, and by working with OEMs only, AMD can also help manage stock levels of the Renoir silicon coming out of the fabs between desktops and notebooks.

What this means is that unless you are choosing to buy a pre-built office-focused business PC, then the only way to get hold of these processors would be through distributors who are selling them piecemeal – AMD is not creating official boxes and bundles with coolers for these processors.

Those pre-built office-focused business PCs are expected to be out shortly. Just in case you control a corporate budget and need a few hundred of them.

Will we ever get Ryzen 4000 APUs for Desktop?

AMD says that they are planning a consumer-grade release of APUs ‘soon’. It was stated in our briefing call that there will be a launch of a future Zen2 APU for the consumer market compatible with 500-series motherboards. The company specifically did not say 400-series, but did clarify that the 4000G series announced today was for 400 and 500 series.

When exactly this launch will come, and what it will be, and what price ranges AMD will be aiming for is unclear. As mentioned, we were discussing Zen 2 based Renoir desktop APUs with vendors back in January, and at this point it certainly feels late to the game. Could AMD be hiding something up its sleeve? A PCIe 4.0 version perhaps (would this require new silicon?) or maybe something up at the 105 W TDP performance level? It really is unclear.

There’s also some new Zen+ APUs

For the lower end of the prebuilt market, AMD is also offering a new set of Zen+ APUs. These are the first desktop parts to carry the Athlon Gold and Athlon Silver branding.

AMD Athlon 3000G Series
AnandTech C/T Base
Freq
Turbo
Freq
GPU
CUs
GPU
Freq
PCIe
*
TDP
Athlon 3000G
Athlon Gold 3150G 4 / 4 ? 3900 3 1100 8+4+4 65 W
Athlon Gold 3150GE 4 / 4 ? 3800 3 1100 8+4+4 35 W
Athlon Silver 3050GE 2 / 4 3400 - 3 1100 4+2+2 35 W
Athlon Pro 3000G
Athlon Gold Pro 3150G 4 / 4 3500 3900 3 1100 8+4+4 65 W
Athlon Gold Pro 3150GE 4 / 4 3300 3800 3 1100 8+4+4 35 W
Athlon Silver Pro 3125GE 2 / 4 3400 - 3 1100 4+2+2 35 W
PCIe lanes on the SoC are listed as GFX+Chipset+Storage

We believe these to be based on the same silicon as the Athlon Gold and Athlon Silver mobile parts. We're still waiting on full details for the 3000G family.

The Final Word: We were told that there will be a reviewers’ guide shared with us. Whether that is for these OEM-only parts, or for something upcoming, we don’t know. But we have our fingers crossed.

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  • vFunct - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    This would be great for small servers, especially if they include ECC. Reply
  • vFunct - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    AMD could make their own versions of NUC with these. Reply
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    AMD could do a lot of things, like sell cards on their website with proper coolers or partner with MSI or clevo to make a proper APU based laptop.

    But they wont. This type of commercial outreach is an achilles heel for AMD, and why the Intel designs are often of far higher quality. Intels spends a TON on getting good designs polished.
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  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    You can't do everything well when you're pulling in 1/25th the revenue of your main competitor.

    There are 3rd parties making AMD NUC equivalents already, though - and I suspect we'll see some with Renoir in due course.
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  • qlum - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    This may just tie in with a delay of zen 3.
    AMD has released the 3000G series together with the regular zen 2 release.
    If they want to do the same with zen3 on the consumer side they probably cannot do it now.
    However, OEM's will still want their parts ready, so I am guessing they went OEM only for now.

    But that is just my best guess. I highly doubt that these cpus will never be released directly to consumers I just expect it to be at the same time as Zen 3.
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  • mdriftmeyer - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    There is no delay. Fall isn't here yet. Reply
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    Why are random accounts still spamming the Zen 3 delay FUD? Reply
  • Valantar - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    Argh, this pisses me off so bad. I've been waiting for these chips since CES, and now they're (for the time being) OEM only. I get that given the increased demand for PCs due to Covid they need to prioritize OEMs, and I get that those are 80% of the APU market, but those last 20% have been chomping at the bit for better APUs for a year, and with Zen2 we finally have the promise of real high performance APUs on the horizon. So please AMD, get these into retail ASAP. Reply
  • RMSe17 - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    I think these model numbers are super confusing. There are Ryzen 3xxx parts that are built on Zen 2 and Zen 1+. Now we have Ryzen 4xxx parts on Zen 2. I am assuming they will also keep Ryzen 4xxx numbers for the upcoming Zen 3 architecture... Reply
  • Farfolomew - Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - link

    Agreed, I very much dislike the staggering of product generations. It all started with Zen+ and AMD marketing then releasing, what appeared like, a whole new generation with Ryzen 2000 series.

    Very frustrating. I wish Zen 3 desktop/APU and mobile would all be Ryzen 5000 series, but they won’t :(
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