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4th Gen Ryzen Mobile leaks show better performance than Intel Ice Lake

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AMD’s onslaught of destroying everything that tries to compete has been in full swing for a while now. With the 3rd Gen Ryzen CPUs, the company finally managed to dethrone Intel after over a decade of playing second fiddle. On the laptop side of things though, the 3rd gen mobile processors have remained largely similar to last-gen with minor thermal and compatibility improvements.

However, the Ryzen APUs with Vega graphics are still miles ahead of Intel in terms of graphical performance, especially for budget ultrabook offerings. One area where Intel has always had the advantage though is the raw CPU performance. With the imminent release of 4th Gen Ryzen mobile processors, it seems like AMD is finally ready to steal that accolade off Intel as well.

Leaked benchmarks show major improvements for the upcoming AMD Ryzen 7 4700U

AMD is hoping to launch its 4th gen ‘Renoir’ Ryzen APUs next month at CES. While most details regarding those APUs are still shrouded in mystery, we finally have some numbers to evaluate the gains that AMD will be making in the coming months. Earlier today, a leak on Reddit showed some PCMark benchmark scores for the upcoming 4th gen Ryzen 7 4700U.

AMD roadmap

According to the leak, the eight-core APU is almost 20% faster than its previous gen counterpart, the Ryzen 7 3700U. The leak also showed comparisons with Intel’s new Ice Lake CPUs with the Ryzen 7 4700U just about managing to beat the 15W version of Intel’s flagship Ice Lake processor, the Core i7 1065G7. While this means that the 25W version of Intel Ice Lake CPU will probably top the new Ryzen chip, it has other implications as well.

The Ryzen 7 4700U is expected to be far cheaper than Intel’s offering so, at its expected price range, which would be in line with the current-gen, the 4th Gen Ryzen APUs will offer an unprecedented value.

Other than the Intel Ice Lake CPU, the test also showed comparisons with the more powerful 14nm Intel Comet Lake CPU, the Core i7 10710U and the Intel chip tops the AMD chip in that battle as expected. Here are the PCMark 10 benchmark score comparisons:

Chip

PCMark 10 Score

AMD Ryzen 7 4700U

4893

Intel Core i7 1064G7

4758

Intel Core i7 10710U

5457

AMD Ryzen 7 3700U

4149

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

3956

Despite the leaks however, AMD has actually done a very good job of keeping things under the wraps. We have a single benchmark to estimate the CPU performance of the 4th Gen Ryzen APU but we don’t even have that for the GPU side of things. While the move to the newer Navi graphics would be a game changer, it seems like AMD just isn’t ready to jump to that for its mobile chips just yet.

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Furthermore, the company doesn’t have any reason to do that either since its cheaper Vega graphics still annihilate everything that Intel has to offer, at this price point at least.

Other than the leaked benchmarks, we’ve accumulated some other interesting little details about the Ryzen 7 4700U as well. According to the leak, the processor will have a lower base clock as compared to the previous generation, running at only 2 GHz with boost clocks going up to 4.2 GHz. However, all of that could change by the time the chip actually launches since pre-release tests don’t always estimate the stats correctly.

Other than that, the APU will not have any form of simultaneous multi-threading either. However, rumours have been floating around about a new addition to the mobile Ryzen lineup, the Ryzen 9 which will have full 16-threads at its disposal.

In any case, the future looks bright for AMD and with more mainstream laptop manufacturers starting to use AMD chips inside their products, it is going to be very tough for Intel to compete.

 

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