AMD 4th Generation Ryzen APUs ‘Renoir’ Based on 7nm Zen 2 Cores Spotted Along With Their 3DMark Performance Benchmarks
AMD's 4th Generation Ryzen APUs codenamed 'Renoir' that are based on the new 7nm Zen 2 core architecture have been spotted along with their performance benchmarks. The AMD Renoir family of APUs will be introduced around CES 2020, offering better compute performance than the existing 3rd Gen 'Picasso' family while the 7nm process node will increase its overall efficiency, making them a great option for mobility products such as notebooks and gaming laptops.
AMD's 4th Gen Ryzen APUs 'Renoir' Spotted Along With Performance Metrics - 7nm Zen 2 Based APUs For Notebooks and Desktops
AMD's 4th Generation Renoir APUs (Ryzen) will be based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture and will succeed the 3rd Generation Piccaso APU lineup which is based on the Zen+ core architecture. The 7nm APU family will have a lot of new features to talk about aside from the Zen 2 cores, it will be highly efficient, more than the current 12nm Zen+ parts and will feature a new graphics engine that would either be entirely Navi based or a hybrid Vega core with a more modern feature set.
The three configurations were spotted by TechPowerUP, who in their post reveals that the three configurations may possibly feature different specifications and not the same chip, based on the scores. All three chips were tested on the AMD Celadon-RN motherboard which is an internal test platform for the upcoming chips. The core counts and the specific model name have not been detailed, but the entries were made in September in 3DMark 11 (Performance mode). While the specific benchmark URL is provided, the results themselves are hidden.
The first configuration features a CPU clock speed of 1.7 GHz and a GPU clock speed of 1.5 GHz. The GPU memory clock is maintained at 2666 MHz which points out to DDR4. This configuration scores a total of 3578 points in the 3DMark 11 performance benchmark. The second configuration doesn't list down the GPU clocks or memory clock but has a higher CPU clock speed of 1.8 GHz. This configuration scores a total of 3143 points in the same benchmark. The final configuration features a CPU clock speed of 2.0 GHz and a graphics clock speed of 1.1 GHz. The score is lower than the other two configurations at just 2374 points which hints at a lower-end graphics SKU which is evident by the lower clock speeds.
AMD CPU Roadmap (2018-2020)
|Ryzen Family||Ryzen 1000 Series||Ryzen 2000 Series||Ryzen 3000 Series||Ryzen 4000 Series||Ryzen 5000 Series|
|Architecture||Zen (1)||Zen (1) / Zen+||Zen (2) / Zen+||Zen (3)||Zen (4)|
|Process Node||14nm||14nm / 12nm||7nm||7nm+||5nm?|
|High End Server (SP3)||EPYC 'Naples'||EPYC 'Naples'||EPYC 'Rome'||EPYC 'Milan'||EPYC 'Genoa'|
|Max Server Cores / Threads||32/64||32/64||64/128||TBD||TBD|
|High End Desktop (TR4)||Ryzen Threadripper 1000 Series||Ryzen Threadripper 2000 Series||Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Series (Castle Peak)||Ryzen Threadripper 4000 Series||Ryzen Threadripper 5000 Series|
|Max HEDT Cores / Threads||16/32||32/64||64/128||64/128?||TBD|
|Mainstream Desktop (AM4)||Ryzen 1000 Series (Summit Ridge)||Ryzen 2000 Series (Pinnacle Ridge)||Ryzen 3000 Series (Matisse)||Ryzen 4000 Series (Vermeer)||Ryzen 5000 Series|
|Max Mainstream Cores / Threads||8/16||8/16||16/32||TBD||TBD|
|Budget APU (AM4)||N/A||Ryzen 2000 Series (Raven Ridge)||Ryzen 3000 Series (Picasso 14nm Zen+)||Ryzen 4000 Series (Renior)||Ryzen 5000 Series|
The 4th Gen lineup, codenamed Renoir, would feature support on FP6 (Notebook) and AM4 (Desktop) platforms. The current AMD Ryzen notebook lineup is based around the FP5 socket and since FP6 is a whole new socket change, we can expect a drastic change to the feature set of the Renoir generation of CPUs. There's a large list of FP6 Ryzen 'Renoir' APUs which were listed very recently and include the following:
- AMD Ryzen 9 B12 (45W)
- AMD Ryzen 7 B10 (45W)
- AMD Ryzen 5 B8 (45W)
- AMD Ryzen 9 PRO B12 (15W)
- AMD Ryzen 7 PRO B10 (15W)
- AMD Ryzen 5 PRO B8 (15W)
- AMD Ryzen 3 PRO B6 (15W)
From the looks of it, AMD would be segmenting their 4th Gen Ryzen notebook lineup into regular consumer and PRO consumer variants. The regular variants would feature a 45W TDP which is a bump from the existing 35W TDP while the PRO variants will feature a 15W TDP. What's interesting here is that AMD is planning to go up to Ryzen 9 on their notebooks as AMD wants to take the fight to Intel's 45W Core i9 parts. It would be really interesting how things pan how for Renoir as it will be taking on Intel's 11th Gen Core '10nm Tiger Lake' lineup in 2020. There are still a lot of details yet to be revealed but we expect them to be announced at CES as suggested above.