Wednesday, April 22nd 2020

AMD 35W "Artic" APU with High Nominal Clock Hints at "Renoir" Desktop Version

While AMD's 7 nm "Renoir" APU silicon is off busy disrupting the mobile processor market, AMD needs a socket AM4 desktop APU to challenge Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 chips that have iGPUs, and it's only natural for "Renoir" to reach the desktop platform at some point. PC enthusiast _rogame unearthed details of a 35-Watt TDP AMD APU codenamed "Artic," with a rather high 3.00 GHz nominal clock speed, which could hint at the possibility of this being a desktop part. The part in question also features an iGPU ticking at 1200 MHz, and DDR4-3200 memory.

AMD has released Renoir on the mobile platform at 15 W and 45 W power-envelopes. It has, in the past, similarly segmented its desktop APUs into 65 W and energy-efficient 35 W TDP parts, with the latter using lower clock speeds and aggressive power-management to hold on to its TDP. This chip could be the latter, a possible "Ryzen 3 4200GE" of sorts. _rogame mentions that the iGPU performance is a notch lower than the 6 CU "Renoir" parts such as the 4600H, while the CPU performance is higher than the 8-core/8-thread 4700U. Here's hoping we find out more soon.
Source: _rogame (Twitter)
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12 Comments on AMD 35W "Artic" APU with High Nominal Clock Hints at "Renoir" Desktop Version

#1
zlobby
Gimme that sweet laptop APU nectar! :D
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#2
londiste
3.0GHz is not rather high. It is between 4800H (2.9GHz) and 4900H (3.3GHz).
Similarly, GPU clock is low at 1.2GHz. 4800H and 4900H have that at 1.6GHz and 1.75GHz respectively.
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nBagasW
londiste
3.0GHz is not rather high. It is between 4800H (2.9GHz) and 4900H (3.3GHz).
Similarly, GPU clock is low at 1.2GHz. 4800H and 4900H have that at 1.6GHz and 1.75GHz respectively.
Desktop Zen based Athlon APU has always been treated that way. More powerful on CPU side but have weaker GPU than their laptops counterparts. Look at r3 2200U vs Athlon 200GE for example, while share the same design (2C/4T + Vega 3) the Athlon clocked higher on the CPU part but clocked lower on the GPU part.
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#4
AnarchoPrimitiv
Why won't AMD just give me an APU with the graphical horsepower of the Xbox Series X Soc, has 4-8GB of embedded HBM2e dedicated to the CUs, and has 8 Zen2 cores.... I'd be willing to pay $500 for that APU... It'd be so nice to be able to totally avoid the dGPU market in its entirety, and the SFF builds that'd be capable with such an APU would be legendary.
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Darmok N Jalad
londiste
3.0GHz is not rather high. It is between 4800H (2.9GHz) and 4900H (3.3GHz).
Similarly, GPU clock is low at 1.2GHz. 4800H and 4900H have that at 1.6GHz and 1.75GHz respectively.
It’s a bottom tier product, and might even be mobile salvage—didn’t pass muster for mobile, but disable some cores and drop some clocks and sell it as a LV desktop chip.
AnarchoPrimitiv
Why won't AMD just give me an APU with the graphical horsepower of the Xbox Series X Soc, has 4-8GB of embedded HBM2e dedicated to the CUs, and has 8 Zen2 cores.... I'd be willing to pay $500 for that APU... It'd be so nice to be able to totally avoid the dGPU market in its entirety, and the SFF builds that'd be capable with such an APU would be legendary.
Considering the value that product would bring (and the cost of materials), I doubt $500 would cover it. I still don’t disagree. It would be pretty awesome of MS to take the XSX guts, drop it into a sleek custom case, and have it run Windows 10. They could sell it under the Surface brand.
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#6
Caring1
Did they purposefully spell Artic that way? :kookoo:
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Darmok N Jalad
Caring1
Did they purposefully spell Artic that way? :kookoo:
Perhaps they aren't referring to "arctic," since Zen 2 uses artistic naming (Matisse, Renoir). www.artic.edu/
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Caring1
Darmok N Jalad
Perhaps they aren't referring to "arctic," since Zen 2 uses artistic naming (Matisse, Renoir). www.artic.edu/
I doubt they would be referring to some obscure gallery.
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#9
BlackSpider318
It makes sense they will drop something before the end of summer and fall due the release of B550 boards
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Darmok N Jalad
Caring1
I doubt they would be referring to some obscure gallery.
The Art Institute of Chicago is obscure?
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Caring1
Darmok N Jalad
The Art Institute of Chicago is obscure?
Maybe not to those around it.
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#12
Darmok N Jalad
I’ve never been, but just browsing the website, they have a pretty good collection. Besides, this is just an internal codename. The everyday customer will never know or care what AMD calls it internally. Maybe someone at AMD really loves that museum. My original comment was simply a proposal that it wasn’t a misspelling of Arctic, and posed an alternate idea of the name. I’m sure I could be wrong, but it’s not really that important anyway.
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