PC builders won’t be able to buy the new Ryzen 4000 G-series processors for their own custom desktop creations. Instead, they’re being sold exclusively to branded vendors such as Lenovo and HP.
AMD is making a big push into the prebuilt desktop PC market by releasing 18 new CPU processors that come with Radeon Graphics onboard.
The AMD Ryzen 4000 G-series are set to power a new wave of enterprise, consumer, and gaming PCs, including all-in-one computers. But for now, the processors will be available only to PC manufacturers, such as HP and Lenovo. So you won’t be able to buy them for your own desktop tower creations.
The 7nm chips use the existing Zen 2 architecture, not the upcoming Zen 3, which is expected to debut in a new family of AMD processors later this year. (For PC builders looking to create a custom unit now, the company last month released the Ryzen 3000XT series.)
The big selling point of the 18 new processors unveiled today is the inclusion of on-chip Radeon Graphics. AMD has long called this specific class of silicon “Accelerated Processing Units,” or APUs. The key benefit: You (or a PC maker) won’t necessarily need to shell out extra money to buy a dedicated GPU in order to play games, or run 3D-modeling programs.
Citing its own benchmarks, the company claims the new Ryzen G desktop chips chips can offer a 100 to 200 percent improvement on gaming and graphics processing when compared against the integrated graphics on competing Intel silicon. However, the benchmarks were done against last year’s 9th generation Intel Core processors. So it’s not exactly an up-to-the-moment comparison, especially since Intel has been working to improve its own integrated graphics technology. (In its defense, AMD said it had a hard time obtaining competing 10th-gen silicon from Intel, and Intel’s UHD Graphics 630 integrated silicon remains constant between the mainstream chips of its newer 10th generation and the 9th.)
The Ryzen 4000 G Lineup
For consumer desktops, the new lineup starts with six processors in the Ryzen line that scale up from four cores to eight. To power budget PCs, AMD is introducing three Athlon chips, which feature two or four cores.
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