AMD has unveiled the new Ryzen 4000G and Ryzen Pro 4000G lineups with desktop model APUs or accelerated processing units, the company’s term for CPUs with integrated graphics. Codenamed ‘Renoir’, these share the same design as the AMD Ryzen 4000 series laptop processors. The Renoir AMD Radon Vega is based on the same 7nm Zen 2 core microarchitecture as the current desktop Ryzen 3000 CPU lineup with the addition of graphics capabilities. It is not the next generation Ryzen series based on the Zen 3 architecture, which is expected to be launched later this year.
The newly announced processors will only be available in bulk in OEMs and system integrators when they become available for use in available desktop PCs, meaning retail boxed units will not be sold to DIY buyers. For this reason, the prices of individual units have not been announced.
Focusing on OEM players like HP and Lenovo will allow AMD to enter the pre-built desktop market. The Ryzen series has been popular with enthusiasts and DIY builders, but it is still a small market compared to the huge demand for desktop PCs used in offices, schools and homes.
The Ryzen 4000G and Ryzen Pro 4000G lineups are aimed at consumer and commercial use respectively. They all fit the same socket AM4 interface as previous desktop Ryzen CPUs and will be compatible with existing 400-series and 500-series desktop motherboards. The platform allows up to DDR4-3200 RAM, and eight PCIe 3.0 lanes instead of PCIe 4.0 which supports Ryzen 3000 series CPUs.
In addition to these lineups, AMD has also announced new Athlon 3000 and Athlon Pro 3000 desktop APUs that will be priced lower and target more entry-level systems. These are based on the previous generation Gen + architecture, which is used by the desktop Ryzen 2000 Series CPUs. The Athlon 3000 and Athlon Pro 3000 series each have three models, one with 65W and two 35W chips.