As the launch date inches closer, many retailers have started putting up listings of the Ryzen 4000 powered laptops along with the full specs and prices. A while back, we shared some ASUS listings which set the price of the laptops nearly on par with competing Intel Ice Lake laptops. Now, a major German retailer has shared the Renoir products of another OEM, and they are lower than what we had originally anticipated:
The laptops in question are Acer’s Swift 3 models, one featuring the Ryzen 5 4500U and the other a Ryzen 7 4700U. Both have a 14″ FHD IPS display, 8GB LPDDR4 memory, and a 512GB NVMe SSD. The R5 variant is priced at 699 Euros while the R7 has an asking price of 799 Euros.
As you can see, the Ryzen 5 4500U has six cores and the 4700U has eight. Both lack SMT and while the 4500U features 6CUs, the latter packs 7CUs. The Ryzen 7 4700U boasts a higher operating frequency as well as better graphics clocks. It’s a bit surprising that there’s only a 100 Euro difference between the two.
Keep in mind that these Acer laptops come pre-installed with Linux and not Windows. For the Windows 10 versions, you’ll have to pay another 100 bucks, unless you have a retail key. Then again, you can always buy an OEM copy for dirt cheap.
While you can snag a 10th Gen Intel i5 Ice Lake laptop for around 500 to 600 Euros, the i7 variants cost around 1,000 Euros. That means you’ll be able to snag an eight-core Ryzen 7 4700U laptops for a good 100-200 bucks less. And let’s not forget that you get twice as many cores and nearly the same level of single-threaded performance with Renoir. Intel’s gaming advantage is mostly redundant here in the 15W segment. AMD’s higher thread count should allow for an increased number of simultaneous threads without choppiness, and the 7nm process will keep the power draw in check.
We should see the first wave of Ryzen 4000 powered laptops next month. Key partners like Asus, Lenovo, HP and Acer are expected to start off in March with other OEMs following shortly after.