In the PC space, AMD’s Ryzen 4000 APUs (Renoir) were the key highlight at CES 2020. Based on the 7nm Zen 2 cores and an enhanced iteration of the Vega GPU design, these chips feature up to 8 cores and 16 threads. That’s twice as much compared to Intel’s rival Ice Lake parts. In terms of IPC, the two architectures are also quite close. The Renoir CPUs come with all the benefits of the desktop Ryzen 3000 range and don’t suffer from the latency delay imposed by the Infinity Fabric (they’re monolithic). A Geekbench score gives us an idea of how the Ryzen 4000 APUs compare to Intel’s top-end Ice Lake part, the Core i7-1065G7:
The Ryzen 7 4700U isn’t the flagship Renoir chip. That honor goes to the 4800U. It features a slightly higher boost clock and unlike the former also boasts SMT (HT), bringing up the thread core to 16.
Despite the lack of Simultaneous Multi-threading, the Ryzen 7 4700U is a good 30% faster than the Intel Core i7-1065G7. Ice Lake’s superior IPC does give it a slight advantage in the single-threaded segment, but overall AMD’s Renoir reigns supreme.
The Ice Lake chips are hamstrung by lower core clocks and higher TDPs, one of the side-effects of having low yields. Tiger Lake will potentially improve that and maybe even increase production. The core counts are most likely going to max out at 4 though. This gives AMD ample space and opportunity to hit Intel where it hurts. Due to better sales, the mobile segment draws more revenue than the DIY space. Paired with the shortage of Intel’s 14nm chips, AMD will be able to make steady gains in 2020 across the board.