AMD’s Ryzen 4000 mobile processors are some of the most cutting edge chips we’ve seen in the notebook space. However, OEMs are (for reasons unknown) pairing the APUs with GPUs that make little to no sense. This is something I’ve covered before as well. Today, we have a 3DMark benchmark (shared by _rogame), that once again highlights the issue. Here, we’ve got a Ryzen 7 4700U laptop with Vega 7 graphics, paired with an NVIDIA MX250 dGPU. The latter is just over 10% faster than the integrated GPU available on the APU:
The Radeon RX Vega 7 graphics nets 1,066 points in the TimeSpy graphics test. The GeForce MX350 is barely faster with 1,193 points (11.91% to be exact). This really makes you wonder why OEMs would pair a discrete GPU with an APU that already has an integrated graphics processor nearly as powerful.
The most probable reasons behind this are two-fold. Firstly, there could be a deal between the laptop-makers and NVIDIA that benefits both (from a marketing perspective most likely). Secondly, the average consumer on seeing the NVIDIA sticker on the laptop will assume that it’s a capable gaming laptop. The truth couldn’t be far from it though. By pairing a discrete GPU with a 15W laptop that already features integrated graphics of the same level, not only does the BOM go up, but the battery life and thermals are worse off as well. All this just for the sake of a green sticker and a marginally faster NVIDIA graphics processor.
That’s not it though. None of the Renoir laptops are paired with NVIDIA’s RTX 20 Super mobile GPUs. We tried reaching out to NVIDIA, but were given a cold shoulder. AMD claims that they’re simply focusing on budget offerings as of now, but I just don’t buy it. There’s something fishy about this. Why wouldn’t you pair an RTX 2080 Super with a Ryzen 7 4800H or 4900H if both parts are miles ahead of anything Intel has to offer in the same range?