AMD is preparing its brand new Renoir-X lineup, which will be part of the Ryzen 4000 family, to take on Intel’s mainstream Alder Lake CPU lineup. The Zen 2 CPUs were suspected a while back, but it appears that Enthusiast Citizen over at the Bilibili social network has published further supposed facts.
The Renoir X Desktop CPUs are rumoured to be based on the 7nm Zen 2 core architecture and will have the same characteristics as the current Ryzen 4000G APUs, with the exception being the lack of integrated graphics processors.
Renoir X Desktop CPUs are expected to lack integrated graphics, preventing them from being classified as APUs. They’ll still be monolithic designs like the Ryzen 4000G parts, but the ‘X’ in the naming scheme is the most intriguing element.
The AMD Renoir-X ‘Ryzen 4000’ CPUs will be compatible with entry-level boards, including the A320, according to the information, implying that AMD would eventually work with motherboard manufacturers to enable wider compatibility for its CPUs on the 300-series motherboards. This will be ideal for keeping people on their existing AM4 platforms until the next-generation AM5 arrives, as we mentioned a few days ago. As a result, AMD’s desktop CPU market share will not be eroded by Intel’s Alder Lake processors.
Enthusiast Citizen has been highly accurate in the past with his disclosures and information, but these new ones are all guesswork. AMD is expected to release three Renoir-X SKUs: the Ryzen 7 4700 with 8 cores, 16 threads, 4 MB L2 cache, 3.6 GHz base & 4.4 GHz boost clock, Ryzen 5 4600 with 6 cores, 12 threads, 3 MB L2 cache, 3.6 GHz base & 4.1 GHz boost clock, and the Ryzen 3 4300 with 4 cores, 12 threads, 2 MB L2 cache, 3.8 GHz base. The first two SKUs are expected to have an 8 MB L3 cache, while the Ryzen 3 chip is expected to have a 4 MB L3 cache.
According to the specifications, AMD will compete with Intel’s mainstream Core i5 and Core i3 SKUs with the Renoir-X Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 components. The Ryzen 7 processor will compete against the Core i7 Non-K SKUs, however, we’ll have to wait and see if Zen 2’s performance and pricing will be enough to beat Intel’s Golden Cove-powered Non-K portfolio in the below $250 US area, where the blue team has wreaked havoc.