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AMD to release entry-level Zen 2 Ryzen 4000 processors

Is it Zen 2-late for AMD to fight back?

Updated: Jan 14, 2022 10:13 am
AMD to release entry-level Zen 2 Ryzen 4000 processors

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We’ve had Zen 3 for a while now, and while that’s all good and dandy, they also came with their own slight price bumps, pricing folks out on the lower end, who might be wanting to use a PC. Now, they look to reheat Zen 2 and AM4 one last time with an AM4 offering to tackle Intel’s 12th gen entry-level offering, which supposedly beats out the Ryzen 3300X and the 3100. Not one to back out when in a position of strength, AMD is poised to bite back by bringing Zen 2 back from the dead for entry-level users, with desktop-class Ryzen 4000 processors.

This rumor comes from Billibilli via WCCFTech, which posits that these GPUs all use the same 7nm architecture that we know and love, and share specifications with the 4000G APU line which was OEM only. These Renoir X CPUs will not have dedicated graphics to cut down on cost, which will help it stay competitive against the 12th generation onslaught, at least until we get a new entry-level baseline when AM5 rolls around, but that won’t be for a while. It appears that AMD is resting on what’s worked in the past to take on threats from the future, which may work for them, but they’re in danger of needing to roll out their new Rembrandt AM5 solutions with a full stack of chips in order to fully stay competitive with team blue.

Ryzen 4000 Renoir-X CPU Specifications

According to Enthusiast Citizen on BilliBilli who has previously been correct with several leaks in the past, we could be seeing three CPUs launch, with Ryzen 3, 5, and 7 options. We’ve listed all of their purported specifications below.

CPUCores & ThreadsBase ClockBoost Clock L2 & L3 cacheTDPExpected price
AMD Ryzen 7 47008C/16T3.6 GHz4.4 GHz12MB65W$200-250
AMD Ryzen 5 46006C/12T3.6 GHz4.1 GHz11MB65W$150-200
AMD Ryzen 3 43004C/8T3.8 GHz4.0 GHz6MB65W$100-150
Source: BilliBilli

While these look impressive, Intel still has them beaten out on sheet choice, with five processors available under the $300 mark. Where this leads, we’ll just have to wait and see. It won’t be an apples-to-apples comparison between these two lines of CPU, but Intel is looking incredibly strong on the low-end, which means that AMD is simply attempting to play catch-up.

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