AMD Ryzen 4000 APU Pricing Leak Shows Ryzen 5 3600 Killer Potential

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 has always been considered the best gaming CPU thanks to the unholy trinity of great core count, single-thread performance, and low price. But AMD’s Ryzen 4000 APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) are coming, and the latest leak shows that the Ryzen 5 3600 may soon face some serious competition in its price range.

Prolific hardware leaks momomo_us . tweet Prices for AMD’s line of processors, including those of the new codename “Renoir” 4000-series APUs. Those prices are taken from supposed leaked chipsets found in replies to the tweet, and show the suggested price of the AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G(E) at just $10 more than the Ryzen 5 3600 at $209.

This is a “Professional” processor, which means that it is designed for professional use and should have business-oriented features such as memory access security and built-in remote management systems. However, we know that non-professional variants will also hit the market, originally in OEM form only but later released as standalone consumer variants. And we can only assume that the prices for DIY processors will still be somewhat similar even if not quite the same as the OEM Professional variants.

Prices for the new APU taken from the leak are as follows:

  • AMD Ryzen Pro 4750G (E) – $309
  • AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650G (E) – $209
  • AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 4350G (E) – $149

The reason we can assume that prices will remain roughly the same for non-professional consumer variants is as stated here, because, first, we might expect OEM wholesale to retail slightly cheaper than individual consumer retailers. Second, we should expect the non-professional variants to retail a bit cheaper than the pro variants. These two should cancel each other out, leaving prices roughly the same as they appear on the leaked slide – provided they are reliable and accurate.

Analysis: AMD Ryzen 5 4650G Should Give Ryzen 5 3600 Some Serious Competition

AMD APUs like the Ryzen 5 3400G have a fairly definite market history in the world of PC gaming. It usually caters to those people who want to create a true budget by eliminating the need for a discrete graphics card. For 1080p gaming, for example, the Ryzen 5 3400G alone is more than enough to hit 60fps in most games, even if it’s not on the highest settings.

However, with the upcoming 4000 series APUs, it looks like this could change. The 3400G is a quad-core, eight-thread processor based on the previous AMD Zen+ 12nm architecture. It’s not a serious threat to the new 7nm Zen 2 processors like the hexa-core Ryzen 5 3600, 12-thread and 3600X processor. But the new Ryzen 5 4650G APU will also be a hexa-core, 12-thread processor based on the 7nm Zen 2 architecture, And It will have integrated Vega graphics cores. With a supposed boost clock of 4.2GHz just like the Ryzen 5 3600 too, it’s hard to see what the Ryzen 5 3600 will offer over the 4650G.

With the same core count, thread count, and clock speeds, all on the same process node and using the same architecture, the only real differences seem to be the inclusion of graphics in the 4650G, which is a monolithic template rather than one split into different CCXs. If the prices were indeed the same, we might have the de facto “best all-round gaming CPU” in our midst. However, with the Ryzen 5 3600 almost always on sale, RRPs may have little practical impact on purchasing decisions – the 3600 may still be the clear winner on the price front.

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