AMD could be planning a return to the lower end of the workstation market, reports have claimed.
Tom’s Hardware has reported that a Twitter account, allegedly from Bangkok, published a CPU-Z benchmark for an upcoming AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) called Athlon Gold Pro 4150GE ‘Renoir’.
The Pro lineup is usually reserved for business PCs and laptops, but the company announced a new range of AMD Athlon II processors only a few months ago, dropping power consumption for its more affordable range, without cutting down on performance.
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According to the leaker, who appears to be legitimate, the APU will run four cores, each at 3800 MHz, and will sport a 4MB L3 cache. It will have a built-in Radeon Vega GPU, handling 320 stream processors. The CPU-Z benchmark results show a 460 single-thread points score, as well as 1785 multi-thread points. That puts it in the range of Intel Core i3-10100F and the Intel Core i3-9100F.
The report further explains how the APU should be compatible with AM4 motherboards (if it gets the proper BIOS) and should support all of AMD’s enterprise-level security features. That should, the publication assumes, put its price tag a bit above the competition.
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The price of the chip is yet unknown, and could be relatively hard to pinpoint, as some experts are speculating it could be below the $200 mark, possibly even as low as $120.
This is not the first time AMD’s been leaking information regarding its upcoming low-range processor, with another Twitter account claiming to show an image of the processor just a few weeks ago.
For the past two years, AMD has focused almost exclusively on the high-end part of the market, with its Zen 2 and Zen 3 microarchitectures. However, the hardware market is not the same as it was two years ago, and AMD is now looking back at re-entering the fray to ensure its continued success.
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Via: Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab)