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It’s Springtime in Ryzen land

New processors are popping up all over

Posted: By Jon Peddie 05.07.20
(Source: Skitterphoto)

 

AMD has been fertilizing their seedling cores and watering them every day, and now that the sun is out and the cold of winter tossed off, new cute little Ryzens are popping up, rolling hills and fields full of them. But, like all wonders of Spring, they won’t last. OEMs will be gobbling them up for the nurturing value as they beef up for the fall and cold dark winter.

One of the most interesting is the Ryzen Pro 4000 series. Here’s a brief overview of the new number crunchers.

Ryzen 7 Pro Cores/Threads Clock (GHz) Cache (MB) TDP (W)
4750U 8/16 1.7 to 1.4 12 15
4650U 6/12 2.1 to 4.0 11 15
4450U 4/8 2.5 to 3.7 6 15
AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 series CPUs

 

Although impressive in their own right, the clock ranges are a small step up from the previous Ryzen 3000 Pro processor, but the cores are double and the cache is too while keeping the same TDP profile.

And the performance is greatly improved, due to the cache and cores.

Ryzen Pro 3000 vs. 4000

 

AMD has a whole collection of benchmarks proving how much more better’er the 47xx is over the 37xx, but the perf-per-watt (PPW) is one of the most significant in our opinion.

Performance per watt gain of the 47xx over the 37xx series CPUs. (Source: AMD)

 

First announced design wins include HP’s 3.2 lb ProBook x360/435GT, a pen-based 360-degreee notebook/tablet, and the 3.5 lb HP ProBook 445/455GT clamshell notebook. Lenovo has four offerings: the ThinkPad T14, 14S, X13, and L14/15.

One of the attractive features of the Ryzen 47xx is its security and manageability. It also has AMD’s memory guard encryption tech. Combined with Microsoft Windows, a user gets a three-level stack of protection.

Three layers of security based on AMD. (Source: AMD)

 

AMD is offering the U-series for SMB and the Pro-series for enterprise customers.

AMD has a new chipset, the B550 to go with the new Ryzen 4000 series. It offers lots of PCIe for graphics and NVE SSDs, as well as 10 Gbps USB ports and SAAT connections.

AMD’s new B550 Ryzen chipset. (Source: AMD)

 

All the big suppliers like Asus, ASRock, Biostar, MSI, and Gigabyte have released motherboards with a Ryzen socket and the B550 chipset.

What do we think?

Combined with the shelter at home, the number of employees working at home is approaching 90%. For an enterprise to expose its data over a common network to an employee’s home requires multiple layers of trust and protection. HP and Lenovo think they, combined with AMD, have got that level of confidence, and we’d have to agree.