AMD’s recently released Ryzen 4000 ‘Renoir’ APUs have been benchmarked and the latest numbers show that they easily outperform the performance of the original PS4 and Xbox One, not only within the graphics department but overall when it comes to the total horsepower of the CPU and combine the GPU.
AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs are faster than the original PS4 and Xbox One consoles, up to 3 horsepower TFLOPs
We are again approaching the era of next-gen consoles, but it seems that desktop PC users can now enjoy better performance than both last-gen consoles on one complete SOC. The original Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One consoles launched in 2013 and were powered by similar chip architectures from AMD, but in significantly different configurations. Back then, PS4 offered better specs at a lower price, while Xbox One launched at a higher price, but with matte specs.
Both PS4 and Xbox One have an 8-core AMD Jaguar CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz (updated to 1.75 GHz in later Xbox versions). The CPU itself delivered about 0.1 TFLOP in performance. The GPU responsible for most of the console’s horsepower came in vastly different configurations.
On the PS4, Sony had an AMD GCN-based GPU with 1152 cores that yielded a theoretical computational output of 1.84 TFLOPs. The Xbox One was equipped with an AMD GCN GPU with 768 cores for a theoretical calculation output of 1.3 TFLOPs. The Xbox One S offered a slight improvement in performance, with a more efficient design offering higher GPU clocks or 1.4 TFLOP’s GPU horsepower.
Nearly 7 years later, AMD has now released an APU that delivers better performance than both the original PS4 and Xbox One. While the latest generation consoles feature much older technology and are based on 28nm process nodes, the AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs are designed on the brand new TSMC 7nm process node and feature two main technologies, the Zen 2 CPU and Enhanced Vega GPU . Despite the same number of CPU cores and even lower GPU cores, the Renoir APUs offer vastly superior performance.
Looking at the AIDA64 GPGPU benchmark data posted on AMD’s subreddit, the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G features 1.1 TFLOPs of CPU and 2.15 TFLOPs of GPU horsepower. The GPU alone is enough to disassemble both last-generation consoles. Even adding up the approximately 100 TFLOPs that the Jaguar CPUs have to offer, the PS4 would at best yield 1.95 TFLOPs of computational output that easily outperforms the 7nm GPU, despite having less than half the cores. Adding the CPU’s 1.1 TFLOPs, the Renoir SOC provides approximately 3.25 TFLOPs of horsepower.
Both the Xbox One S and PS4 Slim currently still cost around $ 400 US, while the AMD Renoir Ryzen 4000 APU is expected to hit a retail price of $ 299 US for the most part. Of course, you have to pay for the rest of the system components like the motherboard, ram, PSU and storage, but looking at it, a $ 500 US build can provide very decent gaming performance. Even the AMD Ryzen PRO 4650G offers superior performance for a PS4 with 2.5 TFLOPs of computing power at a price of $ 209 US, while the Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G is an absolute unit at $ 149 US with a performance of 1.9 TFLOPs faster than the Xbox One S and almost comparable to the PS4.
In short, we have the following figures:
- AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G Complete SOC – 3.25 TFLOPs (2.15 TFLOP GPU)
- Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Complete SOC – 1.95 TFLOPs (1.84 TFLOP GPU)
- Microsoft Xbox One S Complete SOC – 1.51 TFLOPs (1.41 TFLOP GPU)
We’ve also noticed how the 7nm Vega GPU on the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G has huge overclocking potential, up to 2.4GHz clock speeds. This would represent nearly 2.5 TFLOPs of computing power for the GPU alone, which is seriously impressive for a 65W SOC design. Some game tests conducted by Tech Epiphany show decent performance at 1080p in titles like Assassins Creed Odyssey, GTA V and Death Stranding:
The AMD Ryzen 4000 Renoir APUs are small chips with huge performance capabilities. With the current generation of APUs already outperforming the previous generation consoles, we can believe that the next generation with the updated RDNA graphics engine will come close to the PRO variants of both consoles (PS4 Pro & Xbox One X) in terms of performance. That’s a topic for when we get to see the new APUs, but for users who want an entry-level budget gaming PC, the Ryzen 4000 APUs are definitely a great option and we can expect a retail launch in the coming months .