A few months ago, AMD’s CEO Lisa Su announced that the generational gap between desktop and mobile CPUs would end in 2020. Unlike Intel, AMD does not manufacture its processors; it has to rely on TSMC for most of its production. The main reason behind the gap between the desktop and mobile processors is AMD’s Zen architecture. The architecture has brought Intel to its knees, making the IPC advantage negligible in the desktop market, but it struggles with thermal scaling.
Following Su’s statement, AMD is expected to make significant leaps in the mobile market in the coming year. According to Videocardz, the first 8-core Ryzen processor called Ryzen 7 4700U has leaked. The alleged processor will be based on the Zen 2 architecture, and it will feature an in-house Renoir graphics solution. The leak does not confirm whether the TDP of the CPU will be 15W or 45W. The ‘U’ suffix suggests that it will be a 15W chip.
Additionally, AMD is going to introduce SMT multi-threading in the processors to be released next year. The leak does not suggest that the feature is present in the chip. It could be reserved for the high performance ‘H’ processors.
The leak deliberately places the processor besides its predecessor Ryzen 7 3700U, and it’s competition, the Core i7-10510U and the Core i7-1065G7. The PCMark 10 scores suggests that the 4700U processor will be at least 18% faster than its predecessor, which coupled with the SMT(if present), will turn out to be life-changing for the AMD enthusiasts. Compared to Intel’s underpowered offering, it is only 13% faster. However, it is almost as fast as the power-efficient Core i7-1065G7.
Lastly, if the leak is to be trusted, we can assert that AMD is finally putting significant effort into its mobile processors. 2020 could be the year AMD requires to disturb Intel’s lead in the mobile processor market.