AMD has seriously upped its game when it comes to its processors. Its Ryzen chips have taken the world by storm, breaking Intel’s hegemony on the market, and have given us quite a few things to be excited about. One of the most recent examples would be the Threadripper series – an absolute monster with up to 64 cores and 128 threads. But let’s not judge an entire family of CPUs by their highest-performance (and most expensive) model.
AMD has released many great processors and APUs (so-called “accelerated processing units” with a CPU and a GPU on a single die) that are powerful, affordable, and energy-efficient. These do an especially great job in laptops that offer great work performance – and relatively acceptable gaming – for a surprisingly low price. In theory, at least – but let’s see how they behave in real life.
Ryzen 7 4700U
The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U APU is not quite the top of the line over at AMD but it’s not far from it either. The major difference between it and the 4800U is the multi-threading: the former has eight cores with eight threads, while the latter, 16 threads for its 8 cores. Also, the 4700U has one fewer graphics cores (7 instead of 8) and a slightly lower GPU frequency, making it the perfect choice for office and general use – and not the best chip for high-profile gaming. Unless, of course, it’s used in a system with a dedicated GPU to do the heavy lifting. In that case, whip out the gamer mouse and the best VR headset you can think of and dive right in.
In every benchmark and review, the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U is compared to its competitor, Intel’s Core i7-1065G7 – and it does better than it. In general, it does just as good or better than Intel’s Ice Lake equivalents in most areas.
If you need a laptop that offers lightning-fast processing in an office environment, the Ryzen 7 4700U is for you. While it doesn’t offer simultaneous multithreading, its eight processor cores do wonders to your system’s speed both when opening large spreadsheets or loading dozens of websites simultaneously. It’s a perfect choice for even the most demanding office jobs. And it does great at entertainment, too.
When you hear “integrated GPU”, high gaming performance is perhaps not the first thing that comes to mind. Obviously, you can’t expect an APU to have the performance of a discrete GPU but the graphics cores embedded into the Ryzen 7 4700U come pretty close.
The processor includes the Radeon RX Vega 7 iGPU with seven graphics cores running at 1600MHz and uses 512MB of the system memory – too little for many modern-day games. Perhaps this is the reason why it’s only in the upper half of the low-mid-range category. While the GPU struggles with the latest titles, it does surprisingly well when it comes to games that are a year or two old. It can handle Red Dead Redemption 2, Need for Speed Heat, Borderlands 3, Rage 2, and The Division 2 (on “low”, of course, at a 1280×720 resolution) and some popular games – like DotA 2, Overwatch, Apex Legends, and Fortnite – at higher resolutions and settings. While it’s not the right choice for avid gamers, the Ryzen 7 4700U will do just fine for occasional ones.
Overall, a laptop powered by the Ryzen 7 4700U will offer a great bang for your buck. It comes with all the performance you need to get the job done while not breaking the bank and having your back even when you feel the need to unwind. It’s a perfect choice for your home office – it will serve you well in any situation.