AMD 4700S desktop kit is based on PlayStation 5 SoC

Published: 2nd Jul 2021, 09:12 GMT   Comments

AMD 4700S features PlayStation 5 SoC

As expected, just a week after the announcement of the AMD 4700S desktop kit, we now have the first photos and review of this mysterious product. 

AMD 4700S APU is actually based on PlayStation 5 SoC. This has been confirmed thanks to photos taken by Bodnara crew, who already gained access to one of the units. This chip features AMD Zen2 architecture with 8 cores and 16 threads, those being the only specifications of the APU that AMD has confirmed. The variant tested by Bonara features Hynix GDDR6 memory, which is soldered to the motherboard. The memory is actually placed on the other side of the Mini-ITX motherboard:

AMD 4700S, Source: Bodnara

The 4700S APU is attached to AMD A77E Fusion Controller Hub (FCH), the same one that was used by the AMD A9-9820 system, which was based on Xbox One APU codenamed “Durango”. This is why it was incorrectly believed that 4700S may also be based on Xbox APU, except on a newer version from Series X or Series S.

In terms of clock speeds, the 8GB GDDR6 memory is clocked at an effective 14 Gbps, while the APU appears to go up to 3.2 GHz. Unfortunately, though CPU-Z software does not recognize this processor yet. Thanks to faster memory the bandwidth is actually a lot higher than DDR4-3200 based system:

AMD 4700S Performance, Source: Bodnara

By default, the 4700S is equipped with AMD Radeon 550 discrete GPU, as the onboard RDNA2 graphics are disabled. Such a configuration was tested against Intel’s Core i7-11700 non-K with its integrated graphics. The 4700S APU appears to be competitive in this space, except it consumes more power. The product has a recommended 250W power supply and that’s just for the APU alone. Also do note that discrete GPU is limited to PCI Express 2.0 x4, so attaching a high-end GPU does not make much sense.

AMD 4700S+Radeon550 vs Core i7-11700 iGPU Performance, Source: Bodnara

Overall the system is recommended for home office use, internet-connected, or embedded systems. It is by no means an APU for gamers.

AMD Desktop APUs based on Xbox Series APUs
VideoCardzAMD A9-9820 “Cato”4700S Desktop Kit
Based OnXbox One APU “Durango”PlayStation 5 SoC “Ariel”
CPU Architecture28nm Jaguar (7th Gen A-Series)7nm Zen2
CPU Configuration8C/8T8C/16T
CPU Clocks1.75 – 2.35 GHzup to 3.2 GHz
Integrated GPU ArchitectureGCN2 “Kryptos”[ disabled RDNA2 (PS5) ]
GPU Based OnRadeon HD 7790 (or R5 350)
GPU Configuration512 SP @ 935 MHz
Discrete GPU SupportAMD Radeon™ 550 Graphics
AMD Radeon™ RX 550 Graphics
AMD Radeon™ RX 560 Graphics
AMD Radeon™ RX 570 Graphics
AMD Radeon™ RX 580 Graphics
AMD Radeon™ RX 590 Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710­
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730­
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030­
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050­
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti­
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Motherboard Form FactorMicro-ATXMini-ITX
MemoryQuad-Channel DDR3-21338GB or 16GB GDDR6

Source: Bodnara

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