The AMD Ryzen 7 4800U’s Onboard GPU Nearly Matches the GeForce MX250

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Early benchmarks of the Ryzen 7 4800U’s integrated graphics solution suggest that the 15W APU can nearly keep pace with an Intel system equipped with a GeForce MX250. While the MX250 is a modest performance target, it’s still impressive to see AMD fielding this kind of horsepower in a 15W TDP bracket.

This information comes from a Sina Weibo user who compared an engineering prototype of the 4800U with a handful of Lenovo Xiaoxin laptops. Given that the 4800U system is a prototype, performance could be different in the final shipping version.

AMD’s breakdown of which areas of improvement contributed the most to Vega’s uplift.

The early data, however, suggests that the 4800U will perform well, nearly matching a low-end discrete card from Nvidia when paired with Core i5-10210U (4C/8T, 1.6GHz base, 4.2GHz boost).

Exact data isn’t provided for League of Legends, hence the “>90,” and the Intel Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 apparently couldn’t run Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but the other results show the 4800U against the MX250 and the 4600U. The Comet Lake CPU used DDR4-2666 modules, while Ice Lake and AMD’s Ryzen Mobile 4000 CPUs both used DDR4-3200.

The MX250 that AMD nearly catches is a Pascal-era GPU in a 384:24:16 configuration. Nvidia is reportedly prepping MX330 and MX350 refreshes to this GPU family that would substantially increase overall performance and re-create a meaningful performance gap between an iGPU-based AMD APU and a system with a discrete Nvidia GPU, even at the low end. This is all to the good — boosting the performance of integrated graphics should spur AMD, Nvidia, and Intel to continually improve their entry-level discrete products. What I find noteworthy is the way integrated graphics have continued to improve over time.

One of the slow-moving but significant changes in the last decade has been the tremendous improvement in low-power CPU and GPU performance. Generally speaking, both AMD and Intel have improved their performance more in the lowest TDP bands (15W, 35W) than they have at the highest desktop TDPs. While there are still major advantages to using a discrete GPU in a laptop or desktop, AMD’s integrated solutions are faster and can play a wider range of titles today than the equivalent products of 5-7 years ago. Top-end gaming will always be difficult for entry-level parts, but it’s much easier to find games to play today than it once was.

The Ryzen Mobile 4000 family is shaping up as formidable competition for Intel, and it could find a home with OEMs looking to nearly match the MX250’s performance in a single-chip solution. Nvidia will ship faster dGPUs, of course, but AMD may still have a larger addressable market thanks to the strength of its new iGPU. Vega looks to have some life left in it after all.

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