AMD’s APU, a CPU with an integrated GPU (iGPU), has been making strides over the years. After announcing the new Ryzen 7 4700G Renoir APU, overclockers have gone wild. The idea of having a single overclockable chip that boosts both CPU and GPU performance? That’s an overclockers wet dream.

The 4700G is based on the same Zen 2 architecture as AMD’s current 3000-series of processors. The specs are no laughing matter:

  • 3.6GHz Hexacore 16-thread (boost to 4.4GHz)
  • L1 Cache: 512KB
  • L2 Cache: 4MB
  • L3 Cache: 8MB
  • GPU: 2100MHz Hexacore
  • 65W TDP

The 4000-series has a few variants, and AMD did confirm that only an OEM model will be available this year. The 4750G variant is nearly as powerful as the Ryzen 7 3700X. And as WCCFTech found, overclockers boosted the APU’s clock speed, memory, and GPU performance to…well, levels that make an iGPU seem reasonable. And not just for laptops.

While we at CoolNation love, and I mean Love discrete graphics, the idea of a single CPU that can run everything without struggle would be huge. Just like I love to play The Binding of Isaac on just a CPU, it’s not an entirely successful endeavor. Even if you’re on a high-end CPU, that hardware isn’t made for graphics performance. And APU is, and at a much lower wattage. So arcade-style games, along with processes that use a GPU that don’t need the full power of an NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super, don’t need an extra 250 watts. And laptops without discrete graphics can actually play Fortnite without the graphics set to medium.

Overclocking the 4700G to match a 3700X and a GTX 950? That’s all I need from a laptop. That shows a bright possible future for APUs, especially if rumors of Intel’s own GPU option actually come true. Nothing would be more impressive than an APU working in conjunction with a discrete GPU, further boosting performance. It would be a huge selling point for AMD should that come to fruition.

It’s still too early to tell how soon we’ll see that tech. I’d guess at least 2-3 years.