AMD’s 4800S desktop kit may deliver a salvaged Xbox or PlayStation chip to PC builders

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AMD is the manufacturer behind the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X system-on-chips (SoCs) and since both architectures are x86 based, AMD may repurpose them for desktop and Windows use. Insert 4800S Motherboard Kit. According to videocardz, the 4800S is probably Xbox Series X silicon though can’t be sure, but it does add some useful functionality over the very basic 4700S kit, including the PS5 SoC.

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NS 4700S, which included the eight-core Zen 2 based CPU from the PS5, did not have integrated graphics, indicating that the included chips did not make the grade to make it into a PS5 console. The very basic motherboard included a PCIe 2.0 x4 slot and lacked M.2 support which greatly limited its appeal and usefulness.

The 4800S reportedly includes a PCIe 4.0 slot and we can see the M.2 slot next to the main power connector. These inclusions mean that it can function as a real gaming machine. The Xbox Series X’s CPU portion is clocked at 3.8GHz versus the PS5’s 3.5GHz and although the Zen 2 architecture is aging, having eight cores at a reasonable TDP in a pre-built small form factor can find itself with many fans. can.

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Now if only AMD would enable the graphics part of the chip! This is unlikely to happen, although there are certainly agreements to prevent it. Not to mention that it’s probably the GPU that’s b0rked to end up in a desktop kit rather than a console for any SoC.

Even without integrated graphics, AMD may be considering entering the NUC market, an area where Intel dominates. We’re a little surprised that AMD hasn’t done this given the traditional strength of its APUs. Maybe it will think about it when it releases its 6nm Rembrandt APUs with RDNA2 graphics, which is expected at CES in January.

The 4800S kit is expected to launch in Q1 2022. It will be manufactured by MSI and will be bundled with a PowerColor RX 6600 graphics card. There is no word on pricing and its availability is likely to be limited to a few regions. Even though the 4800S kit shows potential, the kit can be transferred to a regional OEM gaming machine that gets little fanfare.

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