AMD Shares Specs and Price of Its First Two Desktop APUs Based on Zen Architecture
Ryzen CPUs made a huge explosion on the hardware market last year, offering excellent price/performance ratio and making AMD competitive again after being in Intel’s shadow for almost a decade. Even though Zen architecture has proven to be a massive success, we didn’t get any Zen-based APUs probably because the company waited to launch its new Vega GPU architecture in order to offer solid GPU power. Now that both pieces of the puzzle are out, AMD revealed specs and price tags of the first two Zen and Vega – based APU models, the Ryzen 3 2200G and the Ryzen 5 2400G.
|Ryzen 3 2200G||Ryzen 5 2400G|
|CPU Cores/Threads||4 core/4 thread||4 core/4 thread|
|CPU Clocks/Boost||3.50 Ghz/3.70 GHz||3.60 GHZ/3.90 GHz|
|CPU Cache||4 x 512 KB L2c + 4MB L3c||4 x 512 KB L2c + 4MB L3c|
|Integrated Graphics||Radeon Vega 8||Radeon Vega 11|
|iGPU Stream Processors||512||704|
|iGPU Engine Clock||1100 MHz||1250 MHz|
|Memory Support||64 GB, DDR4-2933||64 GB, DDR4-2933|
|Included Cooler||AMD Wraith Stealth||AMD Wraith Stealth|
|Availability||Feb 12, 2018||Feb 12, 2018|
The new “Raven Ridge” APU series is based on the last year’s Zen micro-architecture, but they do offer increased clocks. The first one, the Ryzen 3 2200G comes with four cores clocked at 3.50Ghz (3.70GHz boost clock) and without hyperthreading capabilities. The GPU part of the APU is Radeon Vega 8 with 512 Stream processors and a base clock of 1100 MHz. The Ryzen 5 2400G model is noticeably beefier, sporting four cores clocked at 3.60GHz (3.90GHz boost clock) with hyperthreading support. The GPU found inside is the Radeon Vega 11 with 704 Stream processors and a base clock of 1250MHz.
Both APUs come with support for up to 64 GB dual channel DDR4-2933 memory, feature 65W TDP rating, and come with AMD Wraith Stealth coolers. The weaker one costs $99.99, with Ryzen 5 2400G sporting the price of $169.99. Both will become available on February 12.
The weaker APU is great for those who want a solid CPU with a GPU capable of playing 4K videos and undemanding games. The Ryzen 5 2400G looks like a solid choice for users who want a new gaming PC right away but don’t want to shell out unreasonable amounts of cash on the graphics card because GPU prices went overboard with the recent cryptocurrency mining craze. Instead of getting robbed by buying a super expensive graphics card, they can just get the APU since its GPU looks like enough to play newer games in low details, and then get a full-fledged video card once prices return to normal.