AMD Ryzen APU Launch
Today see’s the launch of 2 new AMD APU’s based on the successful Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 CPU’s. The 2200G is based on the Ryzen 3 1300X and the 2400G is based on the Ryzen 5 1500X. The big difference being the 2200G and 2400G also include an integrated graphics processor based on AMD Radeon Vega.
AMD Ryzen APU Processor Specification
|Cores/Threads||TDP||L3 Cache||Base Clock||Turbo||PCIe Lanes||Memory Support|
|Ryzen 5 2400G||4 / 8||65W||4MB||3.6GHz||3.9GHz||16||Dual 2933|
|Ryzen 5 1500X||4 / 8||65W||16MB||3.5GHz||3.7GHz||24||Dual 2666|
|Ryzen 3 2200G||4 / 4||65W||4MB||3.5GHz||3.7GHz||16||Dual 2933|
|Ryzen 3 1300X||4 / 4||65W||8MB||3.5GHz||3.7GHz||24||Dual 2666|
As you can see from the chart above the 2200G and 2400G are very similar to the 1300X and 1500X with the 2200G seeing a reduction in PCIe lanes, L3 cache and a bump to 2933mhz ram support while the 2400G see’s a reduction in PCIe lanes, L3 cache but a slight bump in base and turbo clock while adding support for 2933mhz ram.
Integrated Vega Graphics
The 220G and 2400G include integrated graphics based on a reduced Vega chip as found in the Vega 56 and 64. The 2400G comprises 11 CUs (704 shaders) operating at 1,250MHz whilst the 2200G has 8 CUs (512 shaders) running at 1,100MHz.
Benchmarks released yesterday show that the integrated Vega graphics are best in class and really blow anything that Intel currently has out of the water. For 720p gaming on high settings or 1080p gaming on low to medium the Ryzen APU’s provide more than playable performance and is almost identical to using a discrete nVidia 1030 GT at lesser cost.
These processors are going to be ideal as a base for a budget gaming rig – strong CPU performance and good graphics performance with the ability to add a discrete graphics card if (and when) we get back to discrete cards being sensible prices (unlike the 2.5 x normal prices that cards are right now.)
You also have the option here to move to any of the Ryzen processors in the future should you need more performance without having to change motherboards or ram.
It will be interesting to see what Intel can come up with now that they are working on some chips that are going to have AMD graphics integrated.
Ultimately these AMD Ryzen APU’s provide strong CPU performance and good GPU performance at a low price and would be great in any build for general use and light gaming.