Introduction to AMD's Desktop Ryzen APUs
AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su recently introduced us to Ryzen based desktop APUs with integrated Vega graphics, new mobile APUs, Zen+, new AM4 motherboards, and much more right before CES 2018 in Las Vegas. Over the past few days, media and analysts from around the world gathered before CES to get the low down on AMD's vision for 2018 and see new products that are launching at CES. The major product that has everyone on their heels are the new 2000-series Ryzen APUs with Vega graphics integrated.
During Q1 of 2018, we expect AMD's desktop APUs to hit the market, during Q2 AMD's 2nd generation Zen+ product will hit the market, and during the second half of the year, we will see 2nd generations of Thread Ripper and Ryzen PRO series CPUs. AMD is also launching two lower-end APUs for notebooks as well as Ryzen PRO mobile APUs. On February 12th we will see Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G hit the market. Both will have four cores, but the Ryzen 5 will have eight threads. Both will have Vega-based CUs, but the Ryzen 5 model will have a few more. Both CPUs chime in at very reasonable price points; $169 and $99 respectively.
AMD is also totally restructuring their suggested pricing models, and you might notice that the Ryzen 5 2400G has replaced the Ryzen 5 1400. You might notice that the Ryzen 3 and ThreadRipper 1950X prices aren't changing. The new prices should put AMD on the fast track towards market dominance.
Let's talk new features of the Ryzen desktop 2000 series CPUs. AMD's SenseMI technology has two enhancements; Precision Boost 2 and XFR 2, both are aimed at improving performance when there is thermal headroom. We also find that the new 2000 series products have process improvements and improved silicon for cache and memory. The new 400-series chipsets are also briefly mentioned.
Here we can see what the new CPU boxes will look like; they will carry Radeon Vega branding.
AMD shows off the performance of the Ryzen 5 2400G, which features Vegas-based graphics and a Ryzen core in productivity benchmarks against other Ryzen products. Multi-threaded performance of both the new 2000-series SKUs against the competition and 1000-series Ryzen CPUs is shown on the right. It is quite formidable.
Overall compute power is also quite good in the new APUs, and even against their Intel counterparts, they produce great numbers. The Ryzen 5 2400G is also a very good contender for 1080P gaming, those FPS are playable.
Now we see how the Ryzen 3 2200G does against the i3-8100, and the results in gaming look great. AMD is also touting best in class integrated graphics, and it does do extremely well against Intel's integrated GPU. You can always add a discrete GPU to enhance the gaming experience.
While the new 2000-series CPUs use the same AM4 socket, off the shelf X370 motherboards will need the new sticker to guarantee compatibility. Otherwise, if you buy an X370 motherboard and don't have a 1000-series CPU to update the BIOS for 2000-series support (or use BIOS recovery if your motherboard has it), you can always take it into a computer store and have them update to a newer BIOS with 2000-series support.
AMD overclockers played a great deal with the new APUs, and they let us know they had a great time tuning the memory and integrated graphics. We can see big gains from tuning small parameters. They did show us liquid nitrogen results as well, and the CPU does go over 5GHz under liquid nitrogen. There does seem to be an improvement on memory and core overclocking margins due to silicon improvements.
We can see here that the Ryzen 5 2400G basically ties an i5-8400 with an NVIDIA GT 1030 at a much lower price point.
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