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AMD announces Ryzen desktop CPU with Radeon Vega graphics

by on09 January 2018

Two desktop APUs launching on February 12th

AMD took the CES 2018 show by storm, revealing a lot of information regarding its GPU and CPU futures as well as some of the upcoming new products, including its  desktop APUs.

Named the Ryzen Desktop Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics, it will offer up to 2 TFLOPs of computing power, have full AM4 compatibility and offer advanced Radeon features, according to AMD. AMD is targeting consumer, commercial, workstation and enterprise desktop PCs, where there is no, or little need for discrete graphics cards.

Currently, AMD plans to launch the G-series desktop APUs on February 12th, including the Ryzen 5 2400G and the Ryzen 3 2200G. The Ryzen 5 2400G features a quad-core CPU part with eight threads and 6MB of cache, working at a maximum boost clock of 3.9GHz. It also features integrated Radeon RX Vega graphics with 11 Compute Units (CUs), clocked at maximum GPU clock of 1250MHz and it targets the 45-65 CTDP range.

The Ryzen 3 2200G features a quad-core CPU part and lacks SMT, so it is stuck with only four threads. It also has 6MB of cache and works at a maximum CPU clock of 3.7GHz. It also has a slightly lower Radeon Vega 8 IGP with 8 Compute units and 1100MHz maximum GPU clock. Interestingly, it targets the same 45-65W CTDP.

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According to AMD's own internal benchmarks, the Ryzen 5 2400G should be enough to offer 1080p game performance, at decent detail levels, in some games like The Witcher 3, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Overwatch (medium details), Battlefield 1 and Rocket League and it will have no trouble handling MOBA-style games. AMD is also targeting Intel's quite popular Core i5-8400 CPU and claims that in order for it to be comparable, you need to pair the i5-8400 with Nvidia GT 1030 to reach the same performance level.

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The Ryzen 3 2200G is aiming to offer best-in-class eSports game performance and even manages to pull some decent frame rates in several games, of course at lower detail settings, but due to its price, should be quite popular among MOBA gamers.

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What makes these APUs quite interesting is the fact that they incorporate a lot of Radeon technologies, including the Enhanced Sync, Radeon Chill, Radeon ReLive, Freesync 2 and others, something that AMD was quite keen to note.

It is also worth noting that all desktop G-series APUs will be unlocked and overclockable, something that might not be interesting for an average consumer but could give a few additional FPS to go over that 30fps mark. AMD has been overclocking it at the event, pushing both the GPU and as well as the memory to achieve a 39 percent increase in performance.

The new G-series Ryzen Desktop Processors with Radeon Vega graphics will be launching on February 12th with a price set at US $149 for the Ryzen 5 2400G and US $99 for the Ryzen 3 2200G.

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Last modified on 09 January 2018
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