Soon we will have available the new APU’s AMD Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G that will offer us a significant improvement in desktop processors in terms of graphics power. These new APU’s with ZEN CPU cores and with a powerful AMD Vega GPU start with two variants at a very interesting price for who wants to assemble a mini PC without dedicated GPU, where in addition to a good graphics performance for games we have interesting options for playback high-level video
As we saw in CES 2018 the new AMD APUs are presented in two models that vary in the clock speed of the ZEN CPUs, the number of threads and the graphic power of the integrated Vega GPU, the two models have a consumption between 45 and 65 W TPD and a price of $99 or $169 depending on the model we choose. A solutions that by what it seems are a very interesting for price against a combo between CPU and dedicated GPU of mid / low range.
|Ryzen 5 2400G With Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics||Ryzen 3 2200G With Radeon Vega 8 Graphics|
|Cores Threads||4/8||4 / 4|
|Base Clock (GHz)||3.5||3.6|
|Max Boost Clock (GHz)||3.9||3.7|
|Graphics Compute Units||11||8|
|Max GPU Clock (MHz)||1250||1100|
|L2/L3 Cache (MB)||6||6|
|Memory Channels||Dual Channel||Dual Channel|
In the published data we can see how the performance of the Vega GPU integrated into these new APUs has a much higher performance than Intel’s integrated GPUs, in some scenarios we have more than double the performance and in general almost 50%. In this configuration we have the limitation of RAM because it uses the same installed to the whole system and therefore have speeds limited by the DDR4-2933 modules, something that in the GPU dedicated does not exist because they mount a much faster memory GDDR5.
In addition to the graphics power Vega GPUs support 4K resolutions, Freesync system, HDR modes and have all the necessary certificates to see the highest quality the most popular streaming services. A hardware that has HDMI 2.0 video output natively and integrated hardware for multi channel audio, without a doubt a very good solution to mount a powerful HTPC. These APUs can be mounted on a current AM4 socket motherboard and are expected to be available in mid-February.