AMD may have trailed Intel in the CPU race for a long time, though it still made a name for itself in the smaller APU segments.
Hence, it is only natural that with its recent revival of the segment under the Ryzen brand name, the company is upgrading its existing Accelerated Processing Units, with the arrival of new Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE.
As with the recent trends in the industry, the focus is on improving graphical performance to make 1080p gaming a possibility. The graphics are based on the same Vega microarchitecture that we’ve seen before.
The Ryzen 3 2200GE, the cheaper of the two APUs, comes with a quad-core setup and 4 threads. It has a max boost clock of 3.9 GHz and a TDP of 45-65W. It will be available for a price-tag of $99, which will compete against Intel’s i3’s for the most part.
It comes with 512 streaming processors (SPs) clocked at 1100 MHz with 8 compute units.
Ryzen5 2400GE, the better of the two, comes with the same number of cores, but twice the thread count at 8. It has the same TDP and a 3.7 GHz of maximum boost clock, coming in at a price of $169.
On the graphical side, you get an increased number of SPs at 704, clocked at 1250 MHz, with 11 compute units.
The gaming prowess of the new APUs is impressive, leagues ahead of Intel’s HD GPUs. Benchmarks, courtesy of YouTuber SonofaTech who received his retail unit early, show Overwatch performing at 60-70 fps on high settings, GTA V with 50+ fps on high and 38+ fps on Doom, all of them at 1080p. All these figures are for the higher-end Ryzen 5 model.
It remains to be seen however whether the APUs can still find a market for them, even if things have never been better for AMD with Ryzen.