AMD’s latest APUs will be launching in the middle of February 2018, and consumers are very eager to get their hands on these chips for extra-budget builds. Heck, I’m even excited for the prospect of more powerful integrated graphics. With just a few weeks to go, official specifications for the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G have been leaked, and it’s looking quite positive.

According to TechpowerUp, AMD’s Ryzen 3 2200G will go on sale for $100, challenging competitors from Intel like the Pentium G4620, offering two extra physical cores and a much improved graphics core. The Ryzen 5 2400G, which will retail for $170, will take on Intel’s Core i3-7100 and Core i3-7350K, offering four cores and four threads, an unlocked multiplier, and the largest number of shader units AMD has put on a socketed consumer-bound processor to date.

Ryzen 3 2200G Ryzen 5 2400G
Cores/Threads 4/4 4/8
CPU clock speed 3.5-3.7GHz 3.6-3.9GHz
Caches 2MB L2 + 4MB L3 2MB L2 + 4MB L3
Graphics Radeon Vega 8 Radeon Vega 11
Shader units 512 704
GPU clock speed 1100MHz 1250MHz
Memory support Dual-channel DDR4-2933  Dual-channel DDR4-2933
Max RAM support 64GB 64GB
TDP limit 65W 65W
Launch price (USD) $99.99 $169.99

Looking at the specs sheet and then going over the one for the Xbox One S, we can see that the Ryzen 5 2400G is pretty close to Microsoft’s console on paper. It only lacks 64 shader units, or two GCN cores, and has a clock speed advantage. AMD’s performance on dual-channel DDR4 setups also puts memory bandwidth limits at around 35GB/s using DDR4-2933 memory modules, while the One S has 68.2GB/s of memory bandwidth on tap, taking the eSRAM boost out of the equation. This could be an extremely close matchup, although the One S will always win the value comparison purely based on price – it’s impossible to build a system with a Ryzen 5 2400G that comes with 8GB of RAM, a motherboard, case, power supply, and storage space for less than an Xbox One S (currently at R5,000).

For $100 (around R1,200), the Ryzen 3 2200G could replace the AMD A10-9700 APU in my most recent R5,000 build in my System Builders Guide, and it would probably offer much better performance for the same cost. With an estimated 30-40% increase in GPU performance, not to mention a raw 70% jump in single-thread CPU performance, that would be the biggest boost to budget gamers in over a decade. It’ll be overclockable too, likely erasing any advantages Intel’s Pentium processors might have had in that area.

Three weeks, everyone. Just three weeks to wait.

Source: TechpowerUp

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