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
CPU clock speed
2MB L2 + 4MB L3
2MB L2 + 4MB L3
Radeon Vega 8
Radeon Vega 11
GPU clock speed
Max RAM support
Launch price (USD)
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.
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