AMD Ryzen 3 5 1080 Pixels Gaming APU Launched Update:
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. AMD Ryzen 3 5 1080 Pixels Gaming APU Launched.
The Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G are what’s called APUs – CPUs with a capable onboard graphics processor and despite the fact they offer gaming performance on par with $50-100 discrete GPUs, they’re available from just $99. AMD Ryzen 3 5 1080 Pixels Gaming APU Launched.
The model numbers of these new APUs may give the impression that AMD just bolted Vega onto the Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200, tweaked the clocks, and called it a day, but that is not the case. These first Raven Ridge APUs have only a single CCX, whereas first-gen quad-core Ryzen processors had two, but with fewer active cores in each. A Ryzen 5 1400, for example, had a 2+2 CCX configuration, with two active CPU cores in each CCX. The Ryzen 5 2400G has only a single, quad-core CCX. AMD Ryzen 3 5 1080 Pixels Gaming APU Launched.
This configuration has the benefit of lowering latency should workloads have to bounce between threads, but this comes at the expense of L3 cache. Raven Ridge has 4MB of available L3 cache, while a first-gen Ryzen 5 1400 (and other Ryzen processors with a 2+2 CCX configuration) has 8MB. The number of PCIe lanes available with Raven Ridge has been reduced as well; there are only 8 GPU PCIe lanes available versus 16 in standard Ryzen desktop processors (sans GPU). AMD Ryzen 3 5 1080 Pixels Gaming APU Launched.
AMD aims to offset the potential performance penalty of a reduced L3 cache size in a couple of ways. Raven Ridge APUs have higher clocks than their first-gen counterparts. The Ryzen 5 2400G’s clocks range from 3.6GHz – 3.9GHz (base / boost) and the Ryzen 3 2200G clocks-in at 3.5GHz – 3.7GHz (both chips have a 65W TDP). These new APUs also employ Precision Boost 2.
The new Precision Boost 2 algorithm is designed to improve performance, responsiveness, and power characteristics. It employs the same 25MHz granularity of Precision Boost 1, but intelligently boosts to the highest possible frequency until a thermal or power limit is reached and continually adjusts each of the CPU core frequencies. The original Precision Boost essentially had only two states – “all core” and “two core” boost, and that was it.
The Ryzen 5 2400G is a quad-core / eight-thread machine with an on-die, 11 CU (compute unit) Vega graphics core with 704 stream processors, priced at $169. And the Ryzen 3 2200G is a quad-core / quad-thread chip with an 8 CU Vega-based graphics engine with 512 stream processors for only $99.
Externally, the APUs look just like any other Ryzen processor designed for the AM4 platform, but there are actually some differences with the packaging here as well. AMD is switching to a non-metallic TIM for the 2400G and 2200G, and the new CPU package allowed the company to officially support JEDEC DDR4-2933 memory speeds as well.
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.