AMD’s new Ryzen Vega processors are out now and cost next to nothing

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G

AMD’s new Ryzen processors with built-in Vega graphics have finally launched around our fair planet. First announced at CES back in January this year, the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G are the first APUs of their kind to come with AMD’s tasty Vega graphics built right into the chip, giving budget PC builders a much-needed boost in power and potentially negating the need to have a dedicated card altogether.

What’s more, they only cost $169 / £150 and $99 / £90 apiece, bringing some sweet relief to those suffering from the ongoing GPU crisis.

According to AMD, the quad-core 3.6GHz Ryzen 5 2400G can deliver the same graphics performance as an Intel Core i5-8400 and an Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 graphics card combined, giving it up to 156% more graphics performance than its i5 counterpart, 21% more system performance and up to 39% faster graphics performance when it’s overclocked to its maximum boost speed of 3.9GHz.

AMD haven’t yet provided any equivalent figures for the Ryzen 3 2200G, but this quad-core 3.5GHz chip will also be overclockable to a maximum boost speed of 3.7GHz.

They both use the same AM4 socket as their existing Ryzen CPU counterparts, too, so anyone looking to upgrade won’t need to fork out for a new motherboard. Instead, all you’ll need to do is perform a simple BIOS update and you’ll be ready to go.

“AMD Ryzen Desktop APUs are a perfect example of the innovation we bring to market for consumer and commercial PC users,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s computing and graphics business group.

“Combining our high-performance CPU and GPU architectures, this new category of Ryzen desktop processors is designed to deliver a smooth overall computing experience, as well as the ability to enjoy true 1080p HD gaming, eSports or advanced display features through the visual fidelity of the built-in Radeon Vega graphics.”

AMD’s new Ryzen APUs arrive just two months before the launch of their upcoming second generation Ryzen CPUs. While the new APUs out today still use a 14 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process, AMD’s so-called Ryzen+ CPUs will all be 12nm chips, making them more power efficient and better able to regulate their clock speeds under load. It’s not yet certain how much of a speed boost they’ll deliver, but I’ll let you know as soon as I’ve been able to test them first-hand.

16 Comments

  1. Don Reba says:

    AMD’s new Ryzen APUs arrive just two months before the launch of their upcoming second generation Ryzen CPUs.

    Here’s hoping at least one X399 mATX motherboard will come out by then.

  2. GrumpyCatFace says:

    Looking forward to some hands-on testing. I’m still skeptical that CPUs and GPUs can be combined into a single chip…

    Are these compatible with laptop configurations? If all true, this would really level the field between desk/laptops, wouldn’t it?

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Integrated GPUs have remained on a pretty constant curve since they were first introduced: they’re quite good for games that were released 5+ years ago.

    • Moraven says:

      Why would you be when its been happening for years now?

      Eurogamer did a breakdown today on comparing the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, which are custom AMD APUs.

      Intel has had integrated graphics since 2010. AMD has had APUs since 2011.

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      phuzz says:

      Most recent laptops have the GPU on the CPU die, and some of them are ok to game on.

    • PseudoKnight says:

      Anandtech put some benchmarks out yesterday. They are indeed equivalent to a GTX 1030, making them by far the fastest integrated GPU solution. Rocket League was a standout example, getting 51FPS on Ultra settings, compared to 31FPS at best on other solutions. But most games got 15-30FPS on high/ultra settings. So they’ll need to be put on low to medium graphics settings for most modern 3D games, but older games should run great. This could be a nice temporary solution for those on a budget wanting to buy a new computer but waiting for GPU prices to come down. But it’s also so cheap that it can be a great part for an entry-level gaming PC. It even comes with a decent cooler at that price, unlike Intel parts.

  3. Flopdong says:

    I suspect this will make a big difference in lower end laptops. Nvidia has been making super thin video cards for about a year that have already significantly narrowed the gap between laptop and desktop performance, though it isn’t cheap. (I believe it’s called Max-Q)

    We’ll have to see how powerful the integrated graphics chips can get before they have a significant effect on the higher end. If they can make one capable of VR gaming then I will be very interested.

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      The Max-Q range aren’t quite as powerful as their desktop (or even regular laptop) equivalents, but their key selling points are low heat, low noise and small form factor, making them a bit of a style purchase. If you don’t mind your laptop being a little heavier making a bit of noise, a regular 1060 or 1070 in the case will do you good.

      I’ve got a regular 1070-based laptop now and it clocks in at about 4-5% slower than its desktop equivalent in benchmarks. Didn’t break the bank, either, although I must admit to buying it in America on black friday.

  4. Flopdong says:

    I wonder if the integrated graphics will play nicely with a dedicated video card? If I had this processor and an ATI video card, would it perform better than an equivalent processor/video card combo that doesn’t have the integrated graphics?

    • Moraven says:

      They had supported dual graphics mode in APUs A6, A8, A10.

      link to amd.com

      I don’t believe these APUs will support dual mode.

      Laptops do have power profiles to go from integrated to discrete.

    • PseudoKnight says:

      While it’s technically possible for AMD to make it so you can use a second asymmetrical GPU to render your game, it has some difficult challenges and typically doesn’t result in better performance. So don’t expect support for that. However, you can make your integrated GPU do certain other tasks. Like it can be used as a video encoder to record your game, so you don’t take that 5% hit to FPS. In most cases, though, it’ll just lie dormant as a backup GPU in case your dedicated card dies. On the plus side, this COULD give you a little thermal headroom for overclocking.

  5. MajorLag says:

    Given that the internet funbux miners have ruined inexpensive dedicated GPUs for everyone now, we face the prospect of a future where integrated graphics are our only hope for building an affordable gaming PC, so we’d better hope AMD gets real good at squeezing GPU and CPU cores together. That said, my ancient 560 ti still beats this thing apparently.

    • Beebop says:

      Don’t be silly. First of all, if the run on graphics cards continues market forces will mean that supply eventually catches up with demand. Secondly, even if it didn’t there’s no reason to think that the price gouging wouldn’t eventually hit the integrated chips too.

      • fish99 says:

        Not necessarily, I can think of occasions when GPU manufacturers couldn’t ship cards in anything like the volumes they wanted to due to poor yields.

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    cultiv8ed says:

    The important question is: Are they any good for mining ;)

  7. Sic says:

    Is there any AMD equivalent of the Intel NUC?

    These things are really looking quite spiffy, but they’re really only interesting in small and cheap packages.