Ryzen Desktop APUs benchmarked: Destroy Intel Core i5-8400 in 1080p Gaming

AMD Raven Ridge reviews - graphics performance

The long awaited Ryzen desktop APUs have finally been unveiled, alongside Ryzen 3 Mobile variants. The new APUs from AMD fare pretty well against the rival Intel chips; in fact, they deliver more than double the performance in gaming benchmarks thanks to powerful Vega integrated graphics.

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G Specifications

AMD has officially announced their Ryzen desktop APUs, previously codenamed Raven Ridge, and they look pretty incredible for the price. So far, they have only announced two variants: the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G.

Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G Spec

The Ryzen 5 2400G is a 4-core, 8-thread processor, with a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 3.9GHz. The younger Ryzen 3 2200G has 4 cores and 4 threads clocked at 3.5GHz base and 3.7GHz boost. Both come with a 6MB of L3 cache, RAM support of up to DDR4-3200 and a TDP of 45-65W.

The biggest difference seems to come in at the GPU level. The Ryzen 5 2400G features the much rumored Vega 11 that sports — you guessed it — 11 compute units for a total of 704 stream processors. The other Ryzen 3 2200G only has 8 Vega compute units and 512 stream processors.

Further, the Vega 11 GPU is clocked at 1250MHz versus the 1100MHz for Vega 8 of Ryzen 3. Luckily, both are shipped unlocked so they can be overclocked. The Vega integrated chip is said to overclock beyond 1500-1600 MHz with ease, which is definitely an impressive feat.

Ryzen Desktop APUs vs Intel Core i5/i3 Gaming Performance

AMD has also provided us with a few gaming benchmarks. But, keep in mind that they are only coming from the company so they almost certainly represent the best case scenario.

Ryzen 5 2400G Gaming benchmarks

As you can see, they are pitting Ryzen 5 2400G up against the Core i5-8400 Coffee Lake featuring Intel’s UHD 630 Graphics. Unsurprisingly, the 2400G’s Vega 11 handily beats Intel integrated solution by nearly double every time and up to three times in Witcher 3 for 1080p performance.

Ryzen 3 2200G Gaming benchmarks

Same is the case when we compare the Ryzen 3 2200G with the Core i3-8100 in eSports game performance.

AMD Ryzen desktop APUs - 3DMark Spy

Not only that, but according to 3DMark Spy, the Ryzen 5 2400G is on the same level of performance as the i5-8400 paired with an Nvidia GT 1030 graphics.

AMD Ryzen APUs - Pricing comparison

When it comes to CPU performance, AMD opted to compare price to performance which makes sense considering the i5-8400 almost certainly beats in the multi-threaded workloads given its clocks.

With that said, these Ryzen desktop APUs are definitely a fantastic bargain for an HTPC that can handle eSports games at decent frame rates. The Ryzen 5 2400G comes in at $169, with the Ryzen 3 2200G beating the $100 mark at just $99. The official launch date for these APUs is February 12.

Ryzen 3 Mobile Processors with Vega Graphics Launched

Apart from Ryzen desktop APUs, AMD has also announced their upcoming Ryzen 3 Mobile chips. For those who don’t know, AMD Ryzen 5 and 7 Mobile variants have already made their way to the market, but we haven’t heard anything on Ryzen 3 until now.

AMD Ryzen Mobile specifications

There are two Ryzen 3 mobile variants: the Ryzen 3 2300U and Ryzen 3 2200U. Given these are U variants, they are designed as low power processors made for ultrathin and 2-in-1 laptops.

The Ryzen 3 2300U is a 4-core, 4-thread chip that comes in a base clock of 2GHz and a boost clock of 3.4GHz. It also has 6 Vega compute units clocked at 1100MHz. There is a 6MB of cache on board with a TDP rating of 15W.

The second product, which is the 2200U, is a 2-core, 4-thread chip with clock speeds maintained at 2.5GHz base and 3.4GHz boost. It only has 3 CUs compared to 6 on the 2300U, which are clocked at 1000MHz. The chip features a 4MB of cache and a TDP of 15W.

Both of the mobile APUs are expected to make their way onto laptops and notebooks in Q1 of this year. Are you excited to get your hands on an inexpensive Ryzen 3 powered laptop? Let us know in the comments below.

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