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AMD’s Ryzen APUs are Finally Revealed, and they Look Great!

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Posted January 10, 2018 by Josh Jackson in CPU & Motherboards

I’m a huge, HUGE fan of AMD APUs. Intel may have had a huge performance lead in processing, but my experience with their integrated graphics has been just slightly above awful. Even in just a desktop office computer environment, the Intel integrated graphics are barely passable to keep programs running. Switching to FM2+ APUs smoothed out user experiences across our environment, but I had to custom build systems in order to get us set up that way (and cheaper). I’ll probably continue to build systems where I work, but the introduction of very cost efficient Ryzen APUs should be a great addition to laptops and workstations across the board.

The Ryzen 5 2400G is the flagship model currently. It has 4 CPU cores, but one of the huge upgrades from the old families of APUs is the 2 threads per core. The graphics core has 11 GCUs, which theoretically adds up to a total of 15 cores in the package and a total of 19 available threads. In essence, this little chip is adding up to a heck of a deal considering the announcement of a $169 price tag. The Ryzen 3 2200G might be even more impressive though in that, while it does lose a bit of frequency and some GCUs/CPU threads, it comes at a very attractive $99 price tag. Oh, and if those prices weren’t interesting enough, AMD is officially cutting the prices on their entire Ryzen lineup. I’ve already seen some of these prices from sales, so there’s a good chance that sale prices will drop even further down.

AMD is doing an amazing job and anyone who needs a female hero (or any hero for that matter) in their life should be looking at Lisa Su, not Wonder Woman. The competitive performance, competitive pricing and eye for the future of technology is great in the processor division. Sure, Radeon still has some catching up to do in the graphics card arena, but I have a feeling that it will only be a matter of time since the last few years have been getting the CPU division up to speed. Check out the rest of the info in the PR below and we’ll keep bringing more CES 2018 news as fast as we can get to it!

AMD Redefines High-Performance Computing with New Processor and Graphics Products Preview at CES 2018

  • New Generation of Ryzen CPUs, New Ryzen APUs, New Radeon Vega Mobile GPUs Coming in 2018 –

Las Vegas – 2018 CES – January 7, 2018 Building on the global enthusiasm generated in 2017 by Ryzen™ processors and Radeon™ graphics technology, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today detailed its forthcoming roll-out plan for its new and next generation of high-performance computing and graphics products during an event in Las Vegas just prior to the opening of CES 2018. Alongside announcing the first desktop Ryzen™ processors with built-in Radeon™ Vega Graphics, AMD also detailed the full line up of Ryzen™ mobile APUs including the new Ryzen™ PRO and Ryzen™ 3 models, and provided a first look at the performance of its upcoming 12nm 2nd generation Ryzen™ desktop CPU expected to launch in April. In graphics, AMD announced the expansion of the “Vega” family with Radeon Vega Mobile and that its first 7nm product is planned to be a Radeon “Vega” GPU specifically built for machine learning applications.

“We successfully accomplished the ambitious goals we set for ourselves in 2017, reestablishing AMD as a high-performance computing leader with the introduction and ramp of 10 different product families,” said AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su. “We are building on this momentum in 2018 as we make our strongest product portfolio of the last decade even stronger with new CPUs and GPUs that bring more features and more performance to a broad set of markets.”

Technology Updates

AMD CTO and SVP Mark Papermaster shared updates on AMD’s process technology roadmaps for both x86 processors and graphics architectures.

  • x86 Processors
    • The “Zen” core, currently shipping in Ryzen desktop and mobile processors, is in production at both 14nm and 12nm, with 12nm samples now shipping.
    • The “Zen 2” design is complete and will improve on the award-winning “Zen” design in multiple dimensions.
  • Graphics Processors
    • Expanding the “Vega” product family in 2018 with the Radeon Vega Mobile GPU for ultrathin notebooks.
    • The first 7nm AMD product, a “Vega” based GPU built specifically for machine learning applications.
    • A production-level machine learning software environment with AMD’s MIOpen libraries supporting common machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow and Caffe on the ROCm Open eCosystem platform. The industry’s first fully open heterogeneous software environment, which is making it easier to program using AMD GPUs for high performance compute and deep learning environments.

Client Compute Updates

AMD SVP and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group Jim Anderson detailed upcoming AMD client compute processors including:

  • The Ryzen™ desktop processor with Radeon™ graphics
    • Desktop Ryzen™ APUs combine the latest “Zen” core and AMD Radeon™ graphics engine based on the advanced “Vega” architecture, bringing:
      • The highest performance graphics engine in a desktop processor[i]
      • Advanced quad core performance with up to 8 processing threads
      • 1080p HD+ gaming performance without a discrete graphics card
      • Beautiful display features with Radeon™ FreeSync technology[ii]
      • Full benefit of Radeon™ software driver features including Radeon™ Chill, Enhanced Sync and Radeon™ ReLive
    • Planned to be available starting February 12, 2018.

Ryzen™ Desktop Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics:

Model CPU Cores Threads Max Boost Clock (GHz) Graphics Compute Units[iii] Max GPU Clock (MHz) L2/L3 Cache (MB) cTDP (Watts)
Ryzen™ 5 2400G

with Radeon™ RX Vega11 Graphics

4 8 3.9 11 1250 6 45-65W
Ryzen™ 3 2200G

with Radeon™ Vega8 Graphics

4 4 3.7 8 1100 6 45-65W


  • 2nd generation Ryzen™ desktop CPU
    • AMD’s first 12nm based processor with Precision Boost 2 technology.
    • Scheduled for introduction April 2018.
  • Ryzen™ PRO Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics
    • Targeted for commercial, enterprise, and public sector implementation, Ryzen PRO mobile processors are designed to power sleek and powerful enterprise notebooks featuring the world’s fastest processor for commercial ultrathin notebooks[iv], state-of-the-art silicon-level security, and reliable solutions with enterprise-class support and product stack top-to-bottom DASH manageability.
      • Up to 22% more competitive productivity performance[v]
      • Up to 125% more competitive graphics performance than Intel i7-8550U and 150% more competitive graphics performance than Intel i7-7500U[vi]
      • Targeting Up to 13.5 hours of battery life[vii]
      • SenseMI[viii] features including Precision Boost 2 technology and Mobile Extended Frequency Range (mXFR)[ix]
    • Ryzen™ PRO mobile solutions are expected to launch in Q2 2018.

Ryzen™ PRO mobile processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics:

Model CPU Cores Threads Max Clock (GHz) Graphics Compute Unitsiii Max GPU Clock (MHz) L2/L3 Cache (MB) cTDP (Watts)
Ryzen™ 7 PRO 2700U with Radeon™ Vega10 Graphics 4 8 3.8 10 1300 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen™ 5 PRO 2500U with Radeon™ Vega8 Graphics 4 8 3.6 8 1100 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen™ 3 PRO 2300U with Radeon™ Vega6 Graphics 4 4 3.4 6 1100 6 15W Nominal
  • Ryzen™ Mobile Processor with Radeon™ Vega Graphics
    • AMD expanded the Ryzen Mobile Processor family, featuring the world’s fastest processor for ultrathin notebooks line up, with the introduction of the Ryzen 3 mobile processor.

Ryzen™ mobile processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics:

Model CPU Cores Threads Max Clock (GHz) Graphics Compute Unitsiii Max GPU Clock (MHz) L2/L3 Cache (MB) cTDP (Watts)
Ryzen™ 7 2700U with Radeon™ Vega10 Graphics 4 8 3.8 10 1300 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen™ 5 2500U with Radeon™ Vega8 Graphics 4 8 3.6 8 1100 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen™ 3 2300U with Radeon™ Vega6 Graphics 4 4 3.4 6 1100 6 15W Nominal
Ryzen™ 3 2200U with Radeon™ Vega3 Graphics 2 4 3.4 3 1000 5 15W Nominal


Graphics & Gaming Updates

AMD discussed its first mobile discrete graphics solution based on the “Vega” architecture. This razor-thin Radeon Vega Mobile GPU is designed to enable new, powerful gaming notebooks in 2018 with extraordinary performance and incredible efficiency.

AMD also announced that Radeon™ Software will add support for HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology on Radeon™ RX products in an upcoming driver release. This support will come as an addition to the Radeon™ FreeSync technology umbrella, as displays with HDMI 2.1 VRR support reach market.

Ubisoft announced that Far Cry 5 will support Radeon™ RX Vega specific features like Rapid Packed Math as well as Radeon™ FreeSync 2 technology. Radeon RX Vega owners will be able to enjoy Far Cry 5 at exceptional fidelity, with stunning frame rates and beautiful image quality.

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