AMD just introduced the AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics. They are essentially a new low-cost family of processors based on the AMD Raven Ridge APUs launched earlier this year.
In this article, we will share with you the official AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics tech briefing, as well as the official slides, and other details.
The Official AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics Tech Briefing
Let’s start with the official AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics tech briefing by Robert Hallock, AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager. This is an improved video that we created with larger, sharper slides and gaps removed. Enjoy!
AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics
The AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics is what AMD calls an Accelerated Processing Unit, because it combines a processor with a graphics processor in a single die.
In the Athlon APU’s case, it is basically a cut-down version of the AMD Raven Ridge APUs launched in February 2018. It combines a Ryzen CPU with a Radeon Vega graphics processor.
What Are The New AMD Athlon APU Models?
AMD officially launched only one Athlon APU on 6 September 2018 – the AMD Athlon 200GE with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics. It has two Zen processor cores that is capable of handling four simultaneous threads, with three Radeon Vega Graphics compute units.
Priced at just US$55, the Athlon 200GE has a fixed 3.2 GHz clock speed, with a 35 W TDP. It comes with a 1 MB L2 cache and a 4 MB L3 cache.
AMD also announced that the AMD Athlon 220GE and Athlon 240GE models (specifications unknown) will be released sometime in Q4 2018.
What Motherboards Does It Support?
The AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics runs on the AMD AM4 platform. So you can upgrade your existing AM4 system with the new Athlon APU (with a BIOS upgrade).
Although AMD did not explicitly mention it, the AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics most likely supports the faster DDR4-2933 memory, so it may pay to upgrade to a newer motherboard that supports the higher DDR4 memory speed.[adrotate group=”1″]
Where Does The AMD Athlon APU Fit In?
The AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics is meant to be a basic processor option with basic graphics capabilities. It slots in below the AMD Ryzen 3 CPU and APU models, and competes directly against the Intel Pentium and Celeron models.
With just two Zen cores and three Vega CUs, it’s definitely not meant for serious gaming. But it will be more than powerful enough to power a family computer, or a cheap office PC.
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How Fast Is The AMD Athlon APU?
AMD pit their Athlon 200GE against the Intel Pentium G4560. A couple of differences to note :
- The Athlon 200GE runs at 3.2 GHz, while the Pentium G4560 runs at 3.5 GHz.
- The Athlon 200GE has 5 MB of L2 and L3 cache, while the Pentium G4560 only has a 2 MB L2 cache.
- The Athlon 200GE runs a 35 W TDP, while the Pentium G4560 has a 54 W TDP.
- The Athlon 200GE supports DDR4-2933 memory, while the Pentium G4560 only supports DDR4-2400 memory.
The AMD Athlon 200GE was roughly equal to the Pentium G4560 in CPU performance, but has 67% better graphics performance with a 35% lower TDP. AMD estimates that this mades the Athlon 200GE 2X more efficient than the Pentium G4560.
A Generational Boost From Zen
Here are more benchmark comparison (sadly with no actual numbers) comparing the Athlon 200GE against the Pentium G4560, and the previous-generation AMD A6-9500E APU. The Athlon 200GE is notably twice as fast as the A6-9500E.
Can You Game On The AMD Athlon APU?
Well, you can… if you are satisfied with your games running at 720p. Still, it is far better than what’s possible with the processor graphics of the Intel Pentium G4560 or the A6-9500E APU.
You can boost its gaming performance with a discrete graphics card, although it will be hobbled a little by its PCIe x8 support (instead of PCIe x16).
In this test, AMD used the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050. The Intel Pentium G4560 was a little faster, but requires more power.
AMD Athlon APU Price + Availability
The AMD Athlon 200GE is priced at US$ 55, and will be available from global retailers and system integrators starting 18 September 2018, while the Athlon 220GE and 240GE processor models are slated for launch in Q4 2018.[adrotate group=”1″]
The Complete AMD Athlon APU Presentation Slides
Here is a complete set of the official AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics presentation slides for your perusal.
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