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AMD @ Computex 2021 : Everything They Announced!

AMD @ Computex 2021 : Everything They Announced!

AMD unveiled a WHOLE SLEW of new products and technologies at Computex 2021!

Here is a recap of everything AMD announced at Computex 2021!

 

AMD @ Computex 2021 : Everything They Announced!

On 1 June 2021, AMD kicked off their virtual Computex 2021 press conference, announcing a whole slew of new products and technologies!

Let’s take a look at what AMD announced at Computex 2021!

3rd Gen EPYC Beats Intel Xeon Scalable!

AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su showed how the dual-socket 3rd Gen EPYC 7763 system beat the dual-socket Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 system by 50%!

  • 2P Intel Xeon Platinum 8380 delivered 201,334 Java operations per second
  • 2P AMD EPYC 7763 delivered 301,297 Java operations per second

This is because the EPYC 7763 has far more cores than the Xeon Platinum 8380 – 64 cores versus just 40 cores!

AMD RDNA 2 Coming To Automotive + Mobile!

AMD is working to bring the RDNA 2 gaming architecture to industry leaders in the automotive and mobile segments :

Tesla Model S + Model X

The new infotainment systems in the Tesla Model S and Model X are powered by an AMD Ryzen Embedded APU, with an AMD RDNA 2-based GPU capable of AAA gaming!

Samsung Exynos

The next-generation Samsung Exynos SoC will feature custom AMD RDNA 2-based graphics IP, that will introduce raytracing and variable rate shading capabilities to flagship mobile devices!

AMD Ryzen 5000G Desktop APUs

Dr. Lisa Su also announced that they are introducing two AMD Ryzen 5000G series desktop APUs, that will be available to the DIY market starting 5 August 2021.

AMD Ryzen 7 5700G

The AMD Ryzen 7 5700G has an 8-core, 16-thread processor, with a base clock of 3.8 GHz and a boost clock of 4.6 GHz.

It has 4 GB of L2 cache, and 16 GB of L3 cache; and 8-core integrated Radeon graphics clocked at 2.0 GHz.

This 65 watt desktop APU will have a launch price of US$359.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G

The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G has an 6-core, 12-thread processor, with a base clock of 3.9 GHz and a boost clock of 4.4 GHz.

It has 3 GB of L2 cache, and 16 GB of L3 cache; and 7-core integrated Radeon graphics clocked at 1.9 GHz.

This 65 watt desktop APU will have a launch price of US$259.

AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 Series Desktop CPUs

While not mentioned in the main Computex 2021 press conference, AMD also launched the Ryzen PRO 5000 series desktop processors based on the Zen 3 core!

AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 G-Series (65W)

  • Ryzen 7 5750G : 8 core, 16 thread, 3.8 GHz to 4.6 GHz, 4 MB L2, 16 MB L3
  • Ryzen 5 5650G : 6 core, 12 thread, 3.9 GHz to 4.4 GHz, 3 MB L2, 16 MB L3
  • Ryzen 3 5350G : 4 core, 8 thread, 4.0 GHz to 4.2 GHz, 2 MB L2, 8 MB L3

AMD Ryzen PRO 5000 GE-Series (35W)

  • Ryzen 7 5750GE : 8 core, 16 thread, 3.2 GHz to 4.6 GHz, 4 MB L2, 16 MB L3
  • Ryzen 5 5650GE : 6 core, 12 thread, 3.4 GHz to 4.4 GHz, 3 MB L2, 16 MB L3
  • Ryzen 3 5350GE : 4 core, 8 thread, 3.6 GHz to 4.2 GHz, 2 MB L2, 8 MB L3

You can get the full details in this official AMD deep dive into the Ryzen PRO 5000 series desktop processors!

AMD Radeon RX 6000M Series Mobile Graphics

Scott Herkelman, Vice President & General Manager of AMD Graphics Business Unit, officially announced the introduction of the Radeon RX 6000M series mobile graphics for laptop gaming.

AMD Radeon RX 6800M

Their flagship model has a 2.3 GHz game clock and 12 GB of GDDR6 memory, and is designed to deliver 120 fps gaming at 1440p.

AMD says that it will offer significantly better performance than the competition :

  • 40% to 70% better gaming performance than the GeForce RTX 2070 at 1440p Max Settings.
  • 14% to 40% better gaming performance than the GeForce RTX 3080 while gaming on battery.

AMD Radeon RX 6700M

This model has a 2.3 GHz game clock and 10 GB of GDDR6 memory, and is designed to deliver 100 fps gaming at 1440p.

AMD Radeon RX 6600M

This model has a 2.177 GHz game clock and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory, and is designed to deliver 100 fps gaming at 1080p.

AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR)

FidelityFX Super Resolution, or FSR for short, is AMD’s spatial upscaling technology that is designed to boost frame rates, while delivering a high-quality gaming experience.

Think of it as AMD’s version of NVIDIA’s DLSS. But while DLSS is proprietary, FidelityFX Super Resolution is open-source, and will be supported on both AMD processors and GPUs as well as NVIDIA GPUs!

More than 10 game developers plan to integrate FSR into their top titles and gamer engines in 2021.

AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) will be available starting 22 June 2021.

AMD Advantage Gaming Laptops

Think of AMD Advantage as a marketing programme, based around a “design framework” of premium gaming features.

  • Amplified Performance : AMD Ryzen processor + AMD Radeon RX 6800M graphics + AMD Radeon Software for gaming at 100 fps at 1080p
  • Premium Displays : 144Hz+ with LFC, low latency, AMD FreeSync Premium, 300 nits+ brightness, IPS / OLED panels, 100% sRGB / 72% NTSC minimum
  • Built To Game : NVMe SSD, less than 40°C WASD keyboard temperatures when gaming, >10 hours binge watching on battery

AMD 3D Chiplet Technology

AMD continues to build on their packaging technologies with their new 3D Chiplet technology, developed in collaboration with TSMC.

It enhances their existing chipset architecture with 3D stacking using a hybrid bond approach that provides over 200X the interconnect density of 2D chipsets and more than 15X the density of existing 3D packaging solutions.

This new 3D chiplet technology also consumes less energy than current 3D solutions, and is the most flexible active-on-active silicon stacking technology.

In Computex 2021, Dr. Lisa Su showed off the 3D vertical SRAM cache bonded to an AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processor prototype.

AMD is on-track to begin production on high-end computing products with 3D chiplets by the end of 2021.

 

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Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C Revealed!

AMD just introduced the Ryzen 7 3700C, Ryzen 5 3500C and Ryzen 3 3250C mobile processors with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series mobile APUs!

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Chromebooks Get A Boost!

The three new AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series mobile processors come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

Built on the older Zen+ or Zen architecture and fabricated on the 12 nm or 14 nm process technology, they are designed as premium APUs for Chromebooks.

At launch, AMD is introducing three Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors, with a 15 W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 3700C : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 10 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500C : 4C/8T | up to 3.7 GHz | 6 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3250C : 2C/4T | up to 3.5 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores

These Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors will be used in premium Chromebook laptops, offering significantly better performance than the old AMD A-Series APUs, and better performance than the AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors.

Although they are not part of these processors, Chromebooks based on the AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series will feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

The AMD A-Series APUs, with a 6 W TDP, will continue to ship in entry-level Chromebooks.

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Specifications

Specifications Ryzen 7
3700C
Ryzen 5
3500C
Ryzen 3
3250C
Architecture Zen+ Zen
Process 12 nm 14 nm
Cores / Threads 4 / 8 2 / 4
Base Clock 2.3 GHz 2.1 GHz 2.6 GHz
Boost Clock 4.0 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.5 GHz
L1 Cache 256 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache 2 MB 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 10 8 3
Graphics Clock 1.4 GHz 1.2 GHz
TDP 15 W

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Performance

According to AMD, the new Ryzen 3000 C-Series mobile APUs offer double to triple the web browsing performance, compared to the A6-9220C.

Their graphics performance is even better, with the Ryzen 7 3700C offering 2.5X more performance than the A6-9220C in 3DMark Sling Shot and PCMark’s Photo Editing test.

 

Ryzen 7 3700C | Ryzen 5 3500C | Ryzen 3 3250C : Availability

AMD will only say that their partners – HP, ASUS and Lenovo – will introduce six Chromebook laptops in 2020, powered by the new Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series APUs.

No specifics about the models and choice of processor yet. We will keep you updated when we learn more.

 

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AMD Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C Revealed!

AMD just introduced the Athlon Gold 3150C and Athlon Silver 3050C mobile processors with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series mobile APUs!

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Zen Comes To Chromebooks!

The two new AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series mobile processors come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

Built on the older Zen architecture and fabricated on the 14 nm process technology, they are designed to power Chromebooks.

At launch, AMD is introducing these two Athlon 3000 C-Series processors, both with a 15 W TDP :

  • AMD Athlon Gold 3150C : 2C/4T | up to 3.3 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores
  • AMD Athlon Silver 3050C : 2C/2T | up to 3.2 GHz | 5 MB cache | 2 graphics cores

These Athlon 3000 C-Series processors will be used in mid-level Chromebooks, offering better performance than the old AMD A-Series APUs, but less than the AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series processors.

The AMD A-Series APUs, with a 6 W TDP, will continue to ship in entry-level Chromebooks.

Although they are not part of these processors, Chromebooks based on the AMD Athlon 3000 C-Series will feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Specifications

Specifications Athlon Gold
3150C
Athlon Silver
3050C
Architecture Zen
Process 14 nm
Cores / Threads 2 / 4 2 / 2
Base Clock 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Boost Clock 3.3 GHz 3.2 GHz
L1 Cache 128 KB
L2 Cache 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 3 2
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
TDP 15 W

 

Athlon Gold 3150C + Athlon Silver 3050C : Availability

AMD will only say that their partners – HP, ASUS and Lenovo – will introduce six Chromebook laptops in 2020, powered by the new Ryzen and Athlon 3000 C-Series APUs.

No specifics about the models and choice of processor yet. We will keep you updated when we learn more.

 

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AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs : All You Need To Know!

AMD just unveiled the Ryzen PRO 4000 Series of desktop APUs, with integrated Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 desktop APUs!

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs with Radeon Graphics

Like the recently released Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile APUs, the Ryzen 4000 Series come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

While these new desktop APUs are called the 4000 series, they are still part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing six Ryzen PRO 4000 Series desktop processors, three with a 65W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G : 8C/16T | up to 4.4 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650G : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

And three desktop APUs with a 35W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750GE : 8C/16T | up to 4.3 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650GE : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350GE : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the six models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Ryzen 7
PRO
4750G
Ryzen 7
PRO
4750GE
Ryzen 5
PRO
4650G
Ryzen 5
PRO
4650GE
Ryzen 3
PRO
4350G
Ryzen 3
PRO
4350GE
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 6 / 12 4 / 8
Base Clock 3.6 GHz 3.1 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.0 GHz
L1 Cache 512 KB 384 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache 4 MB 3 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
Graphics Cores 8 7 6
Graphics Clock 2.1 GHz 2.0 GHz 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Desktop APUs : Performance

AMD shared with us this chart to show how much of a performance advantage the new Ryzen PRO 4000 desktop APUs have over the last generation Ryzen PRO 3400G :

AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G vs Intel Core i7-9700 vPro

In this comparison, the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750G offers significant performance advantage over the Intel Core i7-9700 vPro.

Of course, this isn’t really a fair fight, since they are comparing a 8C/16T processor against an 8C/8T processor.

AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4650G vs Intel Core i7-9500 vPro

And the Ryzen 7 PRO 4650G is naturally much faster than the Intel Core i7-9500 vPro.

Again, this is a lopsided comparison of an 6C/12T processor against an 6C/6T processor.

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all six desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from system integrators starting today, 21 July 2020, and from AMD OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q4 2020.

 

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AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Revealed!

Together with the Ryzen 4000 G-Series, AMD also unveiled the Athlon 3000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series desktop APUs!

 

AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Desktop APUs

Unlike the recently released Ryzen 3000 XT series, the Athlon 3000 G-Series come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

These Athlon models are part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing three Athlon 4000 G-Series processors :

  • AMD Athlon Gold 3150G : 4C/4T | 3.9 GHz | 6 MB cache | 3 graphics cores | 65W TDP
  • AMD Athlon Gold 3150GE : 4C/4T | 3.8 GHz | 6 MB cache | 3 graphics cores35W TDP
  • AMD Athlon Silver 3050GE : 2C/4T | 3.4 GHz | 5 MB cache | 3 graphics cores35W TDP

 

AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the three models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Athlon Gold
3150G
Athlon Gold
3150GE
Athlon Silver
3050GE
Cores / Threads 4 / 4 2 / 4
Base Clock 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.4 GHz
Boost Clock NA NA NA
L1 Cache 256 KB 128 KB
L2 Cache 2 MB 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Graphics Cores 3
Graphics Clock 1.1 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Athlon 3000 G-Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all three Athlon desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q3 2020.

 

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AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Revealed!

On the heels of the Ryzen 3000 XT series, AMD just unveiled the Ryzen 4000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics!

Here is what you need to know about the new AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series desktop APUs!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series with Radeon Graphics Desktop APUs

Unlike the recently released Ryzen 3000 XT series, the Ryzen 4000 G-Series come with integrated Radeon Graphics cores. That makes them APUs, instead of pure processors.

While these new desktop APUs are called the 4000 series, they are still part of the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor family, and based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

At launch, AMD is introducing six Ryzen 4000 G-Series processors, three with a 65W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700G : 8C/16T | up to 4.4 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 4600G : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 4300G : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

And three desktop APUs with a 35W TDP :

  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700GE : 8C/16T | up to 4.3 GHz | 12 MB cache | 8 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 5 4600GE : 6C/12T | up to 4.2 GHz | 11 MB cache | 7 graphics cores
  • AMD Ryzen 3 4300GE : 4C/8T | up to 4.0 GHz | 6 MB cache | 6 graphics cores

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series : Specifications Compared!

We also summarised the key specifications of the six models in this table for easier comparison :

Specifications Ryzen 7
4700G
Ryzen 7
4700GE
Ryzen 5
4600G
Ryzen 5
4600GE
Ryzen 3
4300G
Ryzen 3
4300GE
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 6 / 12 4 / 8
Base Clock 3.6 GHz 3.1 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.0 GHz
L1 Cache 512 KB 384 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache 4 MB 3 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
Graphics Cores 8 7 6
Graphics Clock 2.1 GHz 2.0 GHz 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz
TDP 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W 65 W 35 W

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series : Performance

AMD shared with us this chart to show how much of a performance advantage their Ryzen 4000 G-Series desktop APUs have over the 9th Gen Intel Core processors :

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series : Price + Availability

Unfortunately, all six desktop APUs will be limited to the OEM market initially.

AMD does not plan to introduce them to the retail market, until later. So there is no information on their price or retail availability.

AMD expects desktops with these processors to ship from OEM partners like Lenovo and HP starting in Q3 2020.

 

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AMD 25×20 Initiative : Goals FAR Exceeded!

AMD just announced that they FAR exceeded the goals of the 25×20 initiative they set in 2014.

Join us for a quick video overview of the AMD 25×20 Initiative, and how far they exceeded those goals!

 

AMD 25×20 Initiative : What Is It?

Back in 2014, AMD mobile APUs were widely panned for their poor energy efficiency. That ensured the continued dominance of Intel mobile processors in the laptop market.

So they challenged themselves to dramatically improve the real-world energy efficiency of their mobile processors, setting the moonshot goal of delivering at least 25 times better energy efficiency by the year 2020.

That is essentially the crux of the AMD 25×20 initiative.

 

AMD 25×20 Initiative : Goals FAR Exceeded!

Six years later, AMD announced that they far exceeded the goals of their 25×20 initiative.

With the introduction of their 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 4000 series of mobile APUs (codenamed Renoir), they actually delivered 31.7X more energy efficiency!

AMD achieved their 25×20 goals by delivering :

  • New CPU and GPU architectures tightly integrated into a common SoC
  • New innovations in real-time power management
  • Continued evolution of the AMD Infinity Fabric architecture
  • Silicon-level power optimizations
  • Rapid adoption of the latest process technologies (28nm > 14nm > 12nm > 7nm)

 

AMD 25×20 Initiative : The Impact

To illustrate the impact of this leap in energy efficiency, AMD shared these calculations.

If an enterprise upgrades 50,000 AMD laptops from 2014 models to 2020 models, it would save approximately 1.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 971,000 kg of carbon emissions,

That would be roughly equivalent to growing 16,000 trees for 10 years!

 

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AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : Major Consumer Kick-Off In 2020!

AMD just kicked off a major consumer roll-out of the AMD Ryzen 4000 family of mobile processors!

Join us for AMD’s official consumer tech briefing, and compare the full stack of Ryzen 4000 consumer and PRO mobile processors!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : Major Consumer Kick-Off In 2020!

The AMD Ryzen 4000 family of mobile processors was first unveiled at CES 2020, but its major roll-out got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To take on Intel’s considerable control of the laptop market, AMD prepared a formidable stack of 14 mobile processors – all with integrated Vega graphics.

To kick-off their 2020 assault on Intel’s mobile market stronghold, AMD lined up these laptops with their partners :

  • ASUS G14 : Ryzen 4000 H-series + NVIDIA + AMD FreeSync
  • ASUS G15 : Ryzen 4000 H-series + NVIDIA + AMD FreeSync
  • MSI Bravo : Ryzen 4000 H-series + Radeon RX 5500M + AMD FreeSync
  • Lenovo Legion 5 : Ryzen 4000 H-series + NVIDIA
  • Dell G5 15 SE : Ryzen 4000 H-series + Radeon RX 5600M + AMD FreeSync + AMD SmartShift

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AMD SmartShift : A Special Mention!

AMD SmartShift is a new technology that gives the new AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors better performance – up to 10% in games, and 12% in content creation.

It is basically a smart power distribution technique that dynamically improves CPU or GPU performance with a limited power budget.

For more details, we recommend reading AMD SmartShift Explained : Smart Power Distribution FTW!

Unfortunately, it’s not launching in all Ryzen 4000 laptops, only the Dell G5 15 SE at this time. So if you want to take advantage of this new AMD technology, we highly recommend you check out the Dell G5 15 SE.

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : Specifications

For your convenience, here is a table comparing the key specifications of the full stack of AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processors – both consumer-grade and PRO-grade models.

Processor Model Cores /
Threads
cTDP Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
GPU
Cores
GPU
Clock
Ryzen 9 4900H 8 / 16 45 W 3.3 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 9 4900HS 8 / 16 35 W 3.0 GHz 4.3 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800H 8 / 16 45 W 2.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800HS 8 / 16 35 W 2.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800U 8 / 16 15 W 1.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U 8 / 16 15 W 1.7 GHz 4.1 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 5 4700U 8 / 8 15 W 2.0 GHz 4.1 GHz 4 MB 8 MB 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U 6 / 12 15 W 2.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600H 6 / 12 45 W 3.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600HS 6 / 12 35 W 3.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600U 6 / 12 15 W 2.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4500U 6 / 6 15 W 2.3 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 3 PRO 4450U 4 / 8 15 W 2.5 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB 5 1.4 GHz
Ryzen 3 4300U 4 / 4 15 W 2.7 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB 5 1.4 GHz

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile : More Videos!

Just in case you missed them, here are more videos on the AMD Ryzen 4000 mobile processor family!

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Official CES 2020 Briefing

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Gaming Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Battery Life

 

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AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile APUs : A Quick Primer!

Together with their Spring 2020 desktop Ryzen launch, AMD also launched the Ryzen PRO 4000 mobile APUs for professional laptops!

Here is EVERYTHING AMD has revealed so far about the new Ryzen PRO 4000 mobile APUs!

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile Family : An Overview

The 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor family comes in three product line-ups :

  • PRO-series for professional laptops
  • 45 watt H-series for high-performance laptops, and
  • 15 watt U-series for low-power ultra-thin laptops.

All three series boasts the same architectural features :

  • Built on the 7nm process technology
  • 512 KB L2 cache per core
  • 4 MB L3 cache for 2 / 4-core parts
  • 8 MB L3 cache for 6 / 8-core parts
  • LPDDR4x memory support
  • Integrated Radeon Vega Graphics (5 to 8 cores)
  • support AMD SmartShift

Recommended : AMD SmartShift Explained : Smart Power Distribution FTW!

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile APUs : A Quick Primer!

AMD announced three models under the new Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile family :

AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U

  • Designed for ultra-thin business laptops, with 8 cores and 16 threads
  • Up to 33% better multi-threaded performance than the competition
  • Up to 2.2X better graphics performance than the competition
  • Up to 2X better performance per watt over previous generation

AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U

  • Designed for ultra-thin business laptops, with 6 cores and 12 threads
  • Up to 2X better multi-threaded performance than the competition
  • Up to 2.3X better graphics performance than the competition
  • Up to 2X better performance per watt over previous generation

AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4550U

  • Designed for ultra-thin business laptops, with 4 cores and 8 threads

 

AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Mobile APUs : Specifications

Specifications Ryzen 7
PRO
4750U
Ryzen 5 PRO
4650U
Ryzen 3 PRO
4450U
Process 7 nm + 12 nm
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 6 / 12 4 / 8
Base Clock 1.7 GHz 2.1 GHz 2.5 GHz
Boost Clock 4.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3.7 GHz
L2 Cache 4 MB 3 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
GPU Cores 7 6 5
Memory
Support
DDR4-3200
LPDDR4-4266
TDP 15 W

 

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AMD Ryzen 9 4900H : 8C/16T High Performance Mobile APU!

AMD just introduced the Ryzen 9 4900H – a high-performance 8-core, 16-thread mobile processor with a TDP of 45 watts!

Here is EVERYTHING on the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H, including four new Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series videos!

 

AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900H is part of the new Ryzen 4000 H-Series, which consists at launch of just these two models :

  • Ryzen 9 4900H : 8 cores, 16 threads, 3.3 GHz base clock, 4.4 GHz boost clock
  • Ryzen 7 4800H : 8 cores, 16 threads, 2.9 GHz base clock, 4.2 GHz boost clock
  • Ryzen 5 4600H : 6 cores, 12 threads, 3.0 GHz base clock, 4.0 GHz boost clock

Recommended : 3rd Gen Ryzen 4000 Mobile Family : A Quick Primer!

 

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H Mobile APU

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900U not only comes with 8 cores, it also supports simultaneous multithreading, allowing it to process up to 16 threads at the same time.

It has a 4 MB L2 cache and an 8 MB L3 cache, with a 3.3 GHz base clock and a 4.4 GHz boost clock. It comes with a Radeon Vega 8 Graphics integrated GPU that runs at 1.75 GHz.

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900H has a nominal TDP of 45 watts, but is configurable by the laptop manufacturer for a TDP of 35 watts to 45 watts.

Like the other AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors, it is fabricated on the 7 nm process, and supports LPDDR4x memory. It also has SmartShift capability, when paired with a separate Radeon GPU.

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Gaming Performance

AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 Series Battery Life

 

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H Specifications Compared

Here is a comparison of the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H against the other members of the AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile family.

Processor Model Cores /
Threads
cTDP Base
Clock
Boost
Clock
L2
Cache
L3
Cache
GPU GPU
Clock
Ryzen 9 4900H 8 / 16 45 W 3.3 GHz 4.4 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800H 8 / 16 45 W 2.9 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 7 4800U 8 / 16 15 W 1.8 GHz 4.2 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 8 1.75 GHz
Ryzen 5 4700U 8 / 8 15 W 2.0 GHz 4.1 GHz 4 MB 8 MB Vega 7 1.6 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600H 6 / 12 45 W 3.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4600U 6 / 12 15 W 2.1 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 5 4500U 6 / 6 15 W 2.3 GHz 4.0 GHz 3 MB 8 MB Vega 6 1.5 GHz
Ryzen 3 4300U 4 / 4 15 W 2.7 GHz 3.7 GHz 2 MB 4 MB Vega 5 1.4 GHz

 

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H Gaming Performance

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900U is targeted directly at the Intel Core i7-9750H, offering 39% better gaming performance, according to AMD.

 

 

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AMD Athlon 3000G : The Last Raven Ridge APU Unlocked!

Together with the Ryzen 9 3950X, AMD just launched their last Raven Ridge APU – the Athlon 3000G!

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the AMD Athlon 3000G, and how it compares against the older Raven Ridge APUs!

Updated @ 2019-11-26 : Added Singapore purchase link.

Updated @ 2019-11-22 : Added the official AMD Athlon 3000G price for Malaysia.

Updated @ 2019-11-20 : Added UK purchase links, and some minor corrections.

Originally posted @ 2019-11-07

 

Introducing The AMD Athlon 3000G

The AMD Raven Ridge soldiers on for one more hurrah! Introducing the AMD Athlon 3000G in this video is Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Athlon 3000G : The Last Raven Ridge APU!

The 3000G is what AMD calls an Accelerated Processing Unit, because it combines a processor with a graphics processor in a single die.

It comes with two Zen processor cores that are capable of handling four simultaneous threads, and a Radeon Vega 3 GPU with 12 texture units and 4 ROPs.

Priced at just US$49, the Athlon 3000G has a fixed 3.5 GHz clock speed, with a 35 W TDP. It comes with a 1 MB L2 cache and a 4 MB L3 cache. Unlike earlier Raven Ridge APUs though, the 3000G has been unlocked for overclocking.

However, this will be the (last and) only Raven Ridge Athlon to be released this year, so don’t expect a higher clocked part. Don Woligroski confirmed this in the Q&A session (see this video)

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

 

AMD Athlon 3000G Specifications

As this table shows, the Athlon 3000G is basically the Athlon 240GE with a 100 MHz faster Vega 3 GPU, that has been unlocked for easier overclocking.

Specifications Athlon
3000G
Athlon
240GE
Athlon
220GE
Athlon
200GE
Fab Process 14 nm
Cores / Threads 2 / 4
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.4 GHz 3.2 GHz
Boost Clock NA NA NA NA
L2 Cache 1 MB
L3 Cache 4 MB
Vega Graphics Vega 3 (1100 MHz) Vega 3 (1000 MHz)
Memory Support DDR4-2667 (Dual Channel)
TDP 35 W
Launch Price $49 $75 $65 $55

 

How Fast Is The AMD Athlon 3000G?

AMD is targeting the 3000G against the Intel Pentium G5400, which retails at $73 – almost 50% higher.

According to AMD’s benchmarks, it will offer better performance across the board, at ⅔ of the cost.

Because it’s very similar to last year’s Athlon 240GE, AMD unlocked the 3000G to allow for easier overclocking.

If you overclock it by 400 MHz to 3.9 GHz, you will see even better performance over the Intel Pentium G5400 :

 

AMD Athlon 3000G Price + Availability

The AMD Athlon 3000G has a recommended retail price of just US$49 / RM209, and it will be available for purchase from 19 November 2019 onwards.

Here are some online purchase options (we will update it when more opportunities come online) :

This makes it 35% cheaper than the Athlon 240GE ($75) when it was first launched. But of course, that was a year ago!

 

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AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Ryzen + Threadripper Update!

We just just received an update on Ryzen and Threadripper processors in the AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update!

Here is our complete coverage of the AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update, including tech briefing videos by Robert Hallock and Don Woligroski!

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update + Q&A Session With Don Woligroski

AMD kicked off their Fall 2019 Desktop Update with a tech briefing and Q&A session with Don Woligroski, AMD Desktop Processor Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update By Robert Hallock

They then shared a separate, but similar, tech briefing by Robert Hallock, AMD Senior Technical Marketing Manager.

 

AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update Summary

The AMD Fall 2019 Desktop Update can be broken into three sections :

  1. AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Processor
  • 16-core, 32-thread processor with 105 watt TDP
  • 3.5 GHz base clock, a 4.7 GHz boost clock, and a massive 64 MB L3 cache.
  • No bundled cooler, designed for water cooling with 280 mm or larger radiator
  • Launch price : $749
  • Availability : 25 November 2019
  • Full details : AMD Ryzen 9 3950X : Everything You Need To Know!

  1. AMD Athlon 3000G APU with Radeon Vega Graphics

  1. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X | 3960X
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3970X : 32C / 64T, 4.5GHz / 3.7GHz, 144 MB cache
  • Ryzen Threadripper 3960X : 24C / 48T, 4.5GHz / 3.8GHz, 140 MB cache
  • Uses new Socket sTRX4 with new AMD TRX40 chipset
  • Launch price : $1999 (3970X) | $1399 (3960X)
  • Launch date : 25 November 2019
  • Full details : 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Tech Preview!

  1. New Eco-Mode For 3rd Gen Ryzen Processors

 

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Official AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics Tech Briefing

AMD just announced the Athlon PRO family of processors, together with the consumer-grade “regular” AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics. This new processor is basically the AMD Athlon APU with enterprise-grade security and reliability features.

In this article, we will share with you the official AMD tech briefing on the AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics APUs, including the official slides, and other details.

Don’t forget to check out the Official AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics Tech Briefing and the Official 2nd Gen Ryzen PRO Desktop CPU Tech Briefing!

 

The Official AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official Athlon PRO tech briefing by David Tjong, AMD Product Marketing Manager. This is an improved video that we created with larger, sharper slides and gaps removed. Enjoy!

 

AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics

The AMD Athlon PRO 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 PRO’s case, it is basically a cut-down version of the AMD Ryzen PRO APUs launched in May 2018 – a combination of a Ryzen CPU with a Radeon Vega graphics processor, with enterprise-grade security and reliability features.

Most of the built-in security features are already part of the consumer-grade AMD Athlon APU. The PRO version adds on quality assurances and warranty, as well as manageability features for businesses and enterprises.

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AMD Athlon PRO 200GE

AMD officially launched only one PRO APU on 6 September 2018 – the AMD Athlon PRO 200GE with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics. It has exactly the same performance characteristics as the consumer-grade AMD Athlon 200GE APU.

The Athlon PRO 200GE has two Zen processor cores that is capable of handling four simultaneous threads, with three Radeon Vega Graphics compute units. It 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.

 

Where Does The AMD Athlon PRO Fit In?

The AMD Athlon PRO with Radeon Vega Graphics is meant to be a basic processor option with basic graphics capabilities.

It slots in below the AMD Ryzen 3 PRO models, and competes directly against the Intel Pentium G4560, which AMD notes, uses more power and lacks Intel vPro security and manageability features.

With just two Zen cores and three Vega CUs, it’s definitely not meant for serious graphics or video work. But it will be more than powerful enough to power an office PC. In fact, AMD sees it powering a new slew of thin and compact desktop PCs.

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How Fast Is The AMD Athlon PRO?

AMD pit their Athlon PRO 200GE against the Intel Pentium G4560. A couple of differences to note :

  • The Athlon PRO 200GE runs at 3.2 GHz, while the Pentium G4560 runs at 3.5 GHz.
  • The Athlon PRO 200GE has 5 MB of L2 and L3 cache, while the Pentium G4560 only has a 2 MB L2 cache.
  • The Athlon PRO 200GE runs a 35 W TDP, while the Pentium G4560 has a 54 W TDP.
  • The Athlon PRO 200GE supports DDR4-2933 memory, while the Pentium G4560 only supports DDR4-2400 memory.

According to AMD, the Athlon PRO 200GE is slightly slower than the Pentium G4560 in CPU performance, but has 67% better graphics performance with a 35% lower TDP.

In light workloads, AMD claims that the 200GE performs just as well as the Pentium G4560.

For large enterprises whose IT teams have to deploy hundreds or thousands of PCs, this may matter more. According to a third-party study commissioned by AMD, deploying an AMD system is no different than deploying an Intel system – they both take the same number of steps.

In fact, the study also showed that it takes an IT team slightly less time to deploy an AMD system than an equivalent Intel system. This may not matter much with a few systems, but when you are dealing with a hundreds or thousands of systems, it could mean hours and days saved.

 

AMD Athlon PRO Price + Availability

The AMD Athlon PRO 200GE APU is available with immediate effect to AMD OEM partners, but their eventual system availability will depend on the respective OEM launch schedules. Right now, you can look forward to these system :

  • HP EliteDesk G4 – in full tower, mini tower and SFF form factors
  • Lenovo ThinkCentre M715q Tiny
  • Dell OptiPlex 5055

 

Complete Set of AMD Athlon PRO Presentation Slides

 

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AMD Athlon APU with Radeon Vega Graphics Tech Report!

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.

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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.

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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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The AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APU Tech Report

AMD just announced the availability of seven Ryzen PRO APU models for the mobile and desktop markets, as well as laptops and desktops featuring these new APUs. Get the full details of the new AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs – features, specifications and availability!

 

AMD Raven Ridge

Raven Ridge is AMD’s codename for their Ryzen-Vega APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). First introduced in the mobile segment as the AMD Ryzen Mobile, AMD is now offering PRO versions in both mobile and desktop markets.

These Ryzen APUs combine an AMD Ryzen CPU, with an AMD Radeon Vega GPU, in a single die.

Ryzen CPU + Radeon Vega GPU = Ryzen APU

Mobile APUs are not new. AMD have been making them for years, and Intel mobile processors all come with integrated graphics. But AMD is still the only manufacturer to integrate “premium CPU cores” with “premium graphics cores”.

 

AMD Ryzen PRO APU

The AMD Ryzen PRO desktop processors, revealed in September 2017, were enterprise-grade versions of the first-generation AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors. A month later, AMD launched the AMD Ryzen Mobile APUs.

However, AMD has not launched any enterprise-grade APU for either the desktop or mobile market… until now, that is. Here are the first seven AMD Ryzen PRO APU models – three for the mobile market, and four for the desktop market.

AMD Ryzen PRO APU (Mobile SKUs)

  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U – 4C/8T, 2.2 to 3.8 GHz, Vega 11 Graphics, 15W cTDP
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U – 4C/8T, 2.0 to 3.6 GHz, Vega 8 Graphics, 15W cTDP
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2300U – 4C/4T, 2.0 to 3.4 GHz, Vega 6 Graphics, 15W cTDP

AMD Ryzen PRO APU (Desktop SKUs)

  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400G – 4C/8T, 3.6 to 3.9 GHz, Vega 11 Graphics, 65W TDP
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400GE – 4C/8T, 3.2 to 3.8 GHz, Vega 11 Graphics, 35W TDP
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200G – 4C/4T, 3.5 to 3.7 GHz, Vega 8 Graphics, 65W TDP
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200GE – 4C/4T, 3.2 to 3.6 GHz, Vega 8 Graphics, 35W TDP

In this article, we will focus on the Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs. For the AMD Ryzen PRO desktop APUs, we have a separate article – The AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Tech Report.

 

Ryzen PRO Mobile APU Specifications

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700UAMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500UAMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2300U
CCX Configuration4+04+04+0
CPU Cores444
CPU Threads884
Base Clock2.2 GHz2.0 GHz2.0 GHz
Boost Clock3.8 GHz3.6 GHz3.4 GHz
L1 Cache64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
L2 Cache512 KB x 4512 KB x 4512 KB x 4
L3 Cache4 MB4 MB4 MB
Integrated GPURadeon RX Vega 10
- 640 stream processors
- 40 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1300 MHz
Radeon RX Vega 8
- 512 stream processors
- 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
Radeon RX Vega 6
- 384 stream processors
- 24 TMUs, 8 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
Memory SupportUp to DDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)Up to DDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)Up to DDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)
TDP15 W Nominal
12-25 W (Configurable)
15 W Nominal
12-25 W (Configurable)
15 W Nominal
12-25 W (Configurable)

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AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APU Key Features

AMD GuardMI Technology

Even though the Ryzen PRO APU uses the same silicon as its consumer-grade siblings, it has AMD GuardMI Technology enabled.

GuardMI is built into the silicon, which offers OS-agnostic security through :

  • Transparent Secure Memory Encryption – DRAM encryption with minimal performance impact
  • Secure Boot Process – hardware-based root of trust secures the BIOS from power-on
  • Real-Time Intrusion Detection – with support for fTPM and TPM 2.0

 

Enterprise-Grade Reliability

The AMD Ryzen PRO APU will come with enterprise-grade reliability features like :

  • 18 months of planned software stability
  • 24 months of planned processor availability
  • commercial-grade quality-assurance process
  • cherry-picked silicon for long-term reliability and performance
  • supports DASH manageability standard
  • 36-month limited warranty for system manufacturers

 

Single CCX Configuration

Unlike the Summit Ridge-based Ryzen CPUs, the AMD Raven Ridge processors use a single CCX configuration. This is a cost-saving measure with a much smaller die size, that also yield some performance benefits – reduced cache and memory latencies.

 

Precision Boost 2

The AMD Ryzen PRO APU also boasts the improved Precision Boost 2, whose more graceful and linear boost algorithm allows them to “boost more cores, more often, on more workloads“. It is now able to change frequencies in very fine granularity of just 25 MHz.

According to AMD, this will allow the AMD Ryzen PRO APU to perform better with apps that spawn many lightweight threads, as opposed to apps with persistent loads (e.g. video editing and 3D rendering).

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Mobile XFR (mXFR)

Mobile XFR (eXtended Frequency Range) is the automatic overclocking feature that boosts the processor voltage and clock speed beyond the Precision Boost clock speed. It leverages the temperature awareness of Precision Boost 2 to determine how much faster it can overclock.

Like the desktop XFR feature, it is highly dependent on the processor temperature, so a good cooling solution is necessary. Notebooks must have coolers that meet AMD’s performance criteria if they want to offer mXFR.

 

Synergistic Power Rail Sharing

The AMD Ryzen PRO mobile APUs have a unified VDD power rail with digital low-dropout (LDO) regulators. This synergistic power rail sharing allows the maximum current requirements to be reduced by 36%.

They also have multiple digital LDO regions for the CPU cores, graphics core and subregions. This allows those regions to be completely turned off when they are idle, greatly saving power.

The shared voltage regulators not only reduce the total current draw, it allows the Ryzen PRO mobile APU to gain a higher peak CPU and GPU current to boost performance.

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AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APU Performance

Let’s take a look at some benchmark results that AMD shared with us.

General Office Productivity

In general office productivity apps, the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U is about 95% as fast as the Intel Core i7-8550U. The AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U, on the other hand, is equivalent to the Intel Core i5-8250U.

Professional Applications

Thanks to the integrated Vega Graphics, the AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs shine in professional applications. They are slightly faster in Photoshop, but offer significantly better performance in 3D CAD applications.

Desktop-Class Performance

Despite being a mobile processor, the Ryzen PRO Mobile offers desktop-class performance at a fraction of the power.

Ryzen PRO Mobile vs. 8th Gen Core

AMD shared some benchmarks to show you how the new AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs fare against their Intel 8th Gen Core counterparts.

Ryzen PRO Mobile vs. 8th Gen vPro

Here are some benchmarks demonstrating how much faster the new AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs again, compared to the Intel 8th Gen vPro counterparts.

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AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APU Gaming Performance

Even though the AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs are “technically” used only for work <wink wink>, the integrated Vega Graphics allow them to double as esports gaming systems! In fact, AMD shares that the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U is as fast as the Intel Core i7-8550U paired with the NVIDIA GeForce 950M GPU.

Now, the integrated Vega Graphics is not meant to be a true gaming GPU, but it is powerful enough to deliver playable frame rates for these games at 1080p resolution.

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AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APU Availability

The AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs (and Ryzen PRO desktop APUs) are already available to OEMs, with AMD announcing the following designs for both SME businesses, as well as enterprises.

 

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AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APU Slides

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The AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Tech Report

AMD just announced the availability of seven Ryzen PRO APU models for the mobile and desktop markets, as well as laptops and desktops featuring these new APUs. Get the full details of the new AMD Ryzen PRO desktop APU – features, specifications and availability!

 

AMD Raven Ridge

Raven Ridge is AMD’s codename for their Ryzen-Vega APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). First introduced in the mobile segment as the AMD Ryzen Mobile, AMD is now offering PRO versions in both mobile and desktop markets.

These Ryzen APUs combine an AMD Ryzen CPU, with an AMD Radeon Vega GPU, in a single die.

Ryzen CPU + Radeon Vega GPU = Ryzen APU

Desktops APUs are not new. AMD have been making them for years, and many Intel desktop processors come with integrated graphics. But AMD is still the only manufacturer to integrate “premium CPU cores” with “premium graphics cores”.

 

AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU

The AMD Ryzen PRO desktop processors, revealed in September 2017, were enterprise-grade versions of the first-generation AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors. A month later, AMD launched the AMD Ryzen Mobile APUs.

However, AMD has not launched any enterprise-grade APU for either the desktop or mobile market… until now, that is. Here are the first seven AMD Ryzen PRO APU models – three for the mobile market, and four for the desktop market.

AMD Ryzen PRO APU (Mobile SKUs)

  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U – 4C/8T, 2.2 to 3.8 GHz, Vega 11 Graphics, 15W cTDP
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2500U – 4C/8T, 2.0 to 3.6 GHz, Vega 8 Graphics, 15W cTDP
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2300U – 4C/4T, 2.0 to 3.4 GHz, Vega 6 Graphics, 15W cTDP

AMD Ryzen PRO APU (Desktop SKUs)

  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400G – 4C/8T, 3.6 to 3.9 GHz, Vega 11 Graphics, 65W TDP
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400GE – 4C/8T, 3.2 to 3.8 GHz, Vega 11 Graphics, 35W TDP
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200G – 4C/4T, 3.5 to 3.7 GHz, Vega 8 Graphics, 65W TDP
  • AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200GE – 4C/4T, 3.2 to 3.6 GHz, Vega 8 Graphics, 35W TDP

In this article, we will focus on the Ryzen PRO desktop APUs. For the AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs, we have a separate article – The AMD Ryzen PRO Mobile APU Tech Report.

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Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Specifications

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400GAMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2400GEAMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200GAMD Ryzen 3 PRO 2200GE
CCX Configuration4+04+04+04+0
CPU Cores4444
CPU Threads8844
Base Clock3.6 GHz3.2 GHz3.5 GHz3.2 GHz
Boost Clock3.9 GHz3.8 GHz3.7 GHz3.6 GHz
L1 Cache64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
L2 Cache512 KB x 4512 KB x 4512 KB x 4512 KB x 4
L3 Cache4 MB4 MB4 MB4 MB
Integrated GPURadeon RX Vega 10
- 640 stream processors
- 40 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1300 MHz
Radeon RX Vega 8
- 512 stream processors
- 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
Radeon RX Vega 8
- 512 stream processors
- 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
Radeon RX Vega 8
- 512 stream processors
- 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
Memory SupportUp to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)Up to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)Up to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)Up to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)
TDP65 W35 W65 W35 W

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AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Key Features

AMD GuardMI Technology

Even though the Ryzen PRO APU uses the same silicon as its consumer-grade siblings, it has AMD GuardMI Technology enabled.

GuardMI is built into the silicon, which offers OS-agnostic security through :

  • Transparent Secure Memory Encryption – DRAM encryption with minimal performance impact
  • Secure Boot Process – hardware-based root of trust secures the BIOS from power-on
  • Real-Time Intrusion Detection – with support for fTPM and TPM 2.0

 

Enterprise-Grade Reliability

The AMD Ryzen PRO APU will come with enterprise-grade reliability features like :

  • 18 months of planned software stability
  • 24 months of planned processor availability
  • commercial-grade quality-assurance process
  • cherry-picked silicon for long-term reliability and performance
  • supports DASH manageability standard
  • 36-month limited warranty for system manufacturers

 

Single CCX Configuration

Unlike the Summit Ridge-based Ryzen CPUs, the AMD Raven Ridge processors use a single CCX configuration. This is a cost-saving measure with a much smaller die size, that also yield some performance benefits – reduced cache and memory latencies.

 

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Smaller L3 Cache

Using a single CCX configuration halves the Raven Ridge L3 cache size from 8 MB to 4 MB. To compensate, AMD increased their base and boost clock speeds.

 

New CPU Package

The Raven Ridge APUs also introduce a revised CPU package, and a switch to the traditional non-metallic TIM (thermal interface material). These are again cost-cutting measures, albeit with a side benefit of allowing the Raven Ridge processors to officially support DDR4-2933 memory.

 

Precision Boost 2

The AMD Ryzen PRO APU also boasts the improved Precision Boost 2, whose more graceful and linear boost algorithm allows them to “boost more cores, more often, on more workloads“. It is now able to change frequencies in very fine granularity of just 25 MHz.

According to AMD, this will allow the AMD Ryzen PRO APU to perform better with apps that spawn many lightweight threads, as opposed to apps with persistent loads (e.g. video editing and 3D rendering).

 

PCIe x8 For Discrete GPU

The Summit Ridge-based AMD Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors have 16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes dedicated to the PCIe graphics card. In Raven Ridge, that gets cut down to half. That means any external graphics card will only communicate with a Raven Ridge processor at PCIe x8 speed.

This is a cost-saving measure, making the Raven Ridge processor simpler and cheaper to produce. AMD also claims that the move contributed to a smaller and more efficient uncore.

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AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Performance

We haven’t had the opportunity to benchmark these desktop APUs, but they should perform similarly to the consumer-grade Raven Ridge desktop APUs we reviewed earlier :

Let’s take a look at some benchmark results that AMD shared with us.

General Office Productivity

In general office productivity apps, the AMD Ryzen PRO 5 2400G was just under 90% as fast as the Intel Core i5-8400. The AMD Ryzen PRO 3 2200G, on the other hand, was slightly faster than the Intel Core i3-8100.

Professional Applications

Thanks to the integrated Vega Graphics, the AMD Ryzen PRO desktop APUs shine in professional applications. The AMD Ryzen PRO 5 2400G performed up to 2.8X faster than the Intel Core i5-8400. The AMD Ryzen PRO 3 2200G, on the other hand, was up to 2X faster than the Intel Core i3-8100.

 

AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Availability

The AMD Ryzen PRO desktop APUs (and Ryzen PRO Mobile APUs) are already available to OEMs, with AMD announcing the following designs for both SME businesses, as well as enterprises.

 

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AMD Ryzen PRO Desktop APU Slides

Here is the complete set of AMD Ryzen PRO desktop APU slides for your perusal.

 

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The AMD Raven Ridge Desktop APU Tech Report Rev. 3.0

At CES 2018, AMD announced the AMD Raven Ridge desktop processors – the long-awaited AMD Ryzen APUs. They are basically AMD Ryzen processors with AMD Radeon Vega graphics built-in. We can now share with you the full details and our reviews of the AMD Raven Ridge desktop APUs!

Updated @ 2018-02-13 : Added the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G review links. Updated various parts of the article.

Updated @ 2018-02-10 : Added two new sections on the new CPU package, L3 cache, PCI Express lanes, and Precision Boost 2. Also updated the section on the Single CCX Configuration.

Originally posted @ 2018-02-08

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The AMD Raven Ridge Desktop APU Reviews

Here are the reviews of the new AMD Raven Ridge desktop APUs.

 

The AMD Raven Ridge Desktop APUs

Raven Ridge is AMD’s codename for their Ryzen-Vega APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). First introduced in the mobile segment as the AMD Ryzen Mobile, AMD is now introducing them to the desktop market.

The new Ryzen APUs combine an AMD Ryzen CPU, with an AMD Radeon Vega GPU, in a single die.

AMD Ryzen CPU + AMD Radeon Vega GPU = AMD Ryzen APU

Desktops APUs are not new. AMD have been making them for years, and many Intel desktop processors come with integrated graphics. But AMD is still the only manufacturer to integrate “premium CPU cores” with “premium graphics cores” to deliver gaming for the masses with :

  • 1080p HD+ gaming performance without a discrete graphics card
  • support for Radeon FreeSync, Radeon Chill, Enhanced Sync and Radeon ReLive

 

Single CCX Configuration

Unlike the Summit Ridge-based Ryzen CPUs, the AMD Raven Ridge processors use a single CCX configuration. This is a cost-saving measure with a much smaller die size, that also yield some performance benefits – reduced cache and memory latencies.

AMD analysed the performance of the 2+2 and 4+0 configuration and concluded that they are “roughly equivalent on average across 50+ games“.

 

Smaller L3 Cache

Using a single CCX configuration halves the Raven Ridge L3 cache size from 8 MB to 4 MB. To compensate, AMD increased their base and boost clock speeds, particularly in the Ryzen 5 2400G.

 

New CPU Package

The Raven Ridge APUs also introduce a revised CPU package, and a switch to the traditional non-metallic TIM (thermal interface material). These are again cost-cutting measures, albeit with a side benefit of allowing the Raven Ridge processors to officially support DDR4-2933 memory.

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Precision Boost 2

The new Raven Ridge processors also boast the improved Precision Boost 2, whose more graceful and linear boost algorithm allows them to “boost more cores, more often, on more workloads“. It is now able to change frequencies in very fine granularity of just 25 MHz.

According to AMD, this will allow the Raven Ridge processors to perform better with apps and games that spawn many lightweight threads, as opposed to apps with persistent loads (e.g. video editing and 3D rendering).

 

PCIe x8 For Discrete GPU

The Summit Ridge-based AMD Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors have 16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes dedicated to the PCIe graphics card. In Raven Ridge, that gets cut down to half. That means any external graphics card will only communicate with a Raven Ridge processor at PCIe x8 speed.

This is a cost-saving measure, making the Raven Ridge processor simpler and cheaper to produce. The Ryzen 3 2200G, for example, is $10 cheaper than its predecessor, the Ryzen 3 1200. They also claim that the move contributed to a smaller and more efficient uncore.

AMD made this decision because “abundant public data has shown that this is a neutral change for the midrange GPUs and workloads likely to be paired with a $99-169 processor“.

Frankly, the Raven Ridge is best used as-is. If you plan to use a discrete graphics card, it makes far more sense to get the Summit Ridge-based AMD Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors instead.

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The AMD Ryzen 2000G Series APUs Revealed!

As announced at CES 2018, AMD is introducing two Raven Ridge desktop processors as part of the new AMD Ryzen 2000G family – the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, and the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G.

AMD kindly sent us their Raven Ridge desktop processor media kit, which we unboxed in this video :

 

The AMD Raven Ridge Desktop APU Specification Comparison

For your convenience, we created this table that compares their key specifications with those of their CPU-equivalents – the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 and the AMD Ryzen 3 1200.

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen 5 2400GAMD Ryzen 5 1400AMD Ryzen 3 1200AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
TDP65 W65 W65 W65 W
SocketAM4AM4AM4AM4
Process Technology14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET
Transistor Count4.94 Billion4.8 Billion4.8 Billion4.94 Billion
Die Size209.78 mm²192 mm²192 mm²209.78 mm²
CCX Configuration4+02+22+24+0
Processor Cores4444
Number of Simultaneous Threads8844
L2 Cache Size2 MB2 MB2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache Size4 MB8 MB8 MB4 MB
Base Clock Speed3.6 GHz3.2 GHz3.1 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock Speed3.9 GHz3.4 GHz3.4 GHz3.7 GHz
Max. DDR4 SpeedDDR4-2933DDR4-2667DDR4-2667DDR4-2933
GPURadeon RX Vega 11
- 704 stream processors
- 44 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1250 MHz
NoneNoneRadeon Vega 8
- 512 stream processors
- 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
PCI Express LanesPCIe x8PCIe x16PCIe x16PCIe x8
Bundled CPU CoolerAMD Wraith StealthAMD Wraith StealthAMD Wraith StealthAMD Wraith Stealth
Launch PriceUS$ 169US$ 169US$ 109US$ 99

 

AMD Raven Ridge Price & Availability

The AMD Raven Ridge desktop APUs are available for purchase starting 12 February 2018, at the following prices :

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 2400G (review) : $169 | RM 759 (inclusive of 6% GST)
  • AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (review) : $99 | RM 479 (inclusive of 6% GST)

At those price points, these Raven Ridge APUs will literally shred Intel processors with integrated graphics to pieces with their value proposition. More cores and more threads, with a much faster graphics core, at such prices. What more can you ask for?

The AMD Raven Ridge desktop APUs will be a relief to many esports gamers, who are suffering from extremely high GPU prices because of cryptocurrency miners.

 

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AMD Ryzen 3 2200G With Radeon Vega 8 Graphics Review

AMD announced the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics at CES 2018, and now it is finally here!. Today, we will share with you our review of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU, and its integrated Radeon Vega 8 Graphics!

 

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Specifications Compared

We created this table to compare the specifications of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) and AMD Ryzen 5 2400G (Price Check) APUs, against the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 and AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPUs, that they will replace.

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen 5 2400GAMD Ryzen 5 1400AMD Ryzen 3 1200AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
TDP65 W65 W65 W65 W
SocketAM4AM4AM4AM4
Process Technology14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET14 nm FinFET
Transistor Count4.94 Billion4.8 Billion4.8 Billion4.94 Billion
Die Size209.78 mm²192 mm²192 mm²209.78 mm²
CCX Configuration4+02+22+24+0
Processor Cores4444
Number of Simultaneous Threads8844
L2 Cache Size2 MB2 MB2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache Size4 MB8 MB8 MB4 MB
Base Clock Speed3.6 GHz3.2 GHz3.1 GHz3.5 GHz
Boost Clock Speed3.9 GHz3.4 GHz3.4 GHz3.7 GHz
Max. DDR4 SpeedDDR4-2933DDR4-2667DDR4-2667DDR4-2933
GPURadeon RX Vega 11
- 704 stream processors
- 44 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1250 MHz
NoneNoneRadeon Vega 8
- 512 stream processors
- 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
- Up to 1100 MHz
PCI Express LanesPCIe x8PCIe x16PCIe x16PCIe x8
Bundled CPU CoolerAMD Wraith StealthAMD Wraith StealthAMD Wraith StealthAMD Wraith Stealth
Launch PriceUS$ 169US$ 169US$ 109US$ 99

 

Unboxing The AMD Ryzen 5 2400G

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics (Price Check) comes bundled with an AMD Wraith Stealth cooler. Let’s unbox it, and see what we find inside!

Here is what you will find inside the box :

  • The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU (Price Check)
  • A pair of Ryzen and Radeon case badges
  • The AMD Wraith Stealth cooler
  • A set of AMD CPU installation guide, and motherboard compatibility note

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The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU Up Close!

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics (Price Check) has four Ryzen processor cores with a 3.5 GHz base clock, and a 3.7 GHz boost clock. It does not support SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), so it can only handle 4 threads simultaneously.

It uses a single CCX (CPU Complex), allowing AMD to fit a Radeon GPU on the same die. Its transistor count only increased by 3% to 4.94 billion, with a 9% larger die size of 209.78 mm².

 

Single CCX Configuration

Unlike the Summit Ridge-based Ryzen CPUs, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) uses a single CCX configuration. This is a cost-saving measure that yields a much smaller die size, with some performance benefits – reduced cache and memory latencies.

AMD analysed the performance of the 2+2 and 4+0 configurations, and concluded that they are “roughly equivalent on average across 50+ games“.

 

Smaller L3 Cache

Using a single CCX configuration has the unfortunate effect of halving the L3 cache size from 8 MB to 4 MB. AMD increased its base and boost clock speeds to compensate for the smaller L3 cache.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G has a 400 MHz (13%) higher base clock and a 300 MHz (9%) higher boost clock than the Ryzen 3 1200 it replaces.

 

New CPU Package

The Raven Ridge APUs also introduce a revised CPU package, and a switch to the traditional non-metallic TIM (thermal interface material). These are again cost-cutting measures, albeit with a side benefit of allowing the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) to officially support DDR4-2933 memory.

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Precision Boost 2

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) supports the improved Precision Boost 2, whose more graceful and linear boost algorithm allows them to “boost more cores, more often, on more workloads“. It can change frequencies in very fine granularity of just 25 MHz.

According to AMD, this will allow the Raven Ridge processors to perform better with apps and games that spawn many lightweight threads, as opposed to apps with persistent loads (e.g. video editing and 3D rendering).

 

PCIe x8 For Discrete GPU

The Summit Ridge-based AMD Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 processors have 16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes dedicated to the PCIe graphics card. The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) only has half that – 8 PCIe lanes. That means any external graphics card will only communicate with it at PCIe x8 speed.

This is a cost-saving measure, although AMD also claims that the move contributed to a smaller and more efficient uncore. According to AMD, this is unlikely to make a significant difference with the type of (mid-range) graphics cards this processor will usually be paired with.

 

AMD Wraith Stealth

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) is bundled with the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler. This is a basic CPU cooler, so don’t expect LED or RGB lighting, a copper base or even heatpipes.

The Wraith Stealth cooler uses a simple, low-profile aluminium heatsink, with a new spring-screw clamping system. Its main advantage – it’s quiet with a maximum noise level of 28 dBa.

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Benchmarking The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

In this review, we will take a look at the work and gaming performance of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU. In the CPU tests, we will compare it to the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G (Price Check), as well as the AMD Ryzen 5 1500X (Price Check) and the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check).

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X AMD Ryzen 5 2400G AMD Ryzen 3 1300X AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
Cores / Threads 4 / 8 4 / 8 4 / 4 4 / 4
Base Clock 3.5 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.5 GHz
Boost Clock 3.7 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.7 GHz
L2 Cache 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB
L3 Cache 16 MB 4 MB 8 MB 4 MB
Memory Speed DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933
Current Price US$ 189 US$ 169 US$ 129 US$ 99

In the graphics tests, we will compare it to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Price Check), and the AMD Radeon RX 460 (Price Check) graphics cards. The graphics drivers used were the NVIDIA GeForce 390.77 and the AMD Radeon Software 17.7.

 

3D Rendering Speed – CINEBENCH R15

CINEBENCH R15 is a real-world 3D rendering benchmark based on the MAXON Cinema 4D animation software. This is a great way to accurately determine the actual performance of a processor in 3D content creation.

CINEBENCH R15 Single Core

This Single Core test is not reflective of real world performance, but it is useful to find out the performance of the individual core.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) has the same clock speeds as the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check), but was 12.4% slower in single-core performance. This shows just how much effect the larger L3 cache has on performance.

CINEBENCH R15 Multi Core

The Multi-Core test shows the processor’s real-world 3D rendering performance.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) did well in the Multi Core test, coming in only 6% slower than the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check), and just 24% slower than the Ryzen 5 2400G (Price Check).

CINEBENCH R15 MP Ratio

The analysis of the Multi-Processing Ratio is useful in checking the efficiency of the SMT implementation. The MP Ratio is independent of the processor’s clock speed.

It looks like the Raven Ridge microarchitecture does indeed have reduced latencies, thanks to the use of a single CCX.

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Video Transcoding Speed – HandBrake

HandBrake is a free, open-source video transcoding utility. Video transcoding basically converts a video file from one resolution / format to another. As you can imagine, it’s very compute-intensive. In our test, we converted a 4K video of 1.3 GB in size into a 1080p video (HQ1080p30).

Despite its clock speed advantage, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) was 12% slower than the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) at video transcoding. This is due to the much smaller L3 cache size.

 

Radial Blur Speed – Photoshop CC 14

The radial blur filter adds the perception of motion to a picture. This is a compute-intensive operation that benefits from multiple processing cores. This radial blur test was performed on a single 13.5 megapixel photo, with a filesize of 4,910,867 bytes.

Again, the smaller L3 cache size reduced its performance by 6% compared to the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check).

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3DMark – FireStrike (1920 x 1080)

In the 3DMark FireStrike benchmark that runs at 1920 x 1080, the Radeon Vega 8 core of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) delivered a Graphics Score of just over 2700. This makes it less than half as fast as the AMD Radeon RX 460 (Price Check).

 

3DMark – FireStrike Extreme (2560 x 1440)

When we bumped up the resolution to 2560 x 1440, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G delivered a Graphics Score of just 1220 – 12% slower than the Ryzen 5 2400G (Price Check).

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Ashes of the Singularity (1080p)

In the RTS game, Ashes of the Singularity, the single core CPU performance has a significant effect on the actual frame rate. We tested the cards using the Low setting preset.

At the resolution of 1920 x 1080, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) delivered a frame rate just under 25 fps. This was with the quality set to Low. So gamers will want to drop the resolution to 720p to get a decent frame rate.

 

Ashes of the Singularity (1440p)

We then bumped up the resolution to 2560 x 1440, again with the settings set to Low.

At 1440p, the average frame rate of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) dropped by 12%.

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Total War: Warhammer (1080p)

Like Ashes of the Singularity, the single core performance appears to be crucial in Total War: Warhammer.

At 1080p, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) delivered a playable average frame rate of 37 fps. However, note that the quality settings were set to Low.

 

Total War: Warhammer (1440p)

We then bumped up the resolution 1440p to see how they fare, again with the quality settings set to Low.

1440p was just too hard for the Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) to handle. The average frame rate of 22.5 fps is just too low to be playable.

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For Honor (1080p)

We started out testing For Honor using the Low settings, which means Trilinear Filtering and no Anti-Aliasing.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) was able to deliver a playable frame rate, which averages out at 35 fps. This makes it about ⅓ as fast as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Price Check) graphics card.

 

For Honor (1080p)

We then increase the resolution to 2560 x 1440, still using the Low settings.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) was definitely not powerful enough to handle the increased workload, with an average frame rate of only 21.5 fps.

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Our Verdict

First off, it bears reminding that the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) is an APU – basically a quad-core processor, with built-in AMD Vega graphics. Even with the added graphics capability, AMD actually made the Ryzen 3 2200G cheaper than the Ryzen 3 1200 CPU it replaces.

AMD achieved this by using half of a Summit Ridge processor die, allowing 8 Vega Compute Units to be inserted with a slight bump in transistor count and die size. This clever bit of engineering compromise, and a number of other tweaks, allowed them to keep costs low.

The biggest problem with the decision to use a single CCX – the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) only has a 4 MB L3 cache – half that of the Ryzen 3 1200 CPU it replaces. AMD increased its clock speed to compensate, actually making the Ryzen 3 2200G equivalent to the Ryzen 3 1300X (Price Check) on paper.

As our benchmark results show, the Ryzen 3 2200G was 6-12% slower than the Ryzen 3 1300X. But that’s really okay, because the 1300X is 23% more expensive at $129!

When it comes to games, AMD promised that it will deliver “1080 HD+ gaming performance“. That may be true for less strenuous esports games like Dota 2. In the games we tested, its Radeon Vega 8 graphics core can only deliver playable frame rates at 1080p if we use the lowest possible quality settings.

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Make no mistake – the Radeon Vega 8 processor graphics is no replacement for a good graphics card, like AMD’s own Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56.

So what is the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G really good for? We see it being used mostly in small form-factor esports gaming PCs. It offers decent CPU and gaming performance for games like Dota 2, League of Legends and CS:GO in a single, highly-affordable and power-efficient package.

Remember – the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) offers 4-core CPU performance, with faster than average processor graphics, for just 65 watts of power consumption.

If you are looking to play games with all of the bells and whistles enabled, you need to opt for a dedicated graphics card. But if you are a casual gamer, or just want a really affordable and power-efficient esports gaming system (looking at you esports cafe owners!), it’s hard to beat the value proposition of the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check).

Mark our words – the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is going to shred Intel processors with integrated graphics to pieces.

 

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Price & Availability

As AMD announced, the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Price Check) desktop APU will be available starting 12 February 2018.

It is priced at just US$99 (RM 479 in Malaysia), making it an affordable gaming solution. This will be a relief to many esports gamers, who are suffering from extremely high GPU prices because of cryptocurrency miners.

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AMD Ryzen Mobile APUs – Everything You Need To Know!

AMD has officially announced the Ryzen Mobile APUs!. Formerly codenamed Raven Ridge, they combine the AMD Zen CPU cores with AMD Vega graphics to deliver new heights in CPU and graphics performance for ultra-thin notebooks. Let’s dive into the details of the new AMD Ryzen Mobile with Radeon Vega Graphics APUs!

 

AMD Ryzen Mobile “Raven Ridge” APUs

The AMD Ryzen Mobile is not just a mobile processor, it is a mobile APU (Accelerated Processing Unit). Basically, it is a combination of a traditional processor, with a GPU, using a System-on-Chip design.

The new Ryzen Mobile APU combines the new AMD Zen cores used in desktop Ryzen processors with AMD Vega cores used in the new AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards.

Mobile APUs are not new. Even Intel mobile processors come with integrated graphics. But AMD is still the only manufacturer to integrate “premium CPU cores” with “premium graphics cores”.

The new CPU and GPU cores used in the new Ryzen Mobile APUs allow them to deliver 3X better CPU performance, and 2.3X better GPU performance over that of equivalent 7th Gen AMD APUs. Performance isn’t everything though. The Ryzen Mobile APUs also promise to use 58% less power!

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The AMD Ryzen Mobile Specifications

AMD has announced two Ryzen Mobile models – the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U. Here are their specifications.

SpecificationsAMD Ryzen 7 2700UAMD Ryzen 5 2500U
CPU Cores4 Cores4 Cores
Simultaneous Threads8 Threads8 Threads
L1 Cache64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
64 KB instruction cache
32 KB data cache
L2 Cache512 KB x 4512 KB x 4
L3 Cache4 MB shared4 MB shared
Base Clock Speed2.2 GHz2.0 GHz
Boost Clock Speed3.8 GHz3.6 GHz
GPU Cores10 Radeon Vega CUs8 Radeon Vega CUs
GPU ClockUp to 1.3 GHzUp to 1.1 GHz
Memory SupportUp to DDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)Up to DDR4-2400 (Dual Channel)
TDP15 W Nominal
12-25 W (Configurable)
15 W Nominal
12-25 W (Configurable)

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Precision Boost 2

The AMD Ryzen Mobile APU introduces a new Precision Boost 2 algorithm that is part of the new AMD SenseMI technology. Instead of switching between a simple 2-core and all-core boost option, it is designed to dynamically seek the maximum possible clock speed according to the current CPU temperature, current and load.

It is also now able to change frequencies in very fine granularity of just 25 MHz. This allows for a smoother boost curve, and better boost clocks for different kinds of loads on-the-fly.

 

Mobile XFR (mXFR)

Mobile XFR (eXtended Frequency Range) is the automatic overclocking feature that boosts the processor voltage and clock speed beyond the Precision Boost clock speed. It leverages the temperature awareness of Precision Boost 2 to determine how much faster it can overclock.

Like the desktop XFR feature, it is highly dependent on the processor temperature, so a good cooling solution is necessary. Notebooks must have coolers that meet AMD’s performance criteria if they want to offer mXFR.

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Synergistic Power Rail Sharing

The new AMD Ryzen Mobile APUs have a unified VDD power rail with digital low-dropout (LDO) regulators. This synergistic power rail sharing allows the maximum current requirements to be reduced by 36%.

They also have multiple digital LDO regions for the CPU cores, graphics core and subregions. This allows those regions to be completely turned off when they are idle, greatly saving power.

The shared voltage regulators not only reduce the total current draw, it allows the Ryzen Mobile APU to gain a higher peak CPU and GPU current to boost performance.

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Per-Core Frequency & Voltage

Thanks to its fine-grained integrated voltage regulation, the AMD Ryzen Mobile APUs can dynamically adjust the frequency and voltage for each core. As each processing thread has different compute requirements, this allows the Ryzen Mobile to push power to the cores that require more performance on-the-fly.

This capability is not restricted to the CPU cores. The AMD Ryzen Mobile APUs can trade power and current between the CPU and GPU as well!

 

Enhanced Gate States

The AMD Ryzen Mobile APUs feature enhanced gate states. The CPU cores can enter CC6 power gating individually, and the L3 cache power can be lowered when all four cores are in CC6 mode. The enhanced gate states also allow the Ryzen Mobile to power down up to 95% of the Radeon Vega graphics core.

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Dual Region Power Gating

The SoC elements of the AMD Ryzen Mobile APU are organised into two types of region. The Type A Region can remain gated during display refresh, while the Type B Region can become briefly active. This allows Type B regions to save more power during common battery life scenarios.

 

Faster Gate Exit

AMD designed the Ryzen Mobile APU to deliver 47% to 87% faster gate exits over the previous generation.

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How Fast Is The Ryzen Mobile CPU?

AMD shared the following performance results of the Ryzen Mobile CPU.

In this comparison, the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U is 8% faster than the Intel Core i7-8550U, and 10% faster than the Core i7-7500U in the single-core test.

When all four cores were enabled, the Ryzen 7 2700U was 44% faster than the Intel Core i7-8550U, and 2.2X faster than the Core i7-7500U!

Here are some additional benchmark results of the new AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U APUs against the Intel Core i7-8550U and the previous-generation AMD FX-9800P APU.

 

Desktop-Class Performance

With the greatly-increased performance of the new Ryzen 7 2700U APU, AMD points out that it is slightly (7%) faster than the Intel Core i5-7600K – a quad-core desktop processor with 6X higher TDP!

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How Fast Is Radeon Vega Graphics?

With just ten or eight Compute Units, the Radeon Vega GPU embedded into the Ryzen Mobile has nowhere near the performance of the Radeon RX Vega 64 or Vega 56 desktop graphics cards. However, they are still much faster than the mobile GPUs that both AMD and Intel have ever introduced in a mobile processor.

In the 3DMark Time Spy DirectX 12 test, the Ryzen 7 2700U with its 10 Compute Units was able to slightly beat the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M discrete graphics. That makes it about 2.5X faster than Intel HD Graphics.

What this means is the Radeon Vega Graphics in the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U is fast enough to deliver playable frame rates at 1080p resolution for most games.

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Better Battery Life

As pointed out earlier, AMD claims that the Ryzen Mobile APUs will deliver 58% lower power consumption, compared to the 7th Generation AMD APUs. Their benchmark results show battery life improvements from 15% to 104%.

 

Thinner Profile

The AMD Ryzen Mobile is designed for ultra-thin notebooks. The AMD Ryzen Mobile APU itself will have a 24% thinner Max Z-Height. That may not mean a lot, but when it comes to mobile devices, every millimetre counts.

 

Performance Summary

Here is a spider chart that neatly summarises the performance advantage of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U over the Intel Core i7-8550U.

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Conclusion

There is no doubt that the AMD Ryzen Mobile APUs are AMD’s most advanced mobile processor. This isn’t hyperbole. It’s a fact that is backed by what we have seen with their Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 desktop processors, as well as their Radeon RX Vega desktop graphics cards.

Finally, after many years of producing mobile APUs with lacklustre performance and high power consumption, AMD may finally have a thoroughbred in the Ryzen Mobile. We can’t wait to see the ultra-thin notebooks that will use these new APUs!

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All You Need To Know About AMD Ryzen Threadripper! Rev. 7

AMD has finally announced the specifications, pricing and availability for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor! This follows their AMD Computex 2017 press conference, where they showed off the massive 16-core CPU that is targeted at the ultra-premium desktop market, directly taking on the newly-launched Intel X-Series processor.

Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors – specifications, performance, and even the special Game Mode feature! Read and SHARE!

Updated @ 2017-09-04 : We updated the availability of the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor, and added many links, including a link to The First AMD X399 Threadripper Motherboards. Also cleaned up many parts of the article.

Updated @ 2017-08-11 : We added the South East Asian prices, and a new page on the Ryzen Threadripper’s multithreaded CPU performance, gaming performance and the special Threadripper Game Mode option!

Updated @ 2017-07-31 : We added details of the newly-announced Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor, and availability of all three models. We also added a new section on the Delidded Threadripper, and the secrets it revealed!

Updated @ 2017-07-26 : We added a picture of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper box!

Updated @ 2017-07-18 : We added the official AMD Ryzen Threadripper specifications and prices, confirming many of the earlier leaked details. Don’t forget to check out the official announcement video below!

Updated @ 2017-06-13 : We added new details that were just leaked about the AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor.

Originally posted @ 2017-06-05

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper will have up to 16 cores, processing up to 32 simultaneous threads. It will use the new Socket TR4, have quad-channel DDR4 memory support and feature 64 PCI Express lanes. If you were impressed by the 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 processors (read our AMD Ryzen 7 1800X review), just imagine how powerful the 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor will be.

In this video, Jim Anderson, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the AMD Compute and Graphics business group, reveals the key features of the Threadripper CPU  and Socket TR4 platform.

Then, AMD President & CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, showed us a demo of Prey running on 4K (on Ultra High settings) using the AMD Ryzen Threadripper, with dual AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. However, she did not reveal the average frame rate of this setup.

In this new video, Dr. Lisa Su and John Taylor (Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, AMD), reveal the specifications of the two first AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors (as well as the first two Ryzen 3 processors). It also shows both Ryzen Threadripper CPUs delivering higher performance in Cinebench R15 than Intel Core i9-7900X X-Series processor.

Targeted at the high-end desktop (HEDT) market, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper is paired with the X399 chipset and the new Socket TR4, offering quad memory channels and support up to 2TB of DDR4 memory, as well as 64 PCI Express 3.0 lanes!

ASRock, ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI already have motherboards built around the AMD X399 chipset. Everything is set for the Threadripper’s epic battle against the newly-announced Intel X-Series processors!

Next Page > Specifications, Prices & Availability, The Threadripper Up Close & Delidded, Earlier Leaks

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Specifications, Prices & Availability

On 13 July 2017, AMD revealed announced the Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) models. A week later, they announced the 8-core Threadripper 1900X (Lowest Price) model. Here are their specifications :

Specifications Ryzen Threadripper
1950X
Ryzen Threadripper
1920X
Ryzen Threadripper
1900X
Cores / Threads 16 / 32 12 / 24 8 / 16
Core Clock Speed 3.4 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz
Boost Clock Speed 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz 4.0 GHz
XFR Support Yes Yes Yes
L2 Cache Size 8 MB 6 MB 4 MB
L3 Cache Size 32 MB 32 MB 16 MB
Maximum Memory 128 GB 128 GB 128 GB
Max. TDP 180 W 180 W 180 W
Launch Price US$ 999 US$ 799 US$ 549
Availability 10 August 2017 10 August 2017 1 September 2017

Both the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) processors are available for pre-order starting 30 July 2017, with delivery and general market availability on 10 August 2017.

AMD originally stated that the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X (Lowest Price) would be available on 31 August 2017, but they later shifted it one day later to 1 September 2017.

Here are the prices for South East Asia, with their estimated value in USD.

Countries Tax AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
United States Not inclusive USD 999 USD 799
Indonesia 10% VAT Rp 14,790,000
~USD 1,111
Rp 11,749,000
~USD 882
Malaysia 6% GST RM 4,799
~USD 1,120
RM 3,899
~USD 938
Philippines 12% VAT PHP 59,700
~USD 1,179
PHP 47,500
~USD 1,179
Singapore 7% GST SGD 1,589
~USD 1,166
SGD 1,279
~USD 938
Thailand 7% VAT ฿ 49,900
~USD 1,216
฿ 33,900
~USD 1,008
Vietnam 10% VAT 29,000,000 ₫
~USD 1,272
23,100,000 ₫
~USD 1,013

For your convenience, here are some Amazon purchase links :

  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X processor only – $999
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X processor only – $799
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor only – $549
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X + GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7$1389
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X + Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler – $1124
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X + GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7$1189
  • AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X + Corsair H115i Liquid Cooler – $924

For the AMD X399 motherboard options, please take a look at Introducing The First AMD X399 Threadripper Motherboards!

 

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Up Close

After the AMD Computex 2017 press conference, we had the opportunity to mingle with both Dr. Lisa Su and Jim Anderson. We also had the opportunity to take our first ever close-up look at the AMD Ryzen Threadripper and Ryzen Mobile CPUs. Check them out!

As you can see, this is a MASSIVE processor, with 4094 pins. It makes the AMD Ryzen Mobile APU look absolutely diminutive!

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Delidded

German overclocked der8auer delidded a Threadripper processor with AMD’s permission recently, revealing many interesting facts.

  • It has four Zeppelin dies with 32 cores, but only two dies (16 cores) are functional.
  • It is functionally the AMD EPYC server processor with half the dies disabled.
  • The dies are soldered to a gold-plated heat spreader using indium solder.

Get the full nitty-gritty details in The Secrets of the Delidded Threadripper CPU Revealed!

 

Earlier Threadripper Leaks

These were the leaked information we posted earlier :

  • Although rumoured to be branded as the AMD Ryzen 9 processor (to directly compete against the newly-announced Intel Core i9 processors), AMD will be using the Ryzen Threadripper name instead. We can’t blame them – Threadripper is certainly a better and more memorable name than Ryzen 9![adrotate banner=”4″] -> Correct! AMD has announced that it will be called AMD Ryzen Threadripper!
  • AMD will launch two Threadripper processors on 27 July 2017. -> Correct!
  • The top-of-the-line processor will have 16 cores, capable of handling 32 simultaneous threads-> Correct! It is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X!
  • There will also be a 12-core processor, capable of handling 24 simultaneous threads. -> Correct! It is the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X!
  • There will eventually be 14-core and 10-core versions as well.
  • All AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors will support quad DDR4 memory channels and 64 PCI Express lanes. -> Correct!
  • They are rumoured to use a solder thermal interface material (TIM), which would make deliding of the processor by enthusiasts difficult, if not impossible.  -> Correct!

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The AMD Ryzen Threadripper Box

The AMD Ryzen Threadripper comes in an awesome box. Check it out!

 

Multithreaded CPU Performance

AMD shared these multithreaded performance results for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) and 1920X (Lowest Price) processors, compared to the Intel Core i9-7900X.

Here is a summary of the results, using the Intel Core i9-7900X as the baseline (100%)  :

Benchmark Intel Core i9-7900X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
POV-Ray 3.7 100% + 6.1% + 30.8%
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 100% – 4.9% + 16.7%
HandBrake 1.0.7 100% + 5.1% + 21.0%
7-Zip 16.0.2 100% + 3.5% + 26.9%
VeraCrypt 1.2.1 100% + 18.6% + 55.1%
Corona Photorealism 1.3 100% + 1.1% + 26.8%
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1440p Gaming Performance

And here are 1440p gaming performance results on the two AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, using the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Here is a quick comparison of the results, using the Threadripper 1920X (Lowest Price) as the baseline (100%)  :

Benchmark AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
Rise of the Tomb Raider 100% + 0.7%
Ashes of the Singularity 100% + 5.3%
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 100% + 2.9%
Battlefield 1 100% + 1.7%
Hitman 100% + 19.2%

 

The Threadripper Game Mode

Games are mostly optimised for quad-core processors… and rarely make use of octa-core processors. In fact, having even more cores can result in poorer performance due to poor thread scheduling. In some cases, the game may not even run at all.

To avoid those problems, AMD developer the Threadripper Game Mode. You can switch from the default “Creator Mode” to the “Game Mode” in the AMD Ryzen Master utility. Switching to Game Mode changes the Threadripper processor in two ways :

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  • It temporarily disables half the CPU cores, turning the Threadripper 1950X (Lowest Price) into an 8C 16T processor like the AMD Ryzen 1800X, and the Threadripper 1920X (Lowest Price) into an 6C 12T processor like the AMD Ryzen 1600X.
  • It tells the operating system to use a Local Mode (NUMA) memory, which keeps the game and its memory footprint inside one CPU die and the locally-connected DRAM memory. This minimises several key latency points in the system, which will improve gaming performance.

Once you are done playing your game, you can switch back to Creator Mode to make full use of all of the Threadripper’s cores.

Let’s take a look at the performance difference between the Creator Mode and the Game Mode.

As you can see, the Game Mode improves the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X’s gaming performance by 10% to 38%. It’s likely that disabling half the cores also allow the Threadripper to clock them higher, as there is now a much higher thermal headroom.

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AMD Zen Sneak Peek @ Hot Chips 2016

If you recall, AMD publicly revealed the first processor to use the AMD Zen microarchitecture on the second day of Computex 2016. Codenamed “Summit Ridge“, the desktop processor will come with eight AMD Zen processor cores that are capable of processing sixteen threads simultaneously.

 

AMD Zen Sneak Peek

AMD today gave us a sneak peek of the AMD Zen processor architecture. AMD Senior Fellow and Design Engineer, Michael Clark, gave a 26-minute long technical briefing on the AMD Zen architecture at the Hot Chips Symposium in Cupertino, California. Here are the key takeaway points :

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  • Zen delivers 40% more instructions per clock than the current Excavator core.
  • Zen is highly scalable and will be used in every future AMD mobile, desktop or server processor.
  • Zen has a better core engine that handles two threads per core, and boasts a large Op Cache, wide micro-op dispatch, as well as larger instruction schedulers, Retire Queue, Load Queue and Store Queue.
  • Zen has a better cache system too, with almost double the L1 and L2 bandwidth, and 5X better L3 bandwidth.
  • Zen is the first AMD microarchitecture to emphasise low power design, using aggressive clock gating with multi-level regions, as well as other microarchitecture tricks to greatly reduce power consumption.

 

AMD Zen Technical Briefing @ Hot Chips 2016

We prepared a video presentation of Clark’s technical briefing at Hot Chips 2016 for your enjoyment. Check it out!

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AMD Zen Sneak Peek Slides : Performance

For those who prefer to go through the slides, here they are for your perusal :

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AMD Zen Design In-Depth

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AMD Zen Sneak Peek : New Instructions

 

AMD Zen Sneak Peek : Summary

 

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AMD Polaris GPU & 7th Generation APU Tech Briefings

AMD officially revealed the AMD Polaris GPUs and the 7th Generation AMD APUs at Computex 2016. The first graphics card based on the AMD Polaris architecture was the AMD Radeon RX 480, and that was officially launched on June 29th.

As part of their aggressive push to promote both the Radeon RX 480, and 7th Generation AMD APUs; David Nalasco and Peter Amos flew all the way from AMD Markham in Canada to give a thorough tech briefing on the new AMD technologies in those products.

BONUS : We stumbled upon the first Radeon RX 460 seen in action. Check it out here!

 

AMD Polaris Launch

Ryan Sim, Channel Sales Director of AMD ASEAN & India, started the event with a short welcome speech. He pointed out how the new AMD Radeon RX 480 offers unrivalled power efficiency, and brings virtual reality to the mainstream with a shockingly affordable price.

Then AMD officially launched the AMD Radeon RX 480 here in Malaysia, with this launch gambit. Check it out!

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AMD Polaris GPU Tech Briefing

In this video, David Nalasco, Senior Technology Manager for Graphics in the Radeon Technology Group, gives a thorough tech briefing on the new AMD Polaris architecture, and the first three graphics cards based on the Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 GPUs.

 

AMD 7th Generation APU Tech Briefing

Then Peter Amos, APU Product Marketing Manager, AMD Client Business Unit, gave a tech briefing on the new 7th Generation AMD APUs, as well as upcoming desktop processors based on the new AMD Zen architecture. Check it out!

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7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs Revealed

On the second day of Computex 2016, AMD unveiled the 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs at the Westin Taipei. Shipping in volume to OEM customers, the new 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs feature up to 4 mobile-optimised “Excavator” x86 CPU cores, with built-in Radeon graphics cores.

The 7th Generation AMD A-Series is divided into two families, codenamed “Bristol Ridge” and “Stoney Ridge“. The “Bristol Ridge” family consists of 35- and 15-watt versions of AMD FX, A12, and A10 processors, while “Stoney Ridge” family will power the 15-watt A9, A6 and E2 processors.

 

7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs Revealed

We were present at the Westin Taipei, when Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD unveiled the 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs. Check it out!

Here is a summary of the key points from the presentation :
  • The 7th Generation AMD FX processor will deliver up to 53% better graphics performance, and up to 51% better compute performance, than the Intel Core i7 processor.
  • “Stoney Ridge” APUs will deliver up to 50% better CPU core performance over the previous-generation “Carrizo” APUs.
  • The new AMD A9-9410 APU will deliver up to 27% better graphics performance than the Intel Pentium 4405U, and rival the Intel Core i3-6100U in both graphics and compute performance.
  • DDR4 memory support and Adaptive Voltage and Frequency Scaling (AVFS) technology in the new APUs give them 25% better performance per watt.

These new APUs will use the new AMD AM4 socket that is also used by the upcoming AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor based on their new “Zen” microarchitecture.

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AMD Technologies Revealed at Computex 2016

On the second day of Computex 2016, AMD held a press conference at the Westin Taipei. In that hour-long press conference, they announced multiple updates on their latest and upcoming processor and graphics technologies. The key AMD technologies revealed at the press conference include :

 

AMD Polaris Architecture

The unveiling of the upcoming AMD Polaris architecture-based Radeon RX series of graphics cards. The AMD Radeon RX Series will be headlined by the AMD Radeon RX 480, providing great 3D and VR performance at just US$199. The AMD Radeon RX 480 will be formally launched on June 29, 2016

 

7th Generation AMD A-Series Mobile APUs

The launch of the new 7th Generation AMD A-Series mobile APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). They will deliver significant double-digit improvements in gaming, video rendering and file compression performance, over the previous 6th Generation AMD A-Series mobile APUs.

 

Future AMD “Summit Ridge” Desktop Processor

The first public revelation of the upcoming AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor. Based on AMD’s next-generation x86 “Zen” processor core, the AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor will have eight cores that are capable of simultaneously handling sixteen threads.

 

The AMD Technologies Update Press Conference

Here is the full hour-long AMD press conference at the Westin Taipei during Computex 2016. The speakers include :

  • Dr. Lisa Su, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMD
  • Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group
  • Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD
  • Matt Perry, Partner Group Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Josephine Tan, Vice President, Consumer Product Management (Notebook and Premium), HP
  • Ray Wah, Vice President, Consumer Product Group, Dell