AMD has officially launched its first Ryzen desktop processors with integrated graphics. The new AMD Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G are first models in a new Ryzen 2xxx generation and feature integrated Radeon Vega graphics processors. AMD hopes to target entry-level users and is promising smooth gaming experiences at full-HD in the latest games, using low to medium settings.
While AMD's higher-end offerings offered significant performance and value benefits in many situations compared to Intel's equivalent processors, the low-end Ryzen models suffered because the need for a discrete graphics card pushed up the overall cost of a new PC. AMD is now replacing its most affordable Ryzen 3 1200 CPU with the new Ryzen 3 2400G, which is officially priced at Rs. 7,290 (plus 18 percent GST) in India. The Ryzen 5 2400G replaces the Ryzen 5 1400 in AMD's product stack, and is priced at Rs. 10,990 (plus 18 percent GST).
The Ryzen 3 2200G has four physical cores without multi-threading, a base speed of 3.5GHz, and a boost speed of 3.7GHz. The Ryzen 3 2400G also has four cores but multi-threading is enabled allowing for eight threads. The base speed is 3.6GHz while the boost speed is 3.9GHz. In terms of graphics capabilities, the Ryzen 3 2200G has eight Radeon Vega compute units running at 1100MHz, while the Ryzen 5 2400G has eleven running at 1250MHz. Both models have 4MB of L3 cache, and officially support up to DDR4-2933 RAM. Both also have 65W TDP ratings and come with AMD's Wraith Stealth cooler in the box. As with all Ryzen CPUs, these new models are unlocked and overclockable.
Both new processors, codenamed 'Raven Ridge', use the same 300-series motherboards that have served for existing Ryzen 3, 5, and 7 CPUs. Video output is supported because these boards were designed to be compatible with AMD's previous-generation APUs with integrated graphics. Recently purchased motherboards should be ready to work with these CPUs, whereas older ones will require only a BIOS update. AMD has also confirmed that all Ryzen CPUs will be compatible with 400-series motherboards which will launch later this year along with updated Ryzen 2xxx 'Pinnacle Ridge' CPUs.
The company says that it has been able to leverage improvements to its foundry partner's 14nm fabrication technology, allowing it to drive higher frequencies within the same voltage and temperature limits. There have also been improvements to the speed and latency of the cache memory, which should lead to better responsiveness in certain applications. The Precision Boost feature has also been updated to version 2.0. This uses AMD's multiple sensors embedded through the Infinity Fabric interconnect of each CPU to adjust frequency dynamically as workloads change. The company now says that Precision Boost 2 is even more fine-grained and allows more cores to run at higher speeds more often.