AMD has officially launched its first Ryzen desktop processors with integrated graphics. The new AMD Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G are the first models of a new generation Ryzen 2xxx and feature integrated Radeon Vega graphics processors. AMD hopes to win over entry-level users and promises fluid gaming experiences in full-HD in recent games, using medium-low settings.
While AMD's high-end offerings offered significant performance and value benefits in many situations compared to Intel equivalent processors, low-end Ryzen models suffered because of the need for a discrete graphics card increased the overall cost of a new PC. AMD is now replacing its cheaper Ryzen 3 1200 CPU with the new Ryzen 3 2200G. The Ryzen 5 2400G replaces the Ryzen 5 1400 in the AMD product list.
The Ryzen 3 2200G also has four multi-threaded physical cores, a base speed of 3.5 GHz and a boost speed of 3.7 GHz. Ryzen 3 2400G also has four cores but multi-threading is enabled allowing eight threads. The base speed is 3.6 GHz while the boost speed is 3.9 GHz. In terms of graphics capacity, the Ryzen 3 2200G has eight 1100 MHz Radeon Vega computing units, while the Ryzen 5 2400G at eleven at 1250 MHz. Both models have 4 MB of L3 cache and officially support up to DDR4-2933 RAM. Both also have a TDP rating of 65 W and are equipped 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 were used for existing Ryzen 3, 5, and 7 CPUs. Video output is supported because these cards are designed to be compatible with amused old AMD UP-generation ATUs with integrated graphics. Recently purchased motherboards should be ready to work with these CPUs, while older motherboards only require a BIOS update. AMD also confirmed that all Ryzen CPUs will be compatible with the 400 series motherboards that will be launched at the end of the year along with the updated Ryzen 2xxx "Pinnacle Ridge" CPUs.
The company claims to have been able to take advantage of its partner's 14 nm manufacturing technology improvements, allowing it to drive higher frequencies within the same voltage and temperature limits. Improvements have also been made to the speed and latency of cache memory, which should lead to better responsiveness in some applications. The Precision Boost feature has also been updated to version 2.0. This uses multiple AMD sensors built in through the Infinity Fabric interconnection of each CPU to dynamically adjust the frequency as workloads change. The company now claims that Precision Boost 2 is even more accurate and allows more cores to operate at higher speeds more often.
FPS in games
With Ryzen 3 2400, users should be able to build a low-cost PC and continue playing with medium-low settings. AMD declares 52 fps in Battlefield One, 56fps in Overwatch (low), 45fps in Rocket League, 87fps in Skyrim and 74fps in DOTA 2. For Ryzen 5 2400G, AMD says users can expect 52fps in Battlefield One, 49fps in Overwatch (medium), 49 fps in Rocket League, 96 fps in Skyrim and 31 fps in The Witcher 3. AMD also points out that these new processors support AMD's Radeon technology, including Freesync.
With Ryzen 5 2400G in particular, AMD claims performance equal to that of an Intel Core i5-8400 CPU with a Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 GPU, at a much lower price. Graphics performance is supposedly 156% better than the Intel Integrated GPU, and overall system performance is also 21% better, according to AMD. The company emphasizes performance in multi-threaded applications over Intel, since its advantage is to offer more cores and threads per CPU.
The new Ryzen 3 and 5 processors with integrated graphics will be sold in retail boxes with silver stripes running at the top to differentiate them from standard CPUs. Contrary to Intel's strategy of integrating graphics processors into all of its traditional CPUs, there will be no Ryzen 7 models with integrated graphics, at least in this generation. AMD believes that those in the high-end CPU market will still want a powerful dedicated graphics card.
AMD also announced a new cooler, the Wraith Prism,which enhances the Wraith Max with individually configurable RGB LEDs and a design that works best on smaller motherboards. Finally, AMD is announcing a partnership with Enmotus, the enterprise storage provider, to support Enmotus Fuzedrive that allows users to create a multi-tier storage subsystem that includes hard disks, SSDs and RAM caches, similar to the Intel's Optane strategy.