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AMD adds energy-efficient Ryzen 3 2200GE, Ryzen 5 2400GE APUs

by Mark Tyson on 23 April 2018, 10:01

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A few weeks ago there were reports of Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE APUs on the way – as corresponding entries were found in motherboard maker compatibility lists. At the weekend these very parts arrived, quietly, as they were listed on the official AMD website. It turns out that the ‘E’ suffix stands for Efficiency.

The new AMD Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE APUs are, as you might guess, based upon the Ryzen 3 2200G, Ryzen 5 2400G APUs but have been tuned for efficiency. They offer slightly slower clocks, likely some silicon binning, and TDPs of 35W compared with their predecessors with 65W TDPs.

Considering first the AMD Ryzen 3 2200GE, this processor has 4 Zen cores and no SMT. It runs at 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz boost. The Vega 8 GPU, with 8 cores, runs at 1100MHz. In comparison the Ryzen 3 2200G Zen cores run at 3.5/3.7GHz, with the same speed GPU.

Turning to the AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE, this processor has 4 Zen cores with 8 threads. It runs at 3.2GHz base and 3.8GHz boost. The Vega 11 GPU, with 11 cores, runs at 1250MHz. In comparison, the Ryzen 5 2400G Zen cores run at 3.6/3.9GHz with the same speed GPU.

While the new ‘GE’ APUs, since there has been no associated email or press release, we aren’t sure about availability and pricing. These tuned processors will likely be particularly desirable for those building a PC into an SFF or similar space confined chassis and would be good candidates for HTPC builds, for example.

HEXUS reviewed the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G back in mid February this year, and the pair earned a Good Value award.



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It's a shame it's not with HBM like the Intel APUs, that would have been quite cool!
Tabbykatze
It's a shame it's not with HBM like the Intel APUs, that would have been quite cool!

The Intel Kaby-G processors aren't APUs. They have a stack of HBM because they include a genuine dGPU - provided by AMD - that's connected to the CPU by a normal PCIe link. It's just all stuck on a single package to save space. Plus, they have TDPs in the 65W - 100W range, not 35W. It's a real apples to oranges comparison….
scaryjim
The Intel Kaby-G processors aren't APUs. They have a stack of HBM because they include a genuine dGPU - provided by AMD - that's connected to the CPU by a normal PCIe link. It's just all stuck on a single package to save space. Plus, they have TDPs in the 65W - 100W range, not 35W. It's a real apples to oranges comparison….

I know it's not quite an official APU because the GPU and CPU aren't on the same die but they are on the same substrate and are therefore packaged the same.

It's kind've like saying a bicycle is a vehicle, it's not because it's a bike but by definition it has wheels and drives on a road so therefore it is a vehicle yet it's not (by UK law, a Bicycle is a vehicle (for clarification)).

It's an APU in some ways, not in others.
Tabbykatze
It's an APU in some ways, not in others.

The GPU and CPU don't share the same memory which makes shared compute more complicated, which I think was one of the original ideas of an APU.
Main reason why AMD has not come with a HBM2 APU is that these chips will be used on laptop manufacturers who do specialized designs, its upto those OEMs to request AMD to do such a design. If you have noticed the PS4 was the first X86 machine to come with GDDR5 as main memory and to AMD it will not be an issue to plug HBM as main memory on any other design (they showed slide shows 3 years ago that they can!). So demand for it is the problem for AMD not the intellectual capabilities of their engineers.