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AMD Launches New Ryzen APUs, Sticking Zen-Based CPUs And Vega GPUs In One Chip
Two for the price of one
AMD has released two new Ryzen APUs (Accelerated Processor Units) that combines the company’s Zen-based CPUs with decent GPUs based on AMD’s Vega architecture. Usually PCs and laptops are built with separate CPU and GPU but these Ryzen APUs include both of them on one chip. PS4s and Xbox Ones are powered by APUs like these.
The Ryzen 5 2400G and AMD Ryzen 3 2200G are a step forward when it comes to gaming without a dedicated graphics card on a PC. AMD claims that the Ryzen 5 2400G in particular can match the performance of an Intel Core i5-8400 CPU and an Nvidia GT 1030 GPU. It’s not top-end performance, or even capable of running the current games at 1080p with a good enough framerate. It would only do well in less demanding games and esports-focused games.
But it comes at an attractive price. The Ryzen 5 2400G starts at $169 USD (RM666) and Ryzen 3 2200G at only $99 USD (RM390 ). For comparison, the i5-8400 costs $199 USD (RM784) . An extra $89 for the GT 1030 is needed to match what the Ryzen 5 2400G can deliver. Which means these APUs have a great bang-for-buck value.
Don’t expect to throw away your graphics card with using these APUs though. Rather, it should be a good stop gap while waiting for a better graphics card to be available, considering those are hard to come by nowadays. If you have a previous Ryzen processor, the new APUs will use the same SM4 sockets, and both the CPU and GPU part can be overclocked should it need to be.