CES 2018: AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU with Vega Graphics Coming Feb 12

Maricris Jose
            		      2:38 PM

Maricris Jose 2:38 PM

For the enthusiast there are two new Ryzen 3's out, the 2300U and 2200U.

That remains to be seen (and tested), of course, but if the reality lives up to AMD's own estimates, pretty good. Without knowing the system specs and detail settings used, this is hard to validate, but AMD's long-running graphics experience should provide a marked improvement in gaming on lower-cost machines.

In addition to the Acer, HP and Lenovo models announced previous year, AMD also released sneak peeks at upcoming Acer Nitro 5 variants with Ryzen CPUs and Radeon RX580 graphics, and Dell Inspiron 5000 series laptops with an optional discrete Radeon 530 discrete GPU. The 2400G will offer four cores, eight threads, and a 3.9GHz max boost, while the 2200G is four cores, four threads, and a 3.7GHz max boost.

Jim Anderson, head of the computing and graphics business group, said at the briefing that desktop Ryzen APUs combine Zen cores with advanced Vega GPUs.

So that's the nutshell version of what AMD announced at CES tech day 2018.

And in terms of core counts for the new chips he explained they weren't ready to talk about that yet, "but don't expect any wild surprises because this is an evolutionary design".

So the entry-tier Ryzen 3 Pro CPU is a quad-core (four-thread) model clocked at up to 3.4GHz with boost, with integrated Vega Graphics boasting six graphics compute units and a GPU clock of up to 1100MHz. These features will give you more value for money than before.

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When will the new Ryzen chips be released? Papermaster does mention that Zen+ will launch with support for Precision Boost 2.

So far, we only have definitive pricing information for the APUs being released in February.

If you are aiming to put together an all-in-one solution that can play some Overwatch on a rainy Sunday morning, the upcoming Ryzen APU series will be priced at $169 and $99, for the Ryzen 5 2400G, and Ryzen 3 2200G respectively. However, despite these specs, it still should be able to outperform its primary competitor, the Intel Core i3-7100U. This is followed later in the year by 12nm Threadrippers and 12nm Ryzen Pros. Think yearly cadences from the 1st gen launch and you won't be disappointed. That raises another question. AMD has previously stated that it will be skipping the 10nm node entirely and going direct to 7nm, but I still wasn't expecting parts quite this soon.

How powerful will Ryzen Pro Mobile chips be?

Given that they also said that Zen 3, the "7nm+" design to follow that one, is "on track" for 2020, it seems fair to assume that we will see Zen 2 next year around this time.

The best aspect to Ryzen Mobile and AMD's latest announcements is we are starting to see AMD get these APUs in laptops people might actually buy.

It's not just about Zen+, however, as Zen 2 and Zen 3 (using 7nm process technology) are looking like solid products for next year and 2020.

While both the Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 are created to offer reasonable levels of gaming experience at an affordable price range, the latter comes across as a cost-effective solution against comparable Core i5-8400 and Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 chip combo that costs $288 taken as a whole. No additional information was provided about these processors or their capabilities, however.

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