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AMD's first Ryzen Desktop APUs with Vega graphics are now available

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AMD has announced today the worldwide release of their first Ryzen Desktop APUs with Vega graphics, could be an interesting choice for low-cost Linux gaming.

“When we launched our first Ryzen processors a year ago, we began driving innovation and competition across the PC market. We remain dedicated to this mission throughout 2018, as we further strengthen our Ryzen portfolio by adding two leadership APUs designed to meet the varying needs of today’s PC users,” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD. "AMD Ryzen Desktop APUs are a perfect example of the innovation we bring to market for consumer and commercial PC users. Combining our high-performance CPU and GPU architectures, this new category of Ryzen desktop processors is designed to deliver a smooth overall computing experience, as well as the ability to enjoy true 1080p HD gaming, eSports or advanced display features through the visual fidelity of the built-in Radeon Vega graphics."

They currently come in these two editions, with both supporting FreeSync:

  • Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon RX Vega 11 Graphics: 4-Core, 8-Thread, 3.9 GHz, 1250 MHz, $169
  • Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics: 4-Core, 4-Thread, 3.7 GHz, 1100 MHz, $99

AMD have said that they will continue to use the AM4 socket, with motherboards requiring a BIOS update.

According to the press release, AMD say the 2400G offers "up to 156% more graphics performance than the Intel Core i5-8400" and "up to 21% more system performance than the Intel Core i5-8400". It will be interesting to see how they perform on Linux! Considering the price, if those percentages are even close to real-world performance, that's a pretty good deal compared with the Intel offering.

The CPU market is certain a lot more interesting with AMD firmly back in the game.

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Cestus 12 February 2018 at 2:42 pm UTC
now let's wait for them to also integrate the ram!
Egonaut 12 February 2018 at 2:52 pm UTC
The Ryzen 3 uses thermal paste (like Intel does on all their CPUs) instead of solder. With the boxed cooler, it will get up to incredible 83°C in Prime (so without even using the iGPU). But granted, it's just $99 before taxes, so this is to keep it that low in price.

But according to this test (German | Google Translate link) it's wiping the floor with the Intel CPU (especially with the iGPU).

Though, they were not able to get Ubuntu 17.10 with Kernel 4.15 to boot with the Raven Ridge.

Last edited by Egonaut at 12 February 2018 at 2:56 pm UTC. Edited 2 times.
drlamb 12 February 2018 at 3:09 pm UTC
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I have no need for one of these, but I'm trying to find an excuse reason to buy one. Unneeded HTPC maybe?
zimplex1 12 February 2018 at 3:53 pm UTC
Can we get more Vega GPUs now? I would like to have one... and not one that's had its price jacked up 300+% due to crypto miners.
sr_ls_boy 12 February 2018 at 4:55 pm UTC
How powerful is the vega die?
GustyGhost 12 February 2018 at 6:27 pm UTC
Quotewith both supporting FreeSync

Being integrated, if these are paired with boards have any Displayport below version 1.2a does that nullify the Freesync support? Or is it only the monitor side with that that requirement?
WJMazepas 12 February 2018 at 6:45 pm UTC
sr_ls_boyHow powerful is the vega die?

The Vega 11, in the 2400G, has the power of a RX 550.
WJMazepas 12 February 2018 at 6:46 pm UTC
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I liked this video. This guy tested a lot of games, power comsuption and more.

I think that the performance is really good, but it suffers a bit in some games in 1080p.
Leopard 12 February 2018 at 6:57 pm UTC
Equal to GT 1030 , there is no need for hype
raneon 12 February 2018 at 7:42 pm UTC
Perfect APU for my new media center and small gaming rig :-) I bought it immediately. And it is the only possibility to get a Vega GPU to a reasonable price.
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