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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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drlamb 13 February 2018 at 1:59 am UTC
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eridanired123I'm waiting for AMD to release Ryzen for laptops before buying a new one, is it known if a launch date has been defined yet?

There are already a few raven ridge laptops for sale with the 2500U/2700U. Many more are coming soon.

HP

Acer

Acer 2700U + RX 560

Lenovo is coming out with a model soon too, but I hear that might be single channel ram.
minj 13 February 2018 at 8:20 am UTC
drlamb
eridanired123I'm waiting for AMD to release Ryzen for laptops before buying a new one, is it known if a launch date has been defined yet?

There are already a few raven ridge laptops for sale with the 2500U/2700U. Many more are coming soon.

HP

Acer

Acer 2700U + RX 560

Lenovo is coming out with a model soon too, but I hear that might be single channel ram.

That's quite right and the whole line-up is disappointing.

EDIT: AMD APUs are ideal for lower-end Steam machines, aren't they?


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buenaventura 13 February 2018 at 10:31 am UTC
Looks nice, will they now make ones for laptops?
drlamb 13 February 2018 at 12:37 pm UTC
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minjThat's quite right and the whole line-up is disappointing.

I don't know how you can say products that haven't even launched yet are disappointing, but to each their own. I have a preorder on the Swift 3 and am going to buy the Nitro V to try out. Trying to convince myself I don't need the Ryzen 7 + 580 laptop.
armageddon51 13 February 2018 at 5:00 pm UTC
Wondering if you buy one now, there is probably no AM4 boards which has the bios for it. It probably won't boot or may be just enough to flash the bios from a usb key.
poisond 13 February 2018 at 5:22 pm UTC
drlamb
minjThat's quite right and the whole line-up is disappointing.

I don't know how you can say products that haven't even launched yet are disappointing, but to each their own. I have a preorder on the Swift 3 and am going to buy the Nitro V to try out. Trying to convince myself I don't need the Ryzen 7 + 580 laptop.
Hmm?
https://www.notebookcheck.net/HP-Envy-x360-15-Ryzen-5-2500U-Radeon-Vega-8-Laptop-Review.266614.0.html

I find them disappointing too. Max 8GB RAM, horrible 6bpc(yes, 6 bit per color) displays, always on fans, ...
I recently needed a new laptop but sadly none of the Ryzen ones were even remotely an option.
drlamb 13 February 2018 at 6:21 pm UTC
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poisondHmm?
https://www.notebookcheck.net/HP-Envy-x360-15-Ryzen-5-2500U-Radeon-Vega-8-Laptop-Review.266614.0.html

I find them disappointing too. Max 8GB RAM, horrible 6bpc(yes, 6 bit per color) displays, always on fans, ...
I recently needed a new laptop but sadly none of the Ryzen ones were even remotely an option.

Okay so you pointed out ONE laptop, not the lineup, of which the majority hasn't launched.

1) RAM is upgradable on some (up to the manufacturers)
2) Display is up to the manufactures
3) Thermal design is " "

So the HP laptop isn't up to snuff for you, and that's fine. Better ones are on the horizon. Doesn't mean AMD's chips are disappointing.
14 14 February 2018 at 5:58 am UTC
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I really like the prices of these new APU's. Probably not something I'd put in my main rig, but I have three others that will have to be upgraded someday. My kids will get older, and Minecraft being the only playable game probably won't last forever.
charles13360 15 February 2018 at 4:27 am UTC
I've been waiting for the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz for quite a while. It's a beast for that price tag of $169. I'm gonna do a review of it soon on my site, with proper benchmarks and test it on different games.
Dragunov 15 February 2018 at 7:31 pm UTC
I have been a huge fan of AMD APU's ever since they were first released. I got my first APU after upgrading from my ancient Pentium 4 rig, the dual-core A6-6400K. Now I'm running an A10-7890K. They are great for people on an extreme budget. Does everything I need it to and more. My A10 is still performing great so I'm gonna hold off on Ryzen for awhile.

Maybe I'll grab one when they come out with a Ryzen 7 Apu. Honestly, if they keep this up then I doubt I'll ever buy a video card again.

eridanired123I'm waiting for AMD to release Ryzen for laptops before buying a new one, is it known if a launch date has been defined yet?

Ryzen based laptops have already been released in the USA
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