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AMD Reveals and Announces New Products Before CES 2018: APUs

Category: CPU's
Posted: 12:50PM

With the pre-CES 2018 Ryzen CPUs announcements and reveals from AMD already covered, time to look at the APU news.

These APUs combine the Zen CPU and Vega GPU architectures into a single package with Infinity Fabric uniting it all, providing a single control and data interface for the entire SOC. The Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U mobile processors are already available in some devices, and this quarter systems running Ryzen 3 mobile processors are expected to launch. The Ryzen 3 2300U sports 4 cores/4 threads with a base clock of 2.0 GHz and boost of 3.4 GHz, along with 6 Vega CUs. The Ryzen 3 2200U features 2 cores/4 threads with a base clock of 2.5 GHz and boost of 3.4 GHz, combined with 3 Vega CUs. All of these Ryzen Mobile APUs have a 15 W Nominal TDP.

I believe since Ryzen launched a year ago, it has been known desktop-targeting Ryzen APUs were coming, and now we have details on two of them. The Ryzen 5 2400G has 4 cores/8 threads, a 3.6 GHz base clock and 3.9 GHz boost clock, and is combined with 11 Vega CUs. The Ryzen 3 2200G features 4 cores/4 threads with a base clock of 3.5 GHz and boost of 3.7 GHz, and is has 8 Vega CUs. The 2400G will cost $169 while the 2200G comes in at just $99. Both APUs have a CTDP of 45-65 W. Among the many slides is one showing the 2400G surpassing the $199 Intel Core i5-8400 and matching the i5-8400 when combined with the $89 NVIDIA GT 1030 in 3DMark Time Spy. The i5-8400 also has a 65 W TDP, and the GT 1030 has a 30 W TDP. The desktop Ryzen APUs are to be available February 12.

Also shown across a number of slides are various power features, allowing the APUs to be more efficient by controlling the frequency and voltage of each core, and enhanced gate states. This means the chips can enter and exit lower power states very quickly. Also the SOC elements have been organized into power gating regions with Infinity Fabric for even greater efficiency.

Source: AMD and Slide Decks

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