Low budget gamers know that there are not many options for affordable platforms capable of passable performance , especially with traditional graphics cards that steal shelves and land in cryptocurrency mining platforms. AMD aims to give these people an all-in-one solution with a new wave of what the company once called accelerated processing units. Although the use of APU is getting more and more, the new Raven Ridge chips combine host processing, graphics, memory control and fixed-function accelerators, just like their predecessors. The flagship Ryzen 5 2400G that we are looking at today comes with four compatible SMT Zen cores and 11 Radeon Vega Compute units that provide up to 1.76 TFLOPS. According to AMD, it should be fast enough to run some AAA games in 1080p with low quality detail settings.

The Raven Ridge family follows Summit Ridge's debut last year, where we discovered AMD's Zen architecture in the form of CPUs, with no built-in graphics. The Zeppelin chip of 4.8 billion transistors has enabled AMD to cram eight cores, lots of cache and lots of PCIe into an AM4 Socket interface. But it was only an option if you paired it with a discreet GPU. Obviously, this left the content of the masses with integrated graphics. Before that, these people could either choose between modern Intel Core processors or aging Bristol Ridge APUs, with Excavator cores and GCN 3.0 graphics.

Obviously, AMD's Zen design needed a companion, and Vega's graphic architecture was a logical choice to modernize the company's portfolio. Although fans have mixed feelings about the Radeon RX Vega 64 and 56 cards, we will soon see that the graphical architecture works particularly well in an integrated package. As proof, even Intel relies on Vega graphics for its Kaby Lake-G processors.

Raven Ridge could not enter the market at a more interesting time. We are facing the worst GPU shortage since Cryptocurrency miners snap discrete cards in bulk to fuel their bullish prospects on Ethereum and other altcoins. Thus, PC players may be willing to consider cheaper hardware to help them until additional cards become more affordable. And those who consider Raven Ridge for its value can stay entertained, as we find these processors are perfect for tuners and hobbyists.

Climbing Raven Ridge

At least to begin with, Raven Ridge is available in two SKUs. Once again, the Ryzen 5 2400G flagship has four simultaneous multi-threaded Zen cores and 11 CPUs, giving 704 Stream processors. It should cost around $ 170.

There is also a Ryzen 3 2200G that comes with four physical cores (without SMT) and eight CUs (512 stream processors) for just $ 100. AMD is positioning this processor for the eSport crowd interested in 720p games.

Both Raven Ridge models abide by AMD's promise to support the AM4 platform until 2020; they fall into standard Socket AM4 interfaces on motherboards with display outputs. Of course, existing maps need a firmware update to recognize new models, while newer platforms will include a "Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready" badge signaling compatibility.

Specifications

AMD continues its core value proposition of offering unlocked ratio multipliers on all its processors. And now, you can also optimize matrix graphics. A refined memory controller officially supports DDR4-2933 (from DDR4-2666) for two-channel kits, and also enhanced memory overclocking capabilities. This is an important improvement to extract the maximum performance of a SoC depending on the available bandwidth.

Interestingly, these new processors will replace the existing Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200 models. Most of the notable differences between these older and new processors are related to a single quad core CCX design and 14nm + AMD process. The outgoing Ryzen models used two CCXs, leaving no room on the die for a graphics engine.

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Ryzen 5 2400G German English] Ryzen 5 1400
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Ryzen 3 2200G
Ryzen 3 1200
Pedestal
AM4 AM4 AM4 AM4
Processes Hearts / Sons
4/8 4/8 ] 4/4 4/4
Frequency of the processor / boost base (GHz)
]
3.6 / 3.9 3.2 / 3.4 3.5 / 3.7 3.1 / 3.2
UC GPU 11 (704 ALUs) X 8 (512 UAL ) X
Clock iGPU ( MHz)
up to 1250 X Up to 1100 X
cache L3 4MB 8MB 4MB 8MB
Speed ​​of Memory Until 1945 to DDR4-2933 until DDR4-2666 until the DDR4-2933 up to DDR4-2666
PCIe 3.0-way
8 ] 16 8 16
TDP
65W 65W 65W 65W
The Process
14nm + 14nm 14nm + 14nm
MSRP
$ 170 $ 170 $ 100 $ 110

] Switching to a single CCX eliminates the need for communication between remote groups of cores, so the latency of access to memory and cache is more constant. we have seen other Ryzen models. Then each CCX usually has 8 MB of cache. AMD redesigned the design and reduced the amount of cache on a single CCX. The Raven Ridge chips therefore have only 4 MB of L3 cache. Fortunately, the game tends to prefer a lower memory latency than a high capacity. We will explore this more deeply through our benchmarks.

AMD also tells us that its 14nm + manufacturing process is more efficient than before, facilitating higher operating frequencies. Indeed, the two new Ryzen chips benefit from an improvement in the basic clock rate of 400 MHz compared to Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200. In addition, these older processors used a dual-core Precision Boost function . But now, the company is using a more sophisticated Multicore Precision Boost 2 algorithm that can accelerate up to 500 MHz.

PCI Express 3.0 connectivity is still available through Raven Ridge processors. There are four dedicated chipset channels and four others that work well for connecting to PCIe storage. Eight additional channels are available to attach discrete graphics, although this is unfortunately a step back from Summit Ridge processors with 16 additional channels. Again, we do not expect anyone to run a multi-GPU configuration on an entry-level platform.

Then there is the question of prices. Ryzen 5 2400G has the same number of CPU threads and kernels at the same price as Ryzen 5 1400, but now it also includes built-in graphics. The same applies to Ryzen 3 2200G against Ryzen 3 1200, although in this case, you will actually pay $ 10 less for Raven Ridge. This places Ryzen 3 2200G against some of Intel's Pentium processors. Both AMD models also include a 65W cooler.

Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G are rated at 65W, just like Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200. This means that the exchange of a CCX for a handful of computing units ends to be a wash for power. AMD points out that all AM4 motherboards support 95W as a basic requirement, even in the mini-ITX format. This leaves a lot of room for overclocking. We also expect 400 series motherboards in April, as well as Zen + processors. These cards will be cheaper than what we currently have, and we expect that they will incorporate low power consumption, better multi-hub USB throughput, better power distribution and optimization of the implementation. memory. All existing Ryzen models will fall inside.

As mentioned, AMD does not want to call its Raven Ridge chip APUs, perhaps for the purpose of getting rid of the preconceived notions of poor performance of previous generation implementations. To the credit of AMD, Raven Ridge is an entirely new beast. But the company now wants us to call its AMD Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon Vega Graphics. No matter what you call it, however, the 2400G is a powerful chip for $ 170.

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Low budget gamers know that there are not many options for affordable platforms capable of passable performance , especially with traditional graphics cards that steal shelves and land in cryptocurrency mining platforms. AMD aims to give these people an all-in-one solution with a new wave of what the company once called accelerated processing units. Although the use of APU is getting more and more, the new Raven Ridge chips combine host processing, graphics, memory control and fixed-function accelerators, just like their predecessors. The flagship Ryzen 5 2400G that we are looking at today comes with four compatible SMT Zen cores and 11 Radeon Vega Compute units that provide up to 1.76 TFLOPS. According to AMD, it should be fast enough to run some AAA games in 1080p with low quality detail settings.

The Raven Ridge family follows Summit Ridge's debut last year, where we discovered AMD's Zen architecture in the form of CPUs, with no built-in graphics. The Zeppelin chip of 4.8 billion transistors has enabled AMD to cram eight cores, lots of cache and lots of PCIe into an AM4 Socket interface. But it was only an option if you paired it with a discreet GPU. Obviously, this left the content of the masses with integrated graphics. Before that, these people could either choose between modern Intel Core processors or aging Bristol Ridge APUs, with Excavator cores and GCN 3.0 graphics.

Obviously, AMD's Zen design needed a companion, and Vega's graphic architecture was a logical choice to modernize the company's portfolio. Although fans have mixed feelings about the Radeon RX Vega 64 and 56 cards, we will soon see that the graphical architecture works particularly well in an integrated package. As proof, even Intel relies on Vega graphics for its Kaby Lake-G processors.

Raven Ridge could not enter the market at a more interesting time. We are facing the worst GPU shortage since Cryptocurrency miners snap discrete cards in bulk to fuel their bullish prospects on Ethereum and other altcoins. Thus, PC players may be willing to consider cheaper hardware to help them until additional cards become more affordable. And those who consider Raven Ridge for its value can stay entertained, as we find these processors are perfect for tuners and hobbyists.

Climbing Raven Ridge

At least to begin with, Raven Ridge is available in two SKUs. Once again, the Ryzen 5 2400G flagship has four simultaneous multi-threaded Zen cores and 11 CPUs, giving 704 Stream processors. It should cost around $ 170.

There is also a Ryzen 3 2200G that comes with four physical cores (without SMT) and eight CUs (512 stream processors) for just $ 100. AMD is positioning this processor for the eSport crowd interested in 720p games.

Both Raven Ridge models abide by AMD's promise to support the AM4 platform until 2020; they fall into standard Socket AM4 interfaces on motherboards with display outputs. Of course, existing maps need a firmware update to recognize new models, while newer platforms will include a "Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready" badge signaling compatibility.

Specifications

AMD continues its core value proposition of offering unlocked ratio multipliers on all its processors. And now, you can also optimize matrix graphics. A refined memory controller officially supports DDR4-2933 (from DDR4-2666) for two-channel kits, and also enhanced memory overclocking capabilities. This is an important improvement to extract the maximum performance of a SoC depending on the available bandwidth.

Interestingly, these new processors will replace the existing Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200 models. Most of the notable differences between these older and new processors are related to a single quad core CCX design and 14nm + AMD process. The outgoing Ryzen models used two CCXs, leaving no room on the die for a graphics engine.

]

]

]

Ryzen 5 2400G German English] Ryzen 5 1400
]
Ryzen 3 2200G
Ryzen 3 1200
Pedestal
AM4 AM4 AM4 AM4
Processes Hearts / Sons
4/8 4/8 ] 4/4 4/4
Frequency of the processor / boost base (GHz)
]
3.6 / 3.9 3.2 / 3.4 3.5 / 3.7 3.1 / 3.2
UC GPU 11 (704 ALUs) X 8 (512 UAL ) X
Clock iGPU ( MHz)
up to 1250 X Up to 1100 X
cache L3 4MB 8MB 4MB 8MB
Speed ​​of Memory Until 1945 to DDR4-2933 until DDR4-2666 until the DDR4-2933 up to DDR4-2666
PCIe 3.0-way
8 ] 16 8 16
TDP
65W 65W 65W 65W
The Process
14nm + 14nm 14nm + 14nm
MSRP
$ 170 $ 170 $ 100 $ 110

] Switching to a single CCX eliminates the need for communication between remote groups of cores, so the latency of access to memory and cache is more constant. we have seen other Ryzen models. Then each CCX usually has 8 MB of cache. AMD redesigned the design and reduced the amount of cache on a single CCX. The Raven Ridge chips therefore have only 4 MB of L3 cache. Fortunately, the game tends to prefer a lower memory latency than a high capacity. We will explore this more deeply through our benchmarks.

AMD also tells us that its 14nm + manufacturing process is more efficient than before, facilitating higher operating frequencies. Indeed, the two new Ryzen chips benefit from an improvement in the basic clock rate of 400 MHz compared to Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200. In addition, these older processors used a dual-core Precision Boost function . But now, the company is using a more sophisticated Multicore Precision Boost 2 algorithm that can accelerate up to 500 MHz.

PCI Express 3.0 connectivity is still available through Raven Ridge processors. There are four dedicated chipset channels and four others that work well for connecting to PCIe storage. Eight additional channels are available to attach discrete graphics, although this is unfortunately a step back from Summit Ridge processors with 16 additional channels. Again, we do not expect anyone to run a multi-GPU configuration on an entry-level platform.

Then there is the question of prices. Ryzen 5 2400G has the same number of CPU threads and kernels at the same price as Ryzen 5 1400, but now it also includes built-in graphics. The same applies to Ryzen 3 2200G against Ryzen 3 1200, although in this case, you will actually pay $ 10 less for Raven Ridge. This places Ryzen 3 2200G against some of Intel's Pentium processors. Both AMD models also include a 65W cooler.

Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G are rated at 65W, just like Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 3 1200. This means that the exchange of a CCX for a handful of computing units ends to be a wash for power. AMD points out that all AM4 motherboards support 95W as a basic requirement, even in the mini-ITX format. This leaves a lot of room for overclocking. We also expect 400 series motherboards in April, as well as Zen + processors. These cards will be cheaper than what we currently have, and we expect that they will incorporate low power consumption, better multi-hub USB throughput, better power distribution and optimization of the implementation. memory. All existing Ryzen models will fall inside.

As mentioned, AMD does not want to call its Raven Ridge chip APUs, perhaps for the purpose of getting rid of the preconceived notions of poor performance of previous generation implementations. To the credit of AMD, Raven Ridge is an entirely new beast. But the company now wants us to call its AMD Ryzen 5 2400G with Radeon Vega Graphics. No matter what you call it, however, the 2400G is a powerful chip for $ 170.

MORE: Best Processors

MORE INFORMATION: Hierarchy of Intel and AMD Processors

MORE: All CPUs Content


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