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AMD to roll out new Ryzen APUs and Vega Mobile GPUs in 2018

By The Count - on 9 Jan 2018, 8:00pm

AMD to roll out new Ryzen APUs and Vega Mobile GPUs in 2018

AMD is going full speed with its high-performance computing products roadmap, announcing new Ryzen APUs (or Accelerated Processing Unit, in layman’s term, AMD’s marketing term for a single CPU/GPU die) with integrated Vega graphics and a discrete Vega mobile GPU.

Ryzen to get Vega integration

PC builders obsessed with building a budget gaming PC should take note of Ryzen’s two new low-cost APUs – the Ryzen 5 2400G (US$169) and Ryzen 3 2200G (US$99).

The Ryzen 5 2400G will feature four cores and run at a base clock of 3.6GHz with a boost clock of 3.9GHz. It will also feature a 11 Vega-based Compute Units. The Ryzen 3 2200G will also have four cores, but run at a base clock of 3.5GHz with a boost clock of 3.7GHz. It will also feature a smaller 8 Compute Units.

While both APUs won’t set benchmarks and games on fire, it will nonetheless still offer discrete-class gaming on a single chip. According to AMD, the Ryzen 5 2400G will offer comparable performance to an Intel Core i5-8400 and a GeForce GTX 1030. But at US$169, it will cost far less than the Intel and NVIDIA combination and with a lower TDP too.

Both new APUs are due to be available in February, AMD has said. Upgraders will also be happy to know that the new APUs will be fully compatible with existing 3-series motherboards, although a BIOS update will be required.

Vega goes mobile

Hot on the heels of NVIDIA’s Max-Q initiative, AMD also announced a tiny Radeon Vega Mobile GPU. Like its desktop variant, Vega Mobile will also use the fanciful HBM2 memory. It will also have a smaller footprint, with a height of just 1.7mm. If you have been hoping for an AMD mobile gaming solution, the Vega Mobile could be the start of AMD-based thin high-end gaming notebooks.

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