AMD Ryzen with Radeon Vega APUs now available

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The AMD desktop APUs, released almost a year after the company launched its Ryzen family of processors, are meant to deliver superior console-class HD gaming performance on a desktop, according to the chipmaker.

The processors are the first consumer desktop APUs, or accelerated processing units - a term AMD uses to refer to a processor with tightly integrated graphics. In comparison, the Ryzen 5 2400G has a clock speed of 3.6GHz and 65W TDP, while the Ryzen 3 2200G has a frequency speed of 3.5GHz and TDP rating of 65W.

The first AMD hardware release of 2018 is part of its new Ryzen refresh line, but these aren't just second-generation CPUs, they're APUs, which pack a little Vega graphics core on board and mean they handle central processing and graphics processing on the same die.

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Thankfully, AMD is finally delivering the goods with APUs not only based on Ryzen, but also featuring AMD Vega graphics built right into chip, led by the Editor's Choice award-winning AMD Ryzen 5 2400G. Its CPU operates at 3.7 GHz and the GPU operates at 1.1 GHz. That combination costs nearly $300 while AMD's new chip is priced at $169.

The chips are available today, and computer makers are expected to launch PCs with the chips in the coming months. AMD Ryzen Desktop APUs are a ideal example of the innovation we bring to market for consumer and commercial PC users.

The duo come with improved AMD SenseMI technology that is said to enable lower power usage at higher frequencies and reduced memory latencies. It may have some basis for that, considering it has had more experience in the graphics market with the Radeon technology it got when it acquired ATI a long time ago. AMD has also claimed that this chipset delivers up to 156% more graphics as well as up to 21% more system performance than the Intel Core i5-8400 and up to 39% faster graphics performance when overclocked. The same graphics are now arriving on the Ryzen line as AMD has announced the availability of Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G processors with Radeon Vega graphics on a single chip.

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