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Advanced Micro Devices’ Ryzen Desktop APU and 3rd-Party Reviews


Mar. 1 2018, Updated 9:03 a.m. ET

Reviews for Ryzen desktop APUs

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) launched its Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G APUs (application processing units) (code name Raven Ridge) at attractive prices. These APUs received impressive reviews from most analysts and third-party reviewers. Many analysts call AMD’s Ryzen desktop APUs a more cost-effective processor than Intel’s (INTC) APU.

Reviewers believe that AMD’s Ryzen desktop APU at such low price points could bring a better video performance on a low-end desktop.

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ZDNet tested AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G APU against Intel’s comparably priced i5-8400 CPU (central processing unit) and found that the former delivered better gaming performance than the latter.

AMD’s APUs delivered higher FPS (frames per second) in recent games. In Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, AMD reached 58 FPS compared to Intel’s 16 FPS. In Alien: Isolation, AMD reached 82 FPS compared to Intel’s 30 FPS. In HitmanPro, AMD’s 33 FPS compared to Intel’s 9 FPS.


Anandtech tested AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G with similarly priced Intel’s CPU and found that AMD significantly outperformed Intel in graphics-intensive tasks and gaming, whereas Intel slightly outperformed AMD in typical computing tasks.

AMD performed two to three times better than Intel in almost all the 1080p benchmarks. However, when Intel’s CPU was paired with Nvidia’s (NVDA) GT 1030, there was a very slight difference between AMD and Intel in all 1080p benchmarks.

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Intel outperformed AMD in single threaded computing tests by delivering higher IPC (instructions per cycle) and higher turbo frequency. AMD is looking to catch up with Intel in the computing space with its Ryzen upgrade due to a launch at the end of 2018. The Ryzen upgrade is based on 12 nm (nanometer) Zen+ architecture.

Anandtech concluded that the only benefit Intel has over AMD is the chipset IO (input/output). Otherwise, AMD is more cost-effective and power-efficient. Moreover, AMD’s APUs include a Wraith Stealth 65W cooler that brings additional value to the package.


Techspot‘s review found that AMD’s APU has strong performance capabilities, but high memory prices could reduce its cost-savings benefit. It noted that AMD’s APUs require a faster memory, which is more expensive than what is required by a similarly priced Intel CPU.

Techspot used the $250 G.Skill FlareX DDR4 (double data rate dynamic random access memory)-3200 16 GB (gigabyte) kit to run AMD’s APU and the $160 DDR4-2400 16 GB kit to run Intel’s CPU. A user might have to shell out more money on memory to use AMD’s APU, thereby mitigating the cost savings. Looking at the current memory environment, memory prices are unlikely to fall in 2018.

Next, we’ll see how AMD’s Ryzen APU performs against Nvidia’s GPU and the Ryzen CPU.


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