Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

AMD Lowers Prices On Ryzen 7, 5, 3, And Threadripper CPUs

AMD Lowers Prices On Ryzen 7, 5, 3, And Threadripper CPUs

All the manufacturers of the 120-odd AM4 boards on the market have promised to have BIOS updates available for their 300-series boards to allow this cross-compatibility, but you won't have to wait 'til April for that as they're going to be released in time for the Raven Ridge desktop APUs.

That means you might get some improved overclocking, but aside from the I/O performance the old 300-series boards aren't going to be too far off the pace of the new chipset when it comes to getting those new 12nm chips rocking.

Further in the future, AMD said the Zen 2 architecture, designed for 7nm, is now complete and on-track for release probably next year, with Zen 3 also on track. Nevertheless, there are still many details regarding the Ryzen Desktop 2000 series are still under wraps at the moment which will only be revealed once we get closer to their launch this coming April.

Even as the first-generation Ryzen products continue to be rolled out, AMD is moving on with the first iteration.

Jim Anderson, head of the computing and graphics business group, said at the briefing that desktop Ryzen APUs combine Zen cores with advanced Vega GPUs. The Ryzen 3 2200G has base and boost speeds of 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz respectively and will cost $99 (approximately Rs. 6,265).

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These two APUs are pretty insane in what they offer at a low price point. It also packs a Vega GPU with 11 compute units, or 704 shader cores, with a base clock of 1240 MHz.

The Ryzen 3 2200G is better still value. It offers only 2 cores (but four threads thanks to Hyperthreading) that run at 3.4 GHz. The 2300U also has double the CUs, or Vega graphics units, of the 2200U: six versus three. In terms of CPU and GPU performance in particular, the Ryzen 5 CPUs did much better than comparable Core i5 processors.

Now, AMD has made the price cuts official for several models. And that's not to mention the Ryzen 5 2400G's lower total TDP of just 65W. A demo I saw showed the Ryzen 5 2400G hitting 1750 MHz on the GPU with a standard air cooler, and when combined with fast memory, this led to a near 40% uplift in 3DMark Fire Strike performance.

Prior to this, the AMD Ryzen 2 was expected to arrive in February as it was indicated in a leaked roadmap of the manufacturer, but it turns out the company needs more time.

The pricing configuration gives AMD some impressive placement.

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Expect to start seeing laptops using Ryzen Pro Mobile chips in the second quarter of this year. If these cuts haven't pushed through to retail just yet, they should be hopefully very soon.

With CES kicking off this week, all the major names have announcements, and AMD is no exception.

Above: AMD's specs for its latest Ryzen mobile processors with Radeon graphics.

The Ryzen 3 2300U is a four core, four thread part clocked at 2.0 GHz with a 3.4 GHz boost, which from a CPU perspective makes it a slightly lower clocked Ryzen 5 2500U that lacks SMT.

In addition to the Acer, HP and Lenovo models announced a year ago, AMD also released sneak peeks at upcoming Acer Nitro 5 variants with Ryzen CPUs and Radeon RX580 graphics, and Dell Inspiron 5000 series laptops with an optional discrete Radeon 530 discrete GPU. While all this seem great on paper we are still waiting to see the actual performance.

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