Rejoice budget gamers! AMD’s Raven Ridge Desktop APUs are nearly upon us. These Ryzen 14nm chips arrive on Monday, February 12, and combine the processing power of AMD’s Ryzen CPUs with the graphical prowess of Radeon Vega graphics all on one AM4-compatible package.
These upcoming APUs will work with most AM4 boards with only a simple BIOS update, so here are the best AMD gaming motherboards around.
We’ve had our Raven Ridge review kit for the last week and have been putting the two new APUs through their paces on the PCGN test bench, but you’re going to have to wait until Monday for the full performance review.
But if you cannot wait until Monday for your first taste of AMD’s long-awaited APUs then satiate your techie thirst with our AMD Raven Ridge unboxing. We’ve torn apart our reviewer’s care package on camera for your viewing enjoyment, and you can find the video embedded here or over at the PCGamesN YouTube channel.
The Ryzen 5 2400G is the flagship Raven Ridge desktop processor, and features four simultaneous multithreaded cores capable of running up to eight threads. Clockspeeds start at a base of 3.6GHz, and these can boost up to 3.9GHz.
The real draw of these all-in-one chips is the Vega graphics cores embedded right into the chip. The Ryzen 5 2400G features AMD Vega 11 graphics, which is made up of 11 compute units and 704 stream processors, with a clockspeed of 1,250MHz. All in all, the TDP will be 65W for the entire package, and will cost you $169 / £169 at the checkout.
The Ryzen 3 2200G is also joining the Ryzen lineup. This APU features four-cores, with one thread available each, and starts at 3.5GHz base clock and boosts to 3.7GHz. AMD’s Vega 8 graphics have been sewn onto this chip, and this means eight compute units, 512 stream processors, and a GPU clockspeed of 1,100MHz. TDP remains the same at 65W, but pricing drops to $99 / £99 for the Ryzen 3 APU.