When AMD launched its first Ryzen chips for desktop computers last year, the company was just focused on the CPU: if you wanted a GPU you needed to buy a separate graphics card.

Then the company released its first all-in-one APU (accelerated processing unit) chips: the Ryzen Mobile laptop processors with integrated Radeon Vega graphics.

Now Ryzen + Radeon chips for the desktop are here, with prices starting at $99.

The new chips aren’t the most powerful processors in AMD’s lineup, but early reviews suggest they offer a lot of bang for the buck, particularly if you’re looking to build a budget gaming machine and don’t need bleeding-edge performance.

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G processor is a 3.7 GHz 4-core/4-thread chip with 1.1 GHZ Radeon Vega 8 graphics and a suggested retail price of $99. AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G is a 3.9 GHz 4-core/8-thread processor with 1.25 GHz Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics and a suggested price of $169.

The company says the more powerful chip offers performance that’s on par with what you’d get if you spent $199 on an Intel Core i5-8400 Coffee Lake-S processor and $89 on an NVIDIA GeForce 1030 graphics card, and third-party benchmark tests seem to confirm that assertion.

More impressively, the Ryzen 5 2400G is said to offer 2-3 times better graphics performance than the integrated Intel HD graphics you’d get if you bought just the Intel Coffee Lake processor and left out the graphics card. AMD’s integrated graphics technology seems capable of running circles around Intel’s.

While you’re probably not going to want to do a lot of 4K gaming, VR, or high-end graphic design using a PC with an AMD Ryzen APU, the price-per-performance proposition is pretty strong: for less than the price of an Intel Core i5-8400 chip you get a CPU that’s almost as good and a GPU that’s close to what you’d get from an entry-level discrete graphics card.

Oh, and these chips aren’t just for gaming. If you’re looking for a set of benchmarks that show how the new Ryzen APUs do on cryptography, compression, and more, xda-developers has some interesting results.

There are a bunch of in-depth reviews of the new chips out today, but here are a few that I skimmed this morning:

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14 replies on “AMD launches Ryzen processors with Radeon Vega graphics for $99 and up”

  1. How is Linux support for the Raedon Vega graphics? Will these work natively with Ubuntu, or will I have to ‘go fish’ for drivers like all the other AMD/ATI graphics products?

  2. It will not be long until igpu will dominate the video gaming industry it has already won over many components of the industry.
    HBM2 on the AMD igpu along with 12 or even 7 nm manufacturing process will bring huge changes.
    most people do not want high powered high costing systems to run games.
    The death of high powered discrete solutions will not be noticed
    The ryzen 5 2400G is a huge step forward in that regard. add an entry level video card and it will
    do big moves on low prices.

  3. “AMD’s integrated graphics technology seems capable of running circles around Intel’s.” I wonder if it will stay that way in the future with Intel poaching AMD’s Radeon chief. it’s good for AMD to have the edge in graphics, so I hope they can keep their lead.

    1. You are forgetting that is an igpu compared to discrete you can still add a discrete to this chip
      The fact is this chip with a r650 would mop the floor with any intel product with a 1050 nvidia
      you simply are not looking at reality

  4. Very interested in this formula, it is something that would make an interesting low-cost home-theatre PC with an emphasis on Emulation.

    However, I was hoping for more GPU performance.

    If you evaluate the value and performance factors, this doesn’t seem like anything fantastic compared to previous generation APUs, and where they fit into the market.

    This configuration seems to be onpar with the value offered by the previous generation AMD desktop APU chips, like the A10-7850k. The 7850K was on par with the GPU performance of the R7 250, which was about $69 at the time. This Ryzen is on par with a the 1030, which is not too far off that $69 price.

    Another thing that seems consistent is where this product fits in with the prospect of spending more money on a better GPU. Back in the 7850k days, you could spend $200 on an R7 270, which had about 3x better GPU performance. Today you could spend the same $200 on a 1050ti, and get again, about 3x more performance.

    Nothing really new and exciting here about the value and performance.

    1. “Nothing really new and exciting here about the value and performance.”

      If you only consider the GPU. On pure CPU performance, the Ryzen 3 2200G benchmarks at something like 67% faster than the A10-7850k (i.e., the Ryen’s CPU performance is ~%148 that of the A10-7850k). That’s the huge upgrade.

      1. I’m not trying to compare the performance of the Ryzen+Radeon product to the performance of the old generation APU. I’m comparing the value of today’s APU-or-GPU decision against yesterday’s APU-or-GPU decision.

        1. Up until a few months ago, the cheapest quad core with a high perf core was about 180$ and the GPU perf was a few times lower
          You can try to twist it in any way you want but you are getting a huge gain in perf per $ vs half a year ago and that’s by far the most we got in the last decade, by far.

          1. But at the end of the day, you still need a GPU if you want to do any real gaming other than 3 yrs old games on 720p setting.

          2. “But at the end of the day, you still need a GPU if you want to do any real gaming”

            Straw man argument. This CPU + APU combination is not intended to be used for real gaming. Anybody interested in “real” ™ gaming will not be considering these chips, so why harp on about “real” gaming?

            The keyword is “budget” and the key phrase is “performance per dollar value”.

  5. I’d like to see benchmarks of how these cheaper Ryzen + Vega chips hold up against older Intel Core i7 + Iris Pro Graphics. Historically, Intel has never won any battles in the graphics space, and integrated graphics is no different with AMD’s integrated solutions always been better. But the Iris Pro 580 was and still is Intel’s most powerful integrated GPU and it packs a good punch with even modern games.

    1. Going forward Intel is now going to use AMD igpu they are no longer in the IGPU arena

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