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AMD takes on the Intel Pentium Gold G4560 with the Athlon 200GE for just US$55

AMD Athlon 200GE series will target entry-level PC users. (Source: AMD)
AMD Athlon 200GE series will target entry-level PC users. (Source: AMD)
AMD has announced the new entry-level Athlon 200GE series CPUs to take on Intel's Pentium Gold offerings. AMD is pegging the Athlon 200GE series as a CPU for everyday PCs and comes with integrated Radeon Vega graphics with 3 CUs and can fit easily into any Socket AM4 motherboard. Pricing starts from US$55 for the Athlon 200GE with details for the Athlon 220GE and 240GE to be announced soon.

AMD has announced the Athlon 200GE series CPUs for the entry-level PC market. For perhaps the first time, the Athlon CPUs feature integrated Radeon Vega graphics; earlier Athlons had the GPU part of the APU disabled. There are three SKUs in the new Athlon series and AMD has detailed the Athlon 200GE for now with information about the 220GE and the 240GE set to be disclosed closer to availability in Q4 2018. There are also Pro variants of the Athlon 200GE series for commercial customers.

We came to know a few months ago that there are new Athlons incoming thanks to a Geekbench listing. AMD pits the Athlon 200GE against 'Bristol Ridge' APUs such as the A6-9500E, A10-9700, and the now dated Intel Pentium G4560

Budget CPU Lineup

Here's a comparison of some of the sub-US$100 CPUs that the Athlon 200GE will be competing against (Ryzen 3 1300X included for sake of comparison) —

 

Athlon 200GEPentium Gold G5600Pentium G4560Ryzen 3 1300XRyzen 3 2200G
TDP35W54W54W65W65W
Architecture14nm Zen14nm++ Coffee Lake14nm Kaby Lake14nm Zen14nm Zen
Cores / Threads2 / 42 / 42 / 44 / 44 / 4
Base Clock  / Boost Clock (GHz)3.2 / -3.9 / -3.5 / - 3.5 / 3.73.6 / 3.9
Memory SpeedDDR4-2677DDR4-2400DDR4-2400DDR4-2677DDR4-2933
L3 Cache (MB)44384
Integrated GPURadeon Vega 3UHD Graphics 630UHD Graphics 610N/ARadeon Vega 8
MultiplierLockedLocked LockedUnlocked Unlocked
MSRP (US$)55866512499

 

The Athlon 200GE will fit snugly into any Socket AM4 motherboard but is multiplier-locked making it the first Zen CPU to be non-overclockable. But given the target market of these CPUs, having a locked multiplier is not surprising. Therefore, it seems that the Athlons are best paired with a A320-chipset based motherboard for maximum value. The A320 chipset does not support CPU overclocking but supports memory overclocking, which should help squeezing a bit more performance from the integrated Radeon Vega 3 graphics. Another interesting aspect of the new Athlons is support for the AVX instruction set.

Performance

Performance-wise, the Athlon 200GE fared significantly better than 'Bristol Ridge' APUs and although it suffered a minor setback in CPU-intensive tasks against the Pentium Gold G4560, it more than made up for it with the GPU performance. Of course, these are AMD's numbers so they are prone to marketing bias. Nevertheless, we do get a hint of the kind of improvements on offer. It should also be noted that despite the lower 35W TDP envelope and lower clocks than the Pentium Gold G4560, the Athlon 200GE managed to come pretty close in CPU-related tasks. A comparison with the current Pentium Gold G5400 or G5600 would have been much more appropriate but AMD has probably left it for reviewers to benchmark these CPUs against each other. 

Gaming though, paints a totally different picture. When paired with a discrete GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, the Athlon 200GE seems to have put an impressive show at 1080p Ultra often coming close to the Pentium Gold G4560 in titles such as CS:GO, GTA V, Fortnite, PUBG, and Overwatch. With the integrated Radeon Vega 3 graphics, AMD says that entry-level 720p gaming should be easily achievable. Numbers for the Athlon 220GE and 240GE were not shown but we can expect slightly better clocks and graphics performance.

Athlon Pro and Ryzen 2 Pro

Alongside the Athlon 200GE CPUs, AMD also announced the enterprise oriented Athlon Pro and the Ryzen 2 Pro. The available processors include the Athlon Pro 200GE, Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X, Ryzen 7 Pro 2700, and the Ryzen 5 Pro 2600.

The specifications of the Pro CPUs are exactly the same as their consumer counterparts. However, the Pro versions feature a few extra goodies tailored for the enterprise such as a dedicated security co-processor, AMD GuardMI, transparent secure memory encryption (TSME), a 24-month availability guarantee, and a 36-month warranty. 

Systems powered by the Athlon Pro and Ryzen Pro CPUs are expected to be available as and when OEMs such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo release them. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-09- 9 (Update: 2018-09- 9)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.