AMD’s new Ryzen 3000 APUs don’t step it up the way the new Ryzen 3000 CPUs do, but they look to still be decent updates.
If you’re on a Top Ramen diet, the last thing you’re probably jazzed for is AMD’s new $750 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X or its $450 Radeon 5700 XT (go.pcworld.com/navi) graphics card. But AMD buried some good news for budget gamers among its massive CPU, GPU, and motherboard PCIe 4.0 announcement blitz at E3 2019: A pair of affordable new Ryzen 3000-series APUs.
AMD’s APUs blend the company’s Ryzen processing cores with Radeon Vega graphics on a single ready-to-game chip.
The Ryzen 3 3200G will feature a quadcore chip running with a 4GHz boost and 3.6GHz base speeds. For graphics, it will feature Radeon Vega 8 GPU cores running at 1,250MHz. The new APU will come with a Wraith Stealth cooler.
Compared to the previous Ryzen 3 2200G, the newer Ryzen 3200G (go. pcworld.com/ryz3) will run about 300MHz faster on the CPU side and about 150MHz faster on the GPU side. Budget gamers will be especially pleased by the price though: AMD will still charge $99 for the APU.
The $149 Ryzen 5 3400G justifies its higher price by outfitting its quad-core CPU with simultaneous multithreading. It’ll run at 4.2GHz on boost (about 300MHz faster than the previous Ryzen 5 2400G) and have a base clock of 3.7GHz. The graphics are faster too, upgrading to Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics that run at slightly higher clocks than its predecessor (1,400MHz instead of 1,250MHz).
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