AMD Ryzen+Vega CPUs unboxed in China

AMD Ryzen+Vega CPUs unboxed in China

AMD Ryzen+Vega CPUs unboxed in China

AMD’s upcoming Ryzen+Vega CPUs are set to release on February 12th, offering a new integrated Vega graphics unit alongside increased clock speeds when compared to their Ryzen 1000-series counterparts.  

These new Ryzen-based CPUs have been pictured in China, showcasing the two new CPUs and their included Wraith Stealth stock cooling solution. These images come from the Chinese forum Baidu, though the original post has been deleted, though thankfully the Reddit user riposte94 has archived these pictures on imgur. 

With these new CPU models, AMD plans to offer even more value than they did with their original Ryzen products, launching these new models with similar pricing to their last-generation counterparts while also providing higher CPU clock speeds, improved precision boost technology and a moderately powerful integrated graphics unit. 

AMD has also updated the memory controllers on these chips to support higher DRAM frequencies, addressing one of the biggest issues that Ryzen users faced at launch. 

  

AMD Ryzen+Vega CPUs unboxed in China  

Looking at these new units, it is hard to see this release as anything other than the “Ryzen better value edition”, offering improvements in almost every respect while delivering compelling price points. 

With the current state of the GPU market, it is likely that some budget PC gaming newcomers may want to invest in one of these CPUs so that they can potentially game while they wait for GPU pricing to return to normal. These CPUs are expected to outperform Intel’s integrated graphics with ease, making them the ideal option for a basic Minecraft gaming machine.  

 
  Ryzen 3 1200 Ryzen 3 2200G Ryzen 5 1400 Ryzen 5 2400G
CPU Socket AM4 AM4 AM4 AM4
Manufacturing Process 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm
Cores/Threads 4/4 4/4 4/8 4/8
CPU Base Clock 3.1GHz 3.5GHz 3.2GHz 3.6GHz
CPU Boost Clock 3.4GHz 3.7GHz 3.4GHz 3.9GHz
L2 Cache 2MB 2MB 2MB 2MB
L3 Cache 8MB Unknown 8MB Unknown
Memory Support (Dual Channel) 2667MHz 2933MHz 2667MHz 2933MHz
TDP 65W 45-65W 65W 45-65W
iGPU Vega Vega
iGPU Stream Processors 512 704
iGPU Clock Speed 1100MHz 1250MHz
Included Heatsink Wraith Stealth Wraith Stealth Wraith Stealth Wraith Stealth
MSRP  $99 $99  $149 $169

  

AMD Ryzen+Vega CPUs unboxed in China  AMD Ryzen+Vega CPUs unboxed in China

 

As we can see AMD’s Ryzen+Vega CPUs will use the same IHS as their original Ryzen counterparts, which makes sense given the fact that both CPUs utilise the same AM4 socket. Most AM4 motherboards will require a BIOS update to support this new CPU, so please check on your motherboard vendor’s website for a compatible BIOS update.  

We can also see below that AMD has decided to make no major changes to their Wraith Stealth cooler design, which makes sense given the fact that these units are designed to suit a low-cost market. 

  
AMD Ryzen+Vega CPUs unboxed in China

 
It must be noted that while this product is listed as a Ryzen 2000-series product, these CPU/GPU combos are not using AMD’s Ryzen 2nd Generation (Zen+) architecture, being built on 14nm and not 12nm. Even so, these units do benefit from Precision Boost 2 and enhanced memory performance/support, making it much easier to utilise high-speed memory on AMD’s upcoming processors.   

Both the CPU and GPU components of this APU are overclockable, allowing AMD users to push their integrated GPU’s clock speeds to achieve some excellent gaming performance. While this performance is nowhere near as high as a dedicated gaming graphics card, it is much higher than anything that is offered by Intel. 

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