Ryzen 5 2400G Review
Gamers who are on a budget know that there are not many options for affordable platforms capable of passable performance, especially with mainstream graphic’s cards flying off shelves & landing in cryptocurrency mining rigs. AMD aim’s to give those gamers an all in one solution with a fresh wave of what the company once called “Accelerated Processing Units”. Although it is shying away using APU these days, the new Raven Ridge chips combine host processing, graphics, fixed function accelerators & memory control, just like their predecessors. The Ryzen 5 2400G that we are reviewing today comes with 4 SMT enabled Zen cores & 11 Radeon Vega Compute Units that been deliver up to 1.76 TFLOPS. According to AMD, it should be fastest enough to run some A+ games at 1080p with low quality detail settings.
The Raven Ridge family follows Summit Ridge debut, where we were introduced to AMD’s Zen architecture in CPU form, without integrated graphic’s. The 4.8 billion transistor Zeppelin die allowed AMD to cram 8 cores, lots of cache & plenty of PCIe into a Socket AM4 interface. But still, it was only an option if you were pairing it up to a discrete GPU. Surely, that left out the masses content with integrated graphic’s. Now, those people could either pick between Intel’s modern Core processors or the aging Bristol Ridge APUs, with Excavator cores & GCN 3.0 based graphic’s.
Clearly, AMD’s Zen design needed a companion & the Vega graphic’s architecture was a good choice for modernizing the company’s portfolio. Though, enthusiasts have mixed feelings about Radeon RX Vega 64 & 56 cards, we’ll soon be able to see that the graphics architecture works particularly well in an integrated package. As proof, even Intel is leaning on Vega graphic’s for its Kaby Lake G processor’s.
Raven Ridge couldn’t got a fame in the market at a more interesting time. We’re weathering the worst GPU shortage ever as cryptocurrency miners snatch up with discrete cards in bulk to fuel their bullish outlooks on Ethereum & other altcoins. So, the PC gamers may be willing to consider less expensive hardware to tide them over until add in boards become more affordable. And, those who consider Raven Ridge for its value may stay, because we’re finding that these processor’s are great for tuners & enthusiasts alike.
Climbing Raven Ridge
At least to start, Raven Ridge is available in two different SKUs. Then again, the Ryzen 5 2400G boasts 4 Zen cores with simultaneous multi threading & 11 CUs, yielding 704 Stream processor’s. It should be priced around $180.
There is also a Ryzen 3 2200G that comes with 4 physical cores & 8 CUs for a price around $100. AMD positions this processor for the eSports crowd who are interested in 720p gaming.
Both this Raven Ridge models make good on AMD’s promise to support the AM4 platform until 2020, they both drop into standard Socket AM4 interfaces on motherboards with a display outputs. Surely, existing boards need a firmware update to recognize the new models, while new platforms will include a ‘Ryzen Desktop 2000 Ready’ badge signaling drop in compatibility.
AMD stays with its basic value proposition of offering a unlocked ratio multipliers on all of its processor’s. And, now you can optimize the on die graphic’s too. A refined memory controller officially supports the DDR4-2933 for dual channel kit’s 7 also touts improved memory overclocking capability. That’s an important improvement for extracting the maximum performance from an SoC heavily dependent on available bandwidth.
However, these new processors will replace the existing Ryzen 5 1400 & Ryzen 3 1200 models. Many of the notable differences between those older CPUs & the new ones are tied to a single 4 core CCX design & AMD’s 14nm+ process. The outgoing AMD’s Ryzen models employed two CCXes, leaving absolutely no room on the die for a graphics engine.
The new move to a single CCX eliminates the need for communication in between distant groups of cores, so memory & cache access latency is more consistent than we’ve seen from any other Ryzen models. Again, each CCX usually has 8MB of cache. AMD redesign a step further & also reduced the amount of cache on a single CCX, so the Raven Ridge chips only includes with 4MB of L3 cache. Fortunately, gaming tends to prefer less memory latency over high capacity. We’ll explore this in more depth through our benchmarks.
Then there are the issue of pricing. Ryzen 5 2400G features the same number of CPU threads & cores at the same price as Ryzen 5 1400, but now, it also comes with integrated graphic’s. The same applies to Ryzen 3 2200G versus Ryzen 3 1200, though in that case, you’ll actually paying $10 less for Raven Ridge. This puts Ryzen 3 2200G up against some of Intel’s Pentium processor’s. Both AMD models come with a bundled 65W cooler too.
Ryzen 5 2400G & Ryzen 3 2200G are rated at 65W, just like Ryzen 5 1400 & Ryzen 3 1200. That means swapping out one CCX for a handful of Compute Units ends up with being a wash for power. AMD points out all AM4 motherboard’s support 95W as a basic requirement, even in the mini ITX form factor. This leaves a plenty of headroom for overclocking. We are also expecting 400 series motherboards to surface, along with Zen+ CPUs. Those boards will be less expensive than what we already have now & we anticipate that they’ll incorporate lower power consumption, better multi hub USB throughput, improved power delivery & memory layout optimizations.
|AMD RYzen CPU||Cores/Threads||L3||TDP||Base||Turbo||XFR||Overclocking Unlocked|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1800X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.6GHz||4.0GHz||4.0GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700X||8/16||16MB||95W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 7 1700||8/16||16MB||65W||3.0GHz||3.7Ghz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1600X||6/12||16MB||95W||3.3GHz||3.7GHz||3.7GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1500||6/12||16MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1400X||4/8||8MB||65W||3.5GHz||3.9GHz||3.9GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 5 1300x||4/8||8MB||65W||3.1GHz||3.4GHz||N/A||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1200X||4/4||8MB||65W||3.4GHz||3.8GHz||3.8GHz+||Yes|
|AMD Ryzen 3 1100||4/4||8MB||65W||3.2GHz||3.5GHz||N/A||Yes|