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AMD unveils $55-priced Athlon 200GE

by on07 September 2018

Zen and Vega on a dual-core APU

AMD has decided to keep the Athlon brand alive and has launched the Athlon 200GE, an entry-level APU with two Zen-cores with SMT-enabled, as well as Vega graphics with 3CUs, all at $55.

The  Athlon 200GE, which will be joined by the more powerful Athlon 220GE and the Athlon 240GE at a later date, is quite a neat little chip which will put a lot of pressure on Intel's entry-level lineup, especially since it has two Zen CPU cores, four threads, and Vega 3 graphics, all in a $55 chip.

This 35W TDP chip works at 3.2GHz CPU clock, has 4MB of L3 cache, supports DDR4-2677 memory in dual channel, and while it might not be as powerful as AMD's previous Raven Ridge APUs, like the Ryzen 3 2200G, it will be perfect for entry-level home and office systems, especially when paired up with least expensive A320 chipset motherboards (costing around $50 as well).

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While it might not be as powerful as Intel's Pentium G4560, which is its target, it should offer much more GPU performance. According to AMD, it should be enough for casual 720p gaming (various eSports titles) and be in line with some entry-level discrete graphics cards.

According to details provided by AMD, the new Athlon 200GE is "up to 169 percent more responsive computing than AMD's previous generation AMD A6-9500E, up to 67 percent more GPU performance and up to 2X greater power efficiency than the competition, and offers up to 84 percent faster high-definition PC gaming than the competition".

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The AMD Athlon 200GE should be available as of September 18th, 2018, while the beefier Athlon 220GE and the 240GE will be coming in Q4 2018.

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