Earlier this week, AMD addressed some key questions regarding its upcoming Ryzen APUs.
To set most at ease, the APUS will be fully compatible with AM4 motherboards, with only a BIOS updated needed for newer CPU support. This lowers the cost of entry into the Ryzen platform, with tremendous upgrade options available later on.
Zen APUs are coming in Febuary which feature the Global Foundries 14nm process found in the current generation Ryzen CPUs. Both models will feature quad cores, but the Ryzen 5 2400G features SMT, a base clock of 3.6GHz/boost clock of 3.9GHz and 11 Vega CUs for $169. The Ryzen 3 2200G will lack SMT, be clocked at 3.5GHz/ boosts up to 3.7GHz, it will sport 8 Vega CUs and is priced at a very low $99.
Ryzen 2, (which is Zen+) will have a staggered release with Ryzen 7 coming in April, and the other models coming at a later date in Q2. This features Global Foundries 12nm process, which should offer 10%+ better performance per watt over the last generation Ryzen CPUs. It was also noted that the new 12nm process focuses on features to optimize performance per watt. We are told to expect higher clock speeds, which we’ve speculated for a while and we are happy that AMD has confirmed. One of the biggest problems for first generation Ryzen CPUs was the CPUs being limited to 4GHz while Intel’s 7th and 8th Generation was able to hit 5GHz.
AMD has also cut the prices on the current Ryzen lineup. Prices seem to match the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales of last year. Much to the benefit of users these lowered prices are now available at Amazon.