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AMD introduces AMD Athlon 200GE processor — along with new members of the PRO lineup

by Vyncent ChanSeptember 6, 2018
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If you need the most affordable AMD processor you can get, AMD has just introduced the AMD Athlon 200GE. This little processor comes with two cores featuring SMT for four processing threads, and runs at 3.2 GHz. There is also an integrated GPU, something rather new to the Athlon family.

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This new CPU doesn’t come with a boost clock, and it’s unclear whether it’s overclockable. It is based on the 14nm Zen architecture, thus does not get to enjoy the performance boost that the 12nm Zen+ architecture delivers. Even with that said, the new Athlon 200GE has an low TDP of just 35W, which is more akin to a mobile processor than a desktop’s.

The integrated Radeon Vega Graphics only features 3 Compute Units, but this is not designed for gaming anyway. The Athlon 200GE gives 67% better GPU performance and 2X better overall efficiency versus the Intel Pentium G4560. CPU performance is just 3% lower, which is really impressive considering the much lower TDP (35W vs 54W).

AMD targets this processor at everyday computing instead, and we expect that this might be quite popular among thrifty PC users with its $55 (~RM228) price tag.

Cores / Threads Max Boost / Base Clock Cache TDP
Athlon PRO 200GE 2C/4T 3.2 GHz 5MB 35W
Ryzen 7 PRO 2700X 8C/16T 4.1 / 3.6 GHz 20MB 105W
Ryzen 7 PRO 2700 8C/16T 4.1 / 3.1 GHz 20MB 65W
Ryzen 5 PRO 2600 6C/12T 3.9 / 3.4 GHz 19MB 65W

Also launched today is the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen PRO and Athlon PRO desktop processors. These new processors feature most of the same performance features as their non-PRO counterparts, with the addition of some security and management protocols.

Interesting to note is that the Ryzen 7 PRO 2700X is actually clocked slightly slower than the Ryzen 7 2700X, while the other three PRO processors launched feature the exact same clock speeds as the standard variant. The only PRO processor announced today with an integrated GPU is the Athlon PRO 200GE, which features the 3 CU Vega GPU as its normal counterpart.

Pokdepinion: I probably won’t have a good day using the Athlon processor, but I am sure many people would be very happy with it. At that price, there really isn’t much to not love about the new Athlon 200GE.

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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