Now that AMD has dealt with Intel’s flagship and mainstream offerings, the company seems to be targeting the entry level and low end CPUs. This is where a sizeable chunk of sales happen. In that respect, AMD has announced the Athlon 200GE to compete with Intel’s Celeron and Pentium series of processors.
AMD Athlon 200GE: Specifications
- The AMD Athlon 200GE is based on the 1st generation Zen architecture and fits into the AM4 socket.
- With two cores and four threads (courtesy of multi-threading), the APU is clocked at a static clock speed of 3.2 GHz.
- Turbo boost is not supported.
- The TDP is capped at a measly 35W.
- This makes the 200GE roughly a half Ryzen 5 2200G APU, most probably to be manufactured off defective 2200Gs.
- The 200GE packs three Vega compute units clocked at 1GHz approx which should suffice for light gaming and day to day multimedia.
- The 55$ price-tag should also give Intel’s offerings a run for their money.
Furthermore, the Athlon 200GE supports the AVX instruction set which is an added advantage over the Pentium and Celeron chips that lack the feature. One unexpected surprise is that the Athlon 200GE comes with a locked multiplier, making it the first non overclockable Zen CPU. However, memory overclocking is supported nonetheless.
AMD claims that the Athlon 200GE can handle 720p eSports gaming, and when paired with a dGPU should run most other games too. As per AMD, the APU is slower than Intel’s Pentium G4560 by a marginal 3 percent during CPU workloads, but offers up to 67% more GPU performance.
The Athlon 200GE will be joined by the more powerful 220GE and 240GE processors in Q4 2018. As already mentioned, the former is built atop the first generation Zen micro-architecture while the other two the newer second generation.
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