The integrated graphics ‘APU’ line of processors from AMD is a popular entry point for consumers on a budget based on the good performance from the cores, gaming-capable graphics, and all for a reasonable low cost that also comes bundled with a very sufficient cooler. AMD’s APU line is one lock-step behind its leading edge CPU technology, so this time around the new Ryzen 3000 APUs are built on last generation Zen+ 12nm technology, but with increased IPC, clock speeds, and an overall performance bump.

So truth be told, I’m a sucker for a good low cost entry-level processor. If you can provide me good performance and good gaming at a low price, then it becomes my go-to suggestion for low-cost builds to family and friends. These users might not need a discrete graphics card, but they need something to do desktop tasks with, and potentially game, without missing a beat. For the last generation, as seen from my CPU guides, AMD’s first generation Zen APUs filled that role. This will change come July 7th, as AMD will launch its Zen+ APUs to replace them.

AMD Ryzen APUs
AnandTech Cores Base
DDR4 TDP Price
Ryzen 3000 'Zen+'
Ryzen 5 3400G 4C / 8T 3.7 4.2 Vega 11 1400 2933 65W $149
Ryzen 3 3200G 4C / 4T 3.6 4.0 Vega 8 1250 2933 65W $99
Ryzen 2000 'Zen'
Ryzen 5 2400G 4C / 8T 3.6 3.9 Vega 11 1250 2933 65W $159
Ryzen 3 2200G 4C / 4T 3.5 3.7 Vega 8 1100 2933 65W $99

The Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G replace the 2400G and 2200G counterparts in the product line and offer two new speed jumps. The Zen+ architecture used in the new CPUs will offer a raw +3% throughput increase (IPC) in compute performance, as we saw when the main processor line moved from Zen to Zen+. The other factor is frequency – both new CPUs gain +300 MHz on the turbo frequency compared to the previous generation, as well as a +150 MHz increase in graphics frequency, all at the same power budget. The new APUs also support DDR4-2933, which will help with performance.

The other added bonus will be to the Ryzen 5 3400G, which will not only be released $10 lower than the 2400G, but it will now come with the 95W AMD Wraith Spire CPU cooler bundled in box, an upgrade over the 65W version previously used. This CPU will also be Indium-Tin soldered on for better thermal performance and potential in overclocking headroom.

A new feature coming to the APUs is support for 4K protected video streaming, such as Netflix 4K. This is a feature that has been missed on the previous generation, especially as AMD’s APUs have found their way into a number of small form factor systems and HTPC builds. The new APUs also support Radeon Anti-Lag, a new feature to reduce controller-to-display lag input times.

These CPUs are still PCIe 3.0, because they are one generation behind AMD's mainstream processors.

AMD’s messaging on these new APUs is that they will provide the best and most powerful integrated graphics on a desktop processor. With no competition in this segment, this is likely to be true. The processors are set to be launched on July 7th with the other members of the Ryzen 3000 family.

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  • Cooe - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    Afaik, like every other Ryzen processor, they have ECC support WITHOUT needing to buy/use the "Pro" version.
  • thevoiceofreason - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    This is such a minor bump that might as well be a refresh. I might honestly grab 2400g on sale instead when they clear inventory. Meanwhile, consoles allegedly get a custom part with Navi already.
  • Valantar - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    "Already" = fall/winter 2020. No new consoles before then. Remember that silicon design cycles are many-year processes.

    There will no doubt be 7nm Zen2 APUs before then. Hopefully they'll make a proper high-end MCM version with a small Navi chiplet, but they'll have to make that Navi die first. I'm hoping for that in early-to-mid 2020. The main hindrance for this might be mobile - MCM packages are thick and ill suited for thin-and-light laptops, meaning that they might need to continue the current dual silicon solution, with a monolithic APU die for the low end/ultrathin segment and MCM reserved for higher end SKUs and thicker laptops. Hopefully "small Navi" is designed so that it'll fit on a Matisse substrate so that we can get the long dreamt-of powerhouse APUs.
  • psychobriggsy - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Yeah, a minor bump, on paper the GPU is now touching 2 TFLOPS in the 3400G but the memory bandwidth is likely a limit here.

    The 95W cooler in box, and implied overclocking friendliness is interesting however.
  • xrror - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Protected 4K to me as a consumer? DRM

    Whoever is first to delivering 4K @ $400 will be a PC video card winner.

    Mind you, VR headsets really need like 8K rendering specs to be "no questions asked, it just f*cking works" like say a "VR appliance."

    Hey AMD.

    Your mission - no matter what it takes. Make an APU that sacrifices everything for 8K/VR rendering.

    Even if you have to strip the CPU part down to a triple core, beef the living (tar) outta the GFX part to give us an "unbalanced" APU.

    It's not going to happen this or even next product cycle, but give us a 4500 or 5000 series APU with enough graphics grunt to laugh off 8K rendering (and in turn, 2K 'per eye' on ANY VR headset) and enough IPC improvement that we don't care you only have 4 cpu cores @ 200% IPC from 4 years ago despite the rest of the die being a bad ass mofo GPU block.

    Yea, fuck productivity. In my world, affordable AMD VR appliance IS PRODUCTIVITY.

    "In the future, your home is run by AMD"
  • patel21 - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Whow, are you from state where pot is legal ?
  • 29a - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Sounds more like alcohol idiocy to me.
  • ET - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    I liked that AMD turned the 3400G into an overclocking-friendly CPU, with a better cooler, TIM and even automatic overclocking. That's a nice way to add some value and excitement to what is basically a boring refresh.
  • Cooe - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    The 3200G is likely soldered as well. The person from Chip Hell who got early retail samples tried to delid one and killed it because the IHS was actually soldered down.
  • neblogai - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Just to make sure: did AMD say anything about these chips actually being Zen+, and with IPC increase? Because, I don't think Zen+ was ever mentioned in mobile Picasso launch, and it is not mentioned in 3400G/3200G slide. So, these APUs could be 12nm remake of RR, and with soldered heatspreader (all that helping higher clocks and better temps)- but with the same IPC.

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