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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  • 0ldman79 - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    The part that bothers me is Intel has always *had* decent iGPU chips, they just sell the neutered iGPU on all models except for a couple of high end i7 parts.

    Why in the hell would anyone run an iGPU on a high end i7 part?

    They need the complete iGPU on the *midrange* parts at the very least. It's stupid as hell.

    They have been able to release an i5 with a lot better performance for years now. They just don't. The midrange is where the iGPU needs to be unlocked, not the low end or the top SKU.
  • danielfranklin - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    How exactly does Whiskey Lake's architecture differ in IPC over Skylake?
    Its the same CPU cores...
    Icelake will certainly have a higher IPC than 3-4% over any previous Intel chips.
  • extide - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    Whiskey lake uses Skylake cores -- they are identical. So there comparison is correct.
  • Samus - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    2018 is old architecture?
  • IntelUser2000 - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    Intel Icelake GPUs are only for mobile so it doesn't matter, and even if they had a desktop version the Ryzen APU will still win.

    if you were following things closely, they said it wasn't single channel memory, and the 3700U setup had a proper 2x4 dual channel setup. Since Intel footnotes just had "8GB memory" people assumed Intel was using single 8GB stick.
  • TheUnhandledException - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    Yeah the single channel claim was wrong but the AMD system with less gen APU was still running with less memory bandwidth and an inferior SSD. Despite that it was essentially even. Depending on the benchmark the Intel system was 96% to 116% of the AMD system. Intel stacked the deck and it still came out even. Throw in a 10% clock boost for 3000 series and a real apples to apples comparison and AMD will come out on top.
  • jeremyshaw - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    Lower memory bandwidth, but with much better latency, somewhere on the order of a magnitude. That is the LPDDR4x tradeoff. To be fair to Intel, that is also the slowest LPDDR4 one could find.
  • azfacea - Monday, June 10, 2019 - link

    picasso APU are real, you can buy now in laptops, and desktop on july 7. Intel Gen11 graphics is a slide. not a physical product. I can put all kinds of fart in slideshows tooooooooo
  • StevoLincolnite - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    GPU's tend to prefer bandwidth over latency though.
    AMD's Ryzen notebooks with 2400mhz DDR4 in dual channel isn't doing it any favors.
  • scineram - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    That's AMD's problem. It's what they spport.

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