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 - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Yeah... no. They officially support up to 2933MHz and there are countless models that ship with 2666MHz standard. They specifically chose a model with slow 2400MHz memory to make the disparity look as artificially inflated as possible.
  • jabbadap - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Nope. 3700u is specced for 2400MHz ddr4 and that was what intel used. Using higher memory as than is OC out of spec.
  • jgraham11 - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    The comparison Intel made with their Ice-Lake iGPU were misleading at best. Memory clocked at 3700MHz vs the AMDs stock config (2400MHz). And even then it only just beat it.

    Is everyone else tired of every Intel demonstration: Turns into an exercise of finding how did they either cheated the test by using massively overclocked memory or using an industrial cooler (and forgetting to mention it) or by basing their results on Systmark (a known, made for Intel chips benchmark, that no one else accepts as being accurate).

    I'm just tired of the constant deception...
  • HStewart - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    You got to remember Ice Lake has 2 read and 2 store registers while Zen 2 has only 2 real and 1 store registers.
  • HStewart - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Skylake also only has 2 read and 1 stores
  • Xyler94 - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    And that does... what exactly?
  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - link

    Boring. I would be impressed by a part that doesn't just use DDR4, which delivers quality bandwidth to a bandwidth-starved GPU.

    I would be impressed by more than a paltry 4 cores and a few Vega cores.
  • Cooe - Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - link

    What you want would cost more than an enthusiast CPU and thus have a tinnnnnnny market. HBM2 costs a damn fortune, and you should already know that. Stupid post is stupid.
  • Oxford Guy - Friday, June 14, 2019 - link

    AMD is making an HBM APU for China already.

    Your response is ignorant.
  • 0ldman79 - Sunday, June 16, 2019 - link

    Not sure what all the drama is about.

    It beat the Vega by less than 10% across the board on Intel chosen benchmarks.

    When results are that close cherry picking the games can generally skew the results in either direction.

    We'll see when the reviewers get them in their hands. It's gonna be close.

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