What are the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and 2200G?

The Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G are AMD’s two new APUs (accelerated processing units). In other words, they’re CPUs but with a built-in graphics processor.

APUs are nothing new and, indeed, all Intel’s mainstream CPUs have integrated graphics too. However, when AMD first introduced its Ryzen CPUs last year, it did so with chips that omitted onboard graphics.

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As such, if you didn’t need a powerful, discrete graphics card for running games, it didn’t make all that much sense to opt for a Ryzen processor. Now, though, the 2400G and 2200G bring AMD’s latest CPU and GPU technology together into one chip, making them ideal for powerful small-form-factor PCs.

AMD Raven Ridge – 2400G vs 2200G

Both the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G are from the new family of APUs that AMD has collectively codenamed Raven Ridge. They combine AMD’s Ryzen CPU technology with its Vega graphics, but also bring some improvements over the first generation of Ryzen CPUs.

Specifically, these chips support Precision Boost 2. Precision Boost is Ryzen’s automatic overclocking technology that boosts clock speed depending on workload. In the original version there was either a dual-core boost frequency or an all-core boost frequency, but with the new version the boost will scale according to how many of the processor’s cores are under load.

The Raven Ridge processors also support faster RAM. While you could run faster RAM with the existing Ryzen chips, official support topped out at DDR4-2666. Raven Ridge pushes this to DDR4-2933.

Otherwise, the 2400G and 2200G offer fundamentally the same features as the previous Ryzens. They use the new Zen microarchitecture, which is the key to how with Ryzen AMD has finally been able to provide comparable performance to Intel for the first time in years. The company’s previous microarchitecture – Bulldozer – simply couldn’t compete.

Also essential is that AMD has caught up with Intel when it comes to the manufacturing process for its chips. Often with previous processors AMD would lag behind on the march for ever smaller transistors, automatically giving Intel an advantage. Now, both AMD’s and Intel’s latest chips are built using a 14nm process.

Meanwhile, one of the most attractive aspects of all AMD Ryzen processors so far is that they’re multiplier-unlocked, so can be overclocked easily. This has carried on through to Raven Ridge. It seems an unlikely priority for users of this type of processor, but it’s always nice to know that there’s extra performance on tap.

The chips also feature a base clock speed and a max boost clock speed. The base clock speed is just as it sounds, while the max boost clock is the maximum speed any one core can be pushed to. Real-world speed of the chip will sit somewhere between these figures, depending on workload.