By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
When you buy a new editing computer, unless you specify a separate GPU, chances are you’re going to get one built onto the motherboard. This is OK if you’re not doing anything heavy like video editing or gaming, but if you are, then a dedicated video card with GPU is paramount. But AMD has a new idea brewing, offering the GPU built right into your computer processor.
AMD Ryzen Desktop APUs are a perfect example of the innovation we bring to market for consumer and commercial PC users. Combining our high-performance CPU and GPU architectures, this new category of Ryzen desktop processors is designed to deliver a smooth overall computing experience, as well as the ability to enjoy true 1080p HD gaming, eSports or advanced display features through the visual fidelity of the built-in Radeon Vega graphics. – Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD
The new Ryzen line of desktop processors is admittedly at mid-lower end, so you’re not going to want to build a rig with them unless you’re on a serious budget and just starting out. However, being designed specifically for graphics heavy gaming, basic video editing functions making them an option to consider for building an entry level rig to cut your teeth on.
Essentially, AMD has designed an all in one chip that houses both processor and Vega GPU, integrated on the same architecture. So when you’re building a new entry level computer, you’re not having to invest another few hundred dollars on a dedicated graphics card.
The two models are the 4 core Ryzen 5 2400G and the Ryzen 3 2200G. The Model 5 can run up to eight threads, while the Risen 3 can run up to four. So while these processors aren’t as fast as AMD’s top of the line Radeon graphics cards, the Vega chips do some decent graphics processing on the fly for basic 1080p workflows.
Here are some quick benchmarks:
- The same graphics performance in a single processor as combining the $199 USD Intel Core i5-8400 with an $89 USD NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 discrete gaming GPU6
- Up to 156% more graphics performance than the Intel Core i5-84007
- Up to 21% more system performance than the Intel Core i5-84008
- Up to 39% faster graphics performance when overclocked9
AMD only plans on using this dual design in their lower end R3 and mid range R5 processors, leaving more serious workflows to rely on Threadripper multi core processors and a dedicated discreet graphics card. AMD says that the Ryzen 5 2400G is more powerful than AMD’s Core i5 8400 processor that has been paired with an Nvidia GT1030 video card, and with a price point starting at $169 (or $99 for the R3), editors looking to cut your basic YouTube vlog with a processor friendly, 1080p workflow should be able to run quite well.
Moreover, AMD has also incorporated their new SenseMI technology, an algorithm that monitors the heat and power draw of the system and will devote more clock speed to the chip when it’s operating within safe tolerances. So it’s like overclocking your system automatically, and on the fly.
Now sure, most of us who are reading this blog are going to be beyond this level of PC performance, but there are those coming up behind us that are just starting out and are looking to options for an desktop that won’t break the bank, and I think that AMD’s dual chip design is something they should consider. I would just recommend going with the R5 2400G, and leave the R3 to grandma’s email and cat videos.
The new Ryzen processors are available now and use most AM4 motherboards currently on the market. For more information, visit AMD.com. I gotta say, you can’t beat the price, and I love how AMD keeps Intel honest.