AMD’s New $55 Athlon 200GE Desktop CPU Combines Zen Cores

AMD’s New $55 Athlon 200GE Desktop CPU Combines Zen Cores

AMD has announced a new low-end desktop CPU based on its updated Zen core. To date, the company’s Ryzen refreshes have focused on CPUs at $100 and up with at least four cores. This time around, AMD is resurrecting the old Athlon brand and slashing the price on its new CPUs.

The new Athlon 200GE is a $55 dual-core CPU with four threads, 3 Graphics Compute Units (so 196 GPU cores), and a flat 3.2GHz CPU clock. AMD notes that the new cores offer “up to 169 percent more responsive computing than AMD’s previous generation AMD A6-9500E.” The A6-9500E was a Carrizo-based product with a 3.0GHz base, 3.4GHz boost, a 2C/2T configuration, and the same 35W TDP. There’s no question that a modern Ryzen-derived CPU would be substantially faster, and the launch of the Athlon 200 GE means AMD is finally moving to clean up the last of the Carrizo and other Bulldozer-derived SKUs still stuck in-market. In fact, it’s not even worth comparing against them. Ryzen is faster than any Carrizo core you’re going to find for a remotely comparable price.

AMD’s New $55 Athlon 200GE Desktop CPU Combines Zen Cores
AMD’s New $55 Athlon 200GE Desktop CPU Combines Zen Cores

The G5400 is a 3.7GHz CPU with two cores and four threads, matching the Athlon 200GE. Its additional 500MHz of CPU clock will likely give it the overall performance edge in this comparison — a 1.15x clock differential would be hard for AMD to overcome given that Intel CPUs are still typically more efficient in performance per clock. Then again, it’s not surprising to see this kind of jump at the lower-end of the market. $55 chips are intended for customers for whom every dollar counts, and the jump from $55 to $70 represents a 1.27x increase in price. For most people that $15 isn’t much, but if you’re trying to save every penny, it still counts. And the Athlon 200 GE should compete well against the Celeron it’s matched against, as far as the strict price point is concerned.

AMD is also planning to launch two new entry-level chips — the Athlon 220 GE and 240 GE. Specs on these parts haven’t been improved, but it wouldn’t surprise us if the company sticks to offering dual-core CPUs in the Athlon family, reserving the Ryzen brand for its quad-core chips and above.

Continue reading

ET Deals Roundup: $200 Gift Card with Samsung 4K TV for $600, $50 Price Drop on Inspiron 15 7000, and more

Ready to upgrade to a 4K television? Maybe you're looking for a new laptop for school, or searching for the perfect camera for an upcoming vacation. Well, there are plenty of discounts floating around this week, so we've put together a list of the hottest deals. If you're looking to save big on new gear, you're bound to find something worthwhile below.

ET Deals Roundup: $200 Gift Card with Vizio M-Series 4K HDTV, $15 Fast Qi Wireless Charger, and more

Fixing to unload some of those gift cards from the holidays? Heck, we're less than a month away from Valentine's Day, so maybe you're on the prowl for some top-notch gifts for your significant other. Well, we've tracked down today's best online bargains for laptops, 4K TVs, and other gadgets, and compiled them all right here for your convenience.

Happy Anniversary: Microsoft Offers $200 Discounts on Surface Pro This Weekend

Microsoft has a $200 discount on Surface Pro hardware this weekend, in celebration of the device's five-year launch date.

Sony Slashes PSVR Prices As Low As $200

Sony is offering an excellent deal on the PlayStation VR headset, with standalone units as low as $200 and bundles going for $300 to $350.