AMD has announced availability of the Athlon 220GE and Athlon 240GE processors it announced back in September. Based on the Zen microarchitecture and featuring built-in Radeon Vega graphics, these parts are priced well below $100 per unit, focusing on the mass market, and the new chips have a TDP of 35 W.

Coming on the heels of the Athlon 200GE chip introduced earlier this year, the new Athlon 220GE and Athlon 240GE processors increase the performance of AMD’s inexpensive CPUs and make the company’s sub-$100 desktop product line more complete. Just like the Athlon 200GE, the new 220GE and 240GE models integrate two SMT-enabled Zen cores operating at 3.4 and 3.5 GHz frequency (respectively), a Radeon Vega iGPU featuring 192 stream processors operating at 1 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 4 MB L3 cache, a dual-channel DDR4-2667 memory controller, and so on.

Higher clocks enable AMD’s new Athlon processors to better compete against Intel’s entry-level Celeron and Pentium processors for the market of cheap PCs that do not need a lot of compute horsepower yet benefit from a high integration as well as a low TDP.

The new Athlon 220GE and Athlon 240GE CPUs are drop-in compatible with motherboards based on AMD’s 300 and 400-series chipsets that support high-performance NVMe SSDs, USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, 4Kp60 display output(s) and so forth. The same AM4 platforms are compatible with AMD’s higher-performance Ryzen processors, providing owners of the new Athlon-based systems an upgrade path to eight-core Ryzen 7 CPUs.

AMD's Retail Stack
AnandTech Zen Cores
Ryzen 7 2700X Zen+ 8 / 16 3700 4300 - 105W $329
Ryzen 7 2700 Zen+ 8 / 16 3200 4100 - 65W $299
Ryzen 5 2600X Zen+ 6 / 12 3600 4200 - 95W $229
Ryzen 5 2600 Zen+ 6 / 12 3400 3900 - 65W $199
Ryzen 5 1500X* Zen 4 / 8 3500 3700 - 65W $159
Ryzen 5 2400G Zen 4 / 8 3600 3900 11 65W $169
Ryzen 3 1300X* Zen 4 / 4 3500 3700 - 65W $114
Ryzen 3 2200G Zen 4 / 4 3500 3700 8 65W $99
Athlon 240GE Zen 2 / 4 3500 - 3 35 W $75**
Athlon 220GE Zen 2 / 4 3400 - 3 35 W $65**
Athlon 200GE Zen 2 / 4 3200 - 3 35W $55
*The 2500X and 2300X have been released, but not at retail. We should have a review soon
** Retail listings of 220GE and 240GE expected 'soon'

Both new processors will be available for order from leading retailers shortly, AMD said. When it comes to pricing, the new Athlon 220GE (3.4 GHz) sits right above the model 200GE (3.2 GHz) with a $65 price tag. Meanwhile, the dual-core Athlon 240GE (3.5 GHz) costs $75, or $24 less than the quad-core Ryzen 3 2200G, which offers significantly more compute and graphics horsepower.

Athlons at Retail
AnandTech Athlon 200GE Athlon 220GE Athlon 240GE Ryzen 3 2200G
Scan £49.99 £59.99 £69.98 £89.99
*This list will grow as listings appear online

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  • peevee - Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - link

    And just throw out all the dies which cannot do 3.5GHz on 2 cores/4threads?
  • hotaru - Friday, December 21, 2018 - link

    it's a bit disappointing that neither of these new ones has a better GPU than Vega 3. Vega 3 is better than what Intel is offering, but Vega 6 or 8 at a lower price and TDP than the 2200G would be really nice.

    as it is, I doubt anyone looking for something cheaper than the 2200G is going to want to pay $10-20 more just for the 3.4-3.5GHz clock speed when they could spend $10 more on the motherboard instead and overclock the 200GE to around 4GHz.
  • silverblue - Friday, December 21, 2018 - link

    This. What's more, I hear that some Gigabyte and ASUS boards may also be used for overclocking the 200GE, so there's plenty of choice and even less of a reason to get the newer Athlons.
  • StevoLincolnite - Saturday, December 22, 2018 - link

    The Vega 3 graphics is probably slower than the bulk (All? - Maybe time for APU comparison benchmarks, Anandtech?) of the Bristol Ridge/Carizzo (AMD FX) APU's.

    Even Kaveri from 2014 started out with 3 CU's.
    Granted, Vega 3 has efficiency gains and higher clocks on it's side, still disappointing to see this as the base offering.

    Would like to see a Triple Core/4-6 CU offering at some point to replace the 240GE model.
  • Enverex - Saturday, December 22, 2018 - link

    "Vega 3 is better than what Intel is offering"

    Not according to benchmarks. The comparible processors for things like NUCs have the Iris Pro 655 in them which seem to out-perform the Vega 3 by a decent margin (Vega 3 being only around 70% the speed of the Iris 655). I was expecting more from the Vega 3 to be honest.
  • Fritzkier - Saturday, December 22, 2018 - link

    RX Vega 11 is still way better than Iris Plus 655...

    Not sure why are you comparing a quad core premium notebook Intel CPU + upgraded iGPU with dual core sub $100 desktop CPU + cut down iGPU...
  • Lolimaster - Monday, December 24, 2018 - link

    Tell me how much a intel igpu iris pro costs. Probably more than the 2400G
  • kpb321 - Friday, December 21, 2018 - link

    I know it helps fill in the price points and such but it doesn't really seem like a very good value. From a 200GE to a 240GE is going from $55 to $75 and an increase in cost of over 36% but the clock speed goes up by less than 10%. A 2200G is a lot bigger jump but at least it goes to 4 real cores with turbo and over twice the graphics compute for a little under double the cost. A much better return on your additional money spent.
  • haukionkannel - Friday, December 21, 2018 - link

    Most likely just binned cpus that get higher frequency while using same amount of electricity. Can be usefull in tablet and other small form platforms. So you can get faster chip and still maintain the battery usage and temperatures in check.
    To desktop usage the 200GE is the best bang for the buck!
  • MrSpadge - Friday, December 21, 2018 - link

    I think you should compare the price increase at system level, where it would be a lot lower than 36%. In the end the question is just "Do you spend 10-20$ more on the system to get additional ~10% performance?". There's no single answer to that, I would say.

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