In the first week of September, AMD launched its Athlon 200GE. The processor utilized the x86-based Zen center design and enhanced AMD’s reputation with Radeon Vega illustration. It hasn’t taken AMD long to follow that up with the launch of 220GE and 240GE CPUs. The new releases feature a few distinguishing attributes from the 200GE.
It wasn’t until a few months ago that AMD announced it was returning to Athlon branding. This is expected to help the company make a statement in the market for 2019.
Although we haven’t the reviewed the 200GE, yet, it was well-received by consumers. Let’s take a peek at what you’ll be getting if you decide to go for the either the Athlon 220GE or 240GE released this month.
Both the Athlon 220GE and 240GE features 3.5GHz base clock, 35W TDP, 4 threads, 2 SMT-enabled Zen cores and 5 compute cores. Furthermore, they’re equipped with Radeon Vega iGPU with 192 streaming processor clocked at 1GHz.
According to AMD, consumers will enjoy increased clock-speeds from both CPUs.
These specs are more than enough for running everyday PC needs like Office Applications and web browsing. But they’re also suited for high-performance tasks like gaming.
Each of the aforementioned CPU units will cost less than $100. With the enhanced clock-speed, these AMD ‘s new-releases would provide stiff competition for Intel’s entry-level Pentium processors. Especially in the aspect of affordability.
AMD says users can order for both the 220GE and 240GE within the coming days. For now, though, only the 200GE is available on Amazon for $55.
The new Athlon 220GE would cost $65 while the 240GE is expected to go for $10 more. Don’t bother searching for them on retail stores; they aren’t there yet.
Do we need any more Athlon CPU?
Consumers are beginning to wonder whether we need more Athlon CPUs.
We understand what AMD is trying to achieve here. Obviously, AMD is in stiff competition with Intel. By all means, they’re trying to blow them out of the water by driving down price while maintaining efficiency and performance.
For the Athlon 220GE and 240GE, you won’t find much disparity in their specs. That’s why some consumers have criticized the release of both. The 220GE seem an unnecessary inclusion.
But there’s no faulting the idea behind a new release at least. The Athlon 200GE offers a base clock of 3.2GHz whereas the 240GE gives you 3.5GHz. In terms of performance and value, AMD 220GE and 240GE are more than necessary.