The new line of Raven Ridge APUs from AMD is stealing headlines everywhere. The combination of a capable Ryzen CPU with an AMD Vega graphics onboard makes the line of APUs appealing to a wide range of customers. Our recent discovery even suggested that a low-power version of the Raven Ridge APU is just around the corner.
The APU that has been gaining a lot of traction recently is the Ryzen 5 2400G. it is a capable APU that can be used for light-to-moderate gaming, but the price and performance of this chip make it an interesting choice for students and everyday users too.
One Chip for Everything
The Ryzen 5 2400G comes with four cores and eight processing threads. It may not be as capable at multi-tasking as the older Ryzen 5 1600 or 1600X, but it is noticeably more affordable; plus, you don’t have to spend extra money on a dedicated GPU with the 2400G.
Core and thread count aside, the 2400G is still very capable of performing everyday tasks. If you are an engineering student at the University of California-Riverside and you do a lot of CAD work, for instance, you will find the 4-core processor, as well as the integrated GPU, to be more than capable.
Speaking of using this chip in a desktop PC for students, the Ryzen 5 2400G is also very good with light applications. Accessing the UC-Riverside online learning platform while opening documents, downloading course materials, or even streaming lectures as part of the UC Riverside online course will be a breeze.
Gaming at Any Time
The onboard Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics are no slouch either. It may be an onboard GPU, but AMD promises console-class gaming and more. The AMD Radeon RX Vega is famous for its incredible performance and high efficiency, and the Vega 11 embedded in the Ryzen 5 2400G is no different.
The Ryzen 5 2400G performs very similar to the more expensive Intel Core i5-8400 in Cinebench R15, with the Core i5 having the advantage by a small margin. Switch to Hitman running at 1080p with low details, however, and the 2400G smokes Core i5’s 16 fps with a solid 49 fps average framerate.
At 720p, Ryzen 5 2400G performs consistently well across many AAA titles with medium graphics settings. It is a great and capable mid-end gaming powerhouse indeed.
A Solid Alternative
At its price of just under $170 – with discounts and special offers also available – the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G is a solid alternative. Thanks to cryptocurrency, GPU prices are too high for the average gamers right now. Picking up the more capable Ryzen 5 1600X or an Intel Core u5-8600K could mean spending an additional $400++ on a GPU alone.
With the 2400G, you get a capable gaming machine that can also handle everyday tasks. AMD did a very good job positioning the 2400G for most users, especially students and casual gamers. The Ryzen 5 2400G is certainly another big hit for AMD.