Home Hardware VIDEO: AMD activates new Athlon, Athlon Pro and 2nd-gen Ryzen Pro; can Intel compete?

AMD's new Athlon processors, Athlon PRO processors, and 2nd Gen Ryzen PRO desktop processors "provide generational leap in performance, every day to enterprise-focused workloads, and unified Socket AM4 infrastructure", the company claims.

A "reimagined family of AMD Athlon desktop processors with Radeon Vega graphics" that has been launched by AMD, is billed as being "optimised for everyday PC users: the AMD Athlon 200GE, Athlon 220GE, and Athlon 240GE processor".

Combining the high-performance x86 “Zen” core and “Vega” graphics architectures in a versatile System-on-Chip design, AMD says its Athlon desktop processors "offer responsive and reliable computing for a wide range of experiences, from day-to-day needs like Web browsing and video streaming through more advanced workloads like high-definition PC gaming".

Complementing this news, AMD announced the availability of the commercial-grade Athlon PRO 200GE desktop processor, along with three 2nd Gen Ryzen PRO desktop processor models for the commercial, enterprise, and the public sector: the Ryzen 7 PRO 2700X, Ryzen 7 PRO 2700, and Ryzen 5 PRO 2600 processors

With these new introductions, AMD explains that it "now offers a top-to-bottom line-up of professional-grade computing solutions for experiences that range from premium content creation to advanced multitasking and office productivity".

Here's the full AMD briefing:

Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice-president and general manager of Client Compute at AMD, said: "We are proud to expand our successful 'Zen' core-based consumer and commercial product portfolios today with the addition of AMD Athlon, AMD Athlon PRO, and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen PRO desktop processors.

"The new Athlon desktop processors, now incorporating the advanced “Zen” core and “Vega” graphics architectures, energise a legendary processor brand in AMD Athlon – a brand that consumers and PC enthusiasts alike trusted throughout nearly two decades of innovation.

“Additionally, we are continuing to offer business PC users more processing power than we ever have before with the launch of 2nd Gen Ryzen PRO desktop processors into the commercial market.”

AMD Athlon 200GE processor with Radeon Vega graphics

AMD says its "highly efficient “Zen” architecture helps the AMD Athlon 200GE processor stay cool and quiet for reliable computing experiences, while its “Zen” processor and graphics cores enable responsive PC performance and fluid experiences for games or HD movies.

"In addition, the AMD Athlon 200GE processor is supported by the existing AMD Socket AM4 infrastructure for a platform that delivers the latest PC features including DDR4 memory, NVMe storage, 4K display support, USB 3.1 Gen2 support, and that offers an easy upgrade path to even more performance with AMD Ryzen processors and discrete graphics cards."

The AMD Athlon 200GE desktop processor ic claimed to offer:

  • Up to 169% more responsive computing than AMD’s previous generation AMD A6-9500E;
  • Up to 67% more GPU performance and up to 2X greater power efficiency than the competition; and
  • Up to 84% faster high-definition PC gaming than the competition.

AMD Athlon desktop processors with Radeon Vega graphics spec

MODEL – CPU Cores – Threads – Processor Frequency – Graphics Compute Units – TDP (Watts) – SEP

  • AMD Athlon 200GE – 2 – 4 – 3.2GHz – 3 – 35W – A$85
  • AMD Athlon 220GE – Details to be disclosed at availability in Q4 2018
  • AMD Athlon 240GE – Details to be disclosed at availability in Q4 2018

AMD Athlon PRO and 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen PRO desktop processors

"AMD PRO processors are designed for business, bringing reliability, security, and performance to address the demands of today’s compute-intensive enterprise-focused workloads.

"All AMD PRO processors across the product stack provide commercial-grade quality and reliability to help ensure platform longevity and support open-standard manageability to enable greater management flexibility in a multi-vendor client environment at a business-friendly price.

"In addition, AMD GuardMI technology enables state-of-the-art, power-on to power-off, silicon-level security that helps protect against an ever-growing number of threats.

"Built on x86 'Zen' core, both Athlon PRO 200GE and 2nd Gen Ryzen PRO desktop processors provide breakthrough responsiveness for the most demanding enterprise-class applications and multi-tasking workflows."

The Athlon PRO 200GE processor is claimed to offer:

  • Up to 19% faster system performance than the competition; and
  • Up to 67% faster graphics performance than the competition.

The Ryzen 7 PRO 2700X processor is claimed to deliver:

  • Up to 10% higher multiprocessing performance than the 1st Gen Ryzen 7 PRO 1700X2;
  • Up to 24% more CPU performance than the competition; and
  • Up to 18% better performance than the competition.

AMD Athlon PRO desktop processor and 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen PRO desktop processors line-up

MODEL – Cores – Threads – Clock Speed – Max Boost/Base (GHz) – Cache – TDP (Watts) – Graphics Compute Unit

  • AMD Athlon PRO 200GE – 2 – 4 – 3.2 – 5MB – 35W – 3
  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700X – 8 – 16 – 4.1/3.6 – 20MB – 105W – N/A
  • AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 2700 – 8 – 16 – 4.1/3.2 – 20MB – 65W – N/A
  • AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 2600 – 6 – 12 – 3.9/3.4 – 19MB – 65W – N/A

Availability

The AMD Athlon 200GE processor will be available from global retailers and system integrators from 18 September while the Athlon 220GE and 240GE processor models are slated for launch in Q4 2018.

The AMD Athlon PRO 200GE and 2nd Gen Ryzen PRO desktop processors will be available with major global OEMs including Dell, HP, and Lenovo systems, dependent on respective OEM launch schedules.

A complete list of participating retailers and launch information can be found at AMD's site here

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