In about a week and a half, AMD will release new Raven Ridge APUs into the wild, one of which is the Ryzen 5 2400G. While AMD isn't using the term "APU" (accelerated processing unit) these days, that's essentially what the Ryzen 5 2400G is, as it combines Ryzen CPU cores with Vega graphics cores. How will it stack up against the competition? Some newly leaked benchmarks help answer that question, provided we take them at face value.
Let's start with the specs. The Ryzen 5 2400G sports 4 physical cores and 8 threads, with a 3.6GHz base clock and 3.9GHz boost clock. It also has 2MB of L2 cache and 4MB of L3 cache, and a 65W TDP. On the graphics side, it is running 11 Vega GPU cores clocked a 1,250MHz. Based on the spec sheet alone, the Ryzen 5 2400G looks to be a burly all-around performer, able to tackle both general purpose computing and graphics chores.
Over at MoePC.net, a Chinese-language web forum, there are a handful of benchmarks charts that plot the Ryzen 5 2400G in 3DMark. The charts also contain benchmark figures for the Ryzen 3 2200G, another Raven Ridge APU that is headed to retail on February 12. That one is also a 4-core processor, but without SMT, and is clocked a 3.5GHz to 3.7GHz. For graphics, it sports 8 Vega GPU cores clocked at 1,100MHz.
If these benchmark results are legit, then the Ryzen 5 2400G will emerge as an interesting chip, one that can rub knuckles with some lower end discrete solutions. It's actually faster than an NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 GPU, and not that far behind AMD's Radeon RX 550 for mobile. Pretty impressive.
The Ryzen 3 2200G doesn't reach the same level of performance, obviously, but is faster than the Vega 8 graphics on the Ryzen 5 2500U. While that may seem odd on the surface, bear in mind that the Ryzen 3 2200G is a desktop processor, whereas the Ryzen 5 2500U is a mobile part.
What's also interesting to note is the performance of AMD's Radeon RX Vega M GL, which AMD created for use with custom chips with Intel that combine Core processors with Vega graphics. The chart above shows the Radeon RX Vega M GL coming out ahead of a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card.
There is also a 3DMark 11 chart with the graphics score that's been whittled down to include only AMD's Ryzen processors, including its previous generation Bristol Ridge APU. The Ryzen 5 2400G takes the top spot by a fairly wide margin, and the Ryzen 3 2200G slots in at third place.
Again, it remains to be seen if these benchmarks are legit. That said, they are in line with the performance expectations set out by AMD, which previously released its own small set of benchmark data. The bottom line is that AMD's upcoming Raven Ridge APUs could shake things up.