Locked AMD Athlon 200GE Overclocked to 4.05GHz With New Asus BIOS (Updated)

UPDATE 12/14/18, 7:45 a.m. PT: TechEpiphany published a video this week showing that Asus has also unlocked the Athlon 200GE, allowing it to be overclocked to 4.05GHz in the YouTuber's testing. That brings the number of manufacturers known to have unlocked AMD's low-end CPU with the 1.0.0.6 AGESA update to three with MSI, Gigabyte and Asus. AMD still doesn't officially support overclocking the processor, but at this rate, it seems like many Athlon 200GE owners will be able to see drastically better performance anyway. 

AMD Athlon 200GE at 4.05Ghz

UPDATE 11/30/18, 2:15 p.m. PT: AMD responded to our queries, stating. "AMD has not unlocked and does not officially support overclocking of the Athlon 200GE. It would be best to inquire with MSI regarding BIOS functionality on the company’s motherboard products."

Original Article 11/30/18:

YouTuber TechEpiphany posted a video on Thursday of an overclocked Athlon 200GE, which is surprising because this $55 dual-core, four-thread processor wasn't originally overclockable. The Athlon 200GE comes with a locked multiplier, making it the only non-overclockable, Zen-based model in AMD's fleet. In fact, as a low-end model, it doesn't even support AMD's Precision Boost algorithms that improve performance, instead operating at a static 3.2 GHz clock speed. We followed up with our own testing and currently have the chip running at 3.9 GHz. We have our own test results at the bottom of the article.

TechEpiphany pushed its processor up to 3.8 GHz. Apparently, the latest MSI BIOS that supports the AGESA 1.0.0.6 firmware has inadvertently unlocked the multiplier on the processor. We followed up with our own testing and have the processor at 3.9 GHz with a 1.4 V vCore and 1.15 SoC voltage.

TechEpiphany used an MSI B350M Gaming Pro motherboard with the AGESA 1.0.0.6 BIOS, while we were able to recreate the same conditions with an MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC motherboard. We aren't sure if AMD has intentionally unlocked the Athlon 200GE's multiplier, thus enabling overclocking, or if this is a mistake on MSI's part. We'll update this post if we find out. 

AMD's release of the Athlon 200GE earlier this year marked the company's first Zen-based processor to tackle the sub-$100 processor market. That's an important step for AMD because Intel typically dominates this high-volume segment of the market with its Pentium processors.


Athlon 200GE
Pentium
Gold G5600
Pentium
Gold G5400
Ryzen 3 1300X
Ryzen 3 2200G
Ryzen 5 2400G
TDP
35W
54W
54W
65W
65W
65W
Architecture
Zen
Coffee Lake
Coffee Lake
Zen
Zen
Zen
Process
14nm
14nm++
14nm++
14nm
14nm
14nm
Cores / Threads
2 / 4
2 / 4
2 / 4
4 /4
4 / 4
4 / 8
Frequency Base / Boost
3.2 / -
3.9 / -
3.7 / -
3.5 / 3.7
3.5 / 3.7
3.6 / 3.9
Memory Speed
DDR4-2677
DDR4-2400
DDR4-2400
DDR4-2667
DDR4-2933DDR4-2933
Memory Controller
Dual-Channel
Dual-Channel
Dual-Channel
Dual-ChannelDual-ChannelDual-Channel
Cache (L3)
4MB
4MB
4MB
8MB
4MB
4MB
Integrated Graphics
Radeon Vega 3 (3CU)
UHD Graphics 630
UHD Graphics 610
No
Radeon Vega 8 (8CU)
Radeon Vega 11 (11 CU)
Unlocked Multiplier
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
MSRP
$55
$86
$64
$124
$99
$160

We're working to learn more, but enabling overclocking on the processor should change its competitive positioning, especially given its $55 price point. The 35W Athlon 200GE drops into motherboards with the AM4 CPU socket and features the Zen microarchitecture paired with the Radeon Vega graphics engine. The processor has two execution cores and four threads, while the integrated Vega graphics engine comes with three Compute Units (CU). The 200GE's Radeon Vega graphics boost up to 1,000 MHz.

Single-Threaded Benches

Here we have both a single-threaded Cinebench and a LAME benchmark. Both of these tests are lightly threaded, and as we can see bumping up the frequency to 3.9 GHz improves the Athlon 200GE's standing.

Compression and Decompression



We aren't expecting much of a boost in multi-threaded workloads, like these compression and decompression tests, simply because the 200GE is a dual-core quad-threaded processor. It's encouraging to see the 200G outpace the Intel competitors during the decompression workload.

PCMark 10




We do see some improvements in PCMark 10 performance, specifically during the photo editing, video conferencing and video editing workloads. It's no coincidence that these are the multi-threaded tests in the PCMark 10 suite. We do see some gains in the remainder of the workloads, but the 200GE still trails the Intel processors in these lightly threaded tasks. 

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  • jpe1701
    Interesting, can't wait to see the results. Any news when the other new athlons are going to be released?
  • r.techzero
    You increase performance further by increase the bclk and lower the multiplier
  • buzznut47
    Wow would love to hear more. Just got a 200GE on the bench today, waiting on my memory which should be here already. I have a Gigabyte B450 Aorus M but wouldn't mind picking up a full ATX board. Was planning on WC anyway...