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Raven Ridge Unboxed: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, Ryzen 3 2200G First Look

CPU Unboxing...The Quick Way

Instead of a step-by-step unboxing, let's start with a quick dump to the tabletop, for those of you in a rush. Here's what we saw when we dropped the lot from one of the chip boxes onto our studio table.


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Meet the First Raven Ridge Twins

Let's do this unboxing the more conventional way now. One has SMT and the other doesn't, but apart from that, the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G share the same genes (and much the same outer packaging).


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The APUs In Their Shells

Okay, we've gotten the chips out of their larger retail boxes. Inside, they come in the usual shiny black cardboard mini-boxes, with the chip encased in a clear-plastic clamshell inside. Very gothic.


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So, What Is That We're Looking At?

We broke out our digital microscope and got up close with the APUs. What are we looking at? It's not a Mandelbrot graphic or a solar flare...


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In Close-Up: Any Better Idea?

At an angle, it should be much easier to figure out what we are looking at. (It's a few of the pins on these new APUs.)


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This Is Why Thermal Paste Isn't Optional

No, that isn't a lunar landscape; it's the rounded edge of one of the heatspreaders atop one of the APUs. Without the right paste applied, heated air would be trapped in all of those grooves and pits in the metal, leading to inefficient cooling performance.


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The New APUs: Front On

Okay, we're back out to a normal viewing distance now. Here's a look at the heatspreaders on the new Raven Ridge desktop chips. No sign of Vega branding here...just Ryzen.


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It's a Small Board, After All

Of course, every APU also needs the right foundation to build upon. For the purposes of our unboxing, that's the Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFi, a space-saving Mini-ITX mobo.


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Slots & Expansion...

With two DIMM banks and a PCI Express slot, this Mini-ITX board gives you just enough expansion to work with for a basic PC build. The voltage regulators on the Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFi have a proper heat sink, too, and are also cooled by partial airflow from the chip's in-box cooler. (More on the cooler shortly.)


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...And Let's Show the I/O

The AB350N-Gaming WiFi offers plenty of connectivity for a space-saving PC. Keep in mind the PCI Express x16 expansion doesn't need to be occupied by a graphics slot, thanks to the Vega graphics integrated into the CPU.


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Installing The Hardware

Here, we've mounted one of the Raven Ridge chips into the board's AM4 socket, along with 16 GB of the matching DDR4-3200. The whole thing looks much closer to complete now. But something important is missing...


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  • ghettogamer
    Vega isnt as exciting as it used to be a year ago, i hope this isnt underwhelming as I would like to recommend this chip to friends who like to try out cheap AIO mini-itx e sports pc gaming.
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  • sadsteve
    Eh, I don't do slide shows.
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  • rush21hit
    The Wraith should be more than enough. I've seen people use it on the much hotter FX6000(can't remember which) to OC somewhere at 4,5 iirc. The FX were already rated 125watt, right out of the box. The OC probably push it to near 150watts level. Yet, somehow the Wraith sustain it at 80C tops. Even doing full speed most of the time, it still heard as a mere whisper. In fact, the Seasonic's fan he used were louder and more audible than the Wraith.

    That said, I wanted this APU happened 3 months ago. I've already purchased 3 sets of G4400 + GT1030 + 2x2gb DDR4 + the cheapest h110 I could found which happens to be a foxconn's for my cyber cafe. fml
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  • cwolf78
    It performs just fine for eSports titles (at least as far as the 2400G.)

    https://wccftech.com/amd-raven-ridge-ryzen-apu-vega-gpu-graphics-performance/

    Keep in mind those are stock values and the GPU is reported to OC pretty substantially. And as always with APU's, pairing with really fast RAM helps considerably. Pretty nice these have native support for 2933.
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  • Gillerer
    Isn't "Hyper-Threading" an Intel trademark? The general term is simultaneous multithreading.
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  • FormatC
    SMT, right :)
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  • John Nemesh
    I will answer your trademark question right after I grab a Kleenex for my runny nose and make a couple of xerox copies.
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  • FormatC
    It was already fixed. :D
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  • ghettogamer
    EXCITED!! finally!!! amd 's bold answer to cryptocurrency craze!
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  • Lutfij
    Excitement would be an understatement for this release ;)
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