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AMD's Zen-based Athlon 200GE is not overclockable - More Athlon CPUs are coming later this year

All Ryzen CPUs are overclockable, but Zen-based Athlons are locked

AMD reveals their Athlon 200GE APU with Vega 3 graphics

AMD's Zen-based Athlon 200GE is not overclockable - More Athlon CPUs are coming later this year

Earlier this week, AMD officially revealed their first Zen-based Athlon series processor, taking on Intel in the low-cost desktop market, an area which has been dominated by the Pentium brand for quite some time. 

Unlike AMD Zen-based Ryzen processors, which all feature an unlocked multiplier, AMD's Zen-based Athlon processors will ship without support for overclocking, making them the first Zen-based processors with such a limitation. 

The Athlon 200GE is designed with a price point of $55 in mind, making it ideal for budget PC builders, especially those who want a basic office machine for word processing, internet browsing and video playback. These kinds of systems are not built with overclocking in mind, making it a useless feature for most perspective Athlon users. It is also worth noting that similarly priced CPUs from Intel also lack support for overclocking. 

 AMD reveals their Athlon 200GE APU with Vega 3 graphics
 

AMD has also confirmed that two additional Athlon processors will be released later this year, the Athlon 240GE and Athlon 220GE, though at this time it is unknown how powerful these new processors will be. These processors are expected to be higher-clocked variants of the Athlon 200GE, though AMD could also release a low-TDP quad-core that sits between the Ryzen 3 2200G and the Athlon 200GE. We will learn more about these future Athlon processors sometime in Q4.   

 
 Cores/
Threads
Base Clock SpeedBoost Clock SpeedSmart Prefetch 
Cache (L2+L3)
iGPUOC Support?TDP
Ryzen 7
2700X
8/163.7GHz4.3GHz20 (4+16)N/AYes105W
Ryzen 7
2700
8/163.2GHz4.1GHz20 (4+16)N/AYes65W
Ryzen 5
2600X
6/123.6GHz4.2GHz19 (3+16)N/AYes95W
Ryzen 5
2600
6/123.4GHz3.9GHz19 (3+16)N/AYes65W
Ryzen 5
2400G
4/83.6GHz3.9GHz6 (2+4)Vega 11Yes65W
Ryzen 3
2200G
4/43.5GHz3.7GHz6 (2+4)Vega 8Yes65W
Athlon
240GE
??????????No???
Athlon
220GE
??????????No???
Athlon
200GE
2/43.2GHz-5 (1+4)Vega 3No35W

  

All of AMD's Ryzen CPU will have an unlocked multiplier
 

To clear up some potential misinformation, AMD is not backing down on the promise to release every Ryzen processor with an unlocked multiplier. There is a difference between AMD's Zen core architecture and their Ryzen processor branding. Zen processors can ship without an unlocked multiplier on AMD's AM4 socket, but only if the CPU lacks AMD's Ryzen branding, which is why these locked processors are called Athlons. 

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08-09-2018, 13:44:19

NeverBackDown
Not a bad thing really. This isn't meant for those applications. By locking it, it allows cheaper boards to be put in place since they do not have to account for overclocking.Quote

08-09-2018, 16:25:23

Dark NighT
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Not a bad thing really. This isn't meant for those applications. By locking it, it allows cheaper boards to be put in place since they do not have to account for overclocking.

Yeah most people that would buy these are probably never going to think about overclocking it, and the few that would, should probably get something else that can.Quote

10-09-2018, 07:43:44

Digikid
Heh. oh look a rebranding of the old Sempron.



j/kQuote

10-09-2018, 11:49:02

CEUOTC
Hmmm media centre Quote
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