AMD this week started selling its entry-level Athlon 200GE APUs designed for the most affordable PCs. The Athlon 200GE costs less than $60 at retail and happens to be the cheapest processor carrying AMD’s Zen cores as well as the Radeon Vega iGPU. It also has a 35 W TDP and is therefore compatible with virtually all AM4 motherboards and cooling systems.

The AMD Athlon 200GE carries two SMT-enabled Zen cores running at 3.2 GHz frequency, a Radeon iGPU featuring 192 stream processors operating at 1 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 4 MB L3 cache, a dual-channel DDR4-2667 memory controller, and so on. The APU can power affordable PCs that do not need a lot of compute horsepower and enables AMD to compete against Intel’s entry-level Celeron and Pentium processors for this market segment using its latest technologies (Zen and Vega).

Notably, even with the low price, AMD isn't holding back on feature support here. Since the CPU is drop-in compatible with AMD’s 300 and 400-series platforms, systems based on the CPU will support high-performance NVMe SSDs, USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, 4Kp60 display output(s) and so on. As an added bonus, AMD’s AM4 platforms also support DRAM overclocking and an upgrade path all the way to eight-core Ryzen 7 CPUs.

AMD's Retail Stack
AnandTech Zen Cores
Ryzen 7 2700X Zen+ 8 / 16 3700 4300 - 105W $329
Ryzen 7 2700 Zen+ 8 / 16 3200 4100 - 65W $299
Ryzen 5 2600X Zen+ 6 / 12 3600 4200 - 95W $229
Ryzen 5 2600 Zen+ 6 / 12 3400 3900 - 65W $199
Ryzen 5 1500X Zen 4 / 8 3500 3700 - 65W $159
Ryzen 5 2400G Zen 4 / 8 3600 3900 11 65W $169
Ryzen 3 1300X Zen 4 / 4 3500 3700 - 65W $114
Ryzen 3 2200G Zen 4 / 4 3500 3700 8 65W $99
Athlon 240GE Details to be disclosed in Q4
Athlon 220GE Details to be disclosed in Q4
Athlon 200GE Zen 2 / 4 3200 - 3 35W $55
* Released but not at retail

In addition to the Athlon 200GE processor, AMD is gearing up to release its higher-performing Athlon 220GE and Athlon 240GE processors later this year, which will further improve its competitive positions in the entry-level segment.

While AMD has formally started to sell its Athlon 200GE processor, its actual availability is a bit of a mixed bag. In the U.S., the Athlon 200GE can be pre-ordered for $59.99 only from Newegg. Other stores may follow shortly, but right now the chip is a rare animal in the U.S. The processor is more readily available in the U.K., but prices vary greatly from £50 to £73 ($65 - $96). The situation is much better in mainland Austria and Germany: the Athlon 200GE can be purchased from multiple retailers at prices that make sense. Meanwhile, Amazon seems to overprice the chip in France and Spain.

AMD Athlon 200GE Availability and Pricing
As of 8 AM EST September 21, 2018
Retailer Country Local Price Equivalent in USD w/o VAT
Amazon U.S. - -
B&H Photo Video U.S. - -
Fry's Electronics U.S. - -
Newegg U.S. $60 -
Amazon UK U.K. £73 $80
Ebuyer U.K. £55 $60
Overclockers UK U.K. - -
Scan U.K. £50 $54
Amazon DE Germany -  
Amazon ES Spain €67 $65
Amazon FR France €73 $72
Alternate Austria €54 $53
Cybersport Austria €56 $55
Proshop Austria €54 $53
Bora Computer Germany €59 $58
CaseKing Germany €60 $60
K&M Computer Germany €59 $58
Komplett Denmark
- -
Proshop Denmark 506 kr $64
Proshop Finland €64 $60
Proshop Norway 579 kr $60
Proshop Sweden 643 kr $58

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  • neblogai - Friday, September 21, 2018 - link

    Completely agree. Converting the non-US price to US dollars only makes sense if VAT is subtracted.
  • Alexvrb - Friday, September 21, 2018 - link

    Chart says w/o VAT for the USD column. So.... isn't that what you're asking for? Did that get added later?
  • Ian Cutress - Friday, September 21, 2018 - link

    It got added later
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    Does it use a new die?
  • hojnikb - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    No, these are based on salvaged raven ridge dies
  • msroadkill612 - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    For one thing, a lot less upgraded am4 moboS will be tossed. Add this apu, and its similar perf to a good laptop.

    What a pity they cant do a ddr3 version so all those billions sunk in ddr3 could be repurposed.
  • iwod - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    According to multiple website and WikiChips, this is a 200mm2 die with more than half of it disabled.

    I would have thought having a smaller sub 100mm2 chip for Athlon makes sense.
  • Ian Cutress - Sunday, September 23, 2018 - link

    But then you'd have to build masks for a new chip, which would cost up to $50m, just for a low end Athlon. This is just a backup bin so they can get higher yields.
  • peterfares - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    Is this for embedded use cases and such? Or just VERY low end PCs? I wouldn't recommend anyone buy a dual-core computer anymore, they're way too slow with how heavy websites have become.
  • mpbello - Saturday, September 22, 2018 - link

    Websites are not a problem for a modern dual core CPU.
    Most office workers would do just fine with a modern dual core machine, a fast SSD and 8+GB RAM.

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