Despite the resurgence of AMDs to achieve this with the high-end of conventional processors, the highest volume of sales occurs more in the mid-range where pieces often have competitive prices. In the segment, AMD currently has the Ryzen 5 2600 and the 2400G in the retail market, but the original equipment manufacturers can use two others: the 2500X and the 2300X. We do not know if we will ever see this in retail, but we got both CPUs for a review.
Ryzen 2500X of AMD and Ryzen 3 2300X of AMD: filling some holes
Like the first-generation counterparts, the 2500X is a quad-core processor with multiple simultaneous threads, while the 2300X is a quad-core direct processor. The X processors generally have a higher thermal design power (TDP) than the hypothetical equivalent X, which allows them to take advantage of the AMDs Extreme Frequency Range technology for higher turbos for a longer cooling, although these are set at 65W, similar to non-X processors. Normally, X processors come with better inventory coolers in retail, however, since these are only OEM processors, it is up to the system integrator to provide sufficient cooling.
|AMD mainstream battery|
w / SMT
|Ryzen 7 2700X||Zen +||8/16||3700||4300||sixteen||–||105W||$ 329|
|Ryzen 7 2700||Zen +||8/16||3200||4100||sixteen||–||65W||$ 299|
|Ryzen 5 2600X||Zen +||6/12||3600||4200||sixteen||–||95W||$ 229|
|Ryzen 5 2600||Zen +||6/12||3400||3900||sixteen||–||65W||$ 199|
|Ryzen 5 2500X *||Zen +||4/8||3600||4000||8||–||65W||–|
|Ryzen 5 2400G||Zen||4/8||3600||3900||6||eleven||65W||$ 169|
|Ryzen 3 2300X *||Zen +||4/4||3500||4000||8||–||65W||–|
|Ryzen 3 2200G||Zen||4/4||3500||3700||6||8||65W||$ 99|
|Athlon 240GE||Zen||2/4||3500||–||4||3||35W||$ 75|
|Athlon 220GE||Zen||2/4||3400||–||4||3||35W||$ 65|
|Athlon 200GE||Zen||2/4||3200||–||4||3||35W||$ 55|
|* Released but not retail|
Both processors use AMD's Zen + microarchitecture, built into the node of the 12 nm manufacturing process of GlobalFoundries. This means that it has better voltage, frequency and power characteristics compared to the first generation Ryzen, which allows them to run faster with the same power or colder with the same performance. AMD has also applied small adjustments to the design, giving the processor 3% additional performance on the same frequency as the first generation Ryzen. We tested and verified these claims in our review of the first AMD Zen + processors.
Addressing the middle range
If you believe that the sales numbers published by the German retailer MindFactory, or the best-selling lists on Amazon, it would be hard not to realize that, from the first generation of Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 5 1600 has been one of the best sellers . At an initial launch price of $ 219, followed by further cuts, it reached an aggressive price point and offered six high-performance cores with multiple simultaneous threads in which Intel could only offer four cores without hyperprocessing. It also allowed overclocking, giving users the possibility to squeeze more processor if they had the cooling to do it. Combine this CPU with a good mid-priced motherboard and the integrated cooler, and it's easy to see why this CPU has been successful.
For the second generation of Ryzen, AMD launched four retail CPUs: the 2700X, 2700, 2600X and 2600, which we reviewed at launch (click here to see the review). Technically we have a direct replacement to the 1600 in the 2600, which at $ 199, is very competitive. However, unlike the first generation of products with only CPU, AMD never filled the rest of the processor's stack with CPU-only options. Under the 2600, AMD recommends the 2400G, a quad core with simultaneous multiprocessing and integrated graphics at $ 169, then the 2200G at $ 99, which is another quad core with integrated graphics but no hyperprocessing. AMD used to have four processors in this space (1500X, 1400, 1300X, 1200) that were also very competitive. We tested them all when they were launched against the competition, and the parties had obvious strengths and weaknesses.
Although AMD recommends these pieces with integrated graphics of up to $ 165 (current Amazon prices), it seems that the partners of their system builders have requested a CPU option only below this price point. This is where the Ryzen 5 2500X and the Ryzen 3 2300X come in. These parts are generational updates against the 1500X and 1300X, but are currently only available to AMD partners who develop complete systems. These pieces can not be purchased "officially" at retail; however, some are likely to leak into the gray or second-hand markets.
The main obvious reason for not releasing several pieces at similar prices is to cannibalize the sales of others: by offering the 2500X and 2300X as OEM exclusive parts, it allows AMD to maintain a rigid stock according to the order requirements, while the 2400G / 2200G Can be sold in the open market. There could be an argument from the public relations side that at this price range, $ 150 or less, emerging markets benefit most from integrated graphical solutions. But that does not exclude the sale of these pieces in retail stores in other parts of the world. Regardless of the reasons, we still wanted to test these CPUs to see where they are located, and ultimately, if the unobtrusive GPU auto-constructor of more than $ 150 more would benefit from a CPU-only option.
Normally, when we compare processors, we compare on two fronts: core count / subprocess and price. Very rarely our review processors have the same contestant for both. In this case, we do not have a list price for the 2300X or 2500X, which makes this a bit difficult. However, to be competitive, we expect the two CPUs to adjust to prices, according to what their names suggest, above 2200G and 2400G, respectively.
When it comes to competitive Intel processors, in price, the competition is around the Core i3-8100 at $ 120, or Core i3-8350K, currently on sale for approximately $ 190. These pieces are a quad core without hyperthreading, which automatically puts it on par with the Ryzen 3 2300X. Intel no longer offers anything below an 8-core with hyperthreading, which makes comparison with the Ryzen 5 2500X difficult. In terms of thread parity, then the Core i3-8100 / i3-8350K quad-core with four wires is still relevant, or the six-core i5-9600K with six wires comes into play, although it's worth keeping in mind that This is a $ 260 processor. Going to eight threads in Intel for comparison just blows the budget, making the comparison more irrelevant.
If AMD ever decides to launch these processors at retail with the corresponding stock coolers, at least on paper, they seem to be very competitive. This is one of the reasons why we are testing these parts in a review.
Pages in this review
- Analysis and Competition
- Test and configuration bench
- Benchmark Suite 2018 and 2019: Specter and Meltdown Hardened
- CPU performance: System tests
- CPU performance: Rendering tests
- CPU performance: Office tests
- CPU performance: coding tests
- CPU performance: Web and inherited tests
- Games: World of Tanks enCore
- Games: Final Fantasy XV
- Games: Shadow of War
- Game: Civilization 6
- Games: Ashes Classic
- Game: Strange Brigade
- Games: Grand Theft Auto V
- Games: Far Cry 5
- Games: Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Games: F1 2018
- Energy consumption and TDP
- Conclusions and final words