AMD has announced the surprise return of its Athlon branded processors. The AMD Athlon 200GE APU is the first Athlon processor in almost eight years, cramming in dual-cores, multithreading, and a tiny Vega 3 graphics chip for just $55.

If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate budget PC, the Athlon 200GE could be your answer. It uses two 14nm Zen cores with four processing threads using simultaneous multi-threading, clocked at 3.2GHz. The AMD Athlon 200 GE packs a 5MB cache and Radeon Vega 3 graphics comprised of three Compute Units, totaling 192 cores.

It’s extremely resource light, consuming just 35W TDP, while the $55 price tag is sure to make it a popular choice among bargain hunters.  That’s an AMD Vega APU for cheaper than the cost of a new AAA game, and it can be paired with any AM4 socket motherboards.

Performance-wise, the Athlon 200GE isn’t exactly going to blow anyone away, although it should still be a perfectly viable solution for some less demanding titles such as indie and eSports games. Compared to AMD’s previous-gen A6-9600E, Team Red is touting up to 169% more responsive computing, and 67% faster GPU performance than the competition (Intel’s Pentium G4560 54W). In theory, it should be a decent entry-level processor, although it’s obviously not going to come anywhere close to premium chips.

There will be a further two, high-end AMD Athlon GPUs arriving a little further down the line too. The AMD Athlon 220GE and the AMD Athlon 240GE will both sit above the 200GE in the performance stages, although there’s no information on the specs until availability in Q4 2018.

Model CPU Cores Threads Processor Frequency

Graphics Compute Units

TDP (Watts) Price (USD)
AMD Athlon 200GE 2 4 3.2GHz 3 35W $55
AMD Athlon 220GE TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
AMD Athlon 240GE TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

The AMD Athlon 200Ge will be available from September 18th.

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