AMD Athlon 200GE, 220GE, 240GE in the test: three processors, two winners

AMD Athlon 200GE, 220GE, 240GE im Test: Drei Prozessoren, zwei Gewinner

With three Athlon models now, AMD has complete control over the entry-level processor segment in early 2019. Athlon 200GE, 220GE and 240GE are not only cheaper than Intel's Pentium, but also faster if desired. The integrated graphics play in a league of their own. As a bonus, you can also overclock.

The Athlon 200 family in the technology check

For the new year, AMDs new Athlon CPUs introduced shortly before the turn of the year are available. Athlon 240GE and 220GE complement the entry-level portfolio with Zen and Vega, which previously consisted only of the Athlon 200GE (test). The difference in price is minimal. So is the faster CPU worth it at all?

Technically, nothing has changed since the launch of the first APU in this class in September 2018. The three Athlon 200s based on Raven Ridge with Zen architecture and Vega graphics unit form the entry level of the desktop processors for the AM4 socket. The differences between the three models are in the processor clock and consequently also in the price. All other parameters are identical.

In terms of price, AMD staggered the processors, the trade left it at that. In Germany, the two new, faster models are so close together that the 220GE is almost completely dug up the water. In this respect, it is actually only a duel in the end: the cheapest against the fastest.

AMD Athlon "Raven Ridge" in the desktop

Unofficial overclocking works fine

Officially, the processors are set to a multiplier, but the Raven Ridge architecture is designed to be completely freely configurable. And obviously with the blessing of AMD, the multiplier can also be set for the Athlon models with the current new BIOS versions with AGESA, as is desired directly from AMD with Ryzen 2000G. Why, remains questionable, because the smallest model can now easily offer more frequency than a more expensive model because of the same equipment except for the clock. For the hobbyist, the larger Athlon variants are almost unnecessary.

AMD Athlon 200GE at 4 GHz

The Athlon 200GE with 4 GHz clock is therefore also represented in the benchmarks. The Athlon 220GE stably follows the exact same cycle without massively increasing the tension. The Athlon 240GE is a little better binned and comes to 4.1 GHz. But as usual, this can vary depending on the model, the 4 GHz mark is the more secure yardstick.

AMD Athlon 240GE with 4.1 GHz
AMD Athlon 240GE with 4.1 GHz

Three Athlon 200 vs. Intel Pentium G (old)

The processor test system previously used also serves as the basis for the comparison. This means that all processors are tested strictly according to their manufacturer's specifications. With the Athlon this is, among other things, DDR4-2666 as a difference to the previous Raven Ridge, which can handle DDR4-2933. The timings remain the same with CL14.

The focus of the comparison is on the difference between the three AMD models. At the same time, the competitor in the form of the Intel Pentium G (old) is also in the test.


From a bird's eye view, the small CPUs perform similarly. Only the detailed display (with mouseover) shows the clear differences between the representatives. The Athlon 220GE is exactly on the same level as the Intel Pentium G5400, the Athlon 240GE is still four percent higher. However, four real cores in the form of the Ryzen 3 2200G are still miles away, so there is 39 percent more power. This gap can be closed a little by overclocking. The Athlon 200GE at 4 GHz delivers a whopping 22 percent more power in applications than in the original state.

The integrated Vega 3 graphics does exactly the same on the two new models as on the smallest representative to date, which is not surprising given the identical clock rates. The sample with the flagship Athlon 240GE ultimately produces the same performance as the Athlon 200GE. The low clock speed in the CPU area is irrelevant for graphics applications.

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Performance rating integr. graphic

    • AMD Ryzen 3 2200G (Vega8)

    • AMD Athlon GE (Vega3)

    • Intel Pentium G4560

Power consumption with iGPU

As an APU, the three Athlon models are primarily intended for small PCs in which no additional graphics card is installed. There they also show their strength, because the power consumption at idle is not even 20 watts for a complete system, even under maximum load it is low. The TDP rating of 35 watts on the part of AMD stands for the never reached maximum power consumption.

Power consumption of the AMD Athlon 2xxGE (complete system)

Conclusion and recommendation

The Athlon is the ideal entry-level processor, in the end the old recommendation is also the new one. The cheapest model is the best choice because the Athlon 200GE is unrivaled for less than 50 euros. Since it can also be easily overclocked by a hobbyist, it almost completely digs the water off the two faster variants. But only almost.

Three Athlon GE in the BitcoinMinersHashrate test
Three Athlon GE in the BitcoinMinersHashrate test

Indeed, the Athlon 220GE in the golden middle would not have been needed. 3 euros and only 100 MHz separate him from the Athlon 240GE in retail, which means that the 220GE is in a lost position and must always be reached for the 240GE. This in turn costs 29 percent more than the Athlon 200GE, but 29 percent is only 14 euros. At the latest when the mainboard, RAM and mass storage are added to a system, the 14 euros disappear into the background noise.

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The Athlon 240GE is therefore something for buyers who don't want to or need to worry about, because they get the fastest CPU in this price range directly from AMD. The model parallels the Pentium Gold in terms of CPU performance, the graphics performance is anyway from another world compared to the smaller Intel CPUs. And there is also a price advantage, because the Pentium Gold G5400 as the latest small solution costs at least 30 percent more. If you want to save 14 euros, grab the Athlon 200GE and then overclock it if necessary.

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