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Review motherboard MSI MEG Z390 ACE: overclocking the 8-core Coffee Lake ready!

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I think it is unlikely for someone will be a secret that the newly released 8-core processors Coffee Lake will be affordable not for all computer enthusiasts. And if so, it is very unlikely that the potential owners of the Core i7 and Core i9 9700K-9900K going to save on other components — including the motherboard. For such chips requires a solid device, especially if you plan on overclocking these CPUs. Recently we reviewed the ASUS ROG STRIX model Z390-E GAMING, which belongs to the middle price range. In this review we will talk about one of the most clever devices — MEG Z390 ACE. Let’s see what the flagship solution of the company MSI.

MSI MEG Z390 ACE

MSI MEG Z390 ACE

#Specifications and packaging

At this time steeper MEG Z390 ACE in the list of MSI motherboards on base of chipset Express Z390 is only a model of the MEG Z390 Godlike, which we have been told in the news. However, personally, I can’t call Junior MEG version deprived of any features. Take a look at the basic specifications of the device to start.

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MSI MEG Z390 ACE
Supported processors
Intel 9-th and 8-th generations (Core, Pentium and Celeron Gold) for LGA1151 platform-v2
Chipset
Intel Z390 Express
Memory subsystem
4 × DIMM slots, up to 64 GB of DDR4-2133-4500 (OC)
Expansion slots
3 × PCI Express x16
3 × PCI Express x1
The storage interface
1 × M. 2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280/22110) with support for SATA 6 Gbps and PCI Express x4
1 × M. 2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280), support a SATA 6GB/s and PCI Express x4
1 × M. 2 (Socket 3, 2242/2260/2280) with support for PCI Express x4
6 × SATA 6GB/s
RAID 0, 1, 10
LAN
Killer E2500, 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless network
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
Audio
ALC1220 Realtek 7.1 HD
Interfaces on the rear panel
1 × RJ-45
1 × optical S/PDIF
5 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
1 × USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C
4 × USB 2.0 Type A
5 × 3.5 mm audio
Form factor ATX
Price 25 000 rubles

The motherboard is Packed in a large and colorful cardboard box. In addition to the cost, it was a lot of both useful and not-so accessories:

  • User manual, sticker with the logo of the dragon stickers for your SATA cables, and a CD with software and drivers.
  • Antenna for the wireless module.
  • Four SATA cable.
  • Extension cables to connect the RGB strips.
  • Additional screws for securing the SSD.
  • HB SLI-bridge to connect two graphics cards NVIDIA GeForce.

#Design and capabilities

Unlike MEG Z390 Godlike, hero of today’s review is of the ATX form factor. Used full-size for the standard PCB, and other devices with the prefix “top”.

The design of the motherboard, if you compare MEG Z390 ACE, for example, Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC, in my opinion, is somewhat changed, although once it is clear that before us the device MSI.

The model has six expansion slots: three PCI Express x16 and x1. The first (most proximal to the CPU socket) there is a PEG port to which 100% of cases will be installed graphics card. So the adjacent PCI Express x1, you will always be available. Primary slot for video cards pretty seriously removed from the LGA socket, but because MEG Z390 ACE without problems shelter air cooler of any size. So, the monster Noctua NH-D15 and its Archon SB-E X2 without any problems fit in the designated place for them.

All three PCI Express x16 reinforced — in Lenovo call it the gain ports of call technology Steel Armor. As stated by the manufacturer, the connectors get more soldering points on the PCB, which avoids damage to the Board if you install a massive graphics. Also in the product card States that these ports operate in three modes: x16/x0/x0, x8/x8/x0, or x8/x4/x4. MEG Z390 ACE supports technologies NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire.

“Chained” and the DIMM slots necessary for the installation of RAM. Technology Steel Armor and DDR4 Boost protect the motherboard from both mechanical damage and from overcurrent due to additional ground points. Electrical memory circuit is completely isolated strip is not conducting current of the PCB, which, according to MSI, ensures excellent stability and the performance of the RAM. In his performance the manufacturer indicates that MEG Z390 ACE supports even sets of RAM with effective frequency of 4500 MHz. In the list of compatible kits DDR4-4500 listed products of the companies Corsair and G. Skill.

It’s nice that on the Board are soldered six connectors for fans connection. The photo above shows the location of 4-pin connectors on the whole successful. The ports automatically detect the mode of operation of the connected systems — DC or PWM that allows you to adjust the fan speed with PWM and without.

One of the features of MEG Z390 ACE is the presence of three M. 2 slots. One of the ports, the bottom, even has a aluminum radiator, which is in contact with the SSD when using the pads. It is made specifically — for additional cooling M. 2 Shield Frozr will save the SSD from overheating if the system will use the second graphics card.

The primary M. 2 slot, in my opinion, is perfect, and it is between the PEG port and the CPU socket. In this case, the installed SSD there will be further cooled by the cooler fan. This M. 2 socket supports the installation of a storage device with a length of 42, 60, 80 and even 110 mm and works in both PCI Express x4 3.0, and SATA 6 GB/c. Similar characteristics has a second M. 2 port — it only supports installing SSDS with a maximum length of 80 mm. Finally, the third M. 2 port — one that is equipped with a heatsink — only works in mode PCI Express 3.0 x4, it is possible to install SSD with a length of 42, 60 or 80 mm.

Note that M. 2 connectors and pads SATA 6 GB/s, which charges as many as six pieces, share bandwidth with each other.

Among the internal connectors note the presence of two internal connectors USB 3.1 Gen2, which are wired next to 24-pin power connector of the motherboard. In the bottom of the Board there are pads for connecting the F-audio, 12 – and 5-volt RGB strip, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.1 Gen1. In the upper part of PCB, next to the indicator POST-signal, there is another module for connecting 12-volt RGB tape. And near ports SATA 6 GB/s ports — one internal USB 3.1 Gen 1, this port was rotated 90 degrees relative to the PCB. Well, we face a very functional device.

It seems that you have two or three connectors to connect the RGB strip and other modding accessories has become a real trend. This topic is in detail disclosed by us in this article. I will simply note that a plastic cover of MEG Z390 ACE is also equipped with RGB led, which during operation creates a mirror effect. MSI has called this feature Mystic Light Infinity. Backlight supports 16.8 million colors and 29 different modes.

And that’s what (for me) turns out to be really useful — so it’s extra overclocking “gadgets”. In the bottom of the Board are the power button and reboot, and the drum, activating the automatic overclocking Game Boost. More in detail I will tell about it in the second part of the article.

At the top of the Board there was a place for the indicator POST-codes — the thing is in many cases very useful. Here is a block EZ Debug LED showing at what stage the download is computer, and next to it there are pads applied to him the probe of the multimeter and watch the real indicators of stress such as CPU, DDR4, VCCSA, VCCIO, and PCH.

And on the I/O panel ACE MEG Z390 there are buttons that reset the BIOS settings and firmware updates via USB stick. In the second case, you only need to connect to the motherboard and power cables to install into the slot of USB 2.0, red frame, an external drive that has written the correct version of the program and press the corresponding key on the interface panel.

In General, the presence of such buttons next to the motherboard I think is a useful thing. However, very often to the ports of the device have to reach blindly — slash, and all the settings of your system dropped one accidentally press the button Clear CMOS. So it is better to place such keys, for example, directly on the PCB. Or equip them with any protective caps, cautionary accidental operation.

In addition to buttons will highlight, first, the presence of the I/O panel from the five ports USB 3.1 Gen2 A-type and one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C. second, focus your attention on the fact that MEG Z390 ACE devoid of any video outputs. But if discrete graphics system unit “screw” and will have some time to use built-in Coffee Lake core? Third, the interface does not require plug — a trend I fully support!

Sound subsystem Audio Boost HD based on the chip Realtek ALC1220. It is composed of capacitors, Chemi-Con and ESS DAC SABRE9018. Tract detached from other elements of the motherboard, and divorced each channel on a separate layer of the PCB.

For a wired connection meets a familiar Gigabit controller the Killer E2500, while wireless communication is implemented with built-in chipset controller Wireless-AC 9560, which, in addition to the standard Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with a capacity of up to 1733 Mbps, and supports Bluetooth 5.0.

I’m sure many readers have already noticed that MSI MEG Z390 ACE is equipped with two 8-pin connectors for CPU power. In my opinion, this wiring diagram useful for those who want to overclock an 8-core Coffee Lake in extreme conditions — for example, using liquid nitrogen.

The power subsystem of the motherboard consists of six dual phase and operates according to the scheme 5+1. Each channel has two chokes and four field-effect transistor (used Assembly ON Semiconductor NTMFS4C029N and NTMFS4C024N). The remaining elements are soldered around the socket LGA1151-v2, are responsible for voltage-CPU IO/SA. The stabilizer of the processor voltage based on eight-channel PWM controller from International Rectifier IR35201.

Cooled FETs two large aluminum heatsinks connected by a copper deplorable. Looks like that WITH, admittedly, very reliable. However, how effective are the radiators, I’ll tell you next.

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Overview of ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4: tell me no overclocking

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At the end of last year, Intel is trying to cope with a sudden shortage of production capacity process technology 14 nm++, has released a set of system logic Intel B365 according to the norms of 22-nm process technology. His task is to close the gap in the segment of inexpensive motherboards, the lack of which, according to some analysts, Intel is not allowed to actively promote their new processors-the ninth generation. The chipset, like its 14-nm counterparts, remained within the thermal pack, 6W, received 20 lines PCI Express 3.0 and support for Windows 7, but was stripped of the USB 3.1 Gen2 and built-in Wireless AC module. Overclocking with the new chipset is also not friendly.

Simultaneously with the announcement of Intel B365 motherboard manufacturers introduced their new models, which are based on, and formed the chipset. Do not stay aside and the company ASRock, has released five motherboard Intel B365. Overall, these announcements have gone quietly and without fanfare, as is often the case in products of this class. However, demand such fees definitely will use. One of the new – ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 – we will study and test in today’s article.

#Specifications and cost

ASROck B365M Phantom Gaming4
Supported processors Intel Core i9 / Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron
performed by LGA1151 eighth and ninth generation microarchitecture Core
Chipset Intel B365
Memory subsystem 4 × DDR4 DIMM UN-buffered memory up to 64 GB;
dual channel mode memory;
support modules with frequency 2666/2400/2133 MHz;
support Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile)
GUI The integrated graphics core processor allows you to use HDMI version 1.4 and DisplayPort version 1.2;
supports resolutions up to 4K inclusive (4096 × 2160 at 30 Hz);
maximum shared memory of 1 GB
Connectors for expansion boards 2 PCI Express 3.0 x16 modes x16 or x16/x4;
1 slot PCI Express x1 Gen 3
The scalability of the video AMD 2-way CrossFireX Technology
The storage interface Intel B365:
– 6 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6 Gbps (supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10, Intel Rapid Storage, Intel Smart Connect Technology and Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug);
– 2 × M. 2 (M. 2_1 supports only PCI Express flash drives, ranging in length from 42 to 80 mm, M. 2_2 supports SATA and PCI Express storage devices ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm);
– support Intel Optane Memory
Network
interfaces
Gigabit Ethernet controller Intel Gigabit LAN I219V (10/100/1000 Mbit);
technology supports Wake-On-LAN, Lightning/ESD Protection, PXE
Audio 7.1 CH HD audio codec Realtek ALC1200;
audiophile grade audio capacitors (5 PCs.);
gold plated audio connectors;
isolated from the PCB of the sound card;
support technology Surge Protection, DTS Connect, Premium Blu-ray Audio
USB interface Intel B365:
– 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 on back panel, 4 connected to the connectors on the system Board);
– 6 ports USB 3.1 Gen 1 (4 on back panel, 2 are connected to the connector on the system Board);
– 1 port USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C rear panel)
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel Combo PS/2 port and two USB 2.0 ports;
the HDMI and DisplayPort;
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C;
two port USB 3.1 Gen 1;
two port USB 3.1 Gen 1 and network plug RJ-45;
1 optical S/PDIF output interface;
5 3.5 mm gold-plated audio connectors
Internal connectors on the PCB 24-pin ATX power connector;
8-pin ATX 12V power;
6 SATA 3;
2 M. 2;
1 M. 2 Key E;
4-pin connector CPU fan with PWM support;
4-pin connector for the pump DLC (supports Smart Fan Speed Control);
3 4-pin connectors for case fans with PWM support (Smart Fan Speed Control);
1 4-pin addressable RGB LED connector;
2 4-pin RGB LED connector;
a group of connectors for the front panel;
audio connector for the front panel;
connector TPM (Trusted Platform Module);
2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting 4 ports;
USB 3.1 Gen 1 to connect 2 ports;
connector COM Port;
jumper Chassis Intrusion Header and Speaker;
indicators, POST Status Checker (PSC)
BIOS 128-Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual interface and the graphical user interface;
ACPI 6.0;
support SM BIOS 2.7
Controller I/O Nuvoton NCT6791D
Corporate functions, technologies and features ASRock Super Alloy:
– Premium 50A Power Choke;
– Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors);
– I/O Armor;
– Shaped PCB Design;
– Matte Black PCB;
– High Density Glass Fabric PCB;
ASRock Intel 4-Layer Memory POOL (Planes on Outer Layers) Technology;
ASRock Steel Slot;
ASRock M. 2 Full Coverage Heat Sink;
ASRock Ultra M. 2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3);
ASRock POST Status Checker (PSC);
ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports);
ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
Form factor, dimensions (mm) Micro ATX 244 × 242
Operating system support Windows 10 x64
The warranty of the manufacturer, years 3
Minimum retail value for you! n/a

#Packaging equipment

The Board comes in a relatively compact cardboard box, decorated in typical ASRock style products. Its front side is nothing remarkable stands out, and the reverse will briefly tell you about all the features of the Board and its technical characteristics.

 

On a small sticker on the end of the box to find your serial Board number and the batch number, the size and weight and country of manufacture — Vietnam.

Inside of the carton Board is on a soft substrate made of polyethylene foam to which it is pressed against the plastic ties, and further Packed in anti-static bag.

The complete set modest, as the majority of Vietnamese. Together with the cost of the box showed only two SATA-cable, three screws for drives installed in the M. 2 ports, the cover on the rear panel, installation instructions and CD with drivers.

On ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 three-year warranty, and its recommended price is not yet announced. It is hoped that it is so low that it even hesitate to call. However, on the basis of retail prices for boards with close characteristics chipset H370, it can be assumed that this model in Russia will cost about 6 thousand rubles.

#Design and features

ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 is made in the form factor micro ATX and has dimensions of 244 × 242 mm. Board looks pretty interesting: almost black PCB is painted scarlet and white strokes on the cover of the interface panel shows the name of the series, and on the chipset – logo.

 

The layout of the major components on the PCB can be studied according to the scheme of the instruction manual.

 

The modest capabilities of the chipset Intel B365 and no additional controllers on the Board directly affect the view of the rear, showing a minimal set of ports: seven USB (without 3.1 Gen 2), combo PS/2 port, video outputs HDMI and DisplayPort, socket, optical output and five audio connectors.

It would seem that there was a large window for outflow of heated air from the heatsink VRM, but, alas, from the inside it almost completely blocked the radiator.

Despite the fact that ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 refers to the lower-price segment, all add-on components on its PCB, attached with screws and not irritating plastic “studs”. Radiators and the housing fee as follows.

As you can see, the layout of the classic and the usual plat form factor ATX, the model distinguishes only a smaller length. Here, as in the more expensive ASRock boards use the PCB of high density, more resistant to powerful electric load and humidity.

Any brand features CPU socket LGA1151-v2 stands out, is the hole for the temperature sensor to the PCB no.

Above and to the left of the CPU socket houses the power circuit elements. In total there are nine groups/phases, each of which includes 50-amp power chokes and capacitors Nichicon 12K.

Stated, that the power of the CPU allotted eight phases (or rather four, but with doublers uPI uP1961S) is probably still one left on the integrated graphics core and the power circuit. Note that the group power supply components of the four phases does not cooled.

For power management of the processor on-Board soldered controller uPI uP9521P.

The power Board is provided by two standard connectors with 24 and 8 pins.

 

Both connectors are oriented the latches outwards, that is, in our opinion, it is more convenient when you have to disconnect the cables.

Crystal chipset Intel B365 significantly larger than the crystal Z390 Intel, which is not surprising, given the difference in the fabrication process.

It is in contact with a small heat sink through thermal pads.

ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 is equipped with four DIMM slots for latch on one side only.

The maximum amount of memory installed on your card, up to 64 GB, but its frequency may not exceed 2,667 GHz and get around this limitation, no one has yet succeeded. Supports dual-channel mode working memory profiles XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) and a large list of certified for this memory kits. We will add that system memory power single-phase using the same components as in the CPU power circuit.

On the Board, only three PCI-Express, but only the first, connected to the processor lines, has an aluminum shell ASRock Steel Slot.

Formally, the Board supports the merger of the two AMD graphics cards in CrossFireX mode, but they will work under the scheme x16/x4. “Shorty” PCI Express x1 has an open end, that is, it is possible to install long expansion cards.

Board is equipped with six SATA III ports with a throughput up to 6 Gbps, four of which are oriented horizontally and two vertically.

 

Also have ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 there are two M. 2 port, and the top got a plate cooler with a thermal pad.

The top port, M. 2_1, only supports PCI Express flash drives, ranging in length from 42 to 80 mm, and lower, M. 2_2, ready to take SATA, and PCI Express flash drives, ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm. if in the port of M. 2_2 will be installed the SATA drive, the SATA3_0 port will not be available for devices of the appropriate type. Also add that just below the photo shows the connector M. 2 Key E for expansion cards Wi-Fi;

All USB ports on ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 are implemented by the chipset. Their total number is equal to 13: 6 internal and 7 external. On the rear panel two USB 2.0/1.1, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 and one Gen 1 SB 3.1 Type-C.

In turn, the internal USB ports is represented by four USB 2.0/1.1 and a pair of USB 3.1 Gen 1. No high speed USB 3.1 Gen 2 on the Board, unfortunately.

The network interface is implemented here Gigabit controller Intel I219-V.

Declared support technology Wake-On-LAN, Lightning/ESD Protection and PXE.

The basis of the sound path formed Board 7.1 CH HD audio codec Realtek ALC1200.

In its composition there are five “adipisci” capacitors, and the area of the elements of the sound channel is separated from the rest of the Board non-conductive strips.

In addition, the audio connectors on the rear panel and internal audio connector on the PCB Board covered with gold leaf.

The functions of the Multi I/O and monitoring implemented by the controller Nuvoton NCT6791D.

All facilities include five fans with PWM-control, including the CPU fan (1 A, 12 watts) and pump liquid cooling system (2 A, 24 watts).

The fee is endowed with a proprietary lighting system ASRock Polychrome RGB. On the PCB of the LEDs is illuminated in the rear portion of the right side with the name of the series, as well as a narrow strip on the plastic housing.

In addition, the Board has three connectors for connecting the led strips, backlights, one of which allows the use of individually addressable strips.

On the bottom edge of the PCB Board there is no convenient indicator POST-codes, but it is partially replaced by four LEDs POST Status Checker (PSC), indicating a problem of CPU, memory, graphics card or boot stage.

As for the cooling Board, it is extremely simple: a small fan on the power supply circuit of the processor, the chipset and the drive in the first M. 2.

No heat-pipe here. Moreover, as we mentioned above, four phase CPU power circuit and is left without a radiator.

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Review of the AMD Athlon 240GE, 220GE and 200GE in the right place at the right time

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Recent familiarity with processors Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X showed that AMD considers it necessary to strengthen their own lineup of strong budget proposals that could attract buyers in the era of scarcity of available processors competitor. Such innovations do well to solve their problem, proving a more than worthy alternatives for processors the Core i3 series. But only two new products AMD is not going to be limited. Along the way, the company has taken the offensive and in the lower price segment, releasing even more cheap chips capable of inflicting a blow to the popular “hyperpnea” (Pentium Hyper-Threading). So on the market appeared Athlon two hundredth series – new dual-core processors for the platform Socket AM4 with a price of less than $100.

It is worth Recalling that in the model number of AMD’s budget Athlon Socket AM4-performance existed before. For example, a fairly widespread Quad-core Athlon X4 950. However, this CPU is based on outdated design Bristol Ridge microarchitecture Excavator. Because of this he is not able to compete with the members of the family of Pentium in performance and is only of interest because it can be “plug connector”, which allows to exploit the AM4 Socket-a system till the moment it will be installed full processor family Ryzen.

New Athlon for that matter much more modern and therefore more interesting. And although they again are greatly reduced versions of the chips in this time to create used current-based Raven Ridge. For this reason, such proposals can be considered as an alternative to the current Pentium Gold. Having a price from $55 to $75, fresh budget processors from AMD can, as budget Intel chips, to offer two computing cores capable to execute four threads, and a relatively decent graphics core.

It should be understood that the main advantage of the new Athlon is not so much in their characteristics, but in the fact that they are really can be bought at a reasonable price. The fact that the issue with the backorders of their Intel decides to “top-down”. This means that firstly, the orders for expensive chips series Core i7 and Core i9 and also of the application server market. Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron are thus at a disadvantage: they are produced and delivered by a residual principle, and the cheaper the processor, the less of a chance to meet him in the sale. Eventually this led to the fact that the members of the series Pentium Gold or disappeared entirely from store shelves or sold at prices significantly higher than normal. In such circumstances, the new Athlon to be almost the only variant of the processor on which it is advisable to pay attention to the price category “below $100”.

In fact, thanks to the new Athlon, AMD has already managed to win several large OEM contracts: low-cost model of office personal computers, it is highly marketable. Cheap processors for such systems are needed in large quantities, and Athlon has offered an easy way out in a situation when Pentium Gold to buy almost impossible. However, we are interested in a slightly different question: can we rely on the Athlon series of two hundred individual users looking for an affordable option for the home system? On the one hand, Athlon — almost the same as Pentium and Gold. However, on the other – those CPUs higher clock rate and better is the case with single-threaded performance. So to say that terms of speed Athlon 200GE, 220GE or 240GE is almost the same as “hyperpen”, need any confirmation. We’ll try to get testing of the new AMD business and gaming applications.

#New Athlon in detail

The overall strategy of AMD is that the company tries to offer processors with more developed multithreading than similar price models from Intel. This is true for almost all market segments, but not for the lower. All three models Athlon two hundred series have only two active nuclei Zen technology-enabled SMT. This means that from the point of view of the number of executable threads, they are no different from the current modifications of Pentium Gold.

Besides, the Athlon has no support turboradial. No technology Core Performance Boost or even more of the XFR/XFR2 are not available, and hence, at any load they operate at a constant clock frequency. By the way, this frequency is relatively low: the Junior model, Athlon 200GE, operates at 3.2 GHz and older, Athlon 240GE – on 3.5 GHz. There is another significant loss: AMD in their Junior processors cut the cache and memory controller. Volume cache of the third level reduced to 4 MB and a maximum supported memory DDR4-2666. And in this case we are talking not about the formal, but the actual limit: required to traktowania memory at a higher frequency multipliers are simply not available, and to overclock the DDR4 SDRAM will not work.

Athlon 200GE

Athlon 200GE

 
Athlon 220GE

Athlon 220GE

 
Athlon 240GE

Athlon 240GE

But the new Athlon can boast of a very moderate power consumption and heat dissipation. Their thermal Suite is defined by the value of the 35 watts that’s one of the most economical AMD processors for desktops. Such a characterization of TDP can boast except Ryzen E-series, which the company officially supplying only to OEMs. Here AMD was able to outperform even Pentium Gold: heat pack budget Intel is 58 watts. It is therefore not surprising that in the boxed versions of Athlon two hundred versions come with a simple aluminum cooler c 65-mm fan, which causes persistent Association with cooling systems under the classical era Athlon XP Socket A.

An important distinction of modern processors Athlon two hundredth series from those Athlon X4, AMD has offered to date, is that now they have a graphics core. The basis of Athlon 200GE, 220GE and 240GE are design Raven Ridge and the same 14-nm semiconductor core, as in processors Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G. However, the performance of the integrated GPU is significantly undervalued. The manufacturer says about the graphics level GeForce Vega 3, which is converted in three computing module with 192 unified shaders, 12 texture units and 4 ROP units. By the way, this configuration provides the GPU and the youngest mobile Ryzen 3 2200U.

The characteristics of the new Athlon fit into the existing range of cheap AMD processors in the following way.

Design Cores/ Threads Base frequency, GHz Turbocheetah, GHz L3 cache MB Memory Graph. the core Lines PCIe TDP, watts
Ryzen 3 2300X Pinnacle Ridge 4/4 3,5 4,0 8 DDR4‑2933 No 24 65
Ryzen 3 2200G Raven Ridge 4/4 3,5 3.7 V 4 DDR4‑2933 Vega 8 16 65
Ryzen 3 1300X Summit Ridge 4/4 3,5 3.7 V 8 DDR4‑2666 No 24 65
Ryzen 3 1200 Summit Ridge 4/4 3,1 3,4 8 DDR4‑2666 No 24 65
Athlon 240GE Raven Ridge 2/4 3,5 4 DDR4‑2666 Vega 3 12 35
Athlon 220GE Raven Ridge 2/4 3,4 4 DDR4‑2666 Vega 3 12 35
Athlon 200GE Raven Ridge 2/4 3,2 4 DDR4‑2666 Vega 3 12 35

In their marketing materials AMD Athlon contrasts the two hundredth series intelliskin Pentium Gold. However, the fact that they can offer comparable performance to something other than graphics, there is quite reasonable doubt. Where they come from, it should be clear from the following table, where the mapped features of the budget AMD and Intel processors.

AMD Athlon Intel Pentium Gold
Cores/threads 2/4 2/4
Microarchitecture Zen Coffee Lake
Platform Socket AM4 LGA1151v2
Frequency A 3.2-3.5 GHz The 3.7-3.9 GHz
L2-cache 512 KB per core 256 KB per core
L3-cache 4 MB 4 MB
SIMD instructions AVX/AVX2 SSE 4.1/4.2
Integrated graphics Vega 3 (192 SP) UHD 630/610 (23/12 EU)
GPU frequency 1000 MHz 1050-1100 MHz
Memory DDR4-2666 DDR4-2400
TDP 35 W 58 W
The official price $55-$75 $64-$86

The new Athlon is a relatively low clock frequency. However, but they offer lower heat dissipation and, apparently, more powerful graphics, which outperforms Intel UHD 610 Graphics (GT1) and certainly no worse than the UHD 630 Graphics (GT2).

However, here you need to make three significant reservations. The first relates to prices. The fact that due to problems with the supply of the Pentium Gold it is impossible to buy at the “right” price, which is indicated in the table above. While Junior Athlon 200GE actually buy for 3 thousand rubles, Pentium Gold g5400 is cheaper than 5 thousand in sales now is not to find, not to mention the fact that the Pentium Gold G5500 model with a production-level integrated GPU GT2 will cost from 6 thousand and above.

The second point is about acceleration. Unexpectedly turned out, the Athlon generation Raven Ridge can be configured to work at higher than declared by the manufacturer, clock frequency. AMD itself of that opportunity does not advertise and sometimes even denied, but the fact is that the new BIOS for the vast majority AM4 Socket-a motherboards, which are based on AGESA version 1.0.0.6, I suggest really working the function to change the multiplier frequency. We cannot guarantee that this opportunity will not be blocked in the future, but at the moment the situation is such that the working frequency of Athlon 200GE, 220GE and 240GE can be increased by 10-20% rather simple manipulations.

Have Athlon 200GE, 220GE and 240GE third feature. The AMD approach to the formation of inexpensive processors is somewhat different from interesnogo. In Athlon, the company reduced the number of cores and compute units of the GPU, but did not turn off any of the properties of the microarchitecture. So, for example, budget Socket AM4 processors continue to support AVX instructions, while the Pentium Gold in their execution impossible.

In conclusion, we should say that support Athlon 200GE, 220GE and 240GE have all motherboards for Socket AM4, which can operate with Raven Ridge. In other words, the problem to find a platform for these processors will not occur. And here it is appropriate to recall the existence of a set of logic A320, which AMD was designed for the most budget configurations. Thanks to him, the prices of motherboards with Socket AM4 start with a mark of 3.5 thousand rubles, which allows you to create highly available platform with modern components AMD. And we are talking about is really relevant boards that can offer support for NVMe drives, USB 3.1 ports and versions of video outputs with support for 4K resolution.

#Acceleration

Given the fact that the Athlon two hundred series are constructed on the same semiconductor crystal as their older brothers Ryzen Ryzen 2200G 3 and 5 2400G, some unexpectedly high overclocking results is not expected. We checked all three arrived in our lab processor — Athlon 200GE, 220GE and 240GE, and the maximum acceleration for them was achieving a frequency of 4.0 GHz. To work stably in this condition are two processors of the three – 200GE and 220GE. Senior representative in the series could only please steady performance at 3.9 GHz.

Therefore, in practical tests we concentrated on those instances that were able to conquer the symbolic threshold. However, the increase in frequency in any case, did not require any substantial effort: to achieve the stability needed just a little (to 1.35-1,375) increase in processor supply voltage.

The tests we carried out with our usual cooler Noctua NH-U14S, but it is clear that the restriction in the dispersal here is not the heat of the processor, and the capabilities of the silicon. Therefore, similar results can be obtained those users who prefer air cooling easier. However, with the standard aluminum cooler 4-gigagertsevogo frequency, obviously, will not succeed. In this case, you will have to limit ourselves to a weaker market.

Also it is worth mentioning that cheap motherboards on base of chipset A320 do not support overclocking at all. To increase the frequency of the desired charge on the chipset B350, and they are a bit more expensive.

Unfortunately, the acceleration allows to eliminate just one of the shortcomings of the new Athlon – their low clock frequency. But two other negative factors remain in force. First, the Athlon memory will still run at maximum frequency DDR4-2666 – around this border have a budget AMD is impossible. Second, Athlon allocated for maintenance of the primary PCIe slot is only 4 lanes of PCI Express 3.0. And this means that the discrete graphics card installed in a system with an Athlon 200GE, 220GE and 240GE, will run through heavily cut-down on bandwidth bus. However, some motherboard this birth defect still able to fix it by translating the graphics slot in the higher speed mode of PCI Express 3.0 x8.

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