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AMD Releases new Ryzen Chip with Vega 11 Graphics

I was excited to hear about AMD releasing this new chipset recently. Just released in Feb, AMD has put onto market a Ryzen chip which has intergrated vega 11 graphics on board. Pretty cool, basically what it means is that you can take advantage of the onboard GPU capability with any motherboard with intergrated graphics. The Vega 11 GPU is about equal to a $75 discrete graphics card with 2 GB of RAM.

Some users have reported that you have to go into the BIOS and change the RAM that is assigned against the onboard card by BIOS. Some users have also reported having to flash their BIOS before they can use the chip. This makes sense, because since the chip is new, only motherboards being manufactured after the chip has been produced will be compatible with the chip, unless the user flashes their BIOS in order to read the new chip.

With that being said, the Ryzen 5 2400G is a solid buy right now at around $200. Very affordable chipset that will challenge the i5 processor from Intel. The power utilization on the Ryzen 5 2400G is also pretty good.

If you are considering buying a Ryzen 5 2400G to try out the mining capability; doing some Googling you will find that the hash rates with this technology are not much better than your average CPU. Mining is done at the GPU level, and even with Nice Hash mining against the CPU and onboard GPU, the total payout is around 50 cents a day USD… so it is likely you will not break even.

With that being said, perhaps dropping a few GPU’s on top of that may be worthwhile, but you will not get significant mining capability out of just this CPU. Hopefully AMD continues to improve on this technology and perhaps soon we may see Ryzen chips with multiple GPU capabilities out of the box!