$55\ AMD ATHLON 200GE

Maximum PC - - BUDGET-BUSTING BUILD -

AMD’s leg­endary Athlon CPU first ar­rived in 1999. Built from the ground up to take ad­van­tage of a cop­per in­ter­con­nect, it was the first AMD part ca­pa­ble of hit­ting that 180nm sweet spot at 1GHz. Fast-for­ward al­most 20 years, and we’re wit­ness to AMD’s re­vival of the brand, in a very dif­fer­ent pack­age.

In short, the 200GE is a two-core, four-thread Ryzen pro­ces­sor with in­te­grated graph­ics, fea­tur­ing three Vega cores (the Ryzen 3 2200G has eight for $100, and the Ryzen 5 2400G has 11 at $160), and sup­port for all of AMD’s lat­est chipsets. It comes with DDR4 sup­port at 2,666MT/s, a su­per-low TDP of 35W, and even a cooler (an­noy­ingly, ours was an en­gi­neer­ing sam­ple). The big sell­ing point, how­ever, is the price; $55 makes it ideal for any home the­ater PC, light of­fice ma­chine, or su­per-bud­get es­ports (or MOBA) gam­ing rig.

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