An Replace for the Destitute



Since its launch a few years in the past, the Athlon 200GE was the refuge of the drained, the hungry, the poor and oppressed. For a tiny charge of about $55, you’d get a decent-ish CPU that had a decent-ish iGPU inside. All you needed to do subsequent was discover a very low cost motherboard to deal with it, and also you had your self a very reasonably priced laptop. This made it our go-to advice for absolutely the least expensive construct in our foremost chart.

However not too long ago, the value of the 200GE has been going up, and it’s getting tougher to seek out…

Planning for a World with out the Athlon 200GE:


Whereas I can not discover official affirmation that the Athlon 200GE is EOL, all of the indicators are there. The CPU just isn’t in-stock in regular shops, and different shops can have it shipped from a land far distant for a hefty worth. Very quickly, when exotically positioned caches are depleted, you’ll not have the ability to purchase it.

The excellent news is that there’s a cheap CPU alternative from Intel: The 1200-socket Celeron household. A budget ones are even cheaper than the 200GE, costing about $26.

The dangerous information is that the Intel G5900 and its Celeron siblings are 2c/2t CPUs, so multithreaded energy is lower by half. Worse, the iGPU is kind of weak in gaming, appropriate just for gentle titles on low decision. So it’s cheaper and obtainable (and can due to this fact be our 200GE alternative, at the least in the intervening time), however weaker as properly.


Adjustments Elsewhere within the Chart:


A pair different price-related adjustments are coming for non-destitute tiers of the chart.

First, the B650 collection of motherboards is now obtainable, that are extra sensibly priced in comparison with the X670. You will see them within the Excellent tier.

And second, I’ve added the brand new DeepCool AK400 to interchange the outdated DeepCool Gammax 400 throughout the three lowest-tier rows of the chart, as the previous is cheaper and higher. Due to the reader who wrote about it!


Abstract of Chart Updates:


  • We’re changing the Athlon 200GE with the Celeron G5900/G5905 in Destitute
  • In the identical tier, we’ll be including appropriate motherboards, and swapping the (inventory) HSF and iGPU to Intel
  • We’re swapping to B650 motherboards in Excellent
  • We’re changing the Gammaxx 400 with the AK400 in numerous tiers


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