- Feb 20, 2017
For 3d rendering you're right. But there are still many workstation tasks that don't benefit from GPUs. For compiling, datbases, virtual machines and even for high quality video encoding GPUs are useless. Most developer workstations would be fine with Threadripper + GT1030/RX550 and don't need a powerfull GPU at all.Everybody was talking about games and someone said that the i5 would outperform the APUs, of course he was talking about games as well.
Also anything other then games that uses all cores will run much faster on a dGPU then on the additional cores of the APUs.
Here for example blender 3d rendering
GTX 1080: 11.24 s
AMD ThreadRipper 13.04 seconds
Running "productivity" apps on CPU has stopped being a good idea for years now,GPUs are just so much faster.
For 2200G/2400G price/value comparison I can only say that I would prefer the 2400G for what I'm doing on my desktop any time. However, I'm still undecided between APU or CPU+dGPU build with Zen+. Not because I really need a dGPU but because I allready have one.