new post: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G on Debian

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Title: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G on Debian
Tags: debian, amd
Today at work I built two new computers for co-workers. They were (rightfully
so) complaining the 2008 iMacs they were using were getting old and slow.
I can't help but be a little sad about it. These computers are still pretty
usable for light tasks and are in overall pretty good shape. To be honest, I'm
not sure what I'll be doing with them.
Tasked with the job of building new computers at a reasonable price, I decided
to go with the latest AMD CPU, the Ryzen 5 2400G. This is the second generation
of Ryzen chips and it includes an APU, thus negating the need to buy a discrete
GPU.
This chip is pretty recent so the support in Stretch isn't great. The APU
graphics stack was too recent to be supported by the 4.9 stable kernel, so I had
to install 4.18 from the backports.
I also had to install the `xserver-xorg-video-amdgpu` driver from testing, as
AMD's Vega arch wasn't a thing when Stretch came out. Although AMD did the right
thing and used FOSS drivers for their Vega GPU lineup, you still need
proprietary firmware (`firmware-amd-graphics`) for the APU to be fully
supported.
It was my first time using NVME SSDs, and oh boy are those fast. I was sceptical
at first (SATA SSDs are pretty fast, right?) but the difference in *snap* really
is noticeable. I now regret I didn't put that in my desktop at home when I
replaced my SSD 6 months ago...
All in all I'm pretty happy with the final result. The performance of the Ryzen
5 2400G is good and the price of the overall build was reasonable.
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