AMD Ryzen 5 2400G And Ryzen 3 2200G Review: Raven Ridge Desktop Debuts

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Ryzen 3 2200G And Ryzen 5 2400G - Our Summary And Verdict

Performance Summary: The new AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G Raven Ridge processors put up some interesting numbers. If we focus on the CPU cores first, overall performance is competitive with first-generation Ryzen desktop processors, but the new CCX and L3 cache configuration, Precision Boost 2, and the tweaked base and boost clocks in Raven Ridge alter things somewhat. In some benchmarks, that aren’t as reliant on cache, like Cinebench or Blender, Raven Ridge ends up being faster than their first-generation Ryzen counterparts. In other test, however, like media encoding or the 3DMark Physics tests, the smaller L3 cache resulted in somewhat lower performance. CPU performance is still competitive, but Raven Ridge does behave differently depending on the workload.

GPU performance is easier to summarize, however. The Vega 11 and Vega 8 GPU engines integrated into these first Raven Ridge processors are head-and-shoulders better than any other integrated solution currently on the market – bar none. For causal or entry-level PC gaming systems, Raven Ridge represents a great value. Integrated GPU performance is simply in a different class versus anything else on the market and competes with entry-level discrete GPUs.

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AMD has an array of new processors coming down the pipeline this year that will completely reshape its desktop line-up in the coming months. Raven Ridge is the first salvo that mates the Zen and Vega CPU and GPU microarchitectures on a single-piece of silicon, and it is a compelling solution. The AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G didn't tear up the benchmark charts, but for their relatively low price points of $99 and $169, respectively, AMD is offering a lot of value here. With either of these chips you get a true quad-core processor with the best integrated graphics currently available. To achieve the same kind of overall system performance from an Intel-based system, you'd have to add a discrete GPU, which may be out of the question for consumers on a tight budget. The Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G also proved to be power friendly and tweakers looking to wring additional performance from Raven Ridge have lots of knobs and dials to twist and turn with the updated Ryzen Master software, that now offers GPU overclocking and additional hardware monitoring features. One drawback to the platform is the current, relatively-high price of fast DDR4 memory. To get the best out of Raven Ridge, a high speed, dual-channel kit preferably in the 2933MHz+ range is a must, 16GB of which will likely cost more than the processor itself.

Ultimately though, AMD has a winner here in our opinion. CPU performance remains competitive with Raven Ridge, but integrated GPU performance is better than anything else out there. Some concessions in image quality and resolution will have to be made to run newer titles, but considering how many users currently get by on integrated graphics the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G could improve their experience dramatically.

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  • Great Integrated Graphics
  • Low Power
  • Unlocked CPU and GPU
  • Works In Existing AM4 Motherboards
  • Slower In Some Circunstances
  • Requires Expensive Memory To Shine

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