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Ryzen and Vega combined: AMD's Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G in review

With Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G, AMD is sending two new APUs into the entry-level and mid-range segments that combine both Zen and Vega genes. This could make this combination a useful alternative to ... Zen becomes Ryzen But let's go back to our little introductory course, which we had already started on the first page. It all started, of course, with the core as such. After all, five years ago, AMD started the development... Infinity Fabric and the bridge between all parts AMD's "Infinity Fabric" is a flexible and coherent interface/bus system that enables AMD to quickly and efficiently integrate a sophisticated IP portfolio into a coherent die. All... Foreword to benchmarks and overclocking We focus on the best possible playability and less on brilliant playback quality. This almost always requires the selection of the lowest details and the restriction of the screen resolution... In the lower 720p resolution, we first run all variants to get a direct comparison. The overclocked APUs are able to dominate the entire field, which is quite astonishing. The overclocking potential is really ... In the AI test both APUs beat each other really bravely and against the Ryzen 5 2400G you have to offer at least one expensive Core i5-8400 in order to keep up. At least in this CPU test it looks very good for both APUs,... Even though the GT 1030 is well ahead at 720p with a good CPU as a substructure - the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 APUs offer a good overall package at a fair price and offer in this low resolution surprisingly also the ... Even if the GT 1030 is clearly ahead in the 720p resolution again - the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 APUs don't show bad performance and playable is what they offer, then always. Backlog yes, but it is always playable. The old AMD APU... The Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 APUs again show that 720p can be very playable with APUs. With the Ryzen 5 2400G, the difference between overclocked and not overclocked is not even too big and Nvidia's GT 1030 dan... The overclocked Ryzen 5 2400G becomes a smooth cleaner, whereby everything down to the Ryzen 3 2200G remains acceptable. However, the old AMD APU A10-9700 is just as overwhelmed as Intel's iGP. Not new, then. In... Preliminary remark and update Based on the results, we deliberately focus on the Ryzen 5 2400G, but still take the Ryzen 3 2200G with us for the sake of completeness. Who plans such an APU semi-professional or private in productive... The surprise of the CPU part has failed. Whether a CCX or two half are used, the performance is comparable. AMD now has a good grip on RAM stability and even the small Vega as a graphical tailpipe does not make a bad...

With Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G, AMD is sending two new APUs into the entry-level and mid-range segments that combine both Zen and Vega genes. This could make this combination a useful alternative to computers with discrete individual components in many areas. Today's test should clarify how well this has been achieved and especially for whom such a solution should be interesting.

What's new about "Raven Ridge"?

Although AMD's "Raven Ridge" APUs are based on the same cores as the Ryzen CPUs, a lot has changed. On the one hand, you get even more bar for the same money, which follows a logical pattern. After all, it is not a new realization that PC games are mostly very tactically sensitive. The identical 14nm+ process allowed AMD to use clock limits similar to Ryzen's, so that in the end, including the improvements we will discuss later, you will find a very interesting offer.

Model Ryzen 5 2400G Ryzen 3 2200G Ryzen 5 1400
Cores / Threads 4 / 8 4 /4 4 /8
CCX Configuration 4+0 4+0 2+2
CPU clock
3.6-3.9 GHz 3.5-3.7 GHz 3.2-3.4 GHz
GPU Shader
11 CU = 704 8 CU = 512
GPU clock
1250 MHz 1100 MHz
Cache L2/L3 2/4 MB 2/4 MB 2/8 MB
Tdp 46-65 W 46-65 W 65 W
GPU PCIe Lanes
8x 8x 16x
Storage Controller DDR4-2933 Dual Channel DDR4-2933 Dual Channel DDR4-2667 Dual Channel
Transistor 4.94 billion 4.94 billion 4.8 billion
The size 209.78 mm2 209.78 mm2 213 mm2
Price (SRP)
€165 96 € €159

We see that "Raven Ridge" uses a 4+0 configuration and thus relies on a complete CCX. Discussions about which constellation is now the most favorable have dragged on since the release of "Ryzen", but AMD ultimately felt that the 2+2 constellation of "Ryzen" and the 4+0 at "Raven Ridge" in more than 50% of the games probably took nothing away. Should.

One can now argue with relish about where the advantages and disadvantages are now, because the larger cache of the 2+2 variant is contrasted with the lower latency when using only one CCX. However, the decision to reduce the L3 cache from 8MB to 4MB is to be compensated (for the most part) by higher clock rates. So you can turn it and turn it as you like, in the end the space saving of the one-CCX-design was probably the decisive factor.

In "Raven Ridge", AMD relies on simple x8 PCIe lanes instead of x16, which is mainly for manufacturing reasons. In terms of performance, however, this is still sufficient, but you can significantly reduce your own costs, which is why you can already offer an entry-level model under 100 USD with the Ryzen 3 2200G.

This now possible savings are also based on cost-reducing changes in packaging and manufacturing, including a revised CPU package and the transition to a traditional non-metallic thermal paste for the 2400G and 2200G. So the APUs are no longer soldered!

These changes improve the price competitiveness of APUs in a rather competitive middle-class market. In addition, the new models offer the official support of JEDEC DDR4-2933, the highest official memory clock of all current consumer processors.

Also new is Precision Boost 2. Precision Boost 2's more elegant and linear boost algorithm allows the Raven Ridge design to use more cores more efficiently, more frequently and with more workloads than previously with Ryzen. We will go into this in more detail in a while.

Of course, making a scalable midrange product always requires a lot of compromises, but AMD is confident that it has found a good balance that also allows you to use economical models with 12 watts of TDP for the mobile sector up to to the desktop models with 65 watt TDP almost perfectly scale.

If you are toying with a cheap LYP, the following features of the implemented video decoding (and encoding) are certainly not entirely uninteresting:

The connection of external displays or TV sets are important if, for example, there is Ultra HD, HDR and refresh rates. AMD hasn't cracked the APUs and also offers FreeSync without restriction:

Also on board are the small versions of the (unlit) Wrait cooler, which are manufactured by AVC as always and which have the well-known mounting system for the AM4 base with screws instead of wobbly push pins or a clamp attachment.

Test system, test methods and a follow-up

We are testing the two new AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G on a suitable socket AM4 platform. For this we use a space-saving gigabyte AB350N GAMING WIFI in mini-ITX format, 2x 8GB G.Skill FlareX DDR4 3200 and cool the APUs, as just mentioned, with the boxed cooler, which AMD calls Wraith cooler.

We would like to point out at this point that we have dealt with the points of power consumption, clock progression, temperatures and throttling / limitations in a very detailed follow-up, which can be read here:

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G: Power consumption, clock and temperature

For radiator mounting, it is essential to remove the old radiator attachment of the AM2 and AM3 generation first and also recommend sizing the loose backplate with double-sided, thin power tape. 

The picture shows our very space-saving test setup, which should certainly fit into many Mini-ITX enclosures. If the Boxed cooler is too high, you can also resort to shallower 3rd party coolers as long as they offer sufficient reserves.

Interested parties can quickly get a brief overview of the summary in table form before we start (after some what is necessary):

Test systems and measuring rooms
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, Ryzen 3 2200G
2x 8GB G.Skill FlareX DDR4 3200
1x 1050 GB Crucial MX300
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11, 850-watt power supply
AMD Boxed Cooler
Microcool Banchetto 101
Monitor: Eizo EV3237-BK
Operating system Windows 10 Pro (1709, all updates)

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Igor Wallossek

Editor-in-chief and name-giver of igor'sLAB as the content successor of Tom's Hardware Germany, whose license was returned in June 2019 in order to better meet the qualitative demands of web content and challenges of new media such as YouTube with its own channel.

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