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AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G processors reviewed


Raven Ridge lands on the desktop

Morning, folks. Today is the day when we can finally share performance details for the desktop versions of AMD's Ryzen processors with Radeon Vega graphics, or Ryzen APUs for short. AMD isn't using the term "accelerated processing unit" to refer to these chips any longer, but it's a whole lot easier to call them APUs than it is to type out "Ryzen processor with Radeon Vega graphics" every time we want to refer to the family of chips. Naming conventions aside, what matters most is that AMD finally has a competitive CPU core that it can fuse with its muscular graphics processors, and it's used those resources to form a most exciting pair of chips for entry-level gaming builds, small-form-factor game boxes, and HTPCs.

I could regale you with a wealth of background information on the silicon marriage of a single Zen core complex and Vega graphics here, but I am out of time as of this very moment. Thing is, we pretty much know the deal with Raven Ridge. Check out my post about AMD's pre-CES event for the ground rules of AMD's desktop APUs, along with our review of the mobile Ryzen 5 2500U and my initial write-up of the Raven Ridge silicon from a while back for ample general information on the red team's blend of its core competencies. At this stage, I felt it was most important to get our performance results out in the open rather than rehashing a great deal of already-public information. For the moment, enjoy our full test results and slightly-less-full analysis for these chips, and feel free to debate amongst yourselves in the comments.

Our testing methods
As always, we did our best to deliver clean benchmarking numbers. We ran each test at least three times and published the median of those results.

Our test systems were configured as follows:

Processor
Ryzen 3 2200G Ryzen 5 2400G Ryzen 3 1300X Ryzen 5 1500X
CPU cooler AMD Wraith (95W)
Motherboard MSI B350I Pro AC
Chipset AMD B350
Memory size 16 GB
Memory type G.Skill Flare X 16 GB (2x 8GB) DDR4-3200
Memory speed 3200 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 14-14-14-34 1T
System drive Intel 750 Series 400GB

 

Processor
AMD Athlon X4 845 AMD A10-7850K
CPU cooler AMD Wraith (95W)
Motherboard Asus Crossblade Ranger
Chipset AMD A88X
Memory size 16 GB
Memory type Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 16 GB (2x 8 GB) DDR3-1866
Memory speed 1866 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 9-10-9-27
System drive Samsung 850 Pro 512 GB

 

Processor
Core i3-8100
(simulated via Core i5-6600K
at 3.6 GHz and 65 W)
Core i5-8400
CPU cooler Cooler Master MasterAir Pro 3
Motherboard Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming 8 Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7
Chipset Intel Z270 Intel Z370
Memory size 16 GB
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z 16 GB (2x 8 GB) DDR4-3200
Memory speed DDR4-3200 (actual)
Memory timings 14-14-14-34 2T
System drive Samsung 960 Pro 512 GB

We used the following system to host our discrete GPUs for testing:

Processor
Intel Core i7-8700K
CPU cooler Corsair H110i 280-mm liquid cooler
Motherboard Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7
Chipset Intel Z370
Memory size 16 GB
Memory type G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200 (rated) SDRAM
Memory speed 3200 MT/s (actual)
Memory timings 14-14-14-34 2T
System drive Samsung 960 Pro 512 GB

Some other notes regarding our testing methods:

  • Each motherboard was updated to the most recent firmware version available prior to testing, including pre-release firmware versions available through processor manufacturers.
  • Our Intel test systems were both updated with Meltdown mitigations through Windows Update and Spectre mitigations through firmware updates. These patches were confirmed to be in use through the InSpectre utility.
  • Each software utility or program used in our benchmarking was the most recent version publicly available prior to our testing period. Where necessary, we used beta versions of certain utilities as recommended by CPU manufacturers for the best compatibility with the systems under review.
  • Each system used Windows 10's Balanced power plan. Our Ryzen systems were set up with AMD's Ryzen Balanced power plan.
  • Unless otherwise noted, our gaming tests were conducted at 1600x900 in exclusive fullscreen mode. Vsync was disabled both in-game and in the graphics driver control panel where possible.
  • "Multi-core enhancement" or "multi-core turbo" settings were disabled in our motherboards' firmware.

Our testing methods are generally publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions regarding our testing methods, you can email me, leave a comment on this article, or join us in our forums. We take the integrity of our test results seriously and will go to reasonable lengths to clear up any apparent anomalies.