We praised the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G back then on our review. Amazing us with its performance as an 8-core APU under $200 USD – truly an excellent chip for its worth. Now what we have here is the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU. A 4 core, 4 thread CPU with the Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics inside.  

The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is slated to feature a $99 USD SRP. This puts the Ryzen 3 2200G just below the Intel Core i3-8100 when it comes to pricing. But, it is technically ahead when it comes to integrated graphics performance. We do not have an actual Core i3-8100 here but we got the data from the Ryzen 5 2400G to compare with the Ryzen 3 2200G. That said, let us check out what the APU got in store for us.

Product Lin2 Model Cores Threads Base Clock (GHz) Boost Clock (GHz) iGPU TDP(Watts)
Ryzen 7 1800X 8 16 3.6 4.0 95
Ryzen 7 1700X 8 16 3.4 3.8 95
Ryzen 5 1600X 6 12 3.6 4.0 95
Ryzen 5 1500X 4 8 3.5 3.7 65
Ryzen 5 2400G 4 8 3.6 3.9 Radeon RX  Vega 11 65
Ryzen 3 2200G 4 4 3.5 3.7 Radeon RX  Vega 8 65
Ryzen 3 1300X 4 4 3.5 3.7 65
Ryzen 3 1200X 4 4 3.1 3.4 65

Power

System power consumption is evaluated during idle and a 15-minute load via the AIDA64 System Stability Test. Power readings are recorded with a watt-meter.

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Temperature

The AIDA64 System Stability Test is also used to evaluate the system thermals. Readings are taken with AIDA64 and is cross-referenced with HWiNFO.

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Power figure is comparable to the Ryzen 5 2400G, while temperatures are a few digits lower. The highest power figure we got with the APU alone is at 98.9W.

Arithmethic

Super PI is a single-threaded program that calculates pi to a specified number of digits after the decimal point. It is a widely used benchmark and stress test within the industry.

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WPrime is a multi-threaded program that calculates a set number of square roots for estimating functions. It verifies the results by squaring them, then compares it with the original numbers.

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Memory

The AIDA64 Memory Benchmark measure the data transfer bandwidth and latency of the system memory. On this benchmark, we are measuring the memory kit’s latency.

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The Ryzen 3 2200G outputted an interesting performance. It is faster than the Ryzen 3 1300X on our multi-threaded benchmark but the same cannot be said on the single-threaded benchmark. Memory latency is the fastest we’ve recorded so far though.

Productivity

GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free and open-source image editing tool. A 7 MB worth of images is be processed and converted to gauge the system performance.

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HandBrake is a free video encoding tool that supports a wide variety of media codecs. A 150MB worth MP4 video is converted using the H.264 codec to gauge the system performance.

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WinRAR is a file archive utility that can create, view and unpack numerous archive file formats. The software’s built in benchmark tool is utilized to gauge the system performance.

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We could see the implications of having a slower single core performance on GIMP, while the benefits of having better multi-threaded performance is evident with HandBrake and WinRAR.

Gaming

Battlefield 4 is Electronic Art’s popular First Person Shooter, running on the Frostbite 3 game engine developed by DICE. It utilizes the DirectX 11 and the Mantle API.

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DIRT: Rally is CODEMASTER’s take on the rally racing game genre. It utilizes the EGO game engine with support for the DirectX 11 API.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is CDProjekt RED’s award-winning Action Adventure RPG. The Witcher 3 utilizes the REDengine 3 with DirectX 11 support.

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Benchmarks 11

Nothing exciting to see here folks. Carry on.

Gaming (AMD RX Vega)

The onboard graphic gaming performance is tested with 6 popular DirectX titles at 1080P with different settings.

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The RX VEGA 8 onboard the Ryzen 3 2200G featured an acceptable performance vs the Ryzen 5 2400G at low settings. At medium, the gap got a little closer though the Vega 11 is still a clear winner here. Overwatch at Low and Ultra settings gave the most surprising results with a huge gap. Overall good results for the current budget APU champ.

Overclocking

Overclocking the Ryzen 3 2200G requires at least an AMD B350 motherboard. We are obliged to use the Ryzen Master but regardless, we also tested out overclocking via the UEFI / BIOS. Note that the screenshot of the Ryzen Master is taken from the 2400G review. Options are basically the same for both with the exception of the SMT settings.

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G VEGA 11 4

Overclocking with the Ryzen Master is just as easy as sliding a few settings and ramping up a few voltage settings if required. We fired up the 3DMark FireStrike at default settings to get baseline figures.

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Overclock 1

We do not have the luxury to play with the CPU core clock but we just have to test the GPU core clock at 1500MHz with a voltage of 1.2v. The increase we got from overclocking the GPU alone is almost 15%. Excellent figure we got there from the Ryzen 3 2200G.

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Overclock 2

Conclusion

Looking at the benchmarks, the Ryzen 3 2200G is generally faster than the Ryzen 3 1300X on and multi-threaded applications. While the same cannot be said on single-threaded applications. This APU is not a direct replacement for the 1300X, but more of a replacement for the Ryzen 3 1200. That said, the general performance is certainly nothing to complain about.

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Gaming performance wise, we are looking at similar figures with other Ryzen systems. With the Ryzen VEGA 8 however, we are looking at a capable integrated graphics that could easily push 30 FPS and more with the right settings. The VEGA 8 could also match the VEGA 11 with a simple GPU clock speed increase. We do not expect consistent performance gains on games but it should amount to a noticeable increase.

Thermals are pretty good while we can’t actually say the same thing about the power requirements. Other than those mentioned and the single-threading performance, it’s hard to fault the chip. That’s specially true if we’re talking about a $99 APU with a capable graphics performance on top of a solid architecture. The Ryzen 3 2200G is just shaping up as one of the best budget APUs released this side of 2018.

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Processor
8/10

Summary

It’s hard to fault the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU. That’s specially true if we’re talking about a $99 APU with a capable graphics performance on top of a solid architecture. The Ryzen 3 2200G is just shaping up as one of the best budget APUs released this side of 2018.

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  1. George
    April 10, 2018
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      April 19, 2018

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