AMD just released their fresh line of APUs with integrated Radeon Vega graphics. The all-new Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G will replace the older Ryzen 5 1200 and Ryzen 3 1200. These new midrange processors are marketed towards price-sensitive users who want performance on a budget.
The powerful Radeon Vega graphics that comes with the chip promises an average of 200% performance improvement when compared to Intel’s iGPUs. 3DMark Time Spy’s DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 PCs show that the new Ryzen chips are far superior in integrated graphics performance when compared to equivalent Intel offerings.
The graphics performance is possible thanks to 11 Vega graphics cores on the 2400G (8 cores in the Ryzen 3 2200G). The processor comes ready for overclocking out of the box. It is also fully compatible with the current AM4 socket so there is no need to buy or wait for a new motherboard. Similar to the full-fledged Radeon Vega graphics cards, the integrated unit is also fully capable of displaying HDR and Radeon FreeSync 2 content on compatible monitors.
At 720p, the Vega iGPUs can deliver more than playable performance on many popular titles. Furthermore, the Vega’s performance does not lag far behind when compared to low-end graphics cards such as the GT1030. However, a dedicated GPU will provide a more stable frame rate, especially when aiming for a smooth 60 fps at 1080p.
When paired with a dedicated GPU such as the RX 580, it can deliver consistently high frame rates at 1080p. Most games will play above 60fps in this configuration. The performance is only slightly behind to Intel i5-8400 with the same dGPU. So gamers on a budget can survive on the iGPU comfortably before splurging on a discrete GPU.
However, when it comes to out-and-out CPU performance, the AMD processors are lagging behind Intel’s current gen chips. In Cinebench R15, we can compare the single thread and multi-thread performance.
Of course, the highlight of these new chips is the attractive price. The processors will retail at an RRP of S$237 and S$145 for the 2400G and 2200G respectively. If a dedicated GPU is out of your budget at the moment, AMD’s latest Ryzen APU may be an attractive choice for you while you save up.