AMD’s Ryzen 3 2200G with Radeon Vega graphics Review

AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G
PC/Laptop

This high-performance AMD Ryzen processor gives you the ultimate computing experience.  Its integrated Radeon Vega graphics delivers fast, smooth and fluid performance on the games you love to play – and on everything else unrelated to personal gaming. Verdict: I love it!

AMD’s Ryzen 3 2200G Features

  • Frequency: 3.7 GHz Max Boost
  • Thermal Solution: Wraith Stealth Cooler
  • Processor: 7 GHz AMD R Series
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Wireless Type: 11 b/n/ac
  • Processor Count: 4
  • Computer Memory Type: DDR4 SDRAM

Pros

  • Amazing Price – At only Amazon price $95, this CPU is a steal!
  • Great Performance – More than enough processing power for a standard workstation. Works like a champ, lightning fast.
  • Scale – The APU can sustain 60FPS on medium settings for the majority of ESports titles.
  • Easy installation – You get all the help you need from included instructions and YouTube video. Plus the CPU package includes a pre-installed thermal paste and a Wraith Cooler as bonuses.
  • Overall value – Excellent CPU + GPU combination for multiple usage such as office, web-browser, HTPC, and even web design.
  • Included Wraith Cooler – It’s a robust quiet fan

Cons

  • Only has 4 physical cores which may disappoint some users, if they’re looking to use this for content creation and streaming.
  • Maybe incompatible with pre-existent motherboards without a BIOS update.
  • Needs high-click speed RAM to perform at its absolute best. (This applies to the entire Ryzen line).
  • The processor and integrated graphics solution are overclockable with the B and X series motherboards.

Final Verdict

amd rysenOverall, this processor is killer good when you’re on a budget. Great price and great APU for entry and mid-level and/ or casual gamers. Also good for a flexible desktop PC with  “regular” computing tasks, like overall graphics rendering. Everything looks and runs smooth and quiet.

Look out for the overclocking – the cooler can be a bit iffy – so plan on getting a dedicated Video Card and/or something better if you want to push this. A soldered die could help you here and/ or an aftermarket cooler.

Also make sure your motherboard is flashed to support the Ryzen 2000 series CPU, to save you headaches. Stay away from A320 Motherboards, as these don’t allocate memory and, therefore, may deter overclocking.

There’s also a circular problem with some of these pre-existing motherboards in that they can’t post with this processor until you update the BIOS. On the other hand, there’s no way to upgrade the BIOS without having a processor installed. So, you’ll either need a first Gen Ryzen chip to do the update, or you’ll need to request an upgrade kit from AMD. My best bet is to stick with a B350/450 or X370/470 motherboard. B350 would be the cheapest option.

Bottom line? The quality of the AMD’s Ryzen 3 2200G tell you all. This CPU is more than perfect for the budget!