AMD Ryzen 3 2200G With Vega 8 Overclocked To 1600MHz Performance Tested
At this point you've likely seen every possible review of the Ryzen 3 2200G balled up with the Ryzen 5 2400G so we're not going to waste time with a 1000 word introduction about the state of the market and why these parts are so anticipated. Can it run esports titles like CS:GO, Dota 2, and Overwatch? Yeah, it can. So why spend time showing what you already know? Instead, it's time to do a little overclocking.
What we're looking at in today's video, and all the results are down below for those who really just want the grit, is what happens when you overclock the Radeon Vega 8 iGPU to 1600MHz? I know many have curious why so many people have barely gotten an overclock out of the on die GPU, it's simple, you gotta massage it right. I found my experience to be very much like that of The Stilt's post over on the Anantech forums, where even our Ryzen 5 2400G went right to 1600MHz with the same settings as the 2200G and both ours are retail samples ordered from Amazon. There's no tomfoolery or trickery here, just a little experience with APUs goes a long way. Want another tip? Overclocking the CPU portion does very little in terms of overall gaming performance, and if you give it too much you're taking from the total power envelope and starving the GPU.
X370 Test Bench for APUs
|CPU||A12 9800, Ryzen 3 2200G|
|GPU||R7 (stock 1108MHz), Vega 8 (Stock 1100MHz), Vega 8 (1600 MHz OC)|
|GPU Memory Allocation||2GB on all configurations|
|Memory||16GB G.Skill Flare X DDR4 3200 (A12 = DDR4 2400, R3 = DDR4 2933, R3 OC = DDR4 3200)|
|Motherboard||MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium|
|Storage||Adata SU800 128GB
2TB Seagate SSHD
|PSU||Cooler Master V1200 Platinum|
|A12 9800||18.2.2 (General Radeon Driver)|
|Ryzen 3 2200G||17.40.3701 (Raven Ridge Specific)|
Some titles impress while others leave you wanting. Overall the performance of the simple $99 solution for 1080p Medium gaming is not bad at all, and where it fall short dropping settings to 'Low' tends to make it over the hump. I'm looking more forward to building our database using the Ryzen 5 2400G more than ever. You'll want to stay tuned for that one as we're putting together a new dedicated APU test system so we can continue coverage with newer games as they come and build out a full database with performance metrics as well as video content showing many different games and how they run at various resolutions and settings. Let us know in the comments section what you think of these chips, we would love to hear from you.