We tested the Ryzen 3 2200G CPU, which has four cores, four threads and 3.7 GHz maximum clock, bringing an integrated Vega 8 GPU, that is part of the most recent graphics chips family from AMD. Is it a good choice for a low-cost gaming PC? Check it out!
The Ryzen 3 2200G, along with the Ryzen 5 2400G, is the first Ryzen CPU with Vega integrated GPU (iGPU.) The main differences between these two models are the presence of the SMT technology on the Ryzen 5, which makes it offer eight threads, and the model of the iGPU, since the Ryzen 3 2200G brings Vega 8 (eight compute units) and the Ryzen 5 2400G has the Vega 11 (11 compute units) GPU. Both the CPUs use 14 nm manufacturing process, have a TDP of 65 W, and are unlocked for overclocking.
These CPUs are compatible with the AM4 motherboards launched last year, with the first Ryzen processors. However, you may have to update the motherboard BIOS in order to achieve compatibility.
While the Ryzen 3 2200G is similar to the Ryzen 3 1200 (both of them have four cores and four threads,) they have different structures. Ryzen CPUs are based on CCX (core complex) modules, and each CCX has four processing cores, 512 kiB of L2 cache for each core, and 8 MiB of shared L3 cache. On the Ryzen 3 1200, there are two CCX, each one with two disabled cores and half the L3 cache, so this CPU has a “2+2” structure. On the Ryzen 3 2200G, there is only one CCX, with the four cores enabled and only 4 MiB of L3 cache, so it has a “4+0” structure.
The Vega 8 integrated GPU present on the Ryzen 3 2200G has 512 cores and clock rate up to 1,100 MHz.
The CCX, the iGPU and other components (memory controlled, I/O unit) are connected inside the CPU using the AMD Infinity Fabric bus. The CPU has eight PCI Express 3.0 lanes for a dedicated graphics card, plus eight lanes for general use slots (used mostly for PCI Express SSDs,) two SATA-600 ports, four USB 3.1 gen 2 ports, one USB 3.0 gen 1 port, and one USB 2.0 port. Obviously, the platform offers more ports, controlled by the chipset.
Figure 1 shows the package of the Ryzen 3 2200G.
Figure 1: package
In Figure 2 we have the package contents: a manual, two case stickers, the CPU itself, and the Wraith Stealth cooler.
Figure 2: package contents
Figure 3 unveils the Ryzen 3 2200G processor.
Figure 3: the Ryzen 3 2200G CPU
In terms of price, the Ryzen 3 2200G lies between the Pentium G4600 and the Core i3-8100. In our roundup, we compared it to these two models, also including the Ryzen 3 1200, which is similar to the tested CPU, but has no integrated video.
As one of the highlights of the Ryzen 3 2200G is its integrated video, we ran the games with two configurations: first, with the integrated video, and then we disabled it and installed an entry video card, the GeForce GT 1030. The Ryzen 3 1200 was, of course, tested only with the independent video card.
We decided to do this way, so we can compare both iGPU and CPU power. Besides that, we could compare the performance of the integrated Vega 8 to a “real” low-cost video card’s.
Let’s compare the main specs of the reviewed CPUs on the next page.
In the tables below, we compare the main features of the CPUs included in our review.
|CPU||Cores||HT/SMT||IGP||Internal Clock||Turbo Clock||Core||Tech.||TDP||Socket||Price|
|Ryzen 3 2200G||4||No||Yes||3.5 GHz||3.7 GHz||Raven Ridge||14 nm||65 W||AM4||USD 100|
|Pentium G4600||2||Yes||Yes||3.6 GHz||–||Kaby Lake||14 nm||51 W||LGA1151||USD 85|
|Core i3-8100||4||No||Yes||3.6 GHz||–||Coffee Lake||14 nm||65 W||LGA1151||USD 130|
|Ryzen 3 1200||4||No||No||3.1 GHz||3.4 GHz||Summit Ridge||14 nm||65 W||AM4||USD 110|
Below you can see the memory configuration for each CPU.
|CPU||L2 Cache||L3 Cache||Memory Support||Memory Channels|
|Ryzen 3 2200G||4 x 512 kiB||4 MiB||Up to DDR4-2933||2|
|Pentium G4600||2 x 256 kiB||3 MiB||Up to DDR4-2400||2|
|Core i3-8100||4 x 256 KiB||6 MiB||Up to DDR4-2400||2|
|Ryzen 3 1200||4 x 512 KiB||2 x 4 MiB||Up to DDR4-2666||2|
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