AMD Ryzen/Raven Ridge APU Gaming Review

Test System and Methodology

AMD Ryzen/Raven Ridge APU gaming overview

Test System and Methodology

To address a question before it is asked, yes, were are conducting our testing using 3200MHz DDR4 memory. While some of you will cry out that this memory is "too expensive" we have found that at the time of writing some of the cheapest 2666MHz memory and 3200MHz memory kits on the market are sold at the similar or identical pricing, both for 2x4GB and 2x8GB kits. 

With such similar pricing, there is no "budget consideration" to do here; it would be silly not to go for the faster memory in today's market, especially given the known benefits of high-speed memory for both APUs and AMD's Zen CPU architecture.  

AMD Ryzen APU Game Test Rig
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G & Ryzen 5 2400G
ASUS Prime B350-PLUS
Corsair Vengeance LED 2x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair 460X System Chassis
Samsung 850 EVO 512GB SSD
Corsair CX450M
Wraith Spire
Radeon Vega Integrated Graphics
Windows 10 x64 "Creators Update"

The Motherboard 

In our testing, we will be making use of ASUS' Prime B350-PLUS motherboard. The reasoning behind this choice is simple; it is available for under £80 in the UK, it offers heatsinks over all of the board's VRMs and delivers features like M.2 NVMe storage support, USB 3.1 connectivity and display outputs for HDMI, DVI and VGA, pretty much everything an APU user will need.  

AMD Ryzen/Raven Ridge APU Gaming Review  

Testing Methodology

When looking at games with this setup, we wanted to see exactly how far we could push AMD's new APUs across a range of popular PC titles. Can these console-like APUs deliver a gaming performance that is similar to a modern console while also providing the full functionality and versatility of a gaming PC?

None of the titles we chose to put in the running today are particularly easy to run on PC, so don't expect to see Minecraft testing. We are not pulling any punches by throwing these APUs at MOBAs or old releases, as we want to see what kinds of sacrifices we need to make while gaming on an APU and truly see if our console gaming comparison has any merit.      

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Most Recent Comments

05-04-2018, 18:02:49

Fantastic thank you Mark !

Great article, and kudos for being honest and pointing out the caveats. Fantastic little APUs.Quote

05-04-2018, 19:38:32

Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Fantastic thank you Mark !

Great article, and kudos for being honest and pointing out the caveats. Fantastic little APUs.
Thanks, though part of any analysis is always looking into the issue, especially with lower-end hardware.

I'm looking forward to getting all of this retested with overclocks!Quote

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