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The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Review: Vega Barrels Into Budget Gaming

Solid performance for under $100.

Final Analysis

Ryzen 3 2200G fuses the strengths of AMD's Zen and Vega architectures together into a highly integrated processor selling for about $100. It offers offers more performance in threaded workloads than Intel’s $85 Pentium G4620, decimating that chip's HD Graphics 630 solution in the process.

However, Ryzen 3 2200G does trail in some applications when its execution cores and compute units are utilized simultaneously. That's a result of the balancing work necessary to share power and memory bandwidth between both subsystems. To be fair, Intel's Pentium G4620 does perform well in lightly-threaded tasks, and it pairs well with entry-level discrete graphics cards. But that extra cost pushes the combination closer to $200. But if you’re willing to overclock and invest in a better thermal solution, AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G can challenge the Pentium and GeForce platform in many games.

AMD aims its Ryzen 3 2200G at eSports gamers, and we'd agree those lighter-weight titles suited to lower resolutions are a good fit. You may be able to overclock and see playable performance at 1920x1080 in some cases, but don't count on it.

Right now, the prices of other components are the biggest impediment to building a new Ryzen 3 2200G-based PC. RAM is astronomically expensive; a decent 16GB kit can set you back $180. That may force you to compromise on your memory, possibly costing precious bandwidth that'd otherwise go to improving Radeon Vega's frame rates.

Fortunately, Ryzen 3 2200G isn’t just destined for low-end gaming rigs. These processors are excellent for HTPCs and small form factor desktops. They might also serve as a respite from soul-crushing graphics card prices during the current shortage of mid-range boards.

In the end, there's no way we'd recommend a Pentium's two physical cores over Ryzen 3 2200G's four. And the dead-end Z270 chipset does little to help Intel's case. Coffee Lake-based Pentium processors can't get here fast enough. Even then, though, it's a safe bet they won't arrive with on-die graphics capable of battling AMD's Radeon Vega.

If you’re looking for a value-oriented processor with serviceable on-die graphics, Ryzen 3 2200G has what it takes to satisfy at a $100 price point. 

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