Ryzen Raven Ridge
AMD Ryzen Raven Ridge – Between the newly released RTX 20 series and the prices that make us question our current financial status seem almost as crazy as the idea of earning back from the crypto-mining phase. We know you’ve been asking the same questions we are – “Should we get the last generation or wait for prices to drop?”
Here’s another question we have to ask ourselves, “Do you really need a fancy new graphics card?” If your belts are tight, the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G would be a really good alternative. Running with a quad-core, the AMD Ryzen Raven Ridge, both come with an integrated Radeon Vega graphics.
The idea is that it will deliver a modicum of gaming performance with decent processing capabilities. Of course, this is considering that the budget does not allow us to purchase an additional GPU for the rig. This has always been the promise of an accelerated processor unit (APU). Although, if you check out other APUs, there has been a compromise with either the CPU or GPU. With the architectures that have been placed into the Raven Ridge promises to be a game changer.
|AMD Ryzen 2000-Series APUs|
|Ryzen 5 2400G
with Vega 11
|Ryzen 3 2200G
with Vega 8
|CPU Cores/Threads||4 / 8||4 / 4|
|Base CPU Frequency||3.6 GHz||3.5 GHz|
|Turbo CPU Frequency||3.9 GHz||3.7 GHz|
|TDP @ Base Frequency||65 W||65 W|
|Configurable TDP||46-65 W||46-65 W|
|L2 Cache||512 KB/core||512 KB/core|
|L3 Cache||4 MB||4 MB|
|Graphics||Vega 11||Vega 8|
|Price||PHP 9,150.00||PHP 5,735.00|
|Bundled Cooler||AMD Wraith Stealth||AMD Wraith Stealth|
AB350N-Gaming WiFi Motherboard
AMD has been kind enough to provide a B350-based motherboard from Gigabyte, the AB350N-Gaming WiFi. This little mini-ITX motherboard is packed with integrated ALC1220-based audio with a 120dB SNR, a headphone amp, configurable RBG lighting, server-class digital power circuitry, slim-line heatsinks, an M.2 slot, and all the features offered by the chipset itself. Like its gaming branded motherboards, the Gigabyte AB350N-Gaming WiFi features the company’s current UX design for its BIOS, with “Smart Fan 5”
The board is equipped with hybrid fan pin headers that can sense the type of fan or device plugged into the header automatically and tune the settings accordingly. It is fitted with customizable RGB lighting along the front and bottom edge of the PCB. The lighting can be configured via the “RGB Fusion” app for different modes.
The AB350N also features a single M.2 slot mounted on the underside of the PCB (which we definitely had a hard time looking for), 4 SATA ports (with RAID support), USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, a PS/2 port, and all of the I/O you’d need from an ITX board. Another plus to this board is despite it having lower-power applications it is still packed with overclocker-friendly features.
We used PCMark to check out the benchmarks of the AMD Raven Ridge. It is designed to test the performance of all types of systems, from tablets to desktops. PCMark 10 offer separate benchmark tests, including battery life, to assist buyers to find devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for what they would be utilizing the PC for.
This gives us an idea of the benchmarks using popular open source applications for image processing, video editing, and spreadsheets. A variety of workload has been added to the work benchmark for work benchmarking to give us an overview of how PCs are used in enterprise environments.
The AMD Ryzen Ridge 3DMark 11 graphics results show the Ryzen 5 2400G, with Vega 11 graphics core, offering some impressive level of performance. The chip alone manages to outperform Nvidia’s latest entry-level GT 1030. This should signify that the 2400G will make a decent solution for budget gamers, or those looking to build a budget-friendly computer shop. On the other hand, the Ryzen 3 2200G with Vega 8 is almost on par with the performance of the GT 1030. The Ryzen 5 2400G can easily play Dota 2 at low to medium settings or PUBG at the lowest settings.
In terms of gaming, we benchmarked the games with both Dota 2. We got an average of 60 FPS tops at Low settings while 45 max FPS with Medium settings. While of PUBG, we wouldn’t recommend running it alone as an APU. Even at very low, textures high, AA medium we got 60 FPS, we did experience some frame drops every so often. We wouldn’t say that these are the best ones that it is capable of getting, but then again, consider that this does not run on a separate GPU all on its own. You would definitely get a better FPS should you run it with a discrete GPU along with the Ryzen 2400G.
The AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G processors put up some impressive numbers. If we alienate the CPU cores first, the overall performance is definitely competitive at its price range of PHP 8800 for the Ryzen 5 2400G and PHP 5700 for the Ryzen 2 2200G.
In some benchmarks, however, like media encoding or the 3DMark Physics tests, it resulted in relatively lower performance. CPU performance is still relevant, but these set of processors do behave differently depending on the workload.
The Vega 11 and Vega 8 integrated into these first AMD Ryzen Ridge processors definitely better than any other integrated solution currently on the market. For entry-level PC gaming systems or low to mid-tier cyber cafes, these would definitely have some great value. AMD has set a new bar for integrated GPU performance versus anything else on the market and competes with entry-level discrete GPUs. One recommendation to maximize the Raven Ridge is a high speed, dual-channel kit preferably above 2600mhz range is a must.
To wrap things up, the AMD Ryzen Ridge is a winner in the entry-level GPU segment. CPU performance remains aggressive but the integrated GPU performance is by far superior in the current market. A little compromise on the image quality and resolution will have to be made in gaming but considering how many users currently get by on integrated graphics, the Raven Ridge could give them a better experience.