Best AMD APU with VEGA GPU for Gaming and HTPC in 2018

If you are on budget and looking for the best APU processor for your gaming and graphics needs then you are at right place. This is because of the fact that AMD has launched their new Ryzen based Accelerated Processing Units (APU), codenamed Raven Ridge with Radeon Vega Graphics. Ryzen series CPUs from AMD delivers excellent performance in games, multi-threaded applications and video editing. On the other hand, VEGA is an advanced GPU architecture from AMD that is designed for high-end gaming and also in workstation GPUs for professional applications.  

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These latest Ryzen Raven Bridge APUs are pretty powerful both in CPU and GPU department and can handle almost everything you throw at them. One is an Ryzen 5 generation processor which is the medium or mainstream range of Ryzen series, and other one is a budget segment Ryzen 3 series processor. Both these Ryzen APUs offer best value for money and are a perfect choice for building a powerful budget gaming PC or console killer PC, HTPC or a Work PC. With these latest Ryzen APUs, you can play all of the older games and most of the modern day latest games at 1080p with respectable frame rates. Like other Ryzen CPUs, these Ryzen APUs also require a Socket AM4 motherboard for their working. Here in this post I am going to tell you more about these powerful APUs with their specifications.

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Top AMD APUs with Vega Graphics

Here are the top AMD APUs with Vega GPUs that you can get for your gaming and other graphics needs. Both these Ryzen APUs are based on the Zen core CPU architecture from AMD that uses 14nm fabrication process.

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor

Ryzen 5 2400G is the most powerful APU  built on 14nm technology from AMD, and it comes with Radeon Vega 11 graphics. It has got CPU base and turbo clock speed of 3.6 GHz and 3.9 GHz, and it comes with 6MB cache (L2/L3). This is a quad core processor with 4 CPU cores but can execute 8 threads at once, which can give you an immense boost in multi-threaded applications. The performance of this Ryzen 5 processor is comparable to an Intel Core i5 series Kaby Lake CPU. This is an unlocked CPU (unlocked multiplier) which means you can overclock it to higher frequencies on a supported AM4 Socket motherboard.

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On the graphics side, the Radeon Vega 11 GPU in this processor comes with 11 graphics cores, 704 Stream Processors and has graphics core clock of 1250 MHz. It is a pretty powerful GPU and its performance is almost equal to that of Radeon RX 550 and GeForce GT 1030, which are two most popular budget gaming graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia respectively. This Vega 11 GPU is powerful enough to run latest games like GTA 5, Overwatch, Doom on medium settings at 1080p with playable frame rates (40 to 60 FPS). You may also be play too much demanding games like Rise of the Tomb Raider and PUBG at 1080p but on low graphics settings @30FPS. Below you can see some of the game benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 2400G APU Processor.

Game Graphics Settings Resolution Frame Rate
Overwatch High Preset 1080p 60 to 70 FPS
GTA V Unknown 1080p 50 to 78 FPS
Killing Floor 2 High Preset 1080p 40 to 50 FPS
Rise of the Tomb Raider Low Preset 1080p 32 FPS average
Dirt Rally Medium Preset 1080p 57 FPS average
Dirt Rally Ultra Preset 1080p 32 FPS average
Doom 2016 Unknown 1080p 38 to 45 FPS

This processor comes with Wraith Stealth Cooler that is rated at 65W, which also happens to be the TDP of this processor. So, if you are on budget and want a processor with great CPU and GPU capabilities for decent gaming performance as well as for professional use then this is the APU processor that you should get. Also, you can build a pretty cheap and powerful console killer PC using this Ryzen APU. Highly Recommended by me.

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AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Specifications
CPU Cores 4 Cores / 8 Threads
Clock Speed 3.6 GHz / 3.9 GHz (Base/Boost)
Cache 6MB (L2+L3)
GPU Radeon Vega 11
GPU Cores 11 / 704 SP
Memory Support DDR4-2933
Socket AM4
TDP 65W

Buy AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Processor

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is a powerful budget APU that is well suited to build a cheaper gaming PC compared to the above mentioned Ryzen 5 2400G APU. Ryzen 3 2200G is also a 14nm quad-core CPU but with 4 threads and 6MB cache. It has got base / boost clock speed of 3.5 / 3.7GHz which is only slightly less than the Ryzen 5 2400G. The performance of this CPU can be compared to an entry level Intel Core i5 processor or top of the line Core i3 Kaby Lake CPU. This is an unlocked processor and can be overclocked on a supported AM4 motherboard.

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The GPU paired with this CPU is Radeon Vega 8 which is obviously less powerful than the Vega 11 GPU found in Ryzen 5 2400G. This Radeon Vega 8 GPU comes with 8 Graphics Core having GPU core clock speed of 1100 MHz and 512 Stream Processors. This GPU can give you graphics performance lower than the Radeon RX 550 and GeForce GT 1030 dedicated graphics card. On this GPU, you can play all of the older and less demanding games at 1080 resolution with high settings and latest AAA games on low settings.

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G also comes with a Wraith Stealth CPU cooler and has got the same TDP of 65 Watts. This is a great budget APU for building an entry level or eSports Gaming PC and for building a fairly powerful HTPC.  

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AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Specifications
CPU Cores 4 Cores / 4 Threads
Clock Speed 3.5 GHz / 3.7 GHz (Base/Boost)
Cache 6MB (L2+L3)
GPU Radeon Vega 8
GPU Cores 8 / 512 SP
Memory Support DDR4-2933
Socket AM4
TDP 65W

Buy AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Processor

Note: Some other key features for both these AMD APUs include AMD SenseMI Technology, AMD Ryzen Master Utility, Enmotus FuzeDrive for AMD Ryzen, Radeon Software. To get the most performance out AMD APUs, you should use high performance Gaming DDR4 RAM.

Final Words

AMD has really upped its game in the budget gaming market by launching these amazing Ryzen APUs that are very much affordable and packs a lot of power in both CPU and GPU department. Both these powerful APUs with Radeon Vega Graphics will attract lot of users, especially the ones who love eSports gaming but do not have the budget to spend money on a dedicated graphics card. These APUs are also great for budget workstations, video editing and for building a powerful media PC. If you have got any doubts regarding them, then feel free to ask me by leaving a comment below.

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