At a time when loose video cards have become exorbitantly expensive thanks to the crypto-hype, a processor that allows you to play without a video card sounds like music in the ears. The new AMD Ryzen processors (carefully) make that promise, and we have tested them.
Traditionally, AMD was the processor manufacturer where the graphics ability of the chip stayed ahead of the competition, but in recent years developments have lagged behind. Since the release of AMD Ryzen, they again had good processors, but they came without integrated graphics: a separate video card was always needed, and it is now very pricey at the moment.
Both processors come with a cooler, seen here on a Gigabyte ITX motherboard.
This is changing with the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G, respectively a 4-core processor and 4-core with multi-threading (8 threads). AMD has added their Radeon Vega graphics in these chips, in a slimmed-down version. You can now make a Ryzen PC that not only works without a video card, but you can even play reasonably well, something that is not on a competing Intel Core i3 or Core i5 CPU.
We’re going to play!
We were positively surprised that many popular games proved to be playable. Games like Fortnite, World of Warcraft (also raids), DOTA 2, Rocket League and CS: GO are good for the day at 1080p with rough medium settings, which we call very pleasant budget games. For a computer without video card no sinecure, although video card-free gaming obviously has consequences. We also found the necessary heavy games that were not or hardly playable. Many popular games for the typical consumer are doing great, but the hardcore gamer will certainly have to invest more. We see clear added value in the investment in a Ryzen 5 2400G above the Ryzen 3.
Puke CPUs too
In addition to the graphical part, these Ryzen’s are also just neat processors. The new Ryzen 3 and Ryzen 5 stand directly opposite the Intel Core i3-8100 and i5-8400, which are taken by the bank more expensive, but also narrowly faster. We call this a competitive price-performance ratio, whereby the convincingly better graphics are of course the big plus in favor of these AMDs for people without a video card.
The addition of integrated graphics takes away both an Achilles heel at Ryzen and opens the door to interesting new applications. AMD Ryzen processors were already interesting competitors for the Intel Core series, and that was a good thing considering the years of absence, but with the good graphics capacity, they are now also very nice entry-level gaming products. Whether you want to make an ultra-compact HTPC / game PC or to save time until separate graphics cards are affordable again.