Best Budget Gaming CPU/APU – Ryzen 3 2200G vs AMD A6-9500 Benchmarked


Right now RAM and GPUs are ridiculously expensive and for you get into the PC gaming scene you have to spend crazy amounts of money for a decent setup to play games even at 1080p. People will blame cryptominers, magical fairies and even aliens but the none of that matters if you cant actually game.

Have you scrolled through your favourite PC parts website and seen those really really cheap AMD APUs and think to yourself. How bad can they really be and can I play games with the integrated graphics? In this video we’re going to find out by putting the cheapest APU up against the cheapest Ryzen APU the new Ryzen 3 2200G and see which one is right for your next budget gaming setup. Did you think we were going to forget about the new AMD CPUs?

Before we build anything lets talk about the actual parts we chose for this little experiment. Firstly the APUs. We chose the AMD A6-9500 APU which sports a dual core configuration with a base clock of 3.5GHz that turbos to 3.8GHz when required. It also features integrated graphics but we’ll talk about that a bit later on. Next up is the Ryzen 3 2200G. This little guy is super popular right now. It crams in 4 unlocked Zen cores 8 Vega GPU cores with a base clock of 3.5GHz and turbos to 3.7GHz.

As I mentioned earlier RAM prices are just f#@%[email protected] bananas right now so to keep this test inside some kind of budget we went for 8GB of DDR4 2400 Kingston Hyper X RAM.

Lastly the motherboard. Since Mini ITX AM4 Boards are pretty affordable and quite popular right now we went for the Gigabyte AB350N- aming WiFi Mini ITX Board. It’s got all of the features of it’s full size desktop brethren except its ridiculously small and yeah. It’s SMALL. Did I say that before.

Now I want to address the elephant in the room. The A8 APU. The real reason we bought it was because most of the current AM4 motherboards don’t actually support the new Ryzen APUs and require a BIOS update to work. The easiest way to do this is to actually buy the cheapest AM4 chip that is supported, flash the BIOS, throw in your shiny new Ryzen APU and you’re ready to rock and roll.

In conclusion. If you’re wanting to buy something really cheap as a basic word processing machine with the ability to browse the internet, listen to music then the A8-6500 is for most likely for you. If you want something with a little bit more kick that will enable some light gaming with VEGA CORES then the Ryzen 3 2200G is for you. That being said for a few dollars more the more power Ryzen 5 2400G is also great value as well.