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Best Ryzen APUs for gaming in 2021


Best Ryzen APUs for gaming in 2021

You want to do some serious gaming on your PC (whether you're looking to buy a new custom-made PC or you're building your own) without making a hole in your pocket too. Well in that case the gaming APUs offered by AMD will do the work for you.

Let's understand it as if you want to build a new gaming PC or buying one, but you don't have enough budget to buy or invest in a good CPU and GPU separately. In this case, APUs made by AMD will be a perfect option for you. So in today's article, we'll see some best APUs for gaming in 2021.

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So here is the list of top AMD Ryzen APUs for gaming in 2021

1. AMD Athlon 200GE - Cheapest and best for entry-level gaming

2. Ryzen 3 2200G - Best for mid-range gaming

3. Ryzen 3 3200G - Best for AAA gaming titles

4. Ryzen 5 3400G - Overall best APU for gaming

AMD Athlon 200GE

AMD Athlon 200GE

If you're on an extreme light budget and still want to play games then Zen architecture-based Athlon 200GE is the right option for you. If you're looking for a pocket-friendly budget APU then this will do the job.

It has 2 CPU cores and 4 threads with a base clock speed of 3.2 GHz. This APU is equipped with Vega 3 iGPU having 3 cores of its own and clocked at 1GHz. Though it's having only 3 GPU cores, still best for entry-level gaming and it gives you a good price-performance ratio in the price bracket. 


1. Performance is good for entry-level games.

2. Requires very low power (35W TDP).

3. Great value for money option.


1. Not unlocked.

2. Not much powerful.

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

Ryzen 3 2200G is the cheapest mid-range APU available in the market right now. If you're looking for an APU that can run some heavy games with some tweaks in settings at the resolution of 720p with decent frame rates, then ryzen 3 2200G with an embedded Vega 8 graphics card can do the work for you.

It has 4 CPU cores and 4 threads with a base clock speed of 3.5 GHz. This APU is equipped with Vega 8 iGPU having 8 cores of its own and clocked at 1.1GHz. It surely gives you better performance than its predecessor Athlon 200GE due to the increased number of CPU and GPU cores.


1. Performance is solid.

2. Can be overclocked. 


1. Some issues with the latest games.

2. Not much fast APU.

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G

The Ryzen 3 3200G is the best value APU in its segment when compare with any Intel CPU with integrated graphics. And if you're looking for a serious APU that can play some AAA gaming titles with good frame rates on the resolution of 1080p smoothly then don't look further.

Due to its better CPU clock speed and higher GPU speed than its predecessor, this would be the perfect starter APU for many AAA gaming titles. It has 4 CPU cores and 4 threads clocked at a base speed of 3.6 GHz. the iGPU Vega 8 has 8 cores and is clocked at 1.2 GHz. 


1. Good graphics performance.

2. can deliver up to 30fps in some AAA games.

3. Excellent value for money APU.

4. Unlocked.


1. Not good enough for computing tasks.

2. Stock cooler won't be enough when overclocked. 

3. Requires high-speed RAM with good latency to achieve full potential. 

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G

It is surely a king of all APUs. The Ryzen 5 3400G is the best gaming APU you can buy right now. It lets you play any AAA games with super ease and you can do video streaming as well. It provides both excellent gaming performance plus productivity. 

Though this APU can run any AAA game with ease, still lag behind the combination of a good CPU and GPU. It is a flagship APU having 8 CPU cores and threads at a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz. The embedded Vega 11 graphics card with 11 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz gives you a smooth gaming experience.

Due to its increased number of threads, it is miles ahead in an aspect of multi-tasking and productivity from its previous-gen APUs. 


1. Can be overclocked up to 4.2 GHz.

2. The best APU for multitasking.

3. Best iGPU in all.


1. Need to update BIOS if using it with old motherboards.


So these are some best Ryzen APUs for gaming in 2021. And remember one thing no matter how good an APU is, but it can't replace the traditional combination of a CPU and GPU in a PC.

So, if you liked it then share it with your friends and let me know if I missed an APU worth mentioning. And if you any questions regarding APUs, CPU, and GPU then leave them in the comment section. I'll try to answer them all. 


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