One of the most read processor articles in 2018 was the test of the Ryzen 5 2400G and the Ryzen 3 2200G, internally called Raven Ridge. Meanwhile, AMD has released its successors: The Ryzen 5 3400G and the Ryzen 3 3200G were developed under the code name Picasso and are again worth a recommendation. We like the 3400G in detail, although better, the 3200G – a loan from Caseking – But is much more attractively priced. Both chips are intended for the base AM4 and are suitable for very compact mini-PCs, which is also played on.
The Picasso technically correspond to the Raven Ridge, despite the very similar name, the Ryzen 3000G but have little to do with the Ryzen 3000 alias Matisse (test): The APUs consist of four CPU cores with the Zen + called architecture with halved L3 cache In addition, there is an integrated Vega graphics unit with up to 704 shader units in full configuration. The chips receive data via a dual-channel interface, which is designed for DDR4-2933 memory.
The primary difference between Piscasso and Raven Ridge is a so-called shrink: The newer APUs are manufactured in the 12LP process instead of in the 14LPP node, which allowed AMD to slightly increase the clock rates, especially in the top. The 3200G, for example, runs at up to 4.2 GHz instead of up to 3.9 GHz, and the 3200G also gets 300 MHz more. The Vega iGPU was even accelerated from 1.25 GHz to 1.4 GHz – in practice, however, usually limits the data rate of the main memory.
|Ryzen 5 3400G||4 + SMT||4 MB||3.7 to 4.2 GHz||RX Vega (11 CUs @ 1.4 GHz)||2x DDR4-2933||45 to 65 watts|
|Ryzen 3 3200G||4||4 MB||3.6 to 4.0 GHz||RX Vega (8 CUs @ 1.25 GHz)||2x DDR4-2933||45 to 65 watts|
Specifications of Picasso for Socket AM4
While the hardware has made little progress, there are some pleasing improvements on the software front: The driver and also various games have been optimized, Counter-Strike Global Offensive and Rocket League run measurably faster than in the summer of 2018 Radeon software finally Play Ready 3.0, so 4K including HDR in Netflix is possible. But that requires the HEVC App and a motherboard with HDMI 2.0b output, this can be found on many B450 boards.
Basically, the Picasso should run on any AM4 board with a firmware based on the Agesa 0072, even on those with an A320 or B350 chip. The cheap Asus Prime A320I-K in mini-ITX format, for example, supports the processors, the MSI B350I Pro AC we used with the beta firmware 7A40v1CM also showed no problems during operation. Older X370, X470 or even new X570 boards are not worthwhile, especially since here often the Displayport or the HDMI output is missing.