These APUs are unlocked so overclocking them is very easy even you are just using AMD’s own Ryzen Master software. With both CPU voltage cranked up around 1.3v-1.4v, I was able to comfortably push the Ryzen 3 2200G at 3.8GHz and the Ryzen 5 2400G at 3.95GHz on all 4 CPU cores.
As for overclocking the Vega GPU, I was able to crank both Vega 8 and Vega 11 at 1,500MHz at 1.3v.
We don’t suggest overclocking both CPU and GPU at the same time because it will generate a lot of heat. The Ryzen CPUs are already good on their own so you can leave it alone. If you don’t have a dedicated graphics card and want to push for more performance from the integrated Vega Graphics, just overclock the Vega GPU.
The APUs may not be at the same level of performance with their Intel counterparts with a dedicated graphics card but it is worth noting that these Ryzen APUs are very well balanced in terms of price to performance. For $99 and $169.99 respectively, you get a Quad core CPU with Vega Graphics that will allow you to build your own gaming PC on a budget.
Building a Ryzen APU system will be a good starting point for people who wants to become PC Gaming enthusiasts because the Ryzen has a very good upgrade path.
If you want to include a dedicated graphics card in the future, you can just simply disable the integrated Vega graphics. This way, you will get as much performance as the Intel Core i5 and Core i7 counterparts.
-review by Ira James