...as an everyday workhorse for users who dabble in a bit of video encoding and light-load gaming, Ryzen 5 3400G is decent enough.
The Ryzen 5 3400G continues AMD's solid work in offering competent solutions for everyday computing. Applicable to a wide range of budget systems that don't need a full-on discrete graphics card present, this CPU+GPU processor's Zen+ and Vega heritage shines through when compared to rival Intel chips costing about the same as the £140 outlay.
Sure, there are compromises on both fronts, but as an everyday workhorse for users who dabble in a bit of video encoding and light-load gaming, Ryzen 5 3400G is decent enough. £300 or so will buy you this chip, 16GB of memory, a 256GB NVMe SSD, and an inexpensive B450 motherboard. The quartet combines to offer an amenable entry point into the PC space, with the opportunity of upgrading to discrete graphics as and when budget permits.
All that said, it's worth remembering that Ryzen 5 3400G is effectively a last-gen chip dressed up in new branding. In an ideal world we'd like to see the Zen 2 architecture employed on the CPU front and a Navi derivative on the GPU. Taken as it is, the Ryzen 5 3400G, priced at £140, offers reasonable performance through liberal use of older technology.
Decent multi-threaded performance
Better IGP than Intel
Doesn't overclock fantastically
Iterative improvements over last gen
No QuickSync type of tech
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
The AMD Ryzen 5 3400G is available to buy at Scan Computers.
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