Ryzen 5 2400G
AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G is designed for people who want to play casual games at 720p or 1080p and don’t want invest on a dedicated GPU. As you can see Ryzen 5 2400G can play pretty much any game at 1920×1080 using low-quality settings and for gamers who want to play competitive games like CSGO, DOTA or similar games Ryzen 5 2400G truly excel. Also, if considering the price of ₹11000 or $169, you are getting a quad core CPU with 8 threads, which better than similarly priced CPUs you also getting a very decent Vega 11 iGPU too, if you compare that to Intel i3 or even AMD’s own Ryzen 3 you getting only CPU performance for your money and you need spend more for a dedicated graphics card as Ryzen 3 don’t have iGPU and Intel iGPU not even worth running. We’re impressed with Ryzen 5 2400G’s overall performance is not just good graphics performance the Zen CPU cores are also performed and overclock better thanks to new 14nm+ manufacturing process. The memory issues are also gone as we can overclock the RAM beyond 3000MHz+.
AMD’s value proposition has long consisted of more cores for less money, and Raven Ridge brings that same philosophy with superior integrated graphics. The AMD’s Ryzen 5 2400G well capable chip for the price and well deserves our BEST VALUE AWARD.
Now for motherboards, we chose B350 instead of B450 because most Ryzen APU buyers probably on a tight budget so we wanted to see if going with an entry-level motherboard impact the APU performance in any way. The B350 Gaming Plus and B350 PRO-VDH both from MSI B350 line-up and comes with similar VRM and essential features.
MSI B350 Gaming Plus
The B350 Gaming Plus is designed and marketed as a gaming motherboard, and therefore offers some decent features like good audio with a headphone AMP, better network and RGB lighting support through 4-pin header. Though I am happy to see MSI also put some very useful features on B350 Gaming Plus like debug LEDs for quick troubleshooting and total 6 fan headers which controllable through software.
Performance wise B350 Gaming Plus also very decent as it manages to overclock both CPU and GPU without any issue, although its 4+2 VRM design very basic but functional. The RAM overclocking also good, though that’s more due to new refined 14nm+ manufacturing process of new Ryzen 5 2400G, as on original Ryzen the memory speeds rarely go beyond 2800MHz. Overall MSI B350 Gaming Plus a sold board that can run Ryzen Raven Ridge APUs perfectly with all three display output in the back it ready to run any display old or new. With a price tag of ₹7000 or $100, you can’t go wrong if want saves some buck going with B350 board and we are giving MSI B350 Gaming Plus our SILVER AWARD.
MSI B350 PRO-VDH
Finally, let’s talk about the MSI B350 PRO-VDH, now this board is a very basic strip down motherboard, yes it cost less ₹6000 or $70 but still offer all the core features like M.2 slot, debugs LEDs and very similar 4+2 VRM design on paper.
But as we can see in our testing the B350 PRO-VDH manage to handle both CPU and RAM overclock well, but when comes to integrated Vega 11 graphics, it fails to overclock at all. So even though the VRM look identical to B350 Gaming Plus and the spaces on paper also same, in reality, we can see the VRM limitation, we don’t recommend rung this board anything other than Ryzen 3 as even Ryzen 5 you may see some stability or longevity issues. Also, the board only has 3 fan headers, one for the CPU and two system fan, but today even the entry-level cases come with at least 3 fans so by default you don’t have a place to connect one fan. But still B350 PRO-VDH may not have essential like enough fan headers or headphone AMP but it supports RGB lighting, because of that more important these days. Overall the MSI B350 PRO-VDH is a very basic motherboard which should primarily use for Ryzen 3 CPUs, and with so many cut downs we would not recommend it for Ryzen APUs or Ryzen 5 as you will sacrifice little too much just to save few bucks. I think MSI B350 PRO-VDH is more use full in an office environment with Ryzen 3 where neither overclocking or most other shortcomings of this board matters, we are giving MSI B350 PRO-VDH the Bronze AWARD.