With the Ryzen 5 3400G AMD has put together an all-in-one solution for your CPU and GPU at a very low cost. On the CPU-side you have a 4-core, 8-thread part that has a base clock of 3.7 GHz and has a max boost clock of 4.2 GHz. That is more than enough power for most people. When using the system we did not run into any issues running multiple applications, a large amount of Chrome tabs, as well as productivity software.
On the gaming-side I was very surprised by the 3400G. In the past with integrated graphics they were there, but you really couldn’t play anything you actually wanted to play with them. With the 3400G I was playing many of the games I play on a daily basis like Apex Legends and it was very playable and enjoyable. It did take me a little bit to get used to playing at 1080p and lower frame rates (I normally game with a 2080 Ti and 144 Hz monitor), but after a few rounds I was doing just fine. If you look at our graphics results we were able to get between 40 and 65 FPS in most esports titles at 1080p and those numbers only go up if you move down to 720p.
So if you are looking to build a PC and you are a bit strapped for cash the Ryzen 5 3400G is a very viable option, especially if you are gaming on a 1080p or below display. You pair the 3400G with a B450 motherboard, 16GB of DDR4, and a cheap SSD, case and power supply and you have a PC all ready to go for a very low cost. This will get your feet wet with PC gaming and if you think it is worth upgrading you can easily get a discrete graphics card down the line and still use the 3400G as it is a very capable processor by itself.
Another thing definitely worth mentioning is the HTPC applications for the 3400G. Again you can build a very low cost and small form factor HTPC with the 3400G as it does have proper graphics capabilities for playing media etc. Finally this part has “family computer” all over it. If you are looking to build your family or parents a low-cost system this is definitely the way to go, because lets be real they don’t need discrete graphics at all.
At the beginning of this review I questioned if the 3400G would change my mind about processors with built-in graphics and I have to say yes it definitely has. Right now you can pick up the 3400G at our favorite online retailer for $144.99. Overall ThinkComputers gives the AMD Ryzen 5 3400G a 9 out of 10 score.
– 1080p and 720p gaming from an APU
– Good CPU performance
– AM4 platform allows for easy upgrading etc
– Great for HTPC and media playback capabilities
– CPU cooler included
– Price compared to getting a CPU and discrete GPU
– Still waiting for a Zen 2 + Navi APU