One of the most read articles about processors in 2018 was the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G test, called internally Raven Ridge. Meanwhile, AMD has released its successors: the Ryzen 5 3400G and the Ryzen 3 3200G have been developed under the codename Picasso and are again worth the recommendation. Although we like the 3400G in detail better, the 3200G – a loan from Caseking – but has much more attractive prices. Both chips are designed for the base AM4 and are suitable for many compact mini PCs that are also played on.
Picasso technically matched Raven Ridge, despite its very similar name, Ryzen 3000G, but didn't have much in common with Ryzen 3000 alias Matisse (test): APUs consist of four CPU cores with Zen + called half-L3 cache architecture In addition there is an integrated graphics block Vega with up to 704 shader units in full configuration. The chips receive data via a dual-channel interface that is designed for DDR4-2933 memory.
The main difference between Piscasso and Raven Ridge is the so-called shrinkage: the newer APUs are produced in the 12LP process instead of the 14LPP assembly, which allowed AMD to slightly increase the clock speed, especially at the top. For example, the 3200G operates at frequencies up to 4.2 GHz instead of up to 3.9 GHz, while the 3200G also receives 300 MHz more. The Vega iGPU was even accelerated from 1.25 GHz to 1.4 GHz – but in practice it usually limits the speed of main memory data.
|Ryzen 5 3400G||4 + SMT||4 MB||3.7 to 4.2 GHz||RX Vega (11 CU at 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 CU at 1.25 GHz)||2x DDR4-2933||45 to 65 watts|
Picasso specifications for Socket AM4
Although the hardware has made little progress, there are some nice improvements to the software front: The driver, as well as various games are optimized, Counter-Strike Global Offtack and Rocket League run measurably faster than in summer 2018. Radeon software finally playing Ready 3.0, so 4K is possible, including HDR on Netflix. However, this requires a HEVC application and a motherboard with HDMI 2.0b output, this can be found on many B450 boards.
In general, Picasso should work on any AM4 firmware based on Agesa 0072 firmware, even those with an A320 or B350 chip. The cheap Asus Prime A320I-K in mini-ITX format, for example, supports processors, and the MSI B350I Pro AC, which we used with the 7A40v1CM beta firmware, also showed no runtime problems. Older X370s, X470s, or even newer X570s aren't worth it, especially since Displayport or HDMI output are often missing here.