[SOLVED] Should I get the 3200G for another $10?

harry218

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Hi, I'm building a budget everyday use PC for a friend for around $260. The 3200G doesn't seem much expensive than the 2200G here. They're like $10 more than the 2200G. Should I go for that instead? I also read some benchmarks that 3200G is not much better than the 2200G in performance especially in GPU part.
 

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The 3200G uses Zen+ cores and has slightly higher clocks, so you can expect ~10% better performance, pretty much in-line with the price bump if you don't mind hunting down 400-series boards with 3rd-gen BIOS preloaded or limiting your choices to boards with CPU-less flash capability.
 

harry218

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The 3200G uses Zen+ cores and has slightly higher clocks, so you can expect ~10% better performance, pretty much in-line with the price bump if you don't mind hunting down 400-series boards with 3rd-gen BIOS preloaded or limiting your choices to boards with CPU-less flash capability.
10% performance is actually quite good of a jump for that price but I don't want to have the headache to find a board that can support 3200g out of the box since he only chose the cheapest a320m board for the build. he's not a gamer at all, the pc will only be used for browsing, media consumption and office stuff.
 

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10% performance is actually quite good of a jump for that price but I don't want to have the headache to find a board that can support 3200g out of the box since he only chose the cheapest a320m board for the build. he's not a gamer at all, the pc will only be used for browsing, media consumption and office stuff.
If you want guaranteed out-of-the-box support for 2000-series Ryzen part, you need a 400-series motherboard. Unless the A320 board has an explicit mention on its listing or packaging that it comes preloaded with a BIOS that supports 2000-series CPUs, then there is a chance the factory-loaded BIOS on it may still require an update before you can use it with a 2200G. Same boat as the 3200G apart from the 3000-series being much newer so stale motherboard inventory hasn't had as much time to phase out.
 

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If you want guaranteed out-of-the-box support for 2000-series Ryzen part, you need a 400-series motherboard. Unless the A320 board has an explicit mention on its listing or packaging that it comes preloaded with a BIOS that supports 2000-series CPUs, then there is a chance the factory-loaded BIOS on it may still require an update before you can use it with a 2200G. Same boat as the 3200G apart from the 3000-series being much newer so stale motherboard inventory hasn't had as much time to phase out.
yes the box and listing explicitly advertised the board as ryzen 2000 series ready
 

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