We overclocked the AMD Athlon 200GE to 3.9GHz on the MSI B350 Tomahawk, then reviewed the CPU when in use with a discrete GPU.
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The AMD Athlon 200GE CPU is an “APU,” technically, in that it has an integrated, ultra low-end graphics solution on-die. Taking up die space means a weaker CPU component, but some additional versatility as a standalone part. This makes it a weaker R3 2200G, but similar in basic concept. What we wanted to know was if the AMD Athlon 200GE could replace the old G3258 or G4560 in market position: A cheap CPU for for pairing with a cheap dGPU, creating a combo below the R5 2400G in price, but above it in performance. The R3 2200G earned our Best Budget Gaming award a few weeks ago, and it still holds that, but a cheap CPU and dGPU combo would outperform the 2200G, in theory, it’s just that cheap CPUs haven’t really been good lately. The Pentium line is too expensive with the 14nm shortage, leaving us with the relatively new 200GE for review. In the process of working on the review, we learned that the 200GE overclocks with MSI boards and AGESA 126.96.36.199, something we explored in this benchmark.
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Editorial, Testing: Steve Burke
Testing: Patrick Lathan
Video: Andrew Coleman, Keegan Gallick