Ryzen APUs have been out for quite a while now and so far, they have not failed to disappoint. If you’ve seen our previous lineup of the best gaming PCs under $700, you’ll know that most of those PCs keep their prices down by setting up a Ryzen APU without any dedicated GPU.
However, if you’re tired of playing around with the Vega 8 graphics and you’re looking for something with a little more “oomph,” then our list of the top 5 best GPU for Ryzen 5 3400G will make it easier for you to decide which dedicated GPU will be the best for your respective build.
Before we start running through our list, it’s best to start out by getting an idea of the specs that are normally used to compare different GPUs. Seasoned veterans will already know what I’m talking about, but for all you newbies out there, this little slice of “knowledge” will help you in the long run, especially when you have to size up a GPU on your own. So in this section I’ll provide a brief introduction of several key specs used in comparing GPUs.
Recommended PSU: Higher performance GPUs require more power and if you don’t have a PSU that’s able to provide the required amount of power, the entire PC will shut down whenever you start to load up a video game. So in order to avoid this, most manufacturers specify the (minimum) capacity of the PSU you should install in your build. For example: if an RTX 2070 recommends a 650W PSU you need one that’s at least capable of delivering 650W to the entire PC.
Dimensions: Most often, the physical size won’t be an issue, especially if you are building in the ATX form factor. However, if you are working on a smaller scale such as Mini-ITX, or hoping to install a DIY water cooling setup in the future, you will have to consider these physical dimensions.
Clock Speed: Clock speed refers to how fast the GPU is able to process instructions. Although it used to be easy to categorize all GPUs just by their clock speeds alone, in this day and age, it has become unreliable, as different manufacturers have different architectures. However, the base clock speed and boost clock speed helps us figure out the extent to which the GPU can be overclocked safely.
VRAM: You won’t need to be overly concerned about VRAM as they get scaled appropriately by the manufacturer. The VRAM, just like the RAM, helps store data for instant retrieval. In the case of GPUs, the VRAM helps store image data for instant retrieval by. In most situations gamers won’t have to worry about VRAM but for someone who does video editing or 3d modelling (or anything along those lines) would have to consider more VRAM.
The 2000 RTX series from NVIDIA is one of our more beloved GPUs during the past year. All this GPU negativity aside, the RTX 2070 Super is one of the best high-end GPUs when it comes to 60 Hz on 4K resolution and 144Hz on 1440p. Whether it’s enjoying the countryside on Red Dead Redemption 2 or stacking up kills on Apex Legends, the RTX 2070 Super has the capability to spit out fast and beautiful frames no matter what game you’re on.
If money isn’t an issue, then the MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super is going to be the best choice for your Ryzen 5 3400G. This GPU will provide you with a lot of future-proofing as it is one of the best high-end GPUs on the market. Even though NVIDIA has already surpassed the 2000 series with their new line of 3000 series, it’s going to be a long time until we start to see GPUs such as the RTX 2070 become obsolete.
Along with the Turing architecture, these GPUs have taken over their predecessors (the 1000 series) by providing 30% better performance. These series also introduced NVIDIA’s signature Ray Tracing and DLSS 2.0. Although they didn’t have a lot of video games that supported these features at the time, now more games are providing support for these features and new upcoming titles are making sure to include them.
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High Performance - Obviously you can’t argue with how powerful the RTX 2070 Super is, it’s right up there with the 3000 series at the top of the food chain, and they won’t be moving down, anytime soon.
Ray Tracing And DLSS 2.0 - Most games have taken notice and they are starting to introduce support for Ray Tracing and DLSS, so for any existing or upcoming AAA games you will be able to see these features in action.
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High Price - GPUs aren’t sitting very pretty right now and the RTX 2070 Super is also facing this issue. Their prices have shot up by almost 300%. This situation has made it difficult for most people to buy an RTX 2070 Super. Even though it’s a good future-proof investment I’d recommend something else considering the current circumstances.
If the current price of the RTX 2070 Super isn’t under your budget or it isn’t available at the time, then you’ve got the opportunity to go after the RTX 2060 Super, it’s less powerful cousin. Although there isn’t much difference in overall performance (about 10%) the aesthetics and cooling performance have significant differences because of the different manufacturers flaunting these cards. That being said, the RTX 2060 Super is still another awesome high-end option.
The RTX 2060 Super is sitting at slightly lower specs than our previous high end entry, the RTX 2070 Super. Most people would assume that there’s not much of a difference between the two, but the specs beg to differ. The RTX 2070S is almost 20% faster than the 2060S, this is in part due to the extra 100 MHz that the 2070 can be overclocked to.
There’s not much difference in the VRAM. So like I said before, it’s not a bigger concern for gamers. What’s noteworthy however is that the 2060 S is rated at 175 W while the 2070S consumes 22% more power. (it consumes 215W) So if your current PSU is already rated at 550W you won’t be able to upgrade to the 2070S (without buying a bigger PSU) and instead you will have to settle for the 2060S.
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High Performance - Although it’s not as powerful as the 2070S it can hold its own against most AAA titles. You could easily game at 4K 60FPS and 144Hz 1440p without worrying about the petty differences between the 2060S and the 2070S.
Relatively Cheaper - Depending on the manufacturer, you might be able to find an RTX 2060 S that’s much cheaper than the 2070S. This GPU might save you a couple hundred dollars. In this economy, that’s a lot of money you could be saving for a DIY mechanical keyboard kit.
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Less Value - If you are thinking long-term, the RTX 2060S might not be a great idea. It’s a great high-end GPU, no doubt about it, but you might be missing out on the price-to-performance ratio and market sentiment when it comes to this GPU. It’s demand is slightly lower than the 2070S. So, if you ever decide to sell this, it might not be able to compete against another 2070S that’s up for sale as well.
If you’re strapped for cash, then your best options are to go for a low budget-range GPU. Normally I’d recommend a GTX 960 but we already have the Vega 8 iGPU which is just as powerful. This is where the MSI GTX 1050-Ti comes in. This GPU is powerful enough to surpass the Vega 8 but cheap enough for most budget builders. A great temporary solution until you wait out the apocalypse that is the GPU crisis.
If you’re that desperate, the MSI GTX 1050-Ti is your final option. Anything lower than that is not worth your time, more so because of the Vega 8 graphics. So if you are looking for a cheaper GPU that will handle at least 30 FPS 720p on AAA games, while also providing a significant improvement over the Vega 8 graphics, then by all means, go for the 1050-Ti.
The 1050-Ti is almost 60% faster than the Vega 8 and 60% slower than a 1650 Super. With this 1050-Ti you might be able to play AAA games like Red Dead Redemption 2 at around 40 FPS on 1080p low settings. For some gamers, that’s not bad at all, especially if you’ve been playing with the Vega 8. (which averages around 30 FPS on 720p low settings) It’s definitely an improvement, albeit a very small one.
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Better Than Nothing - The 1050-Ti provides a noticeable performance boost with respect to the Vega 8, so you’ll start to see a lot of improvement in all those games that you’ve been playing. Maybe some games will even afford you the opportunity to move from 720p into 1080. For many “low spec” gamers, that’s a big win.
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Not Future-Proof - You may be able to play modern AAA games at a decent frame rate and resolution, but at the end of the day, it all depends on what kind of games you want to play. If we have to think about the future, it’s not looking too bright with the 1050-Ti. You might be able to keep up with new games for another year, but after that, I’m not so sure. So it’s best to use this as a short term solution. I recommend buying a used one if you can.
The SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 580 is one of those older but very reliable GPUs. They are still widely used and recognized for their affordable price and higher performance. It’s a low-end PC gamer’s favorite and a much cheaper alternative to the famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) 1650 Super. The performance on this GPU is good enough for most AAA titles and you can start to see a huge spike in performance, with respect to the Vega 8.
If you’re not worried about fancy features such as Ray Tracing and DLSS, the RX 580 by Team Red is going to satisfy you, for as long as you need. This GPU is about half a decade old but it is still one of the most sought-out GPUs in the market. It’s performance is slightly lower than a 1650 Super (by about 10%) but it’s a much better GPU than our budget entry, the 1050-Ti. Considering all this, the Radeon RX 580 is the next best option, provided that you can save enough money for it.
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Good Value - Overall, the price on the RX 580 is not so bad. It’s not as cheap as the 1050-Ti but the RX 580 provides 50% better performance, and that’s not a bad deal. Another advantage of the RX 580 is because of its higher value, you would always find a buyer for this card whenever you feel like going for an upgrade. It could be your treasure for a couple years and then it could be trash.
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Less Future-Proof - The RX 580 had its day in the sun, and now, it’s time to start thinking about retirement. It won’t be able to hold up 60 FPS 1080p on future AAA titles and for that reason, it’s not good for a long-term commitment. I recommend buying a used one until you feel the need for an upgrade, probably in another year or so.
If you want the best for your Ryzen 5 3400G, then you gotta stick with team Red. The Gigabyte Radeon RX 5600 XT has more than enough resilience to keep up with the CPU. Although you won’t have the fancy Ray Tracing and DLSS, you would still be able to keep up with most AAA games in the future. A great investment for both budget and mid-range builders.
This is the end of the line for the Ryzen 5 3400G. If you’re upgrading to the RX 5600XT you won’t have to buy another GPU for a long time. Even if you do, I’d recommend getting a better CPU while you’re at it.
Because this CPU and GPU combo works perfectly, they have the capabilities to provide you with an amazing 1080p 60 FPS experience. It runs great on Red Dead Redemption 2 as it’s able to pump out 60+ FPS on 1080p and average around 30 FPS on 1440p, on high graphic settings.
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Relatively High Performance - Although you won’t be able to beat the RTX 2070/2060 S, this GPU has decent specs that will get you through most AAA games for a while. I estimate that it will manage to stay relevant for another two or three years into the future, making it a great option for entry-level budget gamers.
Higher Value - Out of all the GPUs on this list, the RX 5600XT provides the highest value for money and the best price-to-performance ratio, in this niche. Because of this high-value you’ll have no problem trading-in this GPU for a Lamborghini when the GPU shortage and Crypto boom changes the entire socio-economic landscape of our planet. (I’m just kidding, but you never know)
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No Ray Tracing Or DLSS - Despite the amazing raw performance and the somewhat future-proof capabilities, the AMD RX 5600-XT still cannot compete against NVIDIA. So if Ray Tracing and DLSS is something you are looking for, then I suggest you move on to the RTX 2000 (or 3000) series.
Although the Ryzen 5 3400G has a decent iGPU, it’s not enough to play new AAA titles. For this you definitely need a dedicated GPU but finding the right one can be tricky, especially if you are a beginner. The main goal is to find one that’s good enough for the games you want to play while making sure that it is future-proof enough for another couple of years or so.
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