Description

Overclocked Console 2200G

***With this parts list I wanted to build a portable console with all of the capabilities of a Windows PC, including access to my steam library.

***It felt like I was missing something when I put this parts list together as the 2200G includes the Wraith Stealth cooler, and the Vega 8 IGPU. That's what makes the 2200G so awesome, it includes so much!

***Originally I had 8Gb of RAM in this system, and allocated 2GB of that RAM to the Vega 8 Graphics, but was shown that this was not worth the trade-off when working with only 8GB. This is because the Vega 8 will actually allocate the memory automatically as needed, and I was making that 2GB inaccessible to the rest of the system by forcing the 2GB allocation. (Thanks @ Florion6699 for pointing that out to me.) However, there is a small performance benefit to allocating the memory to the Vega 8 Graphics when you have the memory to spare, so now that I have 16GB in the system, I have allocated the 2GB to the Vega 8 Graphics.

***I did have to take the extra step of removing the outside ring from the Wraith Stealth Cooler. (Remove one small screw behind the AMD logo and pry from the logo.) To keep temps as low as possible with the stock cooler, I set the fan profile to Performance and applied Kryonaut thermal paste. The Wraith Stealth is still very quiet at this setting.

***These were my original OC results:

3700Mhz on the CPU @ 1.1875v

1300MHz on the GPU @ 1.125v

Although gaming at these setting was a success, I discovered that these OCs were not 100% stable when I starting testing with Heaven Benchmark. In hindsight, I was overly concerned about temps and power consumption and wasn't giving the 2200G enough juice for full stability.

***Here are my revised and far more successful OC settings:

3700Mhz on the CPU @ 1.225v

1350Mhz on the GPU @ 1.225v

I started running into diminishing returns on the GPU OC so this was a good place to stop. The 3700Mhz CPU OC was not stable at 1.200v and a 1400 GPU OC was not stable at 1.225v, so I dialed back to 1350Mhz.

***For optimal OCing I disabled the following settings in the BIOS: Global C-States, Cool n' Quiet Mode, and Core Performance Boost.

Here are some Benchmarks!

***Heaven Benchmark (1080P Low w/ Vsync)

Completely Stock: (Score: 616 Avg: 24.4 - Min: 7.9 - Max: 37.5)

w/ CPU @ 3700Mhz, RAM @ 3000Mhz: (Score: 718 Avg: 28.5 - Min: 17.8 - Max: 43.3)

w/ GPU @ 1350MHz, 2GB Allocated: (Score: 764 Avg: 30.3 - Min: 18.8 - Max: 50.6)

***Borderlands 2 (1080P High w/ foliage and view distance medium, FXAA off)

(Did not test at stock) ((Sorry!))

OC: Avg: 42.8 - Max: 52 - Min: 30

More to follow

Part Reviews

CPU

A fairly overclockable Quad-core loaded with entry-level Vega 8 Graphics and an aesthetic and well performing Wraith Stealth cooler that can be found for 85-95$. Incredible!

Motherboard

The Asrock B450 Fatal1ty Motherboard offers HDMI/Displayport video outputs, Dualband WiFi, and Bluetooth which are all useful features for a portable system limited to the video outputs implemented on the Motherboard. Overclocking in the BIOS is straightforward, and the build quality and layout are both great. Includes a nice I/O shield as well.

Case

The Inwin Chopin makes an excellent case to suit light gaming requirements paired with a 2200G/2400G, while keeping the system compact and premium in design.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, AMD uses the same stock cooler for their higher end CPU's also, so you can really push those low end ones really far.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely. Even with the higher end CPU's, an aftermarket cooling solution will only yield a few Ghz increase. From my point of view that's good because it means we are able to access most of the overclock potential with the included cooler. Pretty awesome.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

An OCable iCPU that includes a cooling fan for under a $100? Amazing! The rasperypie of CPUs.

  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Intel really can't compete againt AMD in that aspect.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD doesn't have any real competition for their APU's, and their CPU's compete fairly with intel in many categories, especially budget.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same CPU and motherboard too. You shouldn't go beyond 1.2V for the IGPU, your memory controller will supposedly degrade beyond 1.2V. I was able to get 1575MHz on the GPU at 1.14375V. I almost went with the Chopin, but I read the PSU can be noisy.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have the source for that information regarding the memory controller degradation? That seems off considering 1.2v is a very mild voltage increase. I'm actually on the 2200G system right now to see if I can reach 1500 onl the GPU by bringing the CPU down to 3.5 locked. The PSU fan is audible but it's definitely not noisy. I dont use my computer with my ear pressed to the side panel so it's not an issue to me.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, yes. Thanks for posting the source. That is SOC voltage which is separate from the Vcore voltage. Vcore voltage is generally safe at up to 1.35v, though many people run as high as 1.4v without damaging their components.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Why remove the outside ring of the cooler?

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

For clearance in the Inwin Chopin case. It will not fit otherwise.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

What temps are you getting? I have the 2200g with the AB350 Fatal1ty in the BQ656 (same chassis as the Chopin, just doesn't have the fancy bracket and instead of mesh on the top, its a crappy metal grate that doesn't vent as well).

I have:

CPU: 3.7GHz @ 1.356V

GPU: 1600MHz @ 1.2063V (code 37 for asrock)

Mem: 3200MHz @ 1.35V (3000MHz kit oc'd)

I hit 100c in stress tests (dont really care about those since this is a console/HTPC so most load is gpu and cpu intensive games like AC, GTA, etc.), but in real world gaming I hit 70-80c with jumps up a little higher at worst, but 65-73c in games that aren't that cpu intensive, which I am fine with.

I can't get my CPU stable any lower than 1.35v at 3700. I have had the gpu oc'd to 1500 @ 1.192v for awhile but recently bumped it up and didn't see much of a temp jump. My cpu side is the real heat killer there. I may try to knock it back to 3.6GHz and see how far I can drop it. I was getting very rare crashes when OC'd to 3.8GHz @ 1.4V, so I guess dropping to 3.6GHz may let me get it down closer to 1.3V

I also left the CPU at stock settings for the past 6 months and it would jump to 1.42 or 1.44V when boosting to 3.7GHz, so even 1.35V is better than stock (though hitting 3.7GHz on all 4 cores instead of 1 or 2 at a time).

Using stock Stealth cooler and added 3x 40mm fans to the top to help with forcing hot air up and out. Debating delidding or going with a noctua, but since taking the mesh side panel off drops temps by 5-10c, not sure its worth it since its an airflow problem pulling in fresh air and pushing out hot.

Are disabling cool n quiet and core performance boost still required? I assumed it was overridden once putting in the CPU oc.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't remember exact temps but 50-60c while gaming. Stays pretty cool. Yes you need to Core Performance Boost but Cool n' Quiet is a good to leave enabled.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, maybe I'll try to reseat the cooler.

Do you know what your cooler fan curve is? Did you use one of the stock curves or custom?

If I set it more aggressive (similar to the stock Performance curve) I can get down to 37-42c at idle, but on a more "silent" curve it idles 50-60c.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Good thermal paste is important, also, don't overclock the CPU at all. There's absolutely no need. If anything, lock it at it's boost clock and get the voltage as low as you can.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been using Kryonaut and its at 3.7GHz but can get it stable under 1.35v, even though you and others can get it to 1.25v and less.

Hmm, need to mess around more. Will knock it down to lower clocks and see if I just lost on the silicon lottery (have seen a few people say they can get lower voltages for 3.7GHz either). Though I can get it pretty stable at 1500-1600MHz on the GPU @ 1.192 - 1.206v

I thought it was just the case's poor ventilation but by what you and others are getting, I think it's something else and I should probably be 5-15c cooler

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, this is a great build. Congratulations.

Quick question: An Amazon reviewer said that having the M2 SSD slot at the back of the mobo causes overheating on the SSD due to lack of airflow at the back.. Do you have such issues?

Thanks in advance.