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
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!
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.
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.