As you may have noticed by now, PC gaming without a GPU means that we have a machine here that is based on an AMD APU, that is, we have an integrated graphics card right next to the processor.
But will that be enough in 2021?
NZXT released a “cheap” gaming PC to save Christmas. But it doesn’t have a GPU! (Shortcut)
So NZXT decided to release a very interesting pre-built PC that was obviously designed for the current component manufacturing crisis. The crisis has of course given another “old” graphics card crisis another boost, to be honest, it started around the time the RTX 30 was launched more than a year ago.
So we’re talking about a ~ 800 € PC, based on a Ryzen 5600G processor (APU). A processor with an integrated graphics card that, in case you didn’t already know, has done a pretty interesting job on some of the most popular games out there.
In addition to AMD’s APU, we have a 500GB NVMe SSD, 16GB RAM and a 650W power supply, which is not the best in the world, but is more than sufficient for a PC without a dedicated graphics card. Interestingly, it is a power supply that also gives you some leeway if you want to buy an RTX 3060 or RX 6600 later.
How is the performance?
The big question here is whether or not this APU does well in key areas, i.e. games. In the end, a dedicated graphics card is always preferable for gaming, even if it is the “weaker” model of the current generation, as is the case with the GTX 1650 from NVIDIA.
But in a world where even the GTX 1650 can cost a kidney (~ 300 €), we have to be content with the iGPU of this AMD processor, which according to NZXT will do a very decent job with Full HD in Low Graphics settings and Middle.
In other words, playing esports games like League of Legends, Fortnite, CS: GO, etc. will be really easy. It is possible to play games in other more demanding titles with more limited graphics settings.
Is that the solution for 2021?
To be honest, I think it makes little sense to rely on RTX 30 or RX 6000 graphics cards in the medium and / or high range at this stage of the championship. The next-generation graphics card war has already begun, with NVIDIA and AMD aiming for the second half of 2022. So maybe it is even a good idea to use an APU or one of the latest Intel CPUs with integrated graphics to later get a dedicated graphics card “as it should” at a reasonable price.
Besides, what do you think of all of this? Are you looking for a PC in the market? Please let us know what you think in the comments below.