The new AMD Ryzen 5000 G-Series APUs are expected to be available starting today at retailers that generally sell AMD products, so availability is immediate; Now, are they something worthwhile? Let’s explore its features to find out.
AMD Ryzen 5000G, models and features
|Cores / Threads||Base / Boost||Total cache||Maximum temperature||Thermal solution||Integrated graphics||PCIe version||TDP – cTDP|
|AMD Ryzen 7 5700G||8/16||3.8 / 4.6 GHz||20 MB||95ºC||Wraith Stealth||8 CUs @ 2 GHz||3.0||45-65W|
|AMD Ryzen 7 5700GE||8/16||3.2 / 4.6 GHz||20 MB||95ºC||Wraith Stealth||8 CUs @ 2 GHz||3.0||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 5600G||6/12||3.9 / 4.4 GHz||19 MB||95ºC||Wraith Stealth||7 CUs @ 1.9 GHz||3.0||45-65W|
|AMD Ryzen 5 5600GE||6/12||3.4 / 4.4 GHz||19 MB||95ºC||Wraith Stealth||7 CUs @ 1.9 GHz||3.0||35W|
|AMD Ryzen 3 5300G||4/8||4.0 / 4.2 GHz||10 MB||95ºC||Do not||6 CUs @ 1.7 GHz||3.0||45-65W|
|AMD Ryzen 3 5300GE||4/8||3.6 / 4.2 GHz||10 MB||95ºC||Do not||6 CUs @ 1.7 GHz||3.0||35W|
Even though AMD primarily promotes two APUs (Ryzen 7 5700G Y Ryzen 5 5600G) actually launch a good handful of models on the market that we detail below, because even within the same model there are in some cases variants called GE.
As we can see by looking at the characteristics, we have a total of six Ryzen 5000G Series processors, with two devices in each of the brand’s Ryzen categories and, within each of these, the G and GE versions that are simply versions with a lower consumption and power (based on a lower operating speed) but with the same characteristics.
It should also be noted that the G models have cTDP configurable, while GE models have the preset TDP and it is not modifiable, but all models come unlocked to be able to perform overclock no problems on them. Likewise, in terms of the integrated Radeon graphics, the values are the same in the G and GE models, so we did not find a tangible difference with respect to its integrated graphics.
What makes these Zen 3 APUs so special?
According to AMD, these APUs with Zen 3 architecture have the same performance as previous models that were available until now, but with integrated graphics to give them greater versatility (that is, they have technically gone from CPU to APU in these models). According to AMD, in these APUs they have paired the power characteristic of their Ryzen Zen 3 processors with integrated graphics, but still they assure according to the slide that we have put above that they pair perfectly with the latest graphics cards on the market, avoiding any type bottleneck.
As we can see in the top slide, these new Ryzen 5000 G and GE Series APUs incorporate several features such as:
- The latest Zen 3 architecture from AMD.
- Great gaming performance thanks to its Radeon iGPUs.
- Great CPU performance to avoid bottlenecks with top-of-the-range GPUs.
- According to AMD, they are ideal for OEM PCs as they provide flexibility for both gaming and office PCs, although they later claim that they are geared towards gaming PCs.
- AMD highlights its price / performance ratio and that they work perfectly with AMD B450 and X570 chipsets, so we will not need to change the motherboard.
Ryzen 5000G performance and intergenerational gains
As we mentioned at the beginning, AMD only emphasizes two of the models of this new generation of Zen 3 architecture: the Ryzen 7 5700G and the Ryzen 5 5600G, leaving aside both the GE variants and the Ryzen 3 versions of this new family. by APU. If anything, one of the good things is that they have provided theoretical performance data and what gains we can expect compared to the previous generation, so let’s proceed to look at it.
As you can see in the upper gallery, the performance gain is quite remarkable and reaches 2.78X in Cinebench R20, although it is true that from now on we tell you that it is not a fair comparison because AMD is using Ryzen 5 3400G as a comparison to the previous generation instead of using one of the more powerful models.
In the same way, when AMD provides the performance of its Ryzen 5000G APUs in games they compare again with the same processor, so although we see a great performance gain, the comparison is still unfair to tell the truth; In any case, we can see the maximum estimated performance (specify “up to”) with the integrated graph, and for example we have that in Fortnite at 1080p and with the graphics settings on low we can expect up to 98 FPS with both the Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 models.
As we have mentioned before, AMD has made these APUs with gaming in mind and therefore they are compatible with all the latest technologies from the manufacturer including FidelityFX Super Resolution, Radeon Boost, Anti-Lag, Image Sharpening, Radeon Chill, Integer Display Scaling, AMD Link, Enhancec Sync, Smart Access Memory, FreeSync, and Eyefinity.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G vs Intel
AMD has even dared to compare the performance of its new APUs against the integrated graphics of Intel processors, and as we can see in the slide above the Ryzen 7 5700G gives a real beating to the Intel Core i7-11700 in these terms. , making a huge difference in games.
When we move the comparison to work scenarios, then the difference we see is not that great and, in fact, the AMD APU even loses out in some scenarios such as Cinebench R20. In any case, according to AMD, the advantage of the Ryzen 7 5700G compared to its Intel counterpart in content creation scenarios averages 23%, in productivity 16% and in general performance 31%, which seen in this way are not bad figures.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600G vs Intel
We turn to the other protagonist of this new family of APUs from AMD, the Ryzen 5 5600G, in this case compared by AMD with the Intel Core i5-11600 that would be its counterpart by price and market segment. As before, the Radeon integrated graphics in this AMD APU outperform the Intel processor and promises up to 184 FPS in League of Legends (1080p and settings on low), but obviously only offers 33 FPS maximum in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. (1080p and settings on low), so in any case an APU cannot move triple A games no matter how modern.
In work scenarios, according to AMD, this Ryzen 5 5600G beats Intel’s Core i5-11600 by 27% in content creation, by 16% in productivity and by 30% in general performance, always speaking of “average” and with ideal data.
In short, these AMD Ryzen 5000G promise extremely high performance at a competitive price, with the plus of its iGPU and with a number of interesting models. How will Intel respond?