August the 5th will be a very special day for all folks passionate about custom build computers. Ask us why and our response will be simple – the new AMD Ryzen 5000G generation of desktop processors will be released on that day. Given the untenable state of today’s graphic card market due to supply shortages, AMD’s new release would be welcomed with open arms for us gamers and serve as AMD’s “non-X” chips that traditionally offer more attractive price points at a given core count.
AMD has two types of processors:
CPU: Processors without integrated graphics, which are often targeted for higher performance markets with a chiplet design
APU: Processors with integrated graphics which use higher powered versions of the equivalent mobile monolithic silicon.
AMD gives the latter easily identifiable product names because they all end in a G, for graphics.
The Ryzen 5000G series—built around the “Cezanne” architecture that debuted in AMD’s excellent Ryzen 5000 Mobile chips—will debut first in prebuilt computers by the likes of Dell and HP before rolling out in DIY retail on Aug 5 2021
These APU processors are built on the 7 nm “Cezanne” silicon, featuring up to 8 CPU cores based on the “Zen 3” microarchitecture, an iGPU based on the “Vega” graphics architecture with up to 8 compute units, but updated display- and media-acceleration engines; 512 KB of L2 cache per core, and 16 MB of L3 cache that’s shared between all eight cores. Built in the Socket AM4 package, the processors are compatible with AMD 500-series chipset motherboards. The chips feature PCI-Express Gen 3 downstream I/O – sounds sexy doesn’t it?
The AMD Ryzen 5000G series will commence with the Ryzen 5 5600G and 5700G.
The 5700G features an 8-core/16-thread CPU, clock speeds of 3.80 GHz, with up to 4.60 GHz boost, and all 8 iGPU compute units being unlocked with up to 2.00 GHz engine clocks.
The 5600G has a 6-core/12-thread CPU clocked at 3.90 GHz, with up to 4.40 GHz boost, and 7 iGPU compute units with up to 1.90 GHz engine clocks. Both processors have their Thermal Design Power rated at 65 W.
Both the 5600G and 5700G were tested in CPU-z and Geekbench, performing admirably against other products from AMD and Intel. WCCFTech reports that the Core i9-11900K was defeated by the Ryzen 7 5700G in multi-threaded performance, and the Ryzen 5 5600G proved to be faster than the Core i7-10700K in single-threaded performance despite a lower clock speed.
There is also the 5300G, but this is for OEM markets only.
But let’s dive even further into the specification of the new APU series by looking at the table below
Ryzen 5000G Series
Ryzen 7 5700G
8 / 16
Ryzen 7 5700GE
8 / 16
Ryzen 5 5600G
6 / 12
Ryzen 5 5600GE
6 / 12
Ryzen 3 5300G
4 / 8
Ryzen 3 5300GE
4 / 8
*PCIe lanes on the SoC are listed in GFX+Chipset+Storage
As with all Ryzen 5000 processors, Cezanne fully supports overclocking, which includes memory, graphics and CPU cores. AMD also says that the auto-overclocking Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) and adaptive offset qualities are supported too. The Cezanne chips drop into the same motherboards as the current-gen Ryzen 5000 processors, so X570, X470, B550 and B450 are all supported. As with the other Ryzen models, memory support weighs in at DDR4-3200, though that does vary by DIMM population rules.
The Zen 3 architecture permits higher L3 cache sizes than we’ve seen with previous AMD’s APUs. For example, the eight-core 16-thread Ryzen 7 5700G now has 20MB of L3 cache compared to its eight-core predecessor that came with 12MB. These are the natural by products of the Zen 3 architecture and should benefit general iGPU performance also.
Now integrated graphics is a huge appeal for APUs and AMD continues to pair its APUs with the Vega graphics architecture, just as it did with the 4000-series APUs. AMD revised the architecture for its last go-round — the improved RX Vega graphics delivered up to 60 percent more performance per compute unit (CU) than its predecessors, this meant more graphics performance from fewer CU. We do not know if AMD has made a similar adjustment this time around, but we’re sure to learn more as we get closer to launch.
But lets see how this new generation will fare against the X Version of the 5000 Series from AMD:
Ryzen 5 5600X vs with Ryzen 5 5600G:
Both have six cores and 12 threads, both run at 65 W, and both have 24 PCIe lanes.
However, there are a number of disparities:
The 5600X CPU has an extra +200 MHz on the turbo frequency, whereas the 5600G APU has +200 on the base frequency and it also has integrated graphics.
The 5600X CPU has PCIe 4.0 rather than PCIe 3.0, as well as double the cache. The price difference puts the 5600X as tad bit more expensive, but likely still the processor of choice for anyone wanting a fast discrete graphics card system. AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600 is the only real relevant contender in this price range (to 5600G), and it launched two years ago with the Zen 2 architecture.
If we go up to the 8-core parts, then that disparity changes a little.
Ryzen 5 5800X vs with Ryzen 5 5700G
Base frequency is the same for both but the turbo is higher on the 5800X.
Ryzen 5 5700G still has the integrated graphics, but is only PCIe 3.0 off the processor and not PCIe 4.0 like the 5800X. We still have the cache difference. So the question is which would you rather have – 100-200 MHz extra CPU frequency, double the L3 cache, and PCIe 4.0, or would you rather have integrated graphics?
Well whatever your decision may be, the new APU series will provide another choice for PC builders and upgraders hurting for affordable graphics performance and yes you guessed it, ALVA PC will have these in stock at a lower price than any competitor on the market!