AMD finally offers a follow-up of its 4000G Series APU, and it seems like a welcome upgrade – especially if you can’t wait GPU shortages to complete before buying a PC. The new company Ryzen 5000G series processors mate from the current generation Zen 3 processing power with up to Vega 8 integrated graphics, giving you decent (but certainly not peak) GPU performance without having to purchase a dedicated video card.
The initial lineup is split into four-core Ryzen 3 chips, six-core Ryzen 5 models, and eight-core Ryzen 7 parts. The Ryzen 3 5300G (4GHz base clock at 65W TDP) and 5300 GE low power (3.6GHz base at 35W) input processors are clearly aimed at the no-frills PC buyers. The strong points seem to be the high-end models. The 3.4 GHz 5600GE, 3.9 GHz 5600G, 3.2 GHz 5700GE, and 3.8 GHz 5700G should be fast enough for 3D games that aren’t too intensive, like Overwatch and Valuing.
Before you ask: yes, AMD makes big performance claims. It says the 5700G is 35-80% faster on average than Intel’s Core i7-10700 in terms of creativity, productivity, and benchmark apps. There is also a day and night difference for the games. AMD claims truly playable frame rates (i.e. above 30fps) in titles that struggle on the Core i7, including Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Civilization VI and Metro Exodus. The company undoubtedly chooses software that flatters new Ryzens, but the tests are worth noting if gaming is an important consideration.
You’ll have to settle for purchasing the Ryzen 5000G series as part of a pre-built system in the first few weeks after launch. However, AMD said they would be available separately for home PCs “later this year”. Either way, they could be extremely useful in educating gamers – you can buy a Ryzen-powered system now and start playing while you wait for your dream GPU to become available.