After a long time, but AMD is finally releasing a pair of Zen 3-powered APUs that will be capable of gaming. The Ryzen 7 5700G and Ryzen 5 5600G processors will be available on August 5 for $359 and $259, respectively.
They’ll fit it into current 400 and 500 series motherboards and, from the looks of it, give some fairly good performance numbers. And, in case you’re wondering, they do come with coolers and can be overclocked.
While the previous generation of APUs, led by the Ryzen 5 3400G, were primarily focused on 720p gaming for smooth framerates, the new generation is aiming for 1080p performance. In a conference previous to the Computex launch, AMD stated that Hi-Rez Sutdios’ Rogue Company managed an average of 78fps at 1080P on high settings.
It also couldn’t help but poke fun at Intel’s offerings, with comparisons to the Core i7 11700 showing the Ryzen 7 5700G outperforming the Core i7 11700 in games like Warframe and Fortnite.
If you wonder, Intel chips employ UHD Graphics 750 technology, not its Xe cores, produced more subsequently, which you can’t obtain on the desktop. Similarly, the new APUs don’t even feature AMD’s newer RDNA 2 architecture or Vega parts, or RDNA 1.
The chips’ entire specs make for interesting reading, and they’re competitive with what AMD currently offers, with one notable exception: unlike their mobile counterparts, these two APUS can only handle PCIe 3.0, not the newer PCIe 4.0. The latest next-generation NVMe SSDs will still work, but their performance will be limited to 3,500MB/s with these CPUs.
Despite this minor irritation, these appear to be viable solutions for anyone trying to create a gaming machine on a shoestring budget. Of course, the 5700G with 8 compute units capable of running at 2.0GHz would be preferred here, though 7 CUs at 1.9GHz for $100 less would be a better option.
AMD first unveiled these chips in April, but they were only available to OEMs at the time. Back then, there was a third chip, the Ryzen 5 5300G, which was a 4-core, 8-thread APU with 6 CUs, but it appears to have been dropped. That’s too bad because that would have been the more cost-effective option.
But still, we have to wait till August 5 to see AMD in action.