AMD Ryzen 5 5600G and Ryzen 7 5700G APU Review

Introduction and pricing

AMD’s Zen 3 parts came to market last November and led to a 19% increase in IPC, along with design changes that gave us improved efficiency through front-end optimizations and a core SoC change that limited the core assembly to an 8C/16T with 32M of L3 cache.

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With Zen 3 architecture, AMD launches two new APU platforms on the market; Ryzen 5 5600G and Ryzen 7 5700G. With these platforms, AMD is claiming a 15% improvement in single-thread performance over the Zen 2 Ryzen 5 3400G while delivering the same level of graphics performance with Vega 7 and 8 graphics.

For the 5600G, this means a 6C/12T design, a base frequency at 3.9GHz, and a boost at 4.4GHz. 5700G is 8C/16T part, 3.8GHz base, 4.6GHz boost; Both APUs have 16MB of L3 cache, 24 PCIe Gen 3 slots, and 65W TDP. The 5600G is paired with a Vega 7 graphics core, while the 5700G has a Vega 8.

Pricing

Both CPUs are set to hit store shelves on August 5th. The price will be $259 MSRP for the Ryzen 5 5600G and $359 MSRP for the Ryzen 7 5700G.

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Packaging and testing system

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The 5600g and 5700g each share the Zen 3’s packaging; Each has its own lower-right model with Radeon Graphics displayed above.

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The side of the boxes gives a window to the APUs.

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The APUs are packaged in a sealed plastic spare, labeled above for your chassis.

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Each includes a Wraith Stealth CPU cooler. This includes a solid aluminum heat sink and AMD branded fan.

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Thermal paste comes pre-applied.

test system

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WPrime, Cinebench, RealBench, AIDA64

WPrime, Cinebench, RealBench, AIDA64

WPrime

WPrime is a leading multi-threaded standard. In our setup, we will manually set the number of cores for the CPU under test.

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I tossed both AMD’s 5800X and Intel’s 11700K live alongside the 4750G as comparisons for this review. In our first workload, WPrime showed some very solid performance from the 5700G, on par with the 11700K and slightly faster than last year’s 4750G.

CPUz . seat

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The CPUz bench introduced 642 single threads, making the 5700G ahead of the 4750G and just behind the 11700K. The 5600G pulled the 610, again ahead of the 4750G.

Multi-threaded, the 5700G won with a score of 6521, 121 points over the 11700K and 700 over the 4750G.

Cinebench

Cinebench is a long-standing rendering standard that has been heavily relied upon by both Intel and AMD to showcase their latest platforms during unveiling. The benchmark has two tests, a single-core workload that uses a single thread or 1 TB. There is also a multi-threaded test that uses all threads or nT of the tested CPU

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Single thread performance has 5600g at 1424 and 5700g at 1505; This puts these new APUs behind both Intel’s 5800X and 11700K but ahead of the 4750G. nT has the 5700G about 1500 points above the 4750G, the lower 5600G pulls 10482.

RealBench

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On RealBench, the imaging load had all current generation CPUs equal; The 5600 and 5700G series were 6 seconds faster than last year’s 4750G. When coding, the middle shade of blue above shows that the 5600G is the slowest of the bunch while the 5700G is on par with the 4750G and just behind the 11700K.

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The OpenCL workload was performing better on the 4750G, 120 points higher than the 5700G.

AIDA64

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Memory bandwidth is much better in the 5600 and 5700 with full dual memory controllers. In both, we see 46 KB read, 42 KB written and 41 KB copy.

UL standards and storage performance

PCMark 10

PCMark is a UL standard and tests different types of workloads to represent typical computer workloads. Everything from video conferencing, image importing and editing to 3D rendering is tested.

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PCMark 10 showed a significant increase in throughput with the 5600 and 5700G compared to the 4750G; It’s on par with the 5800X and outperforms the 11700K by a fair margin.

3DMark Night Raid

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With our first gaming workload, we found the 4750G to be slightly better than the 5600 or 5700G, especially in graphics scores with an edge close to 6000 points.

3DMark Firestrike

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The Firestrike brings things together, with the 5700G beating the 4750G by a narrow margin in CPU performance while the graphics and combined results are nearly identical.

Storage performance

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The storage performance of the 5600 and 5700G is marginally better than last year’s 4750G, although it lives up to the 5800X and 11700K because it doesn’t have Gen4 PCIe.

However, the 5600 and 5700 produced 3,729 MB/sec reads and 3,415 MB/sec reads in the sequential test.

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4KQ1 fetched 67.6MB/s for read and 166MB/s for both APUs.

last thoughts

Off the bat, I’ll say I’m on the fence with these new APUs, and if I’m being honest, if a Zen 2 powered Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G is accessible to consumers, I don’t think AMD will need to offer these new SKUs today. I’m on the fence because while they are “technically” Zen 3 APUs, they don’t carry with them the full suite of technology we introduced back in November last year, the PCIe Gen4.

Plus, we still have the same Vega 7 and Vega 8 graphics launched on Raven Ridge APUs in 2018, but not all bad with the 5600 and 5700 G Series. In everyday tasks, the single-core IPC gain over 4750G last year is significant and approaches 5800X. Multi-threaded workloads will perform better too, in our testing we found a 1,500-point jump in the R23 between the 4750G and the 5700G. Memory bandwidth is optimized, with controller tweaks giving these APUs full bandwidth across all channels while CPUs like the 5800X are hampered by writes.

In our 3DMark workloads, we’ve seen better graphics performance than the older 4750G, but we’re moving up to the Vega 8’s higher base clock, 2100MHz versus the 5700G running 100MHz slower. Assuming these CPUs are readily available at launch, the 5600 and 5700G will be attractive options for those who build a daily driver or those who want to get into the performance gaming of Zen 3 + Vega Graphics while waiting for a discrete GPU to become available.

what we like

Zen 3: Zain 3 IPC.

Vega graphics: No need for a separate GPU.

Compatibility: Socket AM4 allows this APU to work with BIOS update.

What could be better

PCIe: There is no reason not to have a Gen4 at this point.

Vega graphics: Dated Vega 7 and 8.

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