Ryzen 7 5700G review: AMD’s answer to the GPU shortage has arrived

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AMD’s Ryzen 5000G seems like the perfect antidote to a PC world still wracked by GPU shortages (and inflated prices for the few available). It integrates high-performing Zen 3 cores with Radeon graphics into a package called an accelerated processing unit (APU).

Whether it truly is the answer to all your needs depends largely on what you intend to do with your PC over its lifespan. We’ll walk you through the highlights and low points of this new product.

What is Ryzen 5000G?

Ryzen 5000G is essentially AMD’s wildly successful 7nm Cezanne laptop chip, first used in the also wildly successful Ryzen 5000 desktop chips, but moved into an AM4 socket. You can read our review of Cezanne for full details on the chip.

AMD offered Ryzen 4000 APUs previously, but those were OEM-only for the most part. The fastest APU consumers have officially had access to was the 8-core Ryzen 5 3400G, built using an older 12nm process and AMD’s older Zen+ cores.

Two consumer Ryzen 5000G models are being introduced today, which you can officially buy beginning August 8: 

  • Ryzen 7 5700G: 8-core, 16-thread, 7nm (Cezanne), with 8 CU’s of Radeon graphics at 2GHz. It has a boost clock of 4.6GHz and a base clock of 3.8GHz on a 65-watt TDP. The chip features 24 lanes of PCIe Gen 3, 20MB of cache, and a list price of $359.
  • Ryzen 5 5600G: 6-core, 12-thread, 7nm (Cezanne), with 7 CU’s of Radeon graphics at 1.9GHz. It has a boost clock of 4.4GHz and a base clock of 3.9GHz on a 65-watt TDP. The chip features 24 lanes of PCIe Gen 3, 19MB of cache, and a list price of $259.

The integrated graphics is one distinct aspect of these APUs over their dedicated-CPU cousins. Intel bakes graphics cores into the vast majority of its Core chips, but not AMD. Its non-G Ryzen 5000 chips need a discrete graphics card to run a PC.

Also, while “true” Ryzen 5000 desktop chips are built around multiple chips connected by Infinity Fabric, the Ryzen 5000G (much like the laptop version) is a single-chip design. Compared to Ryzen 5000, Ryzen 5000G has just half the cache (32MB to 16MB) and just 24 lanes of PCIe 3.0. Of those 24 lanes, 16 go to the GPU, and 4 from the CPU connect to NVMe. The last 4 are used to connect to the chipset, which itself can feature more PCIe lanes. You may be wistful for PCIe Gen 4, but look on the bright side: The previous consumer Ryzen 5 3400G featured a paltry 8 lanes of PCIe Gen 3.

AMD Ryzen 5000G APU Gordon Mah Ung

AMD’s Ryzen 7 5700G isn’t cheap, but it offers the company’s Zen 3 cores paired with Radeon graphics.

How we tested

Our testing is provided by PCWorld’s sister site, PCWelt.de, thanks to the hard work of our colleague Sebastian Schenzinger. (You can read Schenzinger’s Ryzen 5000G review in German at the site.)

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