When AMD first introduced the concept of an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) back in 2011, it changed the way of how consumers viewed a traditional CPU. By packaging a standard CPU and a decent GPU on the same die, the APU quickly became a good product for the price-conscious gamers for their entry-level budget build. However, the performance of the APUs back then was still far from satisfactory, and only less graphically intensive games can be supported.
Fast forward 7 years later, the APUs were rebranded as the “Ryzen with Radeon Graphics” product with the release of the Ryzen processors which were based on the Zen architecture. We saw superb performance improvements of these new products with the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G which were based on the first generation Zen architecture when compared to its predecessors. Further improvements to the CPU architecture also allowed these products to run even faster, with the Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G.
Despite improvements, there’s still quite a performance gap for the Ryzen with Radeon Graphics products to be decent enough as an all-in-one 1080p capable gaming CPU/APU product. As expected of the graphics processing limitations in such a compact package, Ryzen with Radeon Graphics CPU/APU just aren’t hitting the right numbers that gamers want.
Recently, AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series processors with Radeon Graphics was just released onto the consumer market. They were previously only available via system integrators. These new processors are based on the latest Zen 3 architecture, which its products had already seen great success in CPU market, stealing significant market share from competition.
In today’s review, we are going to take a closer look at the new AMD Ryzen 5 5600G processor with Radeon Graphics, and see what exactly changed from its earlier versions.
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G changed dramatically when compared to the Ryzen 5 3400G counterpart. The most obvious change is that it has a process and architecture change, where it is now developed on TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process and is based on the Zen 3 architecture. This is compared to the latter’s 12nm FinFET process and is based on the Zen+ architecture.
|Ryzen 5 5600G||Ryzen 5 3400G||Ryzen 5 2400G|
|Price (SEP)||$259||$149||$169 (Launch price)|
|CPU Cores/Threads||6 / 12||4 / 8||4 / 8|
|CPU Base/ Boost (GHz)||3.9 / 4.4||3.7 / 4.2||3.6 / 3.9|
|iGPU – CUs||RX Vega 7||RX Vega 11||RX Vega 11|
|iGPU Base/Boost (MHz)||Up to 1900||up to 1400||up to 1250|
|Bundled Cooler||65W Wraith Stealth||95W Wraith Spire||65W Wraith Stealth|
|Memory Speed||Up to 3200MHz||up to DDR4-2933||up to DDR4-2933|
Rather than focusing on bringing more graphics performance to the Ryzen 5 5600G, AMD has instead decided to reduce the number of GPU cores and increased the CPU cores on this product. With the improved process technology, they are still able to keep the CPU within the same 65W TDP envelope. While the number of GPU cores have reduced, the other improvements such as improved architecture, faster system memory support and faster GPU clock speed should continue to bridge the gap in terms of gaming performance as compared to its predecessors. It will be interesting to see how the product fairs in our performance test.
Also, rather than associating their Ryzen with Radeon Graphics products as more budget friendly choices in their lineup, the new Ryzen 5 5600G’s jump in pricing is also quite significant. This can be attributed in both the higher demands of CPU products, as well as AMD’s position of their products as a better alternative to competition. Definitely, it’s not as affordable as compared to the past, but generally, across the market, these are the prices that we would expect for CPUs of such specifications.
Furthermore, we must understand that the performance of the graphics processing part of the Ryzen 5 5600G also depends largely on system memory performance. Unlike graphics cards, which has dedicated video memory pairs for the GPU, an APU has to make do with the slower system memory. With the new Zen 3 architecture’s improved memory controller that allows system memory to run at higher speeds, the GPU is expected to run faster.
The AMD Ryzen 5000G series processors are supported on the X570, B550 and A520 motherboards. The earlier X470 and B450 motherboards can also be supported, depending on the BIOS updates rolled out by the respective manufacturers.
System Setup and Performance
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 5600G | AMD Ryzen 5 3400G|
|RAM||G.Skill Trident Z Royal 3600MHz, 2 x 8GB DDR4 Kit|
|Main Storage||Transcend MTE110S 512GB|
|GPU||Integrated Radeon Graphics : Vega 7 | Vega 11|
|Motherboard||ASRock X570 Steel Legend | Gigabyte B450i AORUS PRO WIFI|
|CPU Cooler||AMD Wraith Prism|
|PSU||Cooler Master V1000|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro 64 bit|
The benchmark settings are as follows:
|PC Mark 10 Extended||Default||Default|
|HEVC h.265 Decoding||Default||Default|
|Blender BMW27||CPU blend||Default|
|Far Cry New Dawn||1080p||High Settings|
|Deus Ex Mankind Divided||1080p||High Settings, DX12|
|Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Breakpoint||1080p||High Settings, Vulkan|
|DOTA 2||1080p||As per Benchmark Guide|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||1080p||High Settings, DX12|
|World War Z||1080p||Ultra Settings, Vulkan|
|AIDA64 Memory benchmark||Default||Default|
The PC Mark 10 Extended benchmarks looks at the system as a whole without any bias to specific kinds of workloads. Thanks to its better multi-processing capabilities and faster cores, there was no doubt that the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G is expected to come out on top.
The 7-Zip application which favors multi-threaded processing capabilities allowed the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G to excel in this benchmark. The Ryzen 5 5600G was seen to be about 2 times faster than its predecessor.
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G was able to take advantage of having the latest Zen 3 architecture and improved 7nm process technology to result in a much higher IPC that its predecessor. The performance difference was made even more significant when CPU rendering the graphics with multiple threads at a time. As the Ryzen 5 5600G also has two more cores than the Ryzen 5 3400G, it was shown to be two times faster than the Ryzen 5 3400G.
Similarly, in the decoding test, the processing capabilities of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G was apparent. It was able to complete its task much faster than the Ryzen 4 3400G.
As for the Blender rendering test, the Ryzen 5 5600G retained its consistency to perform far better than the Ryzen 5 3400G.
However, when it comes to games, things aren’t as peachy as expected. Even though the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G had lesser Graphics Processing cores than the Ryzen 5 3400G, it was able to close the graphics performance gap with its strength in CPU compute capabilities. In more 3D intensive games, the Ryzen 5 5600G didn’t perform as well. Regardless, it is still very suitable for less graphics intensive games that are more CPU bound, such as DOTA 2.
Certainly, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G comes out on top for all CPU related tests.
Similarly, with an improved memory architecture in the Zen 3 design, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G also had an advantage in memory performance. This is despite the fact that both systems in comparison had the same memory configurations set.
Having more CPU cores, the Ryzen 5 5600G consumed more power at idle. Despite that, thanks to its more energy efficient process technology, it consumed less power on load while having more CPU cores.
Temperature result follows the same pattern as power consumption.
The results make the improvements of CPU capabilities on the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G very obvious as compared to its predecessor. However, we did expect a little more of the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G in terms of its graphics performance. In the past, the AMD Ryzen with Radeon Graphics products were created for those who were more budget conscious. Now, at the price point where we are seeing the Ryzen 5 5600G, it seems to just make the product just another CPU focused product from AMD.
Ultimately, it really depends on your use case. If you are looking for a new gaming PC build with decent graphics performance, the Ryzen 5 5600G will probably not make the cut. On the other hand, if the use case of your new PC is more for productivity work, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G can certainly save you a few bucks within the need to get your hands on an expensive dedicated GPU.