We don’t always need dedicated graphics in our PC to play games. Sometimes, it’s more convenient to look for processors with powerful integrated graphics, which is very useful in laptops and consoles. This is where AMD’s APUs come into play, as they currently have the fastest iGPUs. AMD is currently putting the finishing touches on its next-generation APUs for the AM5 platform, the Ryzen 8000G series, and we’ll be discussing the upcoming models and their performance.
Although dedicated GPUs will always provide the best performance, they’re not always the best choice. In a thin laptop where there is limited space for proper cooling and battery life is a priority, dedicated GPUs may not be suitable. The same goes for console-style devices like the Steam Deck, where it’s literally impossible to fit a dedicated GPU due to space and cooling limitations. The same applies to PCs that will not be primarily used for gaming and where we don’t want to purchase a dedicated GPU and a more expensive power supply. Last but not least, past and current-generation consoles benefit from AMD’s designs.
AMD will launch a total of 14 Ryzen 8000G APU models
All of these examples ultimately utilize AMD’s APUs, as they combine a decent processor with powerful integrated graphics. Here, we’ve seen several generations of processors, but now a new generation is approaching. AMD will soon launch its first APUs based on the AM5 socket, which will arrive under the Ryzen 8000G series instead of the expected 7000G. According to the leak, there will be a total of 14 CPU models with Zen 4 architecture and RDNA 3 integrated graphics.
These APUs will be divided into Phoenix 1 and Phoenix 2 categories. Phoenix 1 chips will offer up to 8 Zen 4 cores (Ryzen 7 8700G), a maximum frequency of 5.1 GHz, and an RDNA 3 iGPU with 12 CUs. The Ryzen 7 8700G will have a maximum power consumption of 65W, while more efficient variants like the 8700GE will reduce TDP to 35W. Following this, we have the Ryzen 5 8600G with the same TDP but 6 cores and slightly lower frequency. Moving on to the Ryzen 3 8300G and Ryzen 5 8500G with Phoenix 2, these APUs are much less interesting as they only have an RDNA 3 iGPU with 4 CUs.
The new Ryzen 8000G iGPU offers 3x better gaming performance and 2.5x in benchmarks
Now we come to the important part: performance. The Ryzen 7 8000G Phoenix 1 has been compared in games and benchmarks – that is, the Ryzen 7 8700G versus the Ryzen 7 5700G. First of all, we have the 1080p gaming test, where the Ryzen 7 5700G serves as our reference point (100%). As we can see, in older games like CS:GO with DirectX 9, the performance improvement for the Ryzen 8000G is an additional 50%. In Dota 2, we have a similar situation with a slightly higher improvement of 75%. In Fortnite with DirectX 12, we see that performance doubles for the first time and achieves around 120% additional performance.
Moving on to a game like GTA V, we see it achieve nearly 150% better performance. The same is true for Forza Horizon 5 and Warhammer 3. Games that will benefit the most from this RDNA 3 iGPU are DOOM Eternal and Cyberpunk 2077 with Ray Tracing, where in both cases, a 200% higher performance (3 times more FPS than the Ryzen 7 5700G) is achieved.
Now we move on to other 1080p benchmarks with the same APUs. Starting with Geekbench, the smallest difference is observed, with only a 40% improvement. In contrast, with Unigine Valley, the improvement jumps to an additional 110%, exceeding the 200% mark. The same is found with Unigine Heaven, and with Blender and TimeSpy, we approach nearly 150% better performance. Finally, with FireStrike, we surpass this mark and achieve 2.5 times faster performance than the Ryzen 7 5700G. According to reports, these Ryzen 8000G APUs will be announced on January 31, 2024.
The AMD Ryzen 8000G with RDNA 3 iGPU is up to 3 times faster in games than the Ryzen 5000G.