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With AMD’s new Ryzen 8000 G-Series processors, unveiled Monday at CES, the integrated graphics gaming market is about to take a major leap forward. By combining AMD’s Zen 4 architecture with a current-gen RDNA 3 graphics core and an XDNA AI engine, these processors are designed to offer the best possible gaming experience without a standalone graphics card. AMD also announced a few new AM4 processors, helping to keep its old yet reliable AM4 platform alive a while longer.


Ryzen 7 8700G: An Integrated Graphics Champion

By combining its most up-to-date processor and graphics technologies into a single package, AMD is on the cusp of pushing integrated graphics performance to a new high. The star in AMD’s new Ryzen 8000 G-Series processor lineup is the AMD Ryzen 7 8700G, which will ship with eight SMT-enabled Zen 4 processor cores with a maximum turbo clock speed of 5.1GHz.

AMD Ryzen 7 8700G

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AMD didn’t detail exactly how many shaders are present in the 8700G, but from the die shot photos provided it appears the chip contains six pairs of Radeon compute units with 64 shaders each, adding up to a total of 768 streaming processors. These graphics resources are labeled as the Radeon 780M and are based on the RDNA 3 architecture that is also used in AMD’s Radeon RX 7000-series of graphics cards.

AMD Ryzen 8000 G-Series Processors

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These specs alone will give the Ryzen 7 8700G a huge leg up over its predecessor, the Ryzen 7 5700G. That chip was also impressive for its time, but its CPU cores are based on the Zen 3 architecture, and they top out at 4.6GHz. The 5700G’s graphics chip also has just 512 shaders, and they are based on the fifth-generation GCN architecture better known as Vega, which itself is now three generations old at this point. That’s not to mention the benefits of the new AM5 platform that supports DDR5 memory and other smaller changes, all of which help to catapult the new Ryzen 8000 G-Series processors to heights the older Ryzen 5000 G-Series processors could never dream of.

We also can’t forget about support for ray tracing, which is typically too demanding for integrated graphics but still might be usable at 1080p resolutions with these chips.

AMD Ryzen 8000 G-Series Processors

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AMD’s performance figures for the Ryzen 7 8700G show the processor able to handle a number of popular modern games with modest settings. Gaming at 1080p with low settings isn’t going to impress many gamers, but if you are on a budget, these scores are intriguing enough to make the chip look like a reasonably enjoyable alternative to buying a discrete graphics card.

AMD is also being quite realistic about how it compares the Ryzen 8000 G-Series processors to standalone graphics cards. The company knows that these integrated graphics aren’t a real challenge to modern video cards. Instead, it’s pitching them as alternatives to buying a graphics card at all, or as an alternative to buying an older card like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650.

AMD Ryzen 8000 G-Series Processors

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The slide above suggests that the Ryzen 7 8700G could surpass a GeForce GTX 1650 in some cases. That’s quite an ambitious claim, even considering that the GTX 1650 does have quite a few years on it now. If it’s true, it’s going to make a strong argument for budget gamers to pick up the Ryzen 7 8700G instead of many of the budget-level discrete graphics card options currently available.


The Other Integrated Gamers

AMD’s Ryzen 7 8700G is easily the most exciting processor that AMD announced at CES, but it’s not alone. The Ryzen 8000 G Series at launch will comprise four chips, though one of them isn’t planned for sale to end users. AMD didn’t share as much about the performance expectations of these other chips, though they all share the same architecture and most of the same features.

AMD Ryzen 8000 G-Series Processors

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The Ryzen 5 8600G looks like it will also be a rather impressive specimen, with performance at times that is generally slower but not all that much worse than the Ryzen 7 8700G. It has two fewer processor cores, and likely has fewer shaders available in its AMD Radeon 760M graphics core. The Ryzen 5 8500G is quite similar to the 8600G, but with an AMD Radeon 740M graphics processor that likely has even fewer shaders enabled. This model also drops the Ryzen AI features, though it’s difficult to place a value on these as they aren’t heavily utilized in games yet.

AMD Ryzen 8000 G-Series Processors

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The AMD Ryzen 7 8700G is $329, which is an exceptionally low price. The lowest-priced AMD Ryzen 7000-series processor with eight cores is the Ryzen 7 7700 and it carries the same $329 price but with a far weaker graphics solution. The Ryzen 5 8600G does exceedingly well in this regard too, at $229, which likewise matches AMD’s least-expensive 6-core Ryzen 7000-series processor, the Ryzen 5 7600.

As for the Ryzen 5 8500G, it goes a step further, with a price of just $179. That will make it AMD’s most affordable AM5 processor at launch.


Showing AM4 Some Love

The new Ryzen 8000 G-Series processors that AMD announced are exciting, but they aren’t the only new processors that AMD showed off at CES. Though the new AM5 platform is now firmly in place, AMD also opted to show some love for its existing AM4 platform with four new AM4 processors.

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The most exciting of these is likely the AMD Ryzen 7 5700X3D, which combines eight Zen 3 CPU cores with a 4.1GHz boost clock and AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology to create a chip with 100MB of total cache. AMD’s been pushing these chips rather hard as that added cache can help to get better performance when running games at 1080p or lower resolutions.

AMD Ryzen 5000 Processors 2024

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However, they have some notable drawbacks, including rather high prices. The Ryzen 7 5700X3D is $249, and for that price I’d recommend instead buying into a newer AM5 or Intel LGA 1700 platform, as you will be able to get a more modern processor that will likely perform even better in most games.

As clock speed is also very important for gaming, the Ryzen 7 5700 that AMD also announced at CES this year is a far more attractive option than the Ryzen 7 5700X3D. Not only does it cost a fair bit less at $175, but its eight CPU cores are able to turbo up to 4.6GHz, which will likely give it an edge in most games and other software.

The new AMD Ryzen 5 5600GT and Ryzen 5 5500GT are also interesting entries in the AM4 lineup, as they are some of the most affordable processors for that platform that ship with integrated graphics. We don’t know much about these chips now except for what is shown in the chart above, but the Ryzen 5 5600GT appears to be oriented as a slightly faster and cheaper alternative to the Ryzen 5 5600G that debuted in 2021.

The Ryzen 5 5500GT doesn’t serve as a replacement for any existing processors, but at $125 it is at least affordable. On the other hand, for $15 more you get two extra cores with the $140 Ryzen 5 5600GT, which makes the Ryzen 5 5500GT hard to recommend from a cost perspective. That’s not to forget the new $179 Ryzen 5 8500G, either, which might offer a lot more performance for not a lot more cash, but at this time we can’t be certain about this without doing some first-hand testing.

All of these processors go on sale Jan. 31. Check back soon for PCMag’s full reviews.

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