Update 02/23/24 Due to a highlighted issue with the Skin Temperature-Aware Power Management (STAPM), we retested the Ryzen 7 8700G and Ryzen 5 8600G with the latest firmware, which reflects the removal of the STAPM limitations. In the interest of full disclosure, we have kept the results from our initial review and opted to add the latest results to show any performance gains and/or regressions. We also plan to add more chips to the data in the coming days, including the Ryzen 7 7700, and more results in our integrated graphics testing with some Intel chips, including the Core i5-14600K and i5-12600K.

One of the most desired desktop chips designed for low-cost systems has been AMD's APUs, or Accelerated Processing Units. The last time we saw AMD launch a series of APUs for desktops was back in 2021, with the release of their Cezanne-based Ryzen 5000G series, which combined Zen 3 cores with Radeon Vega-based integrated graphics. During CES 2024, AMD announced the successor to Cezanne, with new Phoenix-based APUs, aptly named the Ryzen 8000G series.

The latest Ryzen 8000G series is based on their mobile-focused Phoenix silicon, and has been refitted for AMD's AM5 desktop platform. Designed to give users and gamers on a budget a pathway to build a capable-yet-cheaper system without the requirement of a costly discrete graphics card hanging over their head, the Ryzen 8000G series consists of three retail SKUs, ranging from an entry-level Phoenix 2-based Zen 4 and Zen 4c hybrid chip, all the way to a full Zen 4 8C/16T model with AMD's latest mobile RDNA3 integrated graphics.

The Ryzen 7 8700G with 8C/16T, 16 MB of L3 cache, and AMD's Radeon 780M graphics are sitting at the top of the pile. The other chip we're taking a look at today is the middle-of-the-road AMD Ryzen 5 8600G, which has a 6C/12T configuration with fully-fledged mobile Zen 4 cores, with a third option limited to just OEMs currently, with four cores, including one full Zen 4 core and three smaller and more efficient Zen 4c cores.

The other notable inclusion of AMD's Ryzen 8000G series is it brings their Ryzen AI NPU into the desktop market for the first time. It is purposely built for efficiently executing local AI inferencing workloads, using a fraction of the power and resources that the CPU or GPU cores would otherwise take.

Much of the onus on the capability of AMD's Ryzen 8000G series will be how much of an impact the switch to Zen 4 and RDNA3 integrated graphics commands over the Ryzen 5000G series with Zen 3 and Vega, which is already three years old at this point. The other element is how the mobile-based Phoenix Zen 4 cores compare to the full-fat Raphael Zen 4 cores. In our review and analysis of the AMD Ryzen 7 8700G and Ryzen 5 8600G APUs, we aim to find out.

AMD Ryzen 8000G Series: Zen 4 APUs w/ RDNA3 Graphics

As AMD strides into 2024, the spotlight is on artificial intelligence technology. The Ryzen 7 8700G and Ryzen 5 8600G models are both equipped with the embedded Ryzen AI NPU, enhancing on-chip AI inferencing capabilities. Consistent with AMD's approach in recent generations, the Ryzen 8000G series APUs are not built from entirely new silicon. Instead, they use AMD's existing monolithic "Phoenix" family of dies, which are already in use in the mobile market as the Ryzen Mobile 7000/8000 series. Both Phoenix (1) and its low-cost compatriot, Phoenix 2, are being drawn in by AMD for desktop use with the Ryzen 8000G series.

Targeting budget-conscious gamers and entry-level users, the Ryzen 8000G series amalgamates key features from the Ryzen 7000 desktop series and the Ryzen 8000 mobile series. Notably, each of the four models in the Ryzen 8000G series maintains a TDP of 65 watts. This is slightly higher than their mobile counterparts but offers more power headroom on desktops, especially useful for hitting (and sustaining) higher clockspeeds on things like the Radeon RDNA3-based graphics block.

Similar to its predecessors, including the previous Zen 3-based Ryzen 7 5700G, Ryzen 5 5600G, and Ryzen 3 5300G, the latest Zen 4 Ryzen 8000G series of APUs from AMD continues to provide the dual advantages of a unified, mobile-oriented die architecture while maintaining a strong presence in the entry-level desktop market.

Shifting focus to their intended audience, AMD offers the assurance of 'ready to game out of the box at 1080p' performance levels. 1080p remains the most common resolution among gamers by far, as indicated by the latest Steam Hardware Survey. However, it's important to note that these chips are not tailored for high-end AAA gaming at 1080p. Users looking to play more graphically demanding games should be prepared to adjust the quality settings accordingly or opt to purchase a discrete graphics card – though if you're planning on using a discrete card from the start, you may want to look at AMD's traditional CPUs.

AMD Ryzen 8000G vs. Ryzen 5000G Series (Desktop)
Zen 3 vs Zen 4 APUs (65 W)
AnandTech Cores Base
Ryzen AI
L3 Cache
Ryzen 7
Ryzen 7 8700G 8x Z4 4200 5100 R780M
12 CUs
2900 Y 16 65W $329
Ryzen 7 5700G 8x Z3 3800 4600 Vega 8
8 CUs
2000 N 16 65W $359
($170 at Amazon)
Ryzen 5
Ryzen 5 8600G 6x Z4 4300 5000 R760M
8 CUs
2800 Y 16 65W $229
Ryzen 5 8500G 2x Z4
4x Z4c
3500 Z4: 5000
Z4c: 3700
4 CUs
2800 N 16 65W $179
Ryzen 5 5600G 6x Z3 3900 4400 Vega 7
7 CUs
1900 N 16 65W $259
($124 at Amazon)
Ryzen 3
Ryzen 3 8300G* 1x Z4
3x Z4c
3400 Z4: 4900
Z4c: 3600
4 CUs
2600 N 8 65W OEM
Ryzen 3 5300G 4x Z3 4000 4200 Vega 6
6 CUs
1700 N 8 65W OEM
*Currently OEM only (End of Q1 2024, other SKUs available 31/01/24

The Ryzen 7 8700G leads the lineup, rooted in AMD's Phoenix mobile silicon, offering eight Zen 4 cores (8C/16T). This top-tier model offers a turbo frequency of 5.1 GHz and a base frequency of 4.2 GHz, which, compared to the previous Zen 3-based Ryzen 7 5700G, offers a 500 MHz bump in turbo clock speeds alone, as well as architectural advancements brought about by Zen 4.

As a true APU on AMD's AM5 desktop platform, it integrates Radeon 780M graphics based on the RDNA3 architecture, featuring advanced capabilities like Hyper-RX and Fluid Motion Frames (frame interpolation). The Radeon 780M is equipped with 12 CUs and 768 shader units (1536 ALUs), operating at a clock speed of 2.9 GHz.

Meanwhile, AMD rightly claims, the Ryzen 8000G series, with the Ryzen 7 8700G and Ryzen 5 8600G, are the first desktop processors on the market to come with a dedicated AI engine, namely Ryzen AI. On paper, the Ryzen 7 8700G is a powerhouse for on-chip AI inferencing, with AMD offering software developers an NPU, CPU, and GPU for AI inferencing, depending on their use case and performance needs.

The Ryzen 5 8600G is positioned just below the 8700G and features six Zen 4 cores (6C/12T), reaching a maximum turbo frequency of 5.0 GHz and a base frequency of 4.3 GHz. It also houses the Radeon 760M RDNA3 integrated graphics with 8 CUs and 512 shader units clocking at 2.8 GHz. Like the Ryzen 7 8700G, the 8600G model incorporates the Ryzen AI NPU engine, a technology AMD acquired through their 2022 Xilinx acquisition, highlighting both model's on-chip AI inferencing capabilities and bringing Ryzen AI directly from their mobile chipset straight to the desktop.

AMD Ryzen 7 8700G screenshot in CPU-Z

Although AMD hasn't sampled us with the Ryzen 5 8500G or the Ryzen 3 8300G, they are built differently than the other two Ryzen 8000G APUs. The Ryzen 5 8500G uses AMD's budget Phoenix 2 die, which blends two Zen 4 cores with four energy-efficient Zen 4c cores. The chip offers a base speed of 3.5GHz, while the big Zen 4 cores can turbo up to 5.0GHz, and the smaller Zen 4c cores have a peak clockspeed of 3.7GHz. This transition to the Phoenix 2 architecture drops the Ryzen AI NPU and scales down the integrated graphics to a 4 CU Radeon 740M with a 2.8GHz peak graphics frequency. Mirroring the mobile Ryzen 5 8540U in several aspects, the 8500G stands out with a higher 65W TDP, which is more adequately suited for AMD's AM5 desktop platform.

Complementing the lineup, the entry-level Ryzen 3 8300G, which is only being sold to system integrators and OEMs, and features a mix of one full Zen 4 core and three Zen 4c cores, with up to 4.9 GHz turbo speeds on the single Zen 4 core. This model also sees a reduction in L3 cache to 8MB, alongside 4MB of L2 cache, balancing its capabilities for basic computing tasks.

AMD Ryzen 7000 vs Ryzen 8000G I/O Configuration
AnandTech Ryzen 7000
Ryzen 8000G
Ryzen 8000G
PCIe Lanes (Total) 28 x PCIe 5.0 20 x PCIe 4.0 14 x PCIe 4.0
PCIe Lanes (Usable) 24 x PCIe 5.0 16 x PCIe 4.0 10 x PCIe 4.0
PCIe Configuration x16/x0 or /x8/x8
NVMe x4/x4
NVMe x4/x4
NVMe x4/x2*
PCIe Lanes (X670/E) 12 x PCIe 4.0
PCIe Lanes (B650/E) 8 x PCIe 4.0
USB4 (40 Gbps) 0 2 2
USB 3.2 G2 (10 Gbps) 4 2 2
USB 3.2 G1 (5 Gbps) 0 0 0
USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) 1 1 1
*Currently waiting for AMD to confirm these specifications to us

Although both the Ryzen 7000 desktop series and the Ryzen 8000G share the same AM5 platform, the way the I/O is configured between the families is different. For the Ryzen 7000 series, the chips have a total of 28 x PCIe 5.0 lanes. Of those, 24 x PCIe 5.0 are usable due to the DMI link between the CPU and the chipset using x4 of these. The Ryzen 8000G series is different in that they omit PCIe Gen 5 lanes and instead opt for PCIe 4.0 lanes, with the Phoenix (8700G/8600G) coming with 20 x PCIe 4.0 lanes, of which x16 are usable between graphics and M.2 storage. This means the Ryzen 7 8700G has a PCIe 4.0 x8 link for a graphics card (not x16), with 8 x PCIe 4.0 lanes for two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 SSDs.

Things get different once again when looking at the Phoenix 2-based CPUs, including the Ryzen 5 8500G and Ryzen 3 8300G, which combine both Zen 4 with the smaller Zen 4c cores. The two Phoenix 2 Ryzen 8000G processors have just 14 x PCIe 4.0 lanes in total, with only 10 x PCIe 4.0 lanes being usable. This means that a graphics card should theoretically support a bandwidth-limited PCIe 4.0 x4 for the graphics, with/or 6 x PCIe 4.0 lanes for an SSD, likely in an x4/x2 configuration. We've contacted AMD to confirm the configuration the Phoenix 2-based silicon is using, but we're still awaiting a reply.

It's also worth noting that motherboard chipset support remains the same, whether that be X670E, X670, B650E, and B650. As the Ryzen 8000G series is newer and is designed for mobile devices such as laptops, they include native support for USB4 connectivity, with two ports supported natively. They do, however, drop support for two out of four of the USB 3.2 G2 ports that are supported on the Ryzen 7000 series.

For users looking to leverage the AMD Radeon RDNA3-based integrated graphics, a motherboard with at least one form of video output is required. The Ryzen 8000G series APUs are supported by all of AMD's AM5 chipsets, including X670E, X670, B650E, B650, and A620. Users looking to use a discrete graphics card can select any AM5 board currently on the market. However, as mentioned, the iGPU requires a video output such as a DisplayPort or HDMI output.

AMD Ryzen 5 8600G screenshot in CPU-Z

Regarding the target audience for AMD's Ryzen 8000G series processors, they are suited to users looking to build a competent system capable of gaming at lower resolutions and offering a good level of compute performance. At the lower end of the PC hardware spectrum, price is a key characteristic, and given that Ryzen 8000G only supports DDR5 memory through the AM5 chipset, we're not seeing the same value we saw with AM4.

This brings the overall value into question, with the top SKU, the Ryzen 7 8700G, coming with an MSRP of $329, which puts it $30 cheaper than the previous Ryzen 7 5700G ($359) at launch. The Ryzen 7 5700G is currently $170 at Amazon (at the time of writing), while the Ryzen 5 5600G costs just $124 at Amazon. Tie that into the MSRP of the Ryzen 5 8600G at $229. It's also worth pointing out how much cheaper adopting the AM4 platform with DDR4 memory can be at the entry-level market, and we're looking at some stern competition. The added benefit is that the Ryzen 8000G comes with Ryzen AI and on-chip AI capabilities, along with the jump in generational performance going from Zen 3 to Zen 4, DDR5 vs. DDR4, and of course, the latest RDNA3 mobile graphics too.

Test Bed and Setup: Moving Into 2024 and Beyond
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  • goatfajitas - Monday, January 29, 2024 - link

    Whoa, 428 watts at peak for the i9-14900K? I have not paid close attention to the last few rounds of releases and I knew it was bad but wholly crap. WTF Intel?
  • jrbales@outlook.com - Monday, January 29, 2024 - link

    Yeah, they definitely get pretty toasty, of it's imperative to plan out a cooling strategy to keep the CPU and other components from roasting. Of course, it does allow you to use it as a space heater in addition to a computer in cold weather. The highest TDP Ryzen 7000 CPUs run "cool" by comparison.
  • goatfajitas - Monday, January 29, 2024 - link

    Yes, it would make a good "Winter PC" LOL
  • shabby - Monday, January 29, 2024 - link

    Are they available in russia? They need them desperately to heat their frozen homes 😂
  • GeoffreyA - Tuesday, January 30, 2024 - link

    Maybe the US should donate a few out of the kindness of their hearts.
  • ricebunny - Monday, January 29, 2024 - link

    Peak power is an irrelevant metric. It’s more of a motherboard feature than anything else - Intel’s Raptor Lake will pull as much power as you give them.

    For those who are concerned about power, there is a TDP ceiling feature. Once set, the Intel CPU will adhere closely to the limit. Laptop tests have shown the Intel Raptor Lake to be about as power efficient as the Zen 4. Take a look at Ars’s review of Framework 13.
  • goatfajitas - Monday, January 29, 2024 - link

    It is not irrenevant and is not a mobo feature. It is how much power is drawn under heavy load. When under heavy load for short bursts it can be fine, but under sustained load, it will get too hot and therefore not operate at or near turbo, it will run closer to the base clock, which is lame.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, January 30, 2024 - link

    You are ignorant. A 14900k will shovel gobs of power if you let it. Set it to a 250 watt TDP and it will stick to 250 watt while losing MAYBE 2% peak performance.

    Turbo isnt SUPPOSED to be sustained, that's a MOBO feature. Have you tried reading?
  • goatfajitas - Tuesday, January 30, 2024 - link

    Dont be so pedantic... I didnt say it was supposed to sustain it, I am saying the power draw is too damn high period. Intel is compensating for inefficient design and has been doing it since they got stuck on 14nm several years back.

    Are you trying to claim Intel doesnt have issues with heat here or just being pissy?
  • temps - Tuesday, January 30, 2024 - link

    He's not being pedantic. Not in the slightest.

    If you can dissipate hundreds of watts of heat there is no issue. If you let the chip run uncapped and it draws lots of power... who cares... if you're willing to pay the electrical bill, I'm sure you're very happy to have that last few percent of performance.

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