CPU Benchmark Performance: Power, Productivity and Web

Our previous sets of ‘office’ benchmarks have often been a mix of science and synthetics, so this time, we wanted to keep our office and productivity section purely based on real-world performance. We've also incorporated our power testing into this section.

The biggest update to our Office-focused tests for 2024 and beyond includes UL's Procyon software, which is the successor to PCMark. Procyon benchmarks office performance using Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Premier Pro's video editing capabilities.

We are using DDR5-5200 memory as per the JEDEC specifications on the Ryzen 7 8700G and Ryzen 5 8600G, as well as DDR4-3200 on the Ryzen 7 5700G and Ryzen 5 5600G. The same methodology is also used for the AMD Ryzen 7000 series and Intel's 14th, 13th, and 12th Gen processors. Below are the settings we have used for each platform:

  • DDR5-5200 CL44 - Ryzen 8000G
  • DDR4-3200 CL22 - Ryzen 5000G
  • DDR5-5600B CL46 - Intel 14th & 13th Gen
  • DDR5-5200 CL44 - Ryzen 7000
  • DDR5-4800 (B) CL40 - Intel 12th Gen


The nature of reporting processor power consumption has become, in part, a bit of a nightmare. Historically the peak power consumption of a processor, as purchased, is given by its Thermal Design Power (TDP, or PL1). For many markets, such as embedded processors, that value of TDP still signifies the peak power consumption. For the processors we test at AnandTech, either desktop, notebook, or enterprise, this is not always the case.

Modern high-performance processors implement a feature called Turbo. This allows, usually for a limited time, a processor to go beyond its rated frequency. Exactly how far the processor goes depends on a few factors, such as the Turbo Power Limit (PL2), whether the peak frequency is hard coded, the thermals, and the power delivery. Turbo can sometimes be very aggressive, allowing power values 2.5x above the rated TDP.

AMD and Intel have different definitions for TDP that are, broadly speaking, applied the same. The difference comes from turbo modes, turbo limits, turbo budgets, and how the processors manage that power balance. These topics are 10000-12000 word articles in their own right, and we’ve got a few articles worth reading on the topic.

(0-0) Peak Power

Using a broad range of processors from top to bottom in our analysis, we can see that both the Ryzen 7 8700G and Ryzen 5 8600G APUs pull just under 88 W at full load, which is around 35 W extra than the rated 65 W TDP. This is normal given that AMD and the AM5 platform use another power metric called Package Power Tracking (PPT), which allows more power to the CPU socket. Comparing the Ryzen 8000G series to the Ryzen 5000G series, the Zen 4 models pull around 6% more power at peak loads.

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Looking a little deeper into the power of the Ryzen 7 8700G, we've used both the CineBench R23 Multi-Threaded test and the game F1 2022 at 1080p high settings to gauge their different power requirements. Typically, with a heavier CPU load, such as those employed when rendering, we can see CineBench R23 Mt; we consistently drew around 87 to 88 W of power, which is consistent with our peak values. 

Using F1 2022 to see how power varies between a rendering workload, depending on how intensive the scene was, we observed between 65 W and 82 W, including the Zen 4 cores and the Radeon RNDA3 graphics processor balancing performance between the two entities. As mentioned, this is above the rated 65 W TDP AMD has given this chip, but as we've found over the years, this isn't an exact science, and TDP figures are to be taken with a pinch of salt, especially on desktop platforms.

With power values at full load between 65 W and 88 W, this means that they are easier to cool, with both the Ryzen 7 8700G and Ryzen 5 8600G both coming with supplied AMD Wraith stock CPU coolers.

Update 02/01/24: We have investigated reports of Skin Temperature-Aware Power Management (STAPM) issues on the Ryzen 8000G APUs; our findings are below.

With F1 2023 as the game of choice and using the AMD Ryzen 7 8700G APU, we sought to investigate issues relating to STAPM limitations. As shown in the above graph, after 3 minutes of sustained gaming, the overall CPU package power dropped by around 22% from a sustained load of between 83-84 W down to around 65 W. Unfortunately, AMD has left STAPM limitations placed on their mobile chips in place for their ported to desktop Ryzen 8000G series, which poses as limiting power has a negative impact on performance, especially where an APU with integrated graphics is concerned. First reported by Gamers Nexus, AMD did respond to them directly about the issue, which is as follows:

"We found out that STAPM is being incorrectly applied to the desktop parts. It shouldn't be applied to the desktop parts. A future BIOS update should correct this behavior. If nothing else, you caught something that is going to help a lot of [customers], so better to catch it sooner than later."

Update 02/23/24: We have retested the prolonged power performance with the latest firmware, and our results are below.

Using the same game (F1 2023) at the same settings (720p High) with the latest firmware that removes STAPM, we can see that there is no power throttling, which we initially saw from our initial testing. We can see that power is sustained for over 10 minutes of testing, and we saw no drops in package power when gaming for a prolonged period of time. We did test this for much longer, but it would have made the chart unreadable, so we opted to show how power remained the same for 10 minutes. The latest firmware on whatever AM5 motherboard is being used, power, and, ultimately, performance remains consistent with what the Ryzen 7 8700G should have been getting at launch. This is also the same for other Ryzen 8000G APUs, as STAPM has now been completely removed from the firmware by AMD.

Productivity and Web

(1-1) UL Procyon Office: Word

(1-2) UL Procyon Office: Excel

(1-3) UL Procyon Office: Outlook

(1-4) UL Procyon Office: PowerPoint

(1-5) UL Procyon Video Editing Benchmark

(1-6) LibreOffice: 20 Documents to PDF Conversion

(2-1) JetStream 2.1 Benchmark

(2-2) Timed Linux Kernel Compilation 6.1: deconfig build

(2-3) Timed PHP Compilation 8.1.9

(2-5b) MariaDB 11.0.1: MySQL Database - 1024 Clients

Across our web and productivity section of the suite, we saw performance where we expected to see it, typically above the Ryzen 5000G but below that of the 'proper' Zen 4 desktop chips. We did see strong performance in LibreOffice, which APUs typically do well in.

Re-benchmarking the Ryzen 7 8700G and Ryzen 5 8600G with AMD and ASUS's latest firmware, which removes the STAPM limitations, we see a mixed bag in our results. In some of the benchmarks, we mostly saw some regression in performance overall. 

Core-to-Core Latency CPU Benchmark Performance: Encoding
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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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