AMD Unveils Ryzen 8000G Series Processors: Zen 4 APUs For Desktop with Ryzen AI

After months of anticipation and speculation, AMD has officially announced its latest line of desktop APUs based on the Zen 4 architecture, introducing the Ryzen 8000G series. Revealed during a presentation at CES 2024, the new processors bring enhanced performance and graphics capabilities, promising a cost-effective solution for gamers and content creators.

Ryzen 8000G Series Line-up

The Ryzen 8000G series includes four SKUs catering to different user needs. Leading the pack is the Ryzen 7 8700G, featuring 8 Zen 4 cores, a base frequency of 4.2 GHz, and AMD's RDNA3-based Radeon 780M graphics. This top-tier APU offers an enticing entry point for desktop gamers at an MSRP of $329.

The Ryzen 5 8600G, with 6 Zen 4 cores and a base frequency of 4.3 GHz, positions itself as a mid-range option at $229. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 5 8500G introduces a shift to Phoenix 2 silicon, providing 2 Zen 4 cores and 4 Zen 4c cores. Priced at $179, it offers a balance of performance and efficiency, featuring a base clock speed of 3.5 GHz.

The entry-level model, Ryzen 3 8300G, will initially be available to system integrators and OEMs. This APU incorporates 1 Zen 4 core and 3 Zen 4c cores, aiming to deliver a cost-effective solution for basic tasks and gaming without a discrete graphics card.

Performance and Features

AMD highlights the gaming capabilities of the Ryzen 7 8700G, showcasing its ability to handle AAA titles at 1080p with low detail settings. The combination of Zen 4 cores and Radeon 780M graphics promises an average framerate above 60 fps in demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077, Far Cry 6, and Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. In less demanding titles, such as F1 2022, Dota 2, and League of Legends, the average framerate exceeds 100 fps.

The Ryzen 8000G series also boasts AI capabilities, with the Ryzen AI NPU, integrated GPU, and CPU cores working in tandem to provide up to 39 TFLOPS of performance. AMD emphasizes the versatility of these processors, offering a ready-to-game experience out of the box at 1080p.

Unique Architecture and Specifications

One notable feature of the Ryzen 8000G series is the use of both Phoenix and Phoenix 2 APU dies. The Ryzen 5 8500G and Ryzen 3 8300G employ a mix of Zen 4 and smaller, more power-efficient Zen 4c cores. This architecture allows for a variable peak clockspeed, depending on whether it's a Zen 4 or Zen 4c core.

The processors come with a 65W TDP across all SKUs, and while it remains unclear whether they are overclockable, AMD aims to dominate the entry-level market with its Zen 4 APUs.

Pricing and Availability

AMD has set competitive pricing for the Ryzen 8000G series, with the Ryzen 7 8700G priced at $329, the Ryzen 5 8600G at $229, and the Ryzen 5 8500G at $179. All three SKUs will be available for purchase starting January 31st. The Ryzen 3 8300G, exclusive to system builders, is expected to be integrated into systems by the end of Q1 2024. As the market eagerly awaits the arrival of these processors, AMD aims to establish its Zen 4 APUs as a compelling choice for budget-conscious desktop users.

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