The Ryzen 5 5600G will hit the retail market for $ 259 as the cheapest part with the Zen 3 architecture. You also get the Wraith stealth cooler in the small box, which is a pretty interesting offer. But first a little context …

Last month we tested the Ryzen 7 5700G, the other APU in the 5000 series so far. If you haven't read this review, we were disappointed with the offer as we tried our best to find a practical use case for the $ 360 price tag. For our audience, I think the 5700G is a niche product that only makes sense for ultra-compact PCs, be it home theater, casual gaming, or others that require a desktop PC the size of a gourmet burger.

For everyone else, a mid-range 6-core / 12-thread processor like the Intel Core i5-10400F and a used graphics card like the GTX 1060 3GB are far better, at least for games, as they roughly double the performance for the same price.

The R7 5700G is really a product for OEM system builders. You can advertise their compact and affordable PCs as serious gaming systems with 8 core Ryzen 7 performance, while also giving them the luxury of putting a Radeon graphic logo on so you know it's ready for Cyberpunk 2077 or any other modern game, that it doesn't actually run at a satisfactory level, but of course that doesn't matter if it's just to give the impression that this is a serious gaming machine.

For most of you, the $ 360 5700G is a bit pointless, but what about the $ 260 Ryzen 5 5600G, is it better?

Ryzen 9 5900X Ryzen 7 5800X Ryzen 5 5600X Ryzen 7 5700G Ryzen 5 5600G
Share 5th November 2020 April 13, 2021
MSRP $ $ 550 $ 450 $ 300 $ 360 $ 260
Cores / threads 12/24 8/16 6/12 8/16 6/12
iGPU N / A 512: 32: 8
(8 ST)
448: 28: 8
(7 ST)
base
frequency
3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.9 GHz
turbo
frequency
4.8 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.4 GHz
L3 cache 32 MB per CCD (64 MB total) 32 MB 32 MB 16 MB 16 MB
TDP 105 watts 65 watts

In terms of specs, it's pretty straightforward. The 5600G is a 6-core / 12-thread part but retains the same 16MB L3 cache, which is half the size of the 5600X. For the iGPU, the Vega graphics are downgraded from 8 CUs to 7 and the frequency has been reduced by 5% to 1.9 GHz, so we expect an overall decrease in iGPU performance of ~ 10%.

To find out if this is actually the case, we need to dive into the benchmarks, and for that we have divided the tests into three sections. First, let's just look at CPU performance by testing the 5600G in applications so we can compare it to the rest of our CPU stats.

Then let's see how well it works with the Vega iGPU and compare it to the Ryzen 5 3400G, Ryzen 7 5700G, and Core i7-11700, all with integrated graphics.

Finally, we ran discrete GPU tests on a GeForce RTX 3090, which allows us to compare the 5600G to a range of competing CPUs with a powerful graphics card. That should be interesting and give us a good idea of ​​what kind of wiggle room this APU gives gamers should they upgrade later. So let's get to that …

Application benchmarks

Starting with Cinebench, we see that the 5600G is on par with the Core i5-11600K in this test and only a tiny bit slower than the 5600X, which is good considering that the 5700G was quite a bit slower than the 5800X. I'm not entirely sure why that is, maybe the 16MB L3 cache can serve 6 cores better than 8, I'm not sure.

Interestingly, the single-thread performance is 7% lower than the 5600X, which isn't massive, but more significant than what we saw in the multi-thread test, and is on par with the 5700G vs. 5800X margin.

If we move on to the 7-Zip file manager compression test, we find that the 5600G only compares to the Core i5-11400F, making it 17% slower than the 5600X, which is a similar margin as between the 5700G and 5800X what suggests. the L3 cache capacity plays a decisive role in this.

Decompression performance is more impressive compared to the Intel competition, and this is because AMD's SMT implementation works better and the 5600G was only 8% slower than Intel's previous generation 8-core Core i7-10700. However, it was 10% slower compared to the 5600X, which is disappointing.

Even when testing with After Effects, we find that the 5600G is ~ 9% slower than the 5600X and since this is a lighter threaded application, the 5600G is on par with the 5700G.

The same goes for Adobe Photoshop, another light-threaded application that usually only relies heavily on 1 or 2 cores. We are therefore not only looking for a comparable performance in the 5600G and 5700G, but also in the new Core i5-11400F.

Adobe Premiere is a bit more core-heavy and thus the 5600G falls behind the 5700G, but is only 4% slower compared to the 5600X and thus comparable to the Core i5-11600K in this test.

The last application benchmark we have is Blender, where the 5600G sits between the Core i5-11600K and 11400F, only 6% slower than the 5600X.

power consumption

Before we get to the gaming tests, here's a quick look at the power consumption. The 5600G consumed slightly more power than the 5600X in this test, even though it is 6% slower. But compared to the Intel competition, it was significantly more energy efficient, especially compared to the 11600K.

Integrated graphics test

To test the integrated Radeon graphics, let's start with Assassin's Creed Valhalla at 1080p and the lowest possible quality settings. If you're happy with an average of 30 fps with frequent dips into the mid-20s then the 5600G will work, but for me personally, I found it unplayable. I couldn't enjoy the game at these frame rates, ideally I would want at least 40 fps on average to enjoy this game.

Overclocking the Vega graphics to 2.5 GHz increased performance by 13% and that's pretty typical GPU overclocking. However, we increased the operating frequency by 32% so you would expect a more significant increase, but I'd say we limited the bandwidth here.

This got us from 30 to 34 fps on average, which was certainly helpful, but not enough to enjoy this title. As for the iGPU performance, it was very good and ruined Intel's best socketed desktop options right now.

Where the 5600G is very useful in my opinion is at Rainbow Six Siege. Here the game was very entertaining with an average of almost 60 fps, so maybe not on the level of a competitive gameplay, but it was playable in a more relaxed sense. Overclocked, we got a 12% increase that brings the average to 66 fps, and now the 5600G can compete with both a stock 5700G and the discrete Radeon RX 550.

Compared to the 3400G, the 5600G was 26% faster and a massive 127% faster than the Intel Core i7-11700 out of the box. So it's very impressive for an iGPU solution, but when compared to old budget third generation graphics cards like the GTX 1060 3GB, it looks a bit pathetic when it's half the performance.

Unfortunately, games like Horizon Zero Dawn cannot be played with integrated graphics. Here the 5600G was only good for 25 fps on average, and overclocking only raised that to 28 fps, or the same performance you get from the RX 550.

You see double the performance with an old GTX 1060 3GB or, in this example, a little more. At least the AMD iGPUs ran this game, the Core i7-11700 kept crashing when I tried to load into a level.

Despite being a late 2018 release, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is yet another AAA title that just can't run on built-in graphics. The 5600G was only good for 29 fps on average and wasn't much better than the 3400G. We saw an improvement from the 1% low performance, but that's likely due to the additional CPU cores. Even with the overclocked 5600G, the GTX 1060 3GB was able to offer 163% more performance.

Doom Eternal runs fine at the lowest settings at 1080p, and this resulted in the 5600G rendering an average of 46 fps and 52 fps after overclocking. That means the 5600G was 21% faster than the 3400G and RX 550.

Watch Dogs: Legion is another modern game that you won't be running with graphics built in, at least at 1080p. At the lowest quality settings, the 5600G averaged just 26 fps and then 30 fps once it was overclocked with regular dips into the mid-20s. So let's take another look at almost half the performance you would get from the GTX 1060 3GB.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a good example of a game that works really well on low-end graphics solutions, including iGPUs. Here the 5600G was good for an average of 101 fps at 1080p with the medium quality settings and we were able to increase these by an additional 24% by overclocking, averaging 125 fps and at this point you get a high refresh rate.

F1 2020 plays reasonably well with the 5600G as well, delivering an average of 53 fps, which made it a bit faster than the RX 550.Experience is excellent for an iGPU.

Our last built-in graphics test is Dota 2, a game known to run on practically anything, and the 5600G proves this at an average of 66 fps at 1080p with the highest possible quality settings in the game. The overclocking enabled an enormous increase in performance of 29% with an average of 85 fps, so a very smooth playable performance.

Gaming benchmarks (dGPU)

It's time to check out the discrete GPU performance with the GeForce RTX 3090, and we're starting with F1 2020. Here the 5600G enabled 240 fps on average, which is roughly the same performance you get with the Core i5-10400F Receive. That means this APU is 11% slower than the 5600X and 6% slower than the 5700G, which isn't a bad result.

The 5600G does better in Rainbow Six Siege, not only delivering an average of 464 fps, but also only 9% slower than the 5600X, allowing it to beat all 10th and 11th generation Core i5 processors.

Moving on to Horizon Zero Dawn, we find that the 5600G is comparable to the Core i5-10400F and not much faster than the older Ryzen 7 3700X. Compared to the 5700G, it was only 3% slower and 9% slower than the 5600X.

The 5600G doesn't look particularly impressive in Borderlands 3, averaging 142 fps and 11% slower than the 5600X and Core i5-10400F. That's still a very playable feat, of course, but the fact that it was slower than the Ryzen 5 3600 is a little worrying.

The 5600G only matched the Ryzen 7 3700X when tested with Watch Dogs Legion, although that meant it also matched the 5700G. It was 12% slower than the 5600X and only 8% faster than the older Ryzen 5 3600.

The 5600G also looks pretty weak compared to many of the other CPUs tested in Death Stranding, averaging 158 fps and somewhere between the 3700X and 3600, although it came closer to the performance of the 8-core model. However, it was quite shocking to see the 5600G lagging the 5600X by a massive 20% margin in this game.

The 5600G was also much slower than the 5600X in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, this time down 18%, rendering an average of 130 fps, which was on par with those of the 10th generation 5700G, 3700X, and Core i5 processors.

In Hitman 2, the 5600G is again much slower than the 5600X and is 19% behind with an average of 122 fps, compared to 150 fps for the 5600X. The 5600G is similar to the 3700X in terms of high-end gaming performance, and while that's not a bad result, it's not exactly what we'd expect from the Zen 3 architecture.

Overview of the dGPU gaming performance

Finally, we have the average data from 10 games and as expected, the 5600G is only comparable to the 3700X when it comes to high-end gaming with a powerful discrete graphics card. That's not bad, of course, but it does mean cheaper parts like the 10400F will perform as well, or often better.

This also means the 5600G was, on average, 14% slower than the 5600X in CPU-bound performance, which is a relatively wide range. Of course, it's worth noting that for most gamers and hardware configurations, the difference in performance between these two CPUs will be very small as the GPU is almost always limited.

So keep in mind that we're testing with a GeForce RTX 3090 at 1080p. Using a lower GPU like the RTX 3070 at 1440p will shrink the margins to less than half of what is shown here.

What we learned

It's worth noting that AMD is positioning the 5000-G series as flexible, scalable, and accessible APUs for PC enthusiasts that are designed to offer exceptional value for money for gaming-oriented PCs. They even go so far as to say "incredible gaming on Radeon IGP". Make no mistake about it, AMD is promoting the 5600G and 5700G as gaming oriented products.

How amazing the gaming experience really is depends on the game. In modern, and even relatively modern AAA titles, you will typically see around 30 fps at 1080p on the lowest quality settings. Well, that may be incredible by iGPU standards, but overall it's pretty miserable when compared to old multi-generation discrete GPUs.

However, with the right selection of games, the 5600G can look just fine – games like CS: GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, Fortnite, and F1 2020 for example. So, as long as you have the right expectations, the 5600G standalone device can be fun to play with.

At $ 260, it certainly makes a lot more sense than the 5700G, especially for gaming. These days, a decent used graphics card – like the 3GB GTX 1060 – costs around $ 200 -10400 and a used GPU.

Ideally, we would prefer to see the 5600G closer to $ 200, but even if that weren't the case, we can argue it at $ 260, and in our opinion that is at $ 360 for the 5700G. Dollars not possible.

The Ryzen 5 5600G is also far better than the 5700G as a stopgap solution for those waiting for GPU prices to recover, and it is far more economical for use in home theater PCs. So, from our point of view, there are far more use cases where the 5600G makes sense, and that makes it a more valuable product in our opinion.

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