Shortly: AMD's Ryzen 5000 family wouldn't be complete without the introduction of a few APUs to system manufacturers, but the company has yet to make an official reveal. The leaks so far show that these chips could be a good option for people who don't need a graphics card, or as a stop-gap solution if they just can't find one on their wish-list or can afford it.
After the highly anticipated Ryzen 5000 series desktop and laptop processors are unveiled, AMD's next move is likely to unleash some Zen 3 APUs. These are often offered as lower-cost CPU alternatives with integrated graphics for system manufacturers, OEMs, and people on a budget. For now, they might even calm the hearts of some low-spec gamers during an ongoing GPU drought that is likely to stretch into next year.
Earlier this week, a pre-built PC retailer started offering a new line of "No GPU" gaming systems for users who happen to have a graphics card but want to upgrade the rest of their system. But some people looking to build their first gaming PC have had little luck in finding a good entry-level graphics card, and Nvidia's efforts to bring out stocks of older models have done little on a large scale. And since AIB partners like Asus, EVGA, and Zotac have made their cards more expensive, built-in graphics could be a great option for casual gamers.
The Ryzen 5000 APUs leaked a few months ago, revealing the specifications and benchmark results of the Ryzen 7 5700G. In short, it uses an 8-core, 16-thread Cezanne chip, 16MB of L3 cache, and it should be just a bit slower than the Ryzen 5800X while using less power. However, there are two more APUs on the way: the Ryzen 5 5600G and the Ryzen 3 5300G. Thanks to momomo_us on Twitter, we now have a more complete picture of what to expect from them.
All three APUs are designed for a TDP of 65 W and have the same core numbers as their Ryzen 4000 predecessors. At the same time, they benefit from higher clocks and the IPC improvements that the Zen 3 architecture offers. This means that even the entry-level Ryzen 3 5300G with its 4 cores, 8 threads and 8 MB L3 cache should enable 1080p games at low settings.
If we are to believe an enterprising eBay seller who has tested and sold some tech samples of the new Ryzen 5000 APUs, the Ryzen 3 5300G should be able to play games like Battlefield 4 and Battlefield V without going under a standard Melting Wraith Prism Cooler. The CPU has a base clock of 4 GHz and a boost clock of 4.2 GHz, and the Vega 8 iGPU could also have higher clocks than the Ryzen 3 4300G.
The Ryzen 5 5600G is a 6-core part with 12 threads and 16MB L3 cache, which is double the amount of the Ryzen 5 4600G. This APU has a base clock of 3.9 GHz and a maximum boost clock of 4.4 GHz, while the 8-core 5700G has a base clock of 3.8 GHz and can increase it up to 4.6 GHz. These also use Vega 8 graphics, which may operate at slightly higher clocks than the Ryzen 4000 counterpart, so we don't expect any significant performance differences.
We don't know when or if the Ryzen 5000G APUs will be released to the public, but it probably won't be long before system builders incorporate them into their basic PC configurations.