AMD Ryzen 5 8600G APU gets higher clocks than its predecessor

Time to upgrade your emulation PC.

Fake Ryzen 8600G APU installed on an AM5 motherboard.

A new Geekbench data entry has leaked AMD’s upcoming desktop APUs’ specs. The Ryzen 5 8600G and Ryzen 7 8700G are shown with higher frequencies for both the CPU and iGPU.

Based on the Phoenix architecture, the Ryzen 5 8600G sits right in the middle of AMD’s 8000 APU stack. It houses eight Zen 4 cores clocked at 4.35GHz base and 5GHz boost, alongside six RDNA 3 CUs at 2.8GHz. The 8700G covers the high end with its eight cores at 4.2GHz base / 5.1GHz boost plus 12 CUs. Both models are expected to have 65W TDP, allowing you to build efficient and compact gaming and media PCs. Or maybe a nice little emulation machine to hide behind the TV.

For comparison, the Ryzen 5 8600G boasts 600MHz higher CPU boost and 900MHz higher iGPU frequency than its predecessor, the Ryzen 5 5600G.

AMD Ryzen 5 8600G APU Specs.

That said, those looking to play somewhat demanding games should look for the Ryzen 7 8700G and its 12 CUs iGPU. If we extrapolate a little, we can expect this one to deliver about a third of AMD’s Radeon RX 7600 performance. The latter carries 32 RDNA 3 CUs clocked at 2.6GHz and has dedicated GDDR6 memory. In other words, at FHD max settings, we can look for 40fps in AC Valhalla, 59fps in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, and 34fps in Forza Horizon 5. Heavy hitters such as Cyberpunk 2077 would unfortunately still be a no-go.

Hopefully, these APUs can also handle high-frequency DDR5 memory. This would allow them to stretch their legs much better than the 5000 series, which was limited by DDR4. Who knows, 1440p gaming may be possible with these.

AMD is apparently planning for other Ryzen 8000G APUs in addition to many AM4-compatible chips. We may learn more details during the upcoming CES.