Leaks regarding the upcoming AMD Ryzen 8000G series of AM5 APUs seem to be arriving in quick succession lately. The latest report reveals no less than 14 different SKUs, and the source provides the clock speeds, core counts, and TDPs of each. We even have insight into synthetic and gaming benchmarks for good measure. Let’s dig in.
The news comes from Iranian media outlet ‘Sakhtafzarmag.’ It claims to be the only outlet with these exclusive specs. If it turns out to be accurate, the next-gen APUs appear to be a huge improvement over its AMD Ryzen 5000G Series processors.
The Ryzen 7 8700G appears to be the flagship SKU in the series. It features up to eight cores and 16 threads, with a base clock of 4.2GHz and a boost clock of 5.1GHz. Meanwhile, the mainstream Ryzen 5 8600G APU features six cores and 12 threads, with a base / boost clock of 4.35GHz and 5GHz, respectively. This marks between 400MHz to 500MHz higher clock frequencies over the Ryzen 5000G Series APUs. It’s a mighty impressive feat considering their respective power envelops and puts my lowly Ryzen 5 5600G to shame.
More power, baby!
Speaking of TDP, at first glance the list can be confusing, but we’ll break it down for you. All of the ‘G’ Series APUs are said to feature either a 45W or 65W TDP. Meanwhile, the ‘GE’ variants tip in at a syrup-sipping 35W TDP. It’s also confirmed that there are two die variants of this APU.
One is a powerful ‘Phoenix 1’ die with support for overclocking and the latest RDNA 3 graphics architecture. The other is a ‘Phoenix 2’ die that’s rumoured to feature PBO support but with no manual overclocking capabilities. These variants are also decidedly underpowered, unlike the Radeon 780M and 760M that are said to feature in the higher-end Phoenix 1 chipsets. Instead, the Phoenix 2 chipsets pack a Radeon 740M with just four compute units. You may remember this from the regular Z1-powered ROG Ally, which totals 2.8 TFLOPS graphics performance. Also, there are business / workstation-focussed Pro variants. Whew!
The source also shared both synthetic and gaming benchmarks. The charts supposedly compare a Ryzen 7 8700G against its direct predecessor, a Ryzen 7 5700G. It features 14 different games mainly consisting of DX11 and DX12 titles, and a classic DX9 and Vulkan title thrown in for good measure. As you can tell, performance uplift ranges anywhere between a 50% and 200% increase depending on the title.
Meanwhile, the synthetic workloads seem to indicate a similar, albeit lower performance uptick. The performance instead measures between a 40% and 160% increase depending on each scenario.
That’s about it! According to the report, AMD will reveal the SKUs at Computex 2024. This will be followed by a staggered release starting on January 31. The first three AMD APUs to market are said to be the Ryzen 8700G, 8600G, and 8500G. The 8300G should arrive on a later date or exclusive via OEM partners. Nothing’s set in stone, even if these leaks are accurate, so we’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out.