US tech giant, AMD, has recently released its new Ryzen 8000G Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), featuring a large integrated graphics processing unit (GPU), capable of running games at faster frame rates compared to the integrated graphics on rival processors.
Initial benchmarks reveal that the flagship Ryzen 8700G provides remarkable gaming performance without the need for a dedicated graphics card. Gamers can achieve frame rates ranging from 50 to 120 frames per second (fps) at 1080p on low to medium detail settings in various modern games.
The Ryzen 8700G is the highest-tier model in the 8000G series, offering an 8-core/16-thread configuration. The standout feature is its integrated GPU, equipped with 12 RDNA 3 compute units, making it significantly more powerful than its predecessors. The GPU’s performance allows gamers to enjoy smooth gameplay without investing in a dedicated graphics card.
AMD initially claimed that the with the 8700G could hit over 60fps in Cyberpunk 2077, which is a very intensive game. Recent reviews confirm that these new chips do deliver impressive gaming performance. The APUs’ capabilities position them as potential candidates to be ranked among the best gaming CPUs, especially for users who prioritise budget-friendly solutions without compromising performance.
In-depth gaming benchmarks reveal that the Ryzen 8700G achieves playable performance levels on intensive games, even with low detail settings. For instance, in Baldur’s Gate 3 (BG3) at 1080p with low detail settings, the chip averages 49fps, with a 1% low of 38fps. In less graphically-intensive games such as Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) and Fortnite, the APU performs impressively, hitting 119fps and 132fps, respectively, at 1080p with medium and low graphics settings.
The Ryzen 8700G is priced at $329, positioning it as a mid-range option. While it offers excellent performance for integrated graphics, it’s more expensive compared to budget CPUs with basic integrated GPUs, which could be a dealbreaker for some. However, the APU’s power consumption is noteworthy, consuming only around 150W under load, making it an energy-efficient choice.
As gamers increasingly seek budget-friendly yet capable solutions, the Ryzen 8000G APUs provide an attractive option for those looking to build systems without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The gaming performance showcased by these APUs signifies a step forward for integrated graphics technology and offers users a compelling alternative for entry-level gaming systems.
It’s worth noting that further testing and reviews will provide additional insights into the performance and value of the Ryzen 8700G and other models in the 8000G series.