AMD Unveils the Ryzen 8000G Series: Affordable APUs for Gamers

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2024, held once again in Las Vegas, witnessed the unveiling of a plethora of peripherals and computer components. Among the notable highlights were the latest generation of NVIDIA graphics cards in the super range and AMD Ryzen 5 8000G processors.

AMD seized the opportunity at this event to introduce the all-new AMD Ryzen 8000G Hawk Point processors, featuring the AM5 socket and APU architecture. These processors combine CPU and GPU capabilities, with the 8700G and 8600G models exclusively incorporating the “XDNA” NPU for AI tasks. On the other hand, the 8500G and 8300G models do not include an NPU dedicated to Artificial Intelligence tasks.

Here’s an overview of the AMD Ryzen 8000G APU lineup:

  1. AMD Ryzen 7 8700G: This model boasts 8 cores, 16 threads, Radeon graphics, and a dedicated NPU with 24 MB cache, reaching a maximum frequency of 5.1 GHz. It comes with a launch price of $329.
  2. AMD Ryzen 5 8600G: With 6 cores, 12 threads, Radeon graphics, and a dedicated NPU with 22 MB cache, this processor can achieve a maximum frequency of 5.0 GHz. It is priced at $229.
  3. AMD Ryzen 5 8500G: Featuring 6 cores, 12 threads, Radeon graphics (without NPU), and 22 MB cache, it offers a maximum frequency of 5.0 GHz. The launch price is set at 179 euros.
  4. AMD Ryzen 3 8300G: This model comes with 4 cores, 8 threads, Radeon graphics (without NPU), 12 MB cache, and a maximum frequency of 4.9 GHz. The launch price has not been announced yet.

These AMD Ryzen 8000G APUs are set to hit the market starting from January 31. They are targeted at budget-conscious users who want to enjoy casual gaming without the need for expensive graphics upgrades.

For optimal performance, AMD recommends using dual-channel DDR5 memory with a speed of 6000 MHz. AMD-certified memory, such as the AMD EXPO-certified DDR5 memory, is even more ideal for this new processor range.

One of the key advantages of this new AMD solution is its commitment to the AM5 socket, ensuring that future processor upgrades won’t necessitate a motherboard replacement. Additionally, these APUs feature Zen 4 cores, allowing users to enhance their system’s graphics capabilities by adding a Radeon graphics card like the RX 7900 series.

For those in search of DDR5 6000 MHz memory, several options are available in the market. Corsair, for instance, offers a pair of 16 GB DDR5 modules at 6000 MHz for slightly over 115 euros. The RGB version of the same module is priced at 124 euros.

Corsair also provides two 32 GB modules, totaling 64 GB of DDR5 memory at 6000 MHz, available for 266 euros. Alternatively, you can find four 16 GB DDR5 modules at 6000 MHz for 299 euros.

Kingston offers a package of two 32 GB EXPO-certified DDR5 modules for AMD, totaling 64 GB of memory, at a price of 305 euros for those seeking ample memory capacity.

Please note that prices may vary, so it’s advisable to check the current price before making a purchase.