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John Weland | September 16, 2021

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Ryzen 5 5600G

The Ryzen 5 5600G is one of two new contenders in the APU realm. These 5000 series APUs are based on Zen3 architecture and feature one-die Vega GPU cores. Past AMD APUs in the Ryzen line up were the 2200G, 2400G 3200G and 3400G. The 2200G & 3200G were based off the Ryzen R3 1200 CPU (4 core 4 thread) with built in Vega GPU cores, and the 2400G and 3400G were based on the Ryzen 3 1400 – the latter two being 4 core 8 thread CPUs with built-in Vega GPU cores. For the longest time, 4 core/8 thread was as good as it got for APUs. With this new release, though, the Ryzen 5 5600G and Ryzen 7 5700G up the ante with 6 core / 12 thread and 8 core / 16 threads respectively.

The 5600G, as its designation suggests, is built on the Ryzen 5 5600 and, as noted by the “G”, has on-die GPU cores. As mentioned earlier, these are Vega cores; in the case of the 5600G there are Vega 7 (7 Vega cores). “Vega?!?! Still?!?!” I hear you cry. Sadly, yes. Many were hoping the next lineup of APUs would boast Navi cores but in all honesty Vega has held up pretty strongly these last three APU cycles.

Testing Ryzen

Traditionally, APUs like the Ryzen 5 5600G are best suited for small living room PCs, light gaming workloads, or workstation PCs that typically wont have a dedicated gaming GPU. To that end I chose to create my testing environment to suit.

Test Bench Specs
CPURyzen 5 5600G | Ryzen 5 2400G | Ryzen 5 5600*
MBMSI B450I Gaming Plus
RAM16 GB Team GroupDDR4 2666 MHz
SSDTeam Group 512 GB NVMe
GPUSapphire Radeon RX5600
*The GPU is only used in the 5600 (non-G) build & does not impact CPU performance comparisons.

A quick note about memory: I ran all tests with the memory speed set to the default 2666MHz. While using the 2400G, I could get a stable O.C. to 3200MHz on the memory, but the same couldn’t be said for the 5600G. I do not have the extra memory kits to use for testing, but some research shows the biggest performance margins occur when jumping from 2666Mhz memory to 3200Mhz. Another large margin happens when jumping from 3600Mhz to 4000MHz, with the differences between 3200MHz and 3600MHz being negligible.

The Ryzen 5600G vs 2400G

I wanted to test out the 5600G against its closest neighbor form previous generations. I didn’t have a 3400G on hand but the 2400G should be close. On the side of CPU cores the 5600G has 50% more cores and improved IPC. However, it is worth noting that the 5600G has 7 Vega GPU cores where as the 2400G has 11 Vega GPU cores. Although the 2400G boasts more Vega cores, they are clocked 650MHz slower that the Vega cores on the 5600G.

I wanted to test the gaming and GPU performance to see if having less Vega cores meant inferior performance or if the faster speeds of those cores would make up for it. At 1080p medium settings each of the tested games ran well, with FarCry 5 running passably.

2400G5600G
CS:GO86 FPS128 FPS
Far Cry 529 FPS31 FPS
Shadow of the Tomb Raider48 FPS53 FPS
Fortnight75 FPS94.4FPS

5600G vs 5600

In this section I wanted to test the 5600G against its namesake, the 5600. I’m not looking for GPU performance, as the 5600 (non-G) doesn’t have any integrated GPU; pairing it with a discreet GPU would be unfair. This time around I want to look at the differences between the 5600 and 5600G’s CPU performance. While both are 6 core / 12 thread, both come in with a 65W TDP package. But the 5600G’s CPU cores come in 200MHz slower in both base and boost clocks.

For testing with the 5600 and RX5600 the parts had to be excavated form the InWin B1 chassis and setup outside of the enclosure. As expected, the 5600 (non-G) out performed the 5600G – but only marginally. Both CPUs managed to stay under 70c even with the low profile Noctua L9a.

56005600G
Chromium Compile132146
Cinebench R23 (Single Core)15721504
Cinebench R23 (Multi Core) 1126811077

Final Thoughts on the Ryzen 5 5600G

If you were expecting Navi cores and RDNA architecture, you’ll be sadly disappointed. However, the 5600G is great if you are looking for a tiny workhorse PC or a very small form factor living-room/dorm PC that can play games at 1080p with reasonable FPS and still tackle larger hyperthreaded workloads. It gives you the head room to get by while waiting for GPU scalper prices to fall back in to the normal range.

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