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AMD's newest Ryzen 8000-series comes with integrated graphics and tuned for entry gaming

By Aaron Yip - on 9 Jan 2024, 6:28am

AMD's newest Ryzen 8000-series comes with integrated graphics and tuned for entry gaming

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Hot on the heels of AMD's recent foray into AI-centric silicon, the tech giant has thrown another curveball our way at CES 2024. The buzz this time is all about AMD's Ryzen 8000-series for desktops, following in the footsteps of their Ryzen 8040 mobile APU series unveiled last December. The new series, much like its mobile counterpart, is tuned for AI.

The star of the show is the Ryzen 7 8700G, priced at US$329. It packs eight Zen 4 cores and 16 threads, with a boost clock peaking at 5.1GHz. But that's not all. It also flaunts AMD's top-of-the-line Radeon 780M integrated graphics, based on the RDNA 3 architecture, and, unsurprisingly, an XDNA neural processing unit (NPU). This NPU is the secret sauce for AI-driven functionalities across popular applications like Zoom, Blender, and several Adobe products.

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AMD is making some bold gaming claims with the CPU’s integrated graphics. According to their inhouse benchmarks, the Ryzen 7 8700G delivers up to four times the frame rates of Intel’s Core i7-14700K in Hitman 3, and over three times in Dota 2 at 1080p with low detail settings. Even more intriguing is AMD's claim that it trumps the Intel Core i5-13400F and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1650 in titles like Starfield and Alan Wake 2 under similar conditions. Bold words indeed. It will be interesting to see how the new CPU performs in our own benchmarks, as soon as we get our hands on a unit.

But AMD isn't stopping there. The US$229 Ryzen 5 8600G was also unveiled and comes with six Zen 4 cores and 12 threads, with a boost clock of up to 5.0GHz. It too comes equipped with an NPU and a slightly less powerful 760M integrated GPU. For those looking at more budget-friendly options, AMD has the Ryzen 5 8500G (US$179) and the Ryzen 3 8300G, the latter being earmarked exclusively for pre-built systems.

AMD is also rolling out processors based on the older Zen 3 architecture. The Ryzen 7 5700X3D, priced at US$249. Sporting eight cores, 16 threads, and a max boost clock of 4.1GHz, it's complemented by the US$175 Ryzen 7 5700, which boasts a higher max boost clock of 4.6GHz and a lower 65W TDP compared to the Ryzen 7 5700X3D's 105W.

Both Ryzen 8000- and 5000-series processors will be available from 31 January onwards.

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