AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 5 8500G APU, part of the Ryzen 8000G series, is showing promising potential in gaming performance. Early Geekbench 5 benchmarks reveal a significant 32% improvement in single-threaded performance over its predecessor, the Ryzen 5 5600G. However, multi-threaded performance sees a more modest 13% increase. The Ryzen 5 8500G features six cores, 12 threads, and a boost clock of 5 GHz, but it’s not clear if it utilizes the original Phoenix silicon or the hybrid Phoenix 2 die.
The disparity between single and multi-threaded performance gains suggests the possibility of the APU using the Phoenix 2 chip, which combines Zen 4 and Zen 4c cores. This architecture could explain the larger gains in single-threaded tasks, as AMD has noted a performance divergence between Zen 4 and 4c cores at higher wattages.
The Ryzen 8000G series, including the Ryzen 5 8500G, is expected to be unveiled at CES 2024, with AMD’s presentation scheduled for January 8. The series is anticipated to feature an NPU, with some chips possibly including the faster NPU from the Ryzen 8040 Hawk Point APUs, enhancing AI capabilities. As with all unreleased hardware, these preliminary results should be taken with caution until official announcements and benchmarks are available.
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