While the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors are without a doubt AMD’s most successful and powerful Ryzen CPUs, its pricing is currently out of reach for budget-oriented gamers, To this day, the Ryzen 5 3600 remains to be the most coveted Ryzen processor despite its age as AMD has yet to fill a Ryzen 5000 series processor in the Php 10,000 to Php 12,000 price range. The recent announcement of the new Ryzen 5000 G series APUs sheds some light on our budget-oriented gamer friends as the new 5000 G series APUs are priced lower than their CPU-only counters. The Ryzen 5 5600G will be our focus for this review with its 6-core and 12-thread setup rivaling the popular Ryzen 5 3600 and Intel’s very own Core i5 11600K CPU.
AMD Zen 3 Overview
The Ryzen 5000 series processors are still under the 7-nanometer process node by TSMC but are under an all-new Zen 3 architecture. In AMD’s last press event, Lisa Su talked about the Ryzen 5000 series processors getting a 19-percent Instructions Per Clock uplift and a massive performance-per-watt efficiency. AMD did a ground-up redesign with the Zen 3 architecture to achieve a +19% IPC uplift alongside some functionality improvements over the previous Zen 2 architecture.
Achieving +19% IPC
AMD’s engineering team did remarkable work with the Zen 3 CPUs as they improved the pipeline allowing for faster fetching, reduced latency, and reduced memory and cache dependency.
The AMD Ryzen 5000 series has undergone design changes at the SoC architecture as well. Zen 2 CPUs utilized a union of two core complexes(CCX) per compute die(CCD), whereas Zen 3 processors now feature a unified CCD meaning each CCX can consist of up to 8C/16T & 32MB L3 Cache instead of Zen 2’s 4C/8T & 16MB L3 Cache per CCX. The consolidated core and cache complex on Zen allows better performance, especially on latency-sensitive workloads. The Zen 3 layout design eliminates CCX-to-CCX communication within the die and enables a direct-access pool of the 32MB L3 Cache. CPU intensive games will significantly benefit from Zen’s redesigned CCD and CCX layout