The Ryzen 7 5700G APU is a mid-range processor from AMD and it has been reviewed to be the best gaming CPU on the market today. Its performance in games such as Battlefield 1, FarCry 5, Ghost Recon Wildlands and Forza horizon 3 have yielded impressive results with scores of over 60fps across each game. With an unlocked multiplier for overclocking this APU can also perform well when paired with higher end graphics cards like NVIDIA’s GTX 1070 or 1080 which will give you much better frame rates than similar CPUs that are locked at stock frequencies
The AMD 5700G Ryzen 7 APU is a Zen 3 processor with integrated AMD Graphics Radeon. But, in comparison to the AMD 3700X Ryzen 7 Zen 2 based CPU, how much quicker is it? Is the Zen 3 Architecture unique enough to set it apart from the 3700X Ryzen 7? When compared to a full-fledged AMD 5800X Ryzen 7 Zen 3 CPU, does it cut too many corners? Today’s comparative study will focus on the AMD 5700G Ryzen 7’s CPU performance vs the AMD 3700X Ryzen 7 and AMD 5800X Ryzen 7. Please read our Intel 12900K (UHD 770) iGPU versus AMD 5700G (Vega 8) APU Performance Benchmarks post if you’re interested in the performance of the AMD Graphics Radeon built-in, which is based on AMD Radeon RX Vega 8. That evaluation concentrates on the Vega 8 performance of the 5700G, but today’s review is only on the 5700G’s CPU performance.
Specifications for AMD 5700G Ryzen 7
Cezanne is the codename for AMD’s 5700G Ryzen 7 processor, which was released on April 13th, 2021. However, it was first exclusively accessible via OEMs, until AMD made it available for retail purchase later that year. This was a sensible move that should have been made sooner. The APU was released as a packaged CPU in the autumn of 2021, with an MSRP of $359. The good news is that, according to PC Part Picker, the 5700G is now available for under $300, which is a wonderful deal and far less than the MSRP.
On the desktop, the AMD 5700G Ryzen 7 is presently at the top of the SKU for APU models with Integrated Graphics Radeon. This is the fastest version of these APUs for the AM4 platform desktop PCs this generation. The 5700G Ryzen 7 is built on TSMC’s 7nm FinFET technology.
AMD’s new AMD 5700G Ryzen 7 Desktop Processors with Graphics Radeon are based on AMD’s new AMD Ryzen 5000 G-Series Desktop Processors. The AMD Ryzen 5000 G-Series is distinguished by the fact that it is based on the current AMD Zen 3 Architecture, which is an advance over the previous generation Zen 2 APUs. The AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series APUs were all based on Zen 2 and were exclusively available via AMD’s OEM channel.
|Specification||5800X Ryzen 7||5700G Ryzen 7||3700X Ryzen 7|
|Architecture||Vermeer / Zen 3||Cezanne / Zen 3||Matisse / Zen 2|
|Node for processing||7nm FinFET from TSMC||7nm FinFET from TSMC||7nm FinFET from TSMC|
|Cache L2+L3||L2/32MB L3 (L2/32MB L3 (4MB L2/32MB L3))||16MB L3/4MB L2||L2/32MB L3 (L2/32MB L3 (4MB L2/32MB L3))|
|Frequency of the base||3.8GHz||3.8GHz||3.6GHz|
|Frequency of Maximum Boost||4.7GHz||4.6GHz||4.4GHz|
|Graphics Radeon||N/A||Vega 8||N/A|
What makes the AMD 5700G Ryzen 7 stand out is that it is a full-fledge Ryzen 7 CPU with 8 core/16 thread. This matches the CPU cores/thread count on the 3700X Ryzen 7 (Zen 2 CPU) and 5800X Ryzen 7 (Zen 3 CPU). The max boost clock is 4.6GHz, which is only 100MHz slower than the AMD 5800X Ryzen 7’s boost clock of 4.7GHz. In comparison to the AMD 3700X Ryzen 7 which runs at a boost clock of 4.4GHz the new 5700G Ryzen 7 actually has a 200MHz higher boost clock at 4.6GHz compared to the 3700X Ryzen 7.
Another area where the 5700G Ryzen 7 differs is in the L3 cache capacity. It has half the L3 cache of the AMD 5800X Ryzen 7 and AMD 3700X Ryzen 7. The 5700G Ryzen 7 has 16MB of L3 cache, while the 5800X and 3700X both have doubled at 32MB. This halving of the cache will make one of the biggest differences in performance.
Finally, the largest component to determining performance is going to be the TDP. The 5700G Ryzen 7 has a TDP of 65W, making it a very low power chip for the desktop. The AMD 5800X Ryzen 7 by comparison is a 105W default TDP chip, which is much higher. The 3700X Ryzen 7 though is also a 65W chip, which matches the 5700G.
Another interesting fact is that the AMD 5700G Ryzen 7 only supports up to PCIe 3.0, in fact all Ryzen 5000 G-Series APUs only support PCIe 3.0. They do not utilize the newer PCIe 4.0 bandwidth. This means that ultimately you will be restricted to PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD performance on motherboards, as well as PCIe 3.0 on the primary PCIe graphics slot rather than PCIe 4.0. This fact should not affect CPU performance, but it could affect other subsystem performance like SSDs, you won’t be able to get Gen4 SSD performance on your build with this APU, but Gen3 will still work great.
As a result, the 5700G is an 8 core/16 thread CPU with half the L3 cache, a little lower clock speed than the 5800X, a lower 65W TDP, and only PCIe 3.0 capability than the 5800X. It has a faster clock speed than the 3700X, and the major advantage is that it is built on the current Zen 3 architecture rather than the older Zen 2 architecture used by the 3700X.
Because this is an APU it has built-in integrated graphics in the way of AMD Graphics Radeon with Vega Graphics. It specifically uses an AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU that is built-in. The graphics core is based on the GCN 5.0 Architecture, Vega. It is made from 8 Compute Units, 512 Streaming Processors, 8 ROPs, and 32 Texture Mapping Units running at 2000MHz. We have a very detailed review of the performance of this APU in games in our Intel 12900K (UHD 770) iGPU vs AMD 5700G (Vega 8) APU Performance Benchmarks article.
AMD 5700G Ryzen 7 Pictures
We purchased a full boxed retail 5700G Ryzen 7 pictured above for review. The box comes in a nice color, and the label indicates it as AMD 5700G Ryzen 7 with Graphics Radeon 8 Core, 16 Thread Processor 4.6GHz Max Boost, 3.8GHz Base. It is a Socket AM4, Heat Sink Fan Included, 20MB Cache (it’s counting the total of the L2 + L3 cache), and that it is Unlocked. Yes, you can overclock the 5700G.
The packaged retail version includes with an AMD Wraith STEALTH heatsink fan, as stated on the packaging. The AMD Wraith STEALTH is the most basic of the AMD CPU cooling technologies. While it will get the job done, it is designed for 65W TDP CPUs, has less heat dissipation space, and is made entirely of aluminum with no copper. It comes with pre-applied thermal paste and employs AMD’s push-pin mounting system.
The AMD 5700G Ryzen 7 itself looks like any other AM4 CPU. It is big and square, has a large heat spreader, and simply installs into our X570 motherboard with ease.
AMD 5700G Ryzen 7 Installation
Installing our AMD 5700G Ryzen 7 went smoothly, with no issues. We are using the MSI MEG CORELIQUID S360 AIO Cooler that we reviewed. We will be using this same AIO for all CPUs in this review. The motherboard we are using is an ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) motherboard. The BIOS we are using is the official Version 4022 build from 12/14/2021. We have a Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3600 CL16 16GB RAM Kit installed. From ASUS’s webpage for this motherboard, we are using Chipset drivers Version 188.8.131.526 dated 11/18/2021.
CPUz and HWiNFO64 provide all of the necessary information, and we’re using DDR4-3600 with D.O.C.P. enabled by default.