It appears as though AMD Ryzen 7000G APUs may finally make it to market, theoretically improving on the iGPU performance of existing AM5 desktop processors. Unfortunately, it seems that these chips may not pack enough RDNA 3 CUs to make ditching a dedicated graphics card a viable option.
Much as AMD has undoubtedly secured the title of best CPU for gaming with its Ryzen 7 7800X3D, the manufacturer is curiously still yet to capitalize on its ability to create true APUs with RDNA 3 graphics. While existing AM5 processors all have iGPUs, they’re only powerful enough to run displays rather than games.
This could be set to change, according to listings uncovered by harukaze5719 on Twitter/X, which contain references to the AMD Ryzen 5 7500G and Ryzen 3 7300G. These chips would act as successors to their AM4 counterparts, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G and Ryzen 3 5300G.
Little is known about their specifications, other than their TDP, which is alleged to be 65W according to the listings. Harukaze5719, however, has some concerns that the APUs may only have 4 CUs (compute units), making it highly unlikely that their iGPU performance would be enough to run even lightweight games well.
If true, this would be an unfortunate blow to budget or small form factor builders hoping to build systems without a graphics card, or those seeking an interim option while they save up for a new graphics card. We hope this isn’t the case, but time will tell.
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