AMD’s Ryzen 8000 APUs: A New Era for Gaming PCs?
The Next Generation of APUs
AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 8000-series APUs, codenamed ‘Phoenix’, are stirring up excitement in the gaming community. With the Ryzen 8700G leading the pack, these APUs promise a significant boost in gaming performance. The 8700G, featuring eight cores, 16 threads, and 12 RDNA 3 compute units, is poised to be a powerhouse for 1080p gaming.
A Closer Look at the Ryzen 8000G Series
The Ryzen 8000G series seems to be an evolution of the Ryzen 7040U chips, designed for desktops with AM5 sockets. The series starts with the Ryzen 3 8300G, mirroring the Ryzen 3 7440U in specs but likely with a higher power limit. The real game-changer could be the Ryzen 7 8700G, which, with its 12 CUs (768 shaders), is expected to deliver impressive 1080p gaming performance.
Gaming Performance and Expectations
The gaming potential of these APUs is significant, especially considering the performance of similar chips in handheld gaming PCs like the OneXFly and the A1 Pro. The Ryzen 7 8700G, in particular, could offer a substantial boost in fps, making it an attractive option for gamers seeking an all-in-one gaming solution.
Cache and Gaming Prowess
One aspect to watch is the L3 cache size in these Phoenix chips. While the Ryzen desktop CPUs typically have 32MB, the top models in the 7040U lineup feature 16MB. This could impact the gaming performance, as AMD processors generally benefit from larger cache sizes.
The Big Reveal
While AMD hasn’t officially announced the Zen 4 desktop APU, motherboard BIOS updates have hinted at their existence. With CES 2024 around the corner, we might not have to wait long for an official unveiling.