AMD Ryzen 5 5600G Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅03-08-21

By firstly coming to OEM and prebuilt systems, this highlights what class of product is before is in the Ryzen 5000G Series. We wouldn’t go as far as deeming it is lack-lustre but we’d term this as a horizontal launch. The G Series brings nothing spectacularly new (aside from integrated graphics, but even this is still Vega-based), since AMD are filling the gaps and arming the Ryzen 5000 series family with even more options – solidifying the range.

The 5600G we’ve been checking out today therefore comes with no huge surprises. It is in fact very similar to its 5600X counterpart. A 200MHz clock speed differential, lack of PCIe 4.0 support and inclusion of integrated graphics are just a small handful of the changes.

When placing the 5600G into our benchmark suite, you won’t be shocked to see marginal variances in performance between the 5600G and 5600X. The 6 core, 12 thread attributes, similar clock speeds and cache determine these results. Up against the likes of the Intel Core i5-11600K, the 5600G is an excellent contender in a range of scenarios. So, the 5600G is a solid mid-range performer with the added bonus of integrated graphics – which actually may come in handy in this season of abysmal GPU availability. (Some enthusiasts are GPU-less, waiting to snatch a graphics card when they become available).

Choosing the G Series will prevent PCIe 4.0 functionality on motherboards which feature the X570 chipset and while this may not be a big deal for graphics card usage, it affects storage more so. Users will lose out on the super-fast performance gains that PCIe 4.0 offers, and we’re seeing more and more M.2 SSDs being released which use this interface.

AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600G is priced at $259 USD / $399 AUD. This makes for an attractive buy to those requiring a mid-range processor on AMD’s popular Ryzen/X570 platform who need integrated graphics.

The Ryzen 5 5600G is a compelling option for system builders who seek to get the mid-range best bang for buck.

+ Low power consumption
+ Generates very little heat
+ Great single/multi-core performance
+ Includes integrated graphics
+ Reasonably priced

- Lacks PCIe 4.0 support
- Doesn’t overclock well

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