AMD States Dual-Channel DDR5-6000 is the Sweet Spot for Ryzen 8000 APUs

Ryzen 8000G CPUs are close to release, AMD remains confident they will be competitive in terms of graphics performance.

With AMD close to releasing their Ryzen 8000G-series APUs (accelerated processing units) for desktops with built n RDNA 3 GPU, more information has been shed regarding the sweet spot for a balanced system. RDNA 3 GPUs are very memory hungry, and with GPU memory getting faster every year, it’s worth investing in high-speed system memory for the new Ryzen 8000G APU to share. AMD explained when asked about high-speed memory kits for the built-in GPU in the upcoming Ryzen 8000G processors that dual-channel DDR5-6000 will be fine for the new processor.

“So, first thing is dual-channel RAM, absolute must, that is a huge bandwidth advantage,” Donny Woligrokski, Technical Marketing Manager at AMD, told inquirers. “Do not skimp, you gotta have dual-channel. DDR5-6000 is pretty cheap nowadays, If you can do dual-channel DDR5-6000, you are gonna hit those great frame rates and really playable performance and that is definitely [where] we will steer people.”

Dual-channel DDR5-6000 memory configuration will hit the peak memory bandwidth of 96 GB/s which is shared between the Zen 4 CPU cores, Radeon 7000-series iGPU, and an NPU (Neural Processing Unit). AMD has previously stated DDR5-6000 is the sweet spot for Ryzen 7000-series CPUs from 8 to 16 Zen 4 cores, so the company is just re-iterating their point for Ryzen 8000G APUs.

While 96 GB/s might seem like a lot of memory bandwidth, to put it into perspective, AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 XT (a last gen mid-range GPU) features 256 GB/s peak memory bandwidth. Matters are made worse by the Ryzen 8000G APU sharing its 96 GB/s bandwidth between three processing units.

It is worth bearing in mind that Intel and AMD are in the same boat in terms of memory bandwidth for integrated GPUs. Virtually all high-performance GPUs, integrated or dedicated, are tremendously limited by memory bandwidth. AMD claims their Ryzen 8000G APUs will be competitive regarding graphics performance.

Another advantage of going AMD with their Ryzen 8000G APUs is that they are part of the AM5 platform, which AMD has promised to support for the next few years. If it is AM4 is anything to go by, the company can be trusted to continue support for AM5.

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