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AMD Ryzen 5000 ‘Cezanne Zen 3’ – Desktop APUs for Gaming

AMD Ryzen 5000G APUs have arrived, offering all round performance in entry level gaming and productivity…

One of the most popular products within the Stormforce Gaming range over the past few years has been the AMD APU range. APU or Accelerated Processing Unit offers a unique product to gamers on a tight budget or with less demanding gaming requirements making them perfect for gamers who want a performance system that can tackle every day computing tasks with ease as well as handling games with lower system requirements.

An APU system is a great starting point for gamers new to PC gaming. If you purchase an APU based system you can start playing straight out of the box using the integrated graphics capabilities included in the APU and then potentially upgrade your system later down the line with a graphics card when budget allows or if you encounter a more demanding game you are keen to play.

APU is not a new proposition, in fact an APU simply means a processor with graphics on the same chip. Each APU includes processor cores which will vary in speed and cores depending on the model. The new APU products from AMD include the Ryzen 5 5600G, 5650G PRO, Ryzen 7 5700G and 5750G PRO which all come with high performance, multithread CPU cores and graphics on the same chip.

With built-in AMD Radeon™ graphics, Ryzen™ 5000 G-Series desktop processors get you onto the battlefield fast. Play top games in smooth 1080p right out of the box, or upgrade with a graphics card for an even bigger performance boost.

Why is APU a good option for less demanding games?

Most newer games have system requirements which call for a fast CPU and a graphics card to play at max settings. Whilst an APU is not going to take any performance awards for high resolution gaming, the new AMD APU products are targeted at providing a capable gaming experience on 1080p or lower resolutions. This might not sound compelling for hardcore gamers looking for extreme framerates on QHD or 4K resolutions, but the majority of casual and new PC gamers have access to a 1080p HD display.

The new Ryzen APUs from AMD are the perfect option for gamers who want to get PC gaming without having to spend big on a graphics card.

Every Stormforce Gaming APU system comes set up ready to take advantage of the onboard graphics but also gives you the option to install a graphics card later down the line should you want to increase the gaming prowess of your system, play at a higher resolution or run a title that exceeds the capabilities of the APU graphics.

 

Gaming Performance on AMD Cezanne APU Systems

The new AMD Ryzen Cezanne 5000G APU systems can produce great gameplay experiences using only the power of AMD Radeon integrated graphics. PC Gaming offers scalable performance in almost every title meaning you can modify graphics settings to suit your hardware. For a lower performance system this can be incredibly useful as ‘Low’ settings can be very visually impressive still and in some titles setting your graphics settings to low will increase framerates and the feeling of smooth visuals when you are gaming.

Many free to play games are designed to be accessible to the widest range of hardware and work well on lower performance or older specifications. This means that most popular modern titles will be able to run on entry level hardware but please check the system requirements for your games as really demanding, cutting edge games like Cyberpunk 2077 or Microsoft Flight Simulator will not run smoothly on an APU system and would need a dedicated graphics card.

  • Framerate is the number of frames you see per second, often referred to as FPS. (higher is better)
  • A smooth gaming experience is anything in the 60FPS region. (although games with slower gameplay will work well at less than 60fps)
  • 1% low is the lowest framerate seen and will highlight the worst case scenario for performance

We have benchmarked some popular titles to see how they perform on the new AMD Ryzen 5600G APU and give you an indication of what to expect from our new entry level systems.
All benchmarks carried out at 1080p resolution and using the integrated graphics on the 5600G APU.

Counter Strike Global Offensive is an older esports title. The 5600G provides strong performance at medium settings allowing for smooth gameplay.

Fortnite plays at 1080p on the 5600G using low settings. This provides a smooth gameplay experience of 60+ FPS.

Fortnite Performance mode at 1080p scales visual quality down in favour of performance. This provides a 100+ FPS performance experience.

Minecraft runs well on the 5600G and showcases good performance characteristics in all but the most complex of environments.

The popular Esports title, Rainbow Six Siege scales very well and gives consistent framerates on the 5600G APU.

Warzone is the most demanding title we tested and whilst it does mostly output 60+FPS at 1080p using medium settings, there are instances where framerate drops occur.

Warzone shows one scenario where a more demanding title can struggle at times on an APU. The game is mostly playable but in complex scenes with a lot of action taking place, the framerate can suffer. Other titles like Valorant, Apex Legends and Destiny 2 can work well on an AMD Ryzen APU but it is important to remember that the gaming performance will be limited if graphics settings are set too high.

As a rule of thumb it is best to start out setting graphics settings to the lowest possible setting and increasing visual settings in increments to maintain smooth framerates.

If you have an AMD Ryzen APU system from Stormforce Gaming and need advice on a specific title then our customer service team can help advise on settings to try.

 

Upgrade Time!

Each Stormforce Gaming system featuring the AMD Ryzen 5600G and 5700G APU is configured to provide an upgrade path for gamers. The AMD Ryzen 5000G series processors have the advantage of strong CPU performance and entry level graphics performance. When it comes to upgrading, your Stormforce Gaming system has a comprehensive 3 Year Warranty which allows you to add additional components to your system. Whilst extra components are not covered under your system warranty, Stormforce Gaming will support you with upgrade advice and installation tips if you are unsure about the best options for your upgrade.

 

The Stormforce Onyx Ryzen 5 5600G includes the 6 Core AMD Ryzen 5600G APU, 16GB of 3200MHz Memory and a 500GB SSD for rapid game loading times and snappy performance in Windows.

This system features a 500W Power supply meaning that you can install a graphics card in the system to bolster performance in more demanding games.
The AMD Radeon RX 6600XT is a fantastic choice to pair with this system and will increase framerates across every title.

Other great options to pair with this system are the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 3060.

It is worth keeping in mind that this system has a WiFi card installed and will only accommodate graphics cards that are 2 slots tall.

You can install a 3 slot graphics card into this system but would have to remove the WiFi card to fit a video card with a larger cooling fan.

The Stormforce Onyx Ryzen 5 5600G can be found on our website here.

An upgraded system featuring the more powerful Ryzen 7 5700G APU is also available for gamers who need more multitasking performance and extra cores to deal with more demanding workloads. This system is available here.

 

 

 

WARFRAME

Warframe is a free to play, third person, co-op action game set in an ever evolving sci-fi world. Explore huge open worlds and assemble your arsenal with up to three friends. This exciting world is a perfect title to get started on an APU system with quick and fluid gameplay that is optimised to run smoothly and showcase impressive visuals.

For a limited time, Stormforce gaming are offering a a Warframe: G-Series Pack with all 5000G series APU systems. 

Buy any Stormforce Gaming system featuring a Ryzen 5 5600G or Ryzen 7 5700G and get a Warframe: G-Series Pack which contains an arsenal of in-game items.

  • Promotion period: August 5, 2021 – September 25, 2021
  • Redemption period: August 5, 2021 – October 30, 2021

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Cyberpunk 2077 – Overview and System Recommendations

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most eagerly anticipated titles in the last decade…

Launching to much fanfare and after a series of delays, CD Projekt Red has finally released Cyberpunk 2077 to the public. You take control of V, a mercenary for hire in Night City, a fictional metropolis set in the near future where rival gangs wage war. This deep RPG has a mix of futuristic gunplay, cinematic missions and engaging character story paths to follow.

Announced back in 2012, Cyberpunk 2077 has become a title full of promise for PC gamers. Since the advent of ray tracing capable video cards, Cyberpunk 2077 has been high on the list of titles set to feature these new, advanced graphics technologies.

Titles that feature new graphics technologies usually stretch the capabilities of current generation systems. Gamers with high resolution, high refresh rate displays will need significant video card horsepower to achieve smooth framerates with all of the visual settings cranked up.

Make no mistake, this is a difficult game to run on even the most powerful modern system. Cyberpunk 2077 requires a lot of system resources and the graphics engine will tax even the new flagship next generation gaming hardware from NVIDIA and AMD. That being said, there are a lot of options within the graphics menu that will allow gamers with current hardware or lower specification systems to optimise their game visuals to give the best experience.

Cyberpunk 2077 – Next Gen Features

Cyberpunk 2077 features a host of next generation features which make PC the best platform to play the game. Cyberpunk 2077 takes advantage of next gen visual technologies by providing a plethora of video options within the settings allowing you to maximise game visuals and performance.

DLSS is an NVIDIA technology only found on RTX series graphics cards equipped with advanced Tensor cores. If your system has an RTX card installed, it is strongly recommended that you enable DLSS to increase framerates in the game. DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) works by using artificial intelligence machine learning to produce upscaled visuals in supported games. Essentially, the game will render at a lower resolution and upscale to your target resolution with the AI upscaling helping to sharpen and refine the final image. After much testing the ‘DLSS Quality’ mode on Cyberpunk 2077 seems to offer the best image quality on resolutions of 1440p and below. 4K and Ultrawide users may want to try running the game in ‘DLSS Balanced’ mode.

Static Fidelity FX is an option for gamers who don’t have an NVIDIA RTX card installed and works in a similar way to DLSS. We found in our testing that Fidelity FX does not provide quite the same gains in performance as DLSS, but it does a good job of adding more performance for non RTX users.

Ray Tracing is a key next gen feature that has to be seen to be believed. Ray Tracing is a rendering technique that traces light paths and simulates how light interacts with objects. This results in a much more realistic visual experience as shadows and reflections behave how you would expect in the real world. The downside to Ray Tracing is that it can be extremely demanding on your video card and will reduce your frames per second when enabled. In Cyberpunk 2077, Ray Tracing can be set to Medium, Ultra and Psycho. Enabling Ray Tracing on any video card in this game will mean that DLSS must be used to maintain higher framerates. NVIDIA RTX users can already take advantage of Ray Tracing in Cyberpunk 2077 with AMD Radeon RX 6000 GPUs looking set to support Ray Tracing after a future patch.
Cyberpunk 3440x1440 Ultra - RTX ON Cyberpunk 3440x1440 Ultra - RTX OFF

Recommended Settings

CD Projekt Red provided a system requirement table before the game launched to act as a guideline for gamers looking to get the best from Cyberpunk 2077. These guidelines are a good base level performance indication but we have elaborated on each point from our own testing to help optimise your game experience. If you are planning to run Cyberpunk 2077 with Ray Tracing enabled at any resolution, a high performance card will be required.

 

1080P Gaming

Most gamers are still using the most popular resolution available. 1080P provides a good balance of affordability and clarity whilst not requiring super expensive video cards to drive the resolution reliably. The NVIDIA GTX 1660 Super will run at Medium graphics settings around 60 frames per second which will provide a smooth experience. To enable Ultra settings at 1080P you will need RTX 2060 or higher level video card. Performance on the RTX 2060 will be below 60fps so enabling DLSS in the graphics menu will increase framerates and allow for a significantly smoother experience.

1440P Gaming

Larger panels are becoming more commonplace in PC Gaming. Many 1440p Panels are around 27-32″ and offer much more screen real estate and visual clarity over 1080p. The downside to having more pixels on your monitor is that driving the pixels will require a higher level video card.

To run Cyberpunk 2077 at Medium settings using 1440p, an RTX 2060 is the minimum requirement for smooth gameplay. Lower class cards will run the game at this resolution if you are willing to adjust some settings to gain better performance but for a smooth 60fps experience, an RTX 2060 is the recommended choice. DLSS becomes almost mandatory at 1440p and above.

Increasing the graphics preset to Ultra, Cyberpunk 2077 becomes a much more difficult game to run at 1440p or higher. You will need some serious video card muscle to drive higher resolution monitors. To enable Ultra settings and have a smooth gaming experience, an RTX 2060 or higher is suggested.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060Ti, RTX 3070 and AMD Radeon RX 6800 are great options for gamers who want the best experience at 1440p in this title.

4K UHD and Ultrawide Gaming

It may not come as much of a surprise that a demanding title like Cyberpunk 2077 requires the highest performance video cards available to achieve performance at very high resolutions. Cranking the settings up to Ultra on a 4K or Ultrawide display will show just how demanding Cyberpunk 2077 can be. The level of visual fidelity and immersion is ‘breathtaking’ at these resolutions but at a severe cost to framerates.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and AMD Radeon 6800XT provide a good entry level for gamers playing on the Medium preset. For the best experience at these vast resolutions then flagship cards are really the only option if Ultra preset is your goal. NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080/3090 and AMD Radeon RX 6800XT/6900XT graphics cards are really the only choice at this resolution.
As mentioned previously, AMD Radeon cards are not currently supported for Ray Tracing or Super Sampling features within the game.

Optimising Cyberpunk 2077 for your Stormforce Gaming PC

Everybody will experience different results with Cyberpunk 2077. Our testing has shown that 60fps an acceptable threshold to aim for and the graphics card recommendations in this guide should help you decide what performance settings to set up with.

Cyberpunk 2077 really benefits from being installed onto an SSD. Whilst next generation PCIe 4.0 SSDs will provide huge load time reductions, any high speed M.2 or NVME SSD will perform well and give you an advantage in Cyberpunk 2077.

Higher core count CPUs can help you maintain good framerates when in crowded areas. Our testing has shown that 6 core processors seem to be the sweet spot on this game but CPU frequency is also very important at maintaining high framerates. Intel i5 9th gen or newer and AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or higher seem to be the best options for gamers looking to tackle Night City without any bottlenecks.

Ambient Occlusion, Volumetric Fog and Screen Space Reflections are the settings which seem to have the biggest impact on your framerates in Cyberpunk 2077. On some hardware configurations where the Ultra settings caused huge slowdowns, the adjustment of these settings were pivotal in achieving smooth framerates and in some cases made the difference between playable and unplayable framerates.

Ray Tracing is only available to GeForce RTX owners right now in Cyberpunk 2077 and RTX 20 series performance with Ray Tracing enabled can be hit and miss depending on your resolution. Disabling ray tracing can net huge performance gains at the slight expense of visual quality.

Ensure you have updated your video card drivers to the latest version to get the best from Cyberpunk 2077.

Even on medium settings, Cyberpunk 2077 looks great on PC and there is an expectation that future patches from the developer alongside video card driver updates will help to optimise the game further and increase performance.

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AMD Ryzen 5000 ‘Zen 3’ Desktop Processors

AMD Ryzen 5000 is here, offering significant improvements in productivity and gaming. The performance on offer is staggering…

In 2017, AMD released the first generation of Ryzen CPUs. These processors offered fantastic efficiency by offering modern multicore performance, high clock speeds and surprising energy efficiency.

The second generation of Ryzen CPUs from 2018 pushed the boundaries further with significant improvements in enthusiast and gamer orientated features.

In 2019, the speed, efficiency and optimisation continued with the launch of Ryzen 3000. Bringing wide socket compatibility and the introduction of PCIe Generation 4 connectivity.

AMD has taken huge leaps in efficiency and performance with every iteration of Ryzen since the initial release.

Things are about to change yet again with the launch of the new AMD Ryzen 5000 Range.

Push the Performance Envelope

Over the last few years, AMD have been working tirelessly to produce compelling desktop processors for gamers and creators. Each Ryzen line released in the past three years has improved and refined expectations in the desktop processor market. With significant wins in all areas of computing, AMD processors have been revolutionising performance in desktop, laptop, enterprise and console computing applications. Both the new Microsoft XBOX Series X and Sony Playstation 5 feature 7nm processor architecture from AMD.

AMD’s recent rise in popularity in the PC Gaming space can be widely attributed to the Zen CPU microarchitecture. Ryzen 3000 processors provided gamers with a multitude of refinements with more cores and more performance available whilst increased core counts improved multitasking performance for content creators on mainstream desktop platforms.

AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors increase performance further with higher maximum boost speed, new core layout and a significant improvement in IPC (Instructions Per Clock) that will all directly benefit gamers and content creators who need fast, multicore processing solutions to get the very best from their systems.

 

What The New Changes Bring for You

Zen 2 vs Zen 3 CPU Layout

The improvements in speed are easier to understand when you view the architecture diagrams comparing the new CPUs to the previous generation.

On Zen 2 (Ryzen 3000) processors, the Level 3 Cache was split in a way that it could be shared with each CCX (Core Complex).
With Zen 3 (Ryzen 5000) processors, the cores are combined into a single, unified CCD (Core Chiplet Die). The Level 3 Cache is combined and accessible to all of the cores.

Simply put, the amount of cache remains the same but the way each core accesses the cache is drastically improved by essentially doubling the pool of cache accessible to each core.

This approach will reduce latency across the entire processor and reduce the amount of communication paths the CPU has to make. This translates into a significant boost in Instructions Per Clock performance which is vital for achieving higher framerates in games.

Frequencies on the new processors are a little higher than the previous generation but the 5000 series efficiency improvements will translate to better raw performance in games as well as single and multi core optimised applications. Video rendering, game streaming, 3D modelling and other CPU hungry applications will all be able to take advantage of this new architecture.

AMD claims large gaming improvement across the board vs the old generation of Ryzen processors, especially in lower resolutions where gaming performance can be more CPU limited.

The New AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors

The new CPU models available from AMD will operate on AMD X570 and B550 chipset motherboards.

All of the new CPUs have 24 PCIe lanes, support DDR4 3200 memory speeds and are packaged for the AM4 CPU Socket.

When paired with an X570 motherboard, users can benefit from up to 40 PCIe lanes of connectivity, all at PCI Express Gen4 speeds.
Should you choose a more affordable B550 model, you can enjoy up to 20 PCIe Gen4 lanes.

Ryzen 5 5600X – 6 Cores, 12 Threads – 65W TDP – 32mb L3 Cache – 3.7GHz Base Clock – 4.6GHz Boost Clock
This CPU is being pitched as the ultimate gamers CPU. 6 high frequency cores provide ample thread count for multi threaded applications and games and provides gaming performance similar to processors much higher in the range.

Ryzen 7 5800X – 8 Cores, 16 Threads – 105W TDP – 32mb L3 Cache – 3.8GHz Base Clock – 4.7GHz Boost Clock
The octa-core Zen 3 processor is one of the fastest gaming chips in the Ryzen 5000 line-up. Providing strong performance increases in multithreaded applications, this CPU is ideal for gamers with high refresh rate monitors looking for high FPS figures in their games.

Ryzen 9 5900X – 12 Cores, 24 Threads – 105W TDP – 64mb L3 Cache – 3.7GHz Base Clock – 4.8GHz Boost Clock
12 Core CPUs are suited to gamers who do a lot more with their system than just running titles at 1080p. If you play demanding next generation titles and want to make sure you are achieving high framerates with the ability to stream and produce content then this CPU is ideal.

Ryzen 9 5950X – 16 Cores, 32 Threads – 105W TDP – 64mb L3 Cache – 3.4GHz Base Clock – 4.9GHz Boost Clock
The flagship Ryzen 9 boasts a thread count which rivals many High End Desktop platforms. AMD have labelled this CPU as ‘The World’s Best Gaming Processor’.
You can expect ultimate performance in games, editing 4k video files with smooth playback, super fast render times and class leading single core performance.

 

In House Testing Results

Stormforce Gaming are an AMD Elite System Builder and we have been testing these products in house. All of our systems include fully qualified products as part of a stringent quality control timeline. This ensures that every system developed by Stormforce Gaming provides exceptional compatibility, build quality, balanced specifications and reliability.

Stormforce Gaming Ryzen 5000 Test Platform
ASUS Crosshair VIII Motherboard (X570)
Asus TUF GAMING RTX 3080 OC 10GB
WD 500GB SN750 M.2 2280 Black NVMe
Corsair Vengeance RGB 2x8GB DDR4-3600

 

Cinebench R20 Single Core testing – higher is better. Single Core performance is important because it makes everything on your system feel fast.

Cinebench R20 Multi Core – higher is better. Multi core performance is important for both content creation and gaming

1080P Gaming Benchmarks – 5 Run Average Frames Per Second – higher is better – All Titles using maximum graphics settings

 

 

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