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AMD Ryzen 3 5300G Review: Stunning Value APU Performance

Tantalizing but out of reach

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AMD Ryzen 3 5300G Integrated GPU Gaming Performance — The TLDR 

Below you can see the geometric mean of our integrated graphics gaming tests across five titles at 1280x720 and 1080p, with each resolution split into its own chart to give us a decent overall view of the current landscape. These are cumulative metrics, so individual wins vary on a per-title basis. You'll find the game-by-game test results further below.

The Ryzen 3 5300G is currently only available in pre-built OEM systems, and those systems are often only available with a single stick of memory. We included a test setup with a single channel of memory as a reminder to check the memory configuration on pre-builts, as that is how many OEMs ship their systems. That's particularly painful for APUs. You can read more about that in our Ryzen 7 5700G review. 

Here are the test configurations for the entries in the charts below:

  • Ryzen 3 5300G: 2x 8GB DDR4-3200 (dual channel) memory @ 16-16-16-36, ASUS ROG Strix B550-E, PBO disabled, Default power limits
  • Ryzen 3 5300G PBO + DDR4-4000: 2x 8GB DDR4-3200 (dual channel) memory @ DDR4-4000 19-19-19-48, ASUS ROG Strix B550-E, PBO enabled, FCLK at 2000 MHz (1:1 coupled mode), RX Vega at 2300 MHz
  • Ryzen 5 5600G: 2x 8GB DDR4-3200 (dual channel) memory @ 16-16-16-36, ASUS ROG Strix B550-E, PBO disabled, Default power limits
  • Ryzen 7 5700G: 2x 8GB DDR4-3200 (dual channel) memory @ 16-16-16-36, ASUS ROG Strix B550-E, PBO disabled, Default power limits
  • Ryzen 7 5700G HP Single Channel: 1x 16GB DDR4-3200 (single channel) memory @ 22-22-22-52, HP Pavilion TP01-2066, No configurable options
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iGPU Performance relative to Ryzen 7 5700G
1280x7201920x1080
Ryzen 7 5700G100%100%
Ryzen 5 5600G96.3%96%
Ryzen 7 4750G92.9%94.1%
Ryzen 3 5300G85.8%87.2%
Ryzen 5 3400G83.5%84.1%
Ryzen 3 3200G77.1%78.1%
Intel UHD Graphics 750 32 EU (11600K, 11700K)58.3%~48.9%
Intel UHD Graphics 730 24 EU (i5-11400)51.7%42.9%
Intel UHD Graphics 630 24 EU (10600K)36.0%34.4%

The table above gives us a performance comparison of the most relevant chips, with the Ryzen 7 5700G used as the baseline. The quad-core eight-thread Ryzen 3 5300G beats its predecessor, the Ryzen 3 3200G, by ~11% at both resolutions and edges past the Ryzen 5 3400G, too.

At 1280x720, the Ryzen 3 5300G delivers 86% of the gaming performance of the $359 Ryzen 7 5700G, but for 60% less cash (based on our worst-case theoretical $150 pricing). The same story plays out with the $259 Ryzen 5 5600G: The Ryzen 3 5300G provides 90% of the 5600G's performance, but for 40% less cash. 

AMD's Ryzen 7 Pro 4750G represents AMD's most modern previous-gen APU, but it never came to retail. This chip is 8% faster at 1280x720 but comes with a much higher price tag befit of its beefier complement of cores, cache, and higher clock speeds.

Flipping over to the 1920x1080 results finds the Ryzen 3 5300G landing at an average of ~31 fps across our test suite. It's important to bear in mind that we test most of these game titles at or near the lowest standard presets, but dedicated tuners can run just about any game on lower-end hardware. Regardless, we're clearly far enough down on the FHD performance scale that the GPU will struggle with many triple-A titles if you use the standard presets. Of course, perceptions of what constitutes a playable frame rate can vary (it really is a subjective matter), but you'll need to keep your FHD gaming expectations in check. It's definitely possible with many titles, but you'll have to compromise heavily on fidelity. 

The Intel chips give us about what we expect. which is lackluster performance. Intel's UHD Graphics 750 engine with the Xe architecture is a decent improvement over the company's UHD Graphics 630 engine, but Intel ported the Xe architecture back to the 14nm process, resulting in fewer graphics cores. As such, the highest-end desktop chips currently have 32 EUs, whereas the 10nm Tiger Lake chips stretch up to 96 EU. Intel has made strides compared to the UHD Graphics 630 engine in the 10600K, but the best Intel chips still trail AMD's three-year-old Ryzen 5 3400G 'Picasso' chips by significant margins. As a result, it's a no-contest against AMD's more potent 5000G chips in every facet.

It's clear that the Ryzen 3 5300G represents an impressive step forward over the last generation of APUs that came to retail. Overall, the results are simple: If you're looking for the best integrated graphics on the desktop, Cezanne is the leader for desktop PCs. A single Ryzen 3 5300G even ties or exceeds much more expensive Intel + GT 1030 combos in our integrated graphics test suite. That's impressive.

The Ryzen 3 5300G provides quite a bit of performance, but it's hard to ascertain its value relative to the Ryzen 5 and 7 models because AMD hasn't assigned pricing. The 5300G provides surprisingly good performance at 1280x720, but the fidelity tradeoffs become more severe at 1080p, severely limiting the number of titles you could play comfortably. 

Far Cry 5 on AMD Ryzen 3 5300G

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Far Cry 5 is the one title where the Ryzen 3 5300G trails the Ryzen 5 3400G. The 5300G trails the 3400G by ~3% at 1280x720 and 8% at 1080p.

However, the Ryzen 3 5300G is 8.5% faster than the previous-gen Ryzen 3 3200G at 1280x720, and 15.8% at 1080p. 

Playing Far Cry 5 with the 5300G at 1080p did get a bit dicey, but further fine-tuning and/or overclocking pays dividends. As you can see, the Ryzen 3 5300G is exceedingly impressive after overclocking, beating both the stock Ryzen 7 5700G and Ryzen 5 5600G. 

It's also pretty impressive to see the Ryzen 3 5300G take such a solid lead over the Intel + GT 1030 pairings that, even under the best of pricing circumstances, cost much more than this single chip. That's a lot of performance packed into one 65W chip. 

Grand Theft Auto V on AMD Ryzen 3 5300G

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Grand Theft Auto V is immortal, partly because you can play it on lower-powered hardware if you're willing to trade off fidelity for performance.

The Ryzen 3 5300G pushes out an impressive 124.2 and 79.8 fps at 1280x720 and 1080p, respectively, leaving plenty of room for increasing the quality settings. Again, we see big results from iGPU and memory tweaking as the overclocked Ryzen 3 5300G takes the lead over the other stock Cezanne chips. 

As expected, the Ryzen 3 5300G takes the lead over its previous-gen Zen+ comparables, the Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G. 

You'll notice that the Intel + GT 1030 configurations pull ahead in this benchmark. GTAV has historically favored Intel CPU architectures, and we theorize that memory throughput may play a role here, too. The Intel chips may pull out the performance lead here, but again, these combos are far more expensive than the Ryzen 3 5300G. 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider on AMD Ryzen 3 5300G

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If you haven't been paying attention, the Intel chips have suffered throughout the iGPU benchmarks, delivering woefully inadequate performance in every title. That continues in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The Core i7-11700K and i5-11600K offer nearly identical performance in the 1080p benchmark, showing we've reached a graphics bottleneck that the 11700K's slightly higher CPU clock rate can't improve. The Core i5-11400, with its pared-back engine with 24 EUs, suffers even more. 

Also, pay attention to the Ryzen 7 5700G configuration with a single memory channel. Because most OEMs ship APU-powered pre-builts without the option to buy two memory sticks, this is the best-case Cezanne performance that money can buy with many OEM systems. As you can see, crippling the highest-end Cezanne chip with a single memory stick means it can't keep up with a properly-configured lowest-end model, the Ryzen 3 5300G.

The Ryzen 3 5300G is ~4% faster than the Ryzen 5 3400G at 1280x720 and 1% faster (consider this a tie) at 1080p. The Ryzen 7 4750G is faster than the Ryzen 3 5300G in all of the benchmarks, but that's expected and inconsequential. The 4750G is much more expensive and has always been OEM-only, so if you don't plan on buying a pre-built system, you'll have to pay scalper pricing. As shown in our Ryzen 7 4750G review, that kills the 4750G's value proposition. 

Strange Brigade on AMD Ryzen 3 5300G

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Our last foray into testing the Xe architecture in Strange Brigade happened at the Rocket Lake launch, and try as we might, we couldn't get the cursor to appear on the screen. However, newer drivers (or perhaps a game update?) have fixed that issue.

Strange Brigade now works just fine on our test system, but that doesn't help the UHD Graphics engines much. Much like we've seen throughout the entire test suite, the Ryzen 3 5300G beats the fastest Intel iGPU by ~45 to 50% in this benchmark.

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Paul Alcorn

Paul Alcorn is the Deputy Managing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage and enterprise hardware.

  • hotaru251
    i do question how pci 3.0 is a con on a cpu that is focused on being budget option.
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  • escksu
    hotaru251 said:
    i do question how pci 3.0 is a con on a cpu that is focused on being budget option.

    ITs a con because all Ryzen APUs are PCIE-3.0, this means 5600G, 5700G all PCI-E3.0.....

    The APU was supposdly to be a great product but AMD "castrated" it by literally halving the cache and using PCIE 3.0. On top of that, they use back Vega instead of RDNA....

    Now, imagine what the APU would be like if AMD had taken a different approach. The use the same Zen3 with PCIE and full cache and drop in RDNA GPU. It would been a monster. I am find if they sell it more than the non-APU verison.
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  • digitalgriffin
    If it exceeds $150 I seriously doubt the value vs a 3400g.
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  • Krotow
    escksu said:
    Now, imagine what the APU would be like if AMD had taken a different approach. The use the same Zen3 with PCIE and full cache and drop in RDNA GPU. It would been a monster. I am find if they sell it more than the non-APU verison.

    Apparently this will appear, but for double price :p
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  • Gillerer
    Since TSMC's N7 process is supposed to have great yields, AMD probably doesn't have many APU dies with 3+ faulty cores or 2 faulty CUs to go around.

    That means the only reason this 4-core alternative exists is to use up the few failed dies to satisfy their partners' greed; allowing OEMs to produce low-cost systems they can overcharge for.

    AMD have stated that the 5300G will not be coming to the DYI market. Even if it did, the price would certainly not be anywhere near $150 - somewhere around $189 - $219 would be more likely, to get a similar price hike as all previous Zen 3 products.

    escksu said:
    ITs a con because all Ryzen APUs are PCIE-3.0, this means 5600G, 5700G all PCI-E3.0.....

    The APU was supposedly to be a great product but AMD "castrated" it by literally halving the cache and using PCIE 3.0. On top of that, they use back Vega instead of RDNA....

    Now, imagine what the APU would be like if AMD had taken a different approach. The use the same Zen3 with PCIE and full cache and drop in RDNA GPU. It would been a monster. I am find if they sell it more than the non-APU verison.

    If this had as much L3 cache as the desktop CPUs, PCIe 4 and a RDNA GPU, it certainly would be a monster - in terms of die area, power consumption and cost. No OEM would use it, or alternatively AMD would have to cut their margins severely.

    This is based on what is primarily a laptop APU. Desktop comes as an afterthought, so all design decisions are made with the laptop experience and ease of integration (by OEMs) in mind.
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  • zodiacfml
    well the 3300x is now overpriced and hard to find and higher end Ryzens increased in price recently. this will fare worse.
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  • 10tacle
    Well heck. I am planning on building an entry level gaming PC for my 13 year old nephew as a Christmas gift (he knows of the shortages of both GPUs and PS5 consoles and the root causes of why). He'll be inheriting my old GTX 1080 Ti from my 1440p rig finally being put out to pasture, but I want to give him the peace of mind in these impossible GPU times to have a backup option for iGPU gaming should that 1080 Ti go belly up. The Ryzen 3 is right up that alley and a much better performance value than the Intel i3 but this is unfortunate. As zodiacfml said above, now the 3300x is priced into what I'd traditionally consider Ryzen 5 and Intel i5 territory. Amazon and NewEgg have it right now for $239 -- and that's a year and a half old chip originally priced at $120! I guess this is the new normal now. It used to be we could always fall back on consoles for gaming if the PC market got crazy but we don't even have that as an option now.
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  • logainofhades
    10tacle said:
    Well heck. I am planning on building an entry level gaming PC for my 13 year old nephew as a Christmas gift (he knows of the shortages of both GPUs and PS5 consoles and the root causes of why). He'll be inheriting my old GTX 1080 Ti from my 1440p rig finally being put out to pasture, but I want to give him the peace of mind in these impossible GPU times to have a backup option for iGPU gaming should that 1080 Ti go belly up. The Ryzen 3 is right up that alley and a much better performance value than the Intel i3 but this is unfortunate. As zodiacfml said above, now the 3300x is priced into what I'd traditionally consider Ryzen 5 and Intel i5 territory. Amazon and NewEgg have it right now for $239 -- and that's a year and a half old chip originally priced at $120! I guess this is the new normal now. It used to be we could always fall back on consoles for gaming if the PC market got crazy but we don't even have that as an option now.

    There is always a chance of finding something, on the used market. Personally, for a new gaming rig, I wouldn't go below a 6c/12t chip. Games are becoming more core/thread heavy.
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  • Gillerer
    logainofhades said:
    There is always a chance of finding something, on the used market. Personally, for a new gaming rig, I wouldn't go below a 6c/12t chip. Games are becoming more core/thread heavy.

    If thinking of "finding something on the used market", it's important to remember that cores are not created equal, and the number of cores is not the be-all and end-all - it's the overall performance of the CPU that counts.

    E.g. for a pure gaming build, I wouldn't pick Ryzen 5 1600, 1600AF or a 2600 (each 6c/12t) over a 10th gen Core i3 (4c/8t).

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    @10tacke:
    Overall, the 10th gen Intel Cores are really good value right now (as long as stock lasts... which they might not until Christmas), and something like an i5-10400F or 10400 (depending on whether you need an iGPU) would be a really good gaming CPU paired with the 1080Ti.

    I wouldn't count on any iGPU to be a "backup gaming option". Once you're used to dGPU performance, the most one will offer is a "backup desktop/productivity/debugging option".
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  • 10tacle
    Gillerer said:
    @10tacke: Overall, the 10th gen Intel Cores are really good value right now (as long as stock lasts... which they might not until Christmas), and something like an i5-10400F or 10400 (depending on whether you need an iGPU) would be a really good gaming CPU paired with the 1080Ti.

    I wouldn't count on any iGPU to be a "backup gaming option". Once you're used to dGPU performance, the most one will offer is a "backup desktop/productivity/debugging option".

    Well again we are in lean meat times. My nephew has grown up watching me PC game and upgrade PC hardware as well as get involved with PS3/4 gaming. He has had nearly a year now to fully understand what is going on with hardware shortages and to expect to be disappointed. If my 1080 Ti craps out next year and we are still in this hardware shortage mess as most analysts predict, he'll at least be informed on why he can't get a new GPU (or PS5). He'll just have to game at 720p. I'm also helping my nephew understand the term "first world problems." Problems as in be happy and make do with what you have like I grew up with and our forefathers did as well.
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