Entry level discrete GPUs are facing challenges as the initial reviews of the AMD Ryzen 7 8700G desktop APU indicate that its integrated GPU (iGPU) can outperform the discrete GeForce GTX 1650. This suggests that it should also surpass the Radeon RX 6500 XT, which offers similar performance. The 8700G is built on the 4 nm "Hawk Point" monolithic silicon and features the powerful Radeon 780M iGPU based on the latest RDNA3 graphics architecture. It includes up to 12 compute units, equivalent to 768 stream processors, 48 TMUs, and an impressive 32 ROPs. Additionally, it fully supports the DirectX 12 Ultimate API requirements, including ray tracing. A review by a Chinese tech publication on BiliBili demonstrated that an overclocked 8700G can outperform a discrete GTX 1650 in 3DMark TimeSpy.
It is worth noting that both the iGPU engine clock and the APU's memory frequency were increased in the review. The reviewer raised the iGPU engine clock from its reference speed of 2900 MHz to 3400 MHz. Similar to its predecessor, the 5700G "Cezanne," the new 8700G "Hawk Point" features a more advanced memory controller compared to its chiplet-based counterpart, the Ryzen 7000 "Raphael." The reviewer successfully overclocked the DDR5-8400 memory, resulting in a 17% improvement in the Time Spy score compared to stock speeds. This is how the chip manages to outperform the discrete GTX 1650 (with comparable performance to the RX 6500 XT at 1080p).