AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-Core 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Radeon Graphics

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For gamers, creators, and all-around PC users who want enthusiast-class performance without the need for a discrete graphics card – look no further than Ryzen™ 5000 G-Series Desktop Processors – The Ultimate Desktop Processor with Graphics.

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10 reviews for AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-Core 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Radeon Graphics

  1. Amazon Customer (verified owner)

    4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice chip, but be careful
    Got this when I was building a new PC to replace a five-year-old Ryzen 7 1700X system. The old PC was great performance-wise, I didn’t really need to upgrade yet but I was beginning to have crashes periodically ever since moving to dual monitors in late 2020 due to working from home. These were the strangest crashes…no error, no warning, the system would just reboot. It was really annoying, even though with NVMe drives the reboot is quick. It was a mystery whether the problem was caused by the GPU, CPU, memory, the SSD, a driver somewhere, or some combination of all of the above. I figured it was time to pull my system into the modern age with updated interfaces, chip, and motherboard.

    With GPUs still being ridiculously overpriced, I targeted the Ryzen 7 5700G as a chip that would give me comparable or better performance than my old system but still give me a more modern technology set without needing a GPU. The old PC had an nVidia 1060 but I’d had good luck with its predecessor when I’d run for five years with an AMD A10 APU chip that played games sufficiently well and absolutely manhandled Windows and office apps. But as luck would have it, the 5700G had been dropping in price during my research phase, and right when I went to buy, the price spiked up. Thanks a lot, irrational market!

    Pondering what to do, I read some comparisons of the 1700X to the 5600G, and the 5600G fared ok. It was close in overall performance and much more efficient and used less power. It did have two fewer cores, but I’m not a streamer or heavy video editor, so I figured I’d give it a crack. Amazon had a third party seller that shipped out of Mexico with the best price…I was a little weirded out by that, but the seller came through and the chip is legit and arrived brand new in box with stock cooler, instructions, and foil badge sticker.

    You should pair this APU with a good mobo and memory. I chose the MSI B550 MPG Gamer Edge WiFi, and TeamGroup DDR4 3600. The mobo will be critical in determining your possible upgrade paths, and the memory is used by the AMD APUs to help with the graphics. The MSI board will support eventually moving to the 5700G or even 5800 or higher with a GPU.

    The 5600G installed easily and worked great on first boot. The MSI board supports the 5600G with BIOS version 17 and above and mine came with version 18 installed. So far the system has been stable with none of the weird crashes. I’ve not pushed the gaming performance yet, just a couple low-demand games. The most visually demanding was Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris…it was sluggish at 4K but fine at 1080 FHD. I’m also running several browser tabs open. The 5600G cost at about $100 less than the what the 5700G was running at the time. So far so good, and I know there are some easy APU/CPU upgrades available in the future but right now I’ve no need to do so.

    Update 22-Sep-2022: I am completely despondent now. After running beautifully for two weeks, the random reboots when the system is at idle are now happening to this PC just has it had on my old one. I’ve read every post I could from others that have had similar issues with Ryzen chips and I’m beginning to think it’s a driver issue, but I’m still not 100% sure. This is a nice chip but if it’s going to keep crashing I simply can’t use it; it’s just too maddening to walk away and return a few minutes later and the thing has rebooted. I may have to return the chip or even consider switching to Intel. What a disappointment.

    Update 24-Sep-2022: Back in action after doing a Windows reset. This is basically reinstalling Windows over your existing install. System is stable again. Very strange. But a few days ago when the issue started it was after I had just gone to the AMD site and installed a bunch of chipset drivers and the Radeon utilities. So I’ll stick with the stock drivers Windows installed, and leave the other updates out. The only ones I’ve applied since getting this PC build are the motherboard BIOS (MSI B550 MPG Gamer Edge WiFi, now currently at BIOS 7C91v1B), various motherboard drivers for the WiFi and Bluetooth, and the MSI Center software so I can easily reference the mobo BIOS and driver versions from Windows. If I get past two weeks without the issue returning then I can say those AMD drivers were likely related, which is unfortunate, if those drivers also bring better performance. But the best feature is stability, so I’ll stick with this for now. Also put the star rating to four stars – this is a great performing chip, but that reboot thing is a total bummer when it happens.

    Update 08-Dec-2022: Running GREAT. Holding back on the drivers was the answer. System is rock solid now, through games, video streaming, and many browser tabs open. Have since run Fallout 4 just fine (it struggled with my dual monitor setup at first, but I think that’s a Fallout thing and not the Ryzen chip) at FHD. I regularly put the system to sleep and wake it later; no problems and I’m getting things done at work and play.

  2. James Harper (verified owner)

    5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as advertised, amazing
    This product really surprised me because I was not expecting it to do everything it promised. I was expecting to be able to play small games like Minecraft or Roblox but then to struggle on anything more, but that was not the case. This product is great for gaming, and although you could use a GPU with it, it doesn’t really need one unless you are trying to make your games look like a movie. Some of the games i know it can play are,
    – Halo
    – War tunder (almost max graphics too)
    – Race Room
    – fallout
    – and more
    These are games i tested with this CPU (without a GPU) and it runs all of these games fine

  3. Razzz (verified owner)

    5.0 out of 5 stars It Is The Sweet Spot For AMD CPU With Onboard Graphics
    Easily overclocks. It can game but not at the highest setting. Only if you need to do more intensive processing like rendering videos would you need more thread capacity like with it big brother the 5700G. For everyday use and light gaming this 5600G excels. Probably why its pricing is stable and not dropping much lately. Get one of the many mature and stable motherboards that handles its onboard CPU graphics and you can scratch off the expense of getting a graphics card. Pair it with two sticks for a total of 32gigs of memory (2×16) and you will be off to the races.

  4. EWaylan (verified owner)

    5.0 out of 5 stars Working properly, warranty new seals fine
    The processor and the fan work properly. The box arrived with just some little damage on its vertexes due it was protected just into a plastic bag but the warranty seals were undamaged. For a free shipping cost and personal use this is not a considerable issue because the original box has enough shock protection inside; but if you plan to resell it on box you should invest a little more on shipping. I recomend the product

  5. DoodleBug (verified owner)

    5.0 out of 5 stars Great For General Use and Older Games
    I replaced a 3600 AMD cpu with this for the express purpose of removing the video card and reducing the power consumption. After making sure to update the bios on the motherboard I put the chip in and removed the RX480 video card. I have loaded and played many of the older games in my library, like Borderlands, and they run very well. This system uses about 140 watts less power than my full tower gaming setup. I also switched to a 24″ gaming monitor from a 32″ screen that I now use for streaming. I am happy with the results. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G is great pick for a budget system.

  6. Christopher B. Brenneman (verified owner)

    5.0 out of 5 stars This cpu works great.
    Ensure you have at least 32gb of ram, or higher. The more ram the more will go to your GPU. I have 32 and it dedicates 9gb to the gpu. I can play red dead 2 well. my only issue is the controls for the GPU are hard ot find with no instructions. I had to guess until i got it right. Go to AMD. But other then, its ten times better then I thought and the CPU runs as well as my 5800X. And it came fast

  7. Buyer K. (verified owner)

    4.0 out of 5 stars For office work or watching YouTube.
    It’s a bulk CPU, so only people who understand it will buy it. it’s a CPU with GPU(Radeon) capability.

    As for performance, it can be used comfortably for light usage such as working with Microsoft Office and playing back 4K videos on YouTube.
    The CPU generates a moderate amount of heat, and a retail CPU fan is sufficient.

    There are symptoms of what appears to be a Windows 11/10 driver issue.
    When Windows 11 is cleanly installed, there is video output, but when the Radeon driver is automatically applied after installation, dual monitor output is no longer available.
    Using Windows Remote Desktop to remove the graphics driver will restore monitor output to normal. However, since the driver is automatically applied optimally, the monitor output will be problematic again.

    I have no choice but to install Ubuntu Desktop and use Windows 11 virtualized.

  8. Wade Jinright (verified owner)

    5.0 out of 5 stars Bridged the Gap
    It got me through till I was able to get a graphics card to pair it with. It has been a good processor and has given me the needed speed to compute with effectively.

  9. Andrew Allen (verified owner)

    5.0 out of 5 stars Worked great. Very happy customer..
    I’ve bought a similar CPU previously that did not work right out of the box. Amazon refunded my money on my returning that one. This one worked right out of the box. It created, for us, a quite swift PC. Yes, it’s fast. It’ will probably handle some games. These come with a CPU fan. It must be installed else your new CPU will run too hot thus reducing its lifespan.

  10. walker (verified owner)

    4.0 out of 5 stars Good for everyday computing
    I used this for an entry “gaming” PC build without a graphics card until I can afford one. I used with a gaming motherboard, 500 gb m.2 ssd and 16bg 3200 DDR4 and a 1080p monitor. It is very fast for every day tasks and boots up in seconds, but it wasn’t quite as powerful for gaming as I hoped. It can run most Roblox games at good or even max settings, but cannot handle mid tier games such Fortnite at a level that I would consider playable.

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