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AMD Ryzen 3 3250U

AMD R3 3250U

The AMD Ryzen 3 3250U is an entry-level, dual-core APU that was announced in 2020. The Ryzen features two Zen cores (SMT is enabled for a total of 4 threads) running at 2.6 GHz to 3.5 GHz and a Radeon RX Vega 3 graphics adapter (3 Compute Units = 192 unified shaders) running at up to 1,200 MHz. The specifications are similar to the older Ryzen 3 3200U, with the lower peak operating temperature of Ryzen 3 3250U (95 °C versus the 105 °C) being the only difference between the two.

AMD Ryzen 3 3250C is a special edition of Ryzen 3 3250U designed for use in Chromebooks. The specifications and performance figures appear to be identical between the two.

Architecture

Unlike the costlier Ryzen 5 3500U, Ryzen 3 3250U is not Zen+ based. It makes use of the ageing Zen architecture and is manufactured on the same 14 nm TSMC process as Ryzen 2000-series laptop-grade processors. This has several repercussions; the limited RAM support is one of them. DDR4-3200, DDR4-2933, DDR4-2666 modules are not supported here. It's just the DDR4-2400, DDR4-2133 and lower on.

The CPU has several PCI-Express 3.0 lanes and is thus compatible with NVMe SSDs (read/write rates will be limited to 3.9 GB/s) as well as discrete graphics cards. Ryzen 3 3250U gets soldered permanently on to the motherboard (FP5 socket interface) and is thus not user-replaceable.

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Performance

As far as multi-thread benchmark scores are concerned, this Ryzen series chip directly competes with the Core i3-10110U, Core i3-1110G4 and also the Athlon Gold 3150U. While the 3250U is certainly not a powerhouse, mundane tasks such as web browsing and casual gaming pose little problem to it, as of early 2022.

Graphics

The Vega 3 is fairly close to Intel's UHD Graphics 620 as far as performance and capabilities go. The graphics adapter supports UHD 2160p monitors at 60 fps, and it can HW-decode VP9, AVC, HEVC, MPEG-2 and other popular video codecs. The latest AV1 codec is not supported, though. Such a video will have to be decoded via software, with the limited CPU horsepower imposing a hard limit on the resolution that can be played back without stuttering.

The Vega will allow for a bit of light gaming; F1 2021 runs well at 720p / Low, to give you an example. Quality RAM will allow for higher frame rates and the opposite is true as well; please keep in mind that Vega 3 has no VRAM of its own.

Power consumption

Energy efficiency isn't great here. The Ryzen is built with a 14 nm manufacturing process leading to low, as of early 2023, energy efficiency.

The APU has a default TDP, also known as the long-term Power Limit, of 15 W. Laptop makers are free to reduce that value a little, with 12 W being the lower limit, or give it a noticeable bump (up to 25 W are possible). Clock speeds and performance will change accordingly as a result.

While not as power-hungry as the Ryzen 3 3100 or any other desktop chip, the R3 3250U is still not likely to ever feature in a passively cooled laptop, tablet or mini-PC.

SeriesAMD Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU)
CodenameZen
Clock Rate2600 - 3500 MHz
Level 1 Cache192 KB
Level 2 Cache1 MB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads2 / 4
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Transistor Count4500 Million
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature95 °C
SocketFP5
FeaturesDDR4-2400 RAM, PCIe 3, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4A, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX2, BMI2, ABM, FMA, ADX, SMEP, SMAP, SMT, CPB, AES-NI, RDRAND, RDSEED, SHA, SME
GPUAMD Radeon RX Vega 3 ( - 1200 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date01/06/2020

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
23.2 pt (32%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 1876     avg: 1989     median: 2010 (2%)     max: 2080 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 768     avg: 785     median: 776 (33%)     max: 810 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 234     avg: 279     median: 300 (33%)     max: 303 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 415     avg: 668     median: 783 (2%)     max: 805 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 351     avg: 352.7     median: 353 (2%)     max: 354 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 119     avg: 122.2     median: 121.6 (37%)     max: 126 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 8899     avg: 9153     median: 9063 (5%)     max: 9496 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 2931     avg: 3225     median: 3291 (39%)     max: 3452 MIPS
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 1.83     avg: 2.1     median: 2.2 (4%)     max: 2.17 fps
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Blender - Blender 3.3 Classroom CPU *
min: 2492     avg: 2541     median: 2541 (32%)     max: 2590 Seconds
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 1319     avg: 1372     median: 1399 (10%)     max: 1399 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 0.773     avg: 0.8     median: 0.8 (17%)     max: 0.843 sec
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
12.7 s (3%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 3849     avg: 4103     median: 4195 (11%)     max: 4266 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 3689     avg: 3727     median: 3703 (9%)     max: 3789 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 5463     avg: 5522     median: 5507 (10%)     max: 5596 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 353     avg: 1254     median: 1692 (7%)     max: 1718 Points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 687     avg: 796     median: 824 (35%)     max: 848 points
Geekbench 5.5 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 1397     avg: 1634     median: 1662 (3%)     max: 1813 points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 1187     avg: 1233     median: 1233 (1%)     max: 1279 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
313.8 ms (3%)
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 135.3     avg: 140.2     median: 140.2 (29%)     max: 145 Points
CrossMark - CrossMark Overall
min: 588     avg: 624     median: 623.5 (24%)     max: 659 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 20.5     avg: 24.1     median: 24.1 (4%)     max: 27.7 Watt
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Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 25.2     avg: 26.6     median: 26.6 (5%)     max: 28 Watt
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption - external Monitor *
3.5 Watt (2%)
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Power Consumption - Idle Power Consumption 150cd 1min *
min: 5.59     avg: 6     median: 6 (7%)     max: 6.43 Watt
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Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
13.9 Points per Watt (10%)
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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