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AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

AMD R5 3500U

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is a mobile SoC that was announced in January 2019. It combines four Zen+ cores (8 threads) clocked at 2.1 GHz to 3.7 GHz with a Radeon RX Vega 8 iGPU with 8 CUs (512 Shaders) clocked at up to 1200 MHz. Specified at 15 Watt TDP, the SoC is intended for thin mid-range laptops. In Chromebooks, AMD calles the APU AMD Ryzen 5 3500C, but the specifications (and performance) are the same.

The Picasso SoC uses the Zen+ microarchitecture with slight improvements that should lead to a 3% IPS (performance per clock) improvements. Furthermore, the 12 nm process allows for higher clocks at similar power consumption.

The integrated dual-channel memory controller supports up to DDR4-2400 memory. As the features of the Picasso APUs are the same compared to the Raven Ridge predecessors, we point to our Raven Ridge launch article.

AMD states that the Picasso APUs are about 8% faster than the predecessors. Therefore, the Ryzen 5 3500U should be ahead the Ryzen 5 2500U (2 - 3.6 GHz) and nearly on par with the Ryzen 7 2700U (2.2 - 3.8 GHz). The performance in our tests depends a lot on the used TDP settings and cooling system. Looking at our Cinebench R15 loop you see a huge difference on the sustained performance, but not as high as for the Ryzen 7 3700U. The average Ryzen 5 3500U for example is even slightly faster than an average Ryzen 7 3700U in our tests (performance rating). Compared with Intel CPUs, the 3500U is on par with a Intel Core i5-8265U (Whiskey Lake Quad-Core 1.6 - 3.9 GHz).

SeriesAMD Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU)
CodenameZen+
Series: Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU) Zen+
AMD Ryzen 7 3780U compare2.3 - 4 GHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H compare2.3 - 4 GHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U compare2.3 - 4 GHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 3700U compare2.3 - 4 GHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H compare2.1 - 3.7 GHz4 / 84 MB
» AMD Ryzen 5 3500U2.1 - 3.7 GHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U compare2.1 - 3.7 GHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3580U compare2.1 - 3.7 GHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 3450U compare2.1 - 3.5 GHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 3 3350U compare2.1 - 3.5 GHz4 / 44 MB
AMD Ryzen 3 3300U compare2.1 - 3.5 GHz4 / 44 MB
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 3300U compare2.1 - 3.5 GHz4 / 44 MB
Clock Rate2100 - 3700 MHz
Level 1 Cache384 KB
Level 2 Cache2 MB
Level 3 Cache4 MB
Number of Cores / Threads4 / 8
Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)15 Watt
Transistor Count4500 Million
Manufacturing Technology12 nm
SocketAM4
FeaturesXFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT
GPUAMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000) ( - 1200 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Architecturex86
Announcement Date01/06/2019

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
33.3 pt (39%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 317     avg: 354     median: 364 (48%)     max: 372 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 1063     avg: 1436     median: 1477 (6%)     max: 1540 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 482     avg: 642     median: 650 (7%)     max: 682 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 131     avg: 142     median: 143 (50%)     max: 147 Points
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 3.35     avg: 3.9     median: 4 (9%)     max: 4.15 fps
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