AMD Athlon Silver 3050U vs AMD Ryzen 3 3250U
AMD Athlon Silver 3050U► remove from comparison
The AMD Athlon Silver 3050U is a mobile processor for thin and light entry level laptops. It is based on the Picasso series (e.g. Ryzen 3000U APUs) and offers two Zen cores clocked at 2.3 to 3.2 GHz without SMT (two threads at once) and 4 MB of L3 Cache. The integrated graphics card is called Radeon RX Vega 2 and offers only 2 CUs (128 Shaders) clocked at up to 1,100 MHz. The TDP is configurable between 12 and 25 Watt (15 Watt nominal).
In Chromebooks, AMD calles the APU AMD Athlon Silver 3050C, but with the exact same specifications (and performance).
AMD Ryzen 3 3250U► remove from comparison
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.
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.
The Raven Ridge in detail page will give you plenty of information regarding the features and capabilities of the CPU family.
Ryzen 3 3250U is an entry-level processor as of 2021. As such, it competes with Intel's Core i3-10110U and other affordable Intel Core CPUs. While not a powerhouse, the Ryzen has enough muscle to chew through mundane tasks such as web browsing and a bit of casual gaming.
The Vega 3 iGPU 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.
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; keep in mind that Vega 3 has no VRAM of its own.
Energy efficiency isn't great here as the 14 nm manufacturing node is obsolete by now. Still, default TDP (also known as the long-term Power Limit) of 15 W makes the Ryzen a good fit for thinner, lighter, easy to carry around laptops.
|Model||AMD Athlon Silver 3050U||AMD Ryzen 3 3250U|
|Series||AMD Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU)||AMD Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU)|
|Series: Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU) Zen|
|Clock||2300 - 3200 MHz||2600 - 3500 MHz|
|L1 Cache||192 KB||192 KB|
|L2 Cache||1 MB||1 MB|
|L3 Cache||4 MB||4 MB|
|Cores / Threads||2 / 2||2 / 4|
|TDP||15 Watt||15 Watt|
|Transistors||4500 Million||4500 Million|
|Technology||14 nm||14 nm|
|max. Temp.||95 °C||95 °C|
|Features||XFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT||XFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT|
|iGPU||AMD Radeon RX Vega 2 ( - 1100 MHz)||AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 ( - 1200 MHz)|
|Manufacturer||AMD Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU) Athlon 3050U||AMD Picasso (Ryzen 3000 APU) R3 3250U|