Multiple Ryzen 7 2700U Geekbench results show it trading blows with the i7-8550U
AMD’s hotly anticipated Raven Ridge mobile processors are almost upon us, several months after their desktop based siblings become available. Around a week ago, we wrote about some 3DMark 11 results produced by PCPerspective which showed that the Ryzen 7 2700U had more than twice the graphics score of the i7-8550U iGPU, and reached to within 10 to 15 percent of the Nvidia MX150.
Now we have some Geekbench 3 results for the Ryzen 7 2700U found and reported by one of our readers who goes by the name of “The Changed Man.” These results all appear to be produced by the same Acer Swift SF315-41 laptop, and the results are reporting the same 2.2 GHz base speed rumored previously. These rumors suggested a maximum boost speed of 4.0 GHz, and our comparison graphs produced from the Geekbench 3 results (shown below) indicate that a maximum boost of around that level is within reason.
We can’t say whether the results from this Acer laptop represent the 2700U in an "average" configuration or if it is a setup with boosted TDP allowances giving results that would be in the top few percent. There were results for the 8550U which were higher for both single-core and multi-core than any of these 2700U results, however, with such a small dataset it is hard to know precisely where the 2700U falls in the spectrum. Note: while there are some older results from a Lenovo laptop which show noticeably lower scores than these Acer ones, they have been excluded from this comparison as their timeframe puts them at risk of being early engineering samples.
There is an outlier within these Ryzen benchmarks. With the outlier left in, the single-core results for the 2700U (3438 points) are slightly lower than the top 25 percent of 8550U results (3500 points). When that outlier is removed the remaining scores (3644 points) are the same as the top 10 percent for the 8550U (3639 points). Multi-core with the outlier included (11774 points) is again similar to the top 25 percent of 8550U results (11745 points). Excluding the outlier (12334 points) also mirrors the single-core results and is comparable to the top 10 percent of 8550U scores (12448 points).
If these results prove to be representative of what we can expect from the Ryzen 7 2700U, then it will provide some serious competition to ultrabooks equipped with Intel’s ULV processors. Add the leaked graphical prowess into the equation, and this could end up being a good option for casual gamers (lighter or older titles). It is unfortunate for AMD that they weren’t able to get Raven Ridge to market sooner, as these comparisons would have looked very different when put against the older 7th Generation Kaby Lake chips.
Thank you to "The Changed Man" for bringing these benchmarks to our attention