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Our first AMD Ryzen 5 3550H benchmarks are in and they give Intel's Core i5-8300H a run for their money

Our first AMD Ryzen 5 3550H benchmarks are in and they give Intel's Core i5-8300H a run for their money (Image source: AMD)
Our first AMD Ryzen 5 3550H benchmarks are in and they give Intel's Core i5-8300H a run for their money (Image source: AMD)
The budget-mainstream gaming laptop space is about to get much more interesting. AMD's latest Zen+ processor is essentially comparable to the Core i5-8300H to make it a perfect companion for mid-range Nvidia GPUs. It's now up to OEMs like Asus to make laptops sporting both Ryzen and GeForce processors for true market disruption.

AMD has been hitting home runs with its Ryzen series. The original 2016 Zen family for laptops is comparable to Intel Kaby Lake-R and even the latest Whiskey Lake-U series while offering far superior integrated graphics performance than the dated UHD Graphics 620. At CES 2019, AMD finally announced a family of faster 35 W mobile Zen+ CPUs to compete against Intel's family of 45 W Kaby Lake-H and Coffee Lake-H CPUs commonly found on gaming laptops.

The first Zen+ CPU hit the market just last week as the Ryzen 5 3550H for the Asus TUF FX505DY budget gaming laptop. After putting it through our usual suite of benchmarks, we can conclude that AMD's new 12 nm processor is comparable to Inte's 14 nm Core i5-8300H in both single- and multi-threaded workloads. The average i5-8300H in our database taken from 17 different laptops scores 785 points in CineBench R15 Multi-Thread compared to 757 on our Ryzen-powered Asus laptop. Meanwhile, single-thread performance is slower on the AMD by about 10 percent. This is certainly still commendable given that the Ryzen 5 3550H operates under a tighter TDP budget than the Intel equivalent.

Performance throttling appears to be minimal as well. When running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop, we are only able to record a performance dip of just 5 percent over time

Intel's hexa-core Core i7-8750H will still handily outperform the quad-core Ryzen 5 3550H by as much as 60 percent in multi-threaded workloads. AMD has no plans for a 35 W hexa-core Zen+ CPU at the moment and so Intel will remain uncontested in the high-end gaming market.

We're hopeful that more future gaming laptops in the budget to mainstream category will consider the Ryzen 5 3550H in lieu of the Core i5-8300H. Not only would prices be lower, but raw CPU performance would be nearly the same.

Of course, our benchmarks below are only based on one laptop and so we cannot make any wide-reaching conclusions about the Ryzen 5 3550H just yet. Nonetheless, the initial numbers are very promising just like what we saw with the Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U. We'll continue to test more Zen-powered laptops as they trickle in. The proper "Zen 2" series is expected to launch before the end of this year that should offer even faster performance than the Zen+ series.

For more technical information and benchmarks on the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, see our dedicated page here.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Intel Core i9-8950HK
198 Points ∼91%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U
191 Points ∼88%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
174 Points ∼80%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
Intel Core i7-8750H
174 Points ∼80%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
162 Points ∼74%
Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
161 Points ∼74%
Asus TUF FX505DY
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
145 Points ∼67%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
141 Points ∼65%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
131 Points ∼60%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
1551 Points ∼35%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
Intel Core i7-8750H
1204 Points ∼28%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1148 Points ∼26%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U
815 Points ∼19%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
798 Points ∼18%
Asus TUF FX505DY
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
757 Points ∼17%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
699 Points ∼16%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
530 Points ∼12%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
514 Points ∼12%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U
1896.87 s * ∼22%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
331.085 s * ∼4%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
268.14 s * ∼3%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Intel Core i9-8950HK
245.415 s * ∼3%
Asus TUF FX505DY
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
209.164 s * ∼2%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
205.94 s * ∼2%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
197.647 s * ∼2%
Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
130.519 s * ∼2%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U
1248.27 Seconds * ∼6%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
697.5 Seconds * ∼3%
Asus TUF FX505DY
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
695 Seconds * ∼3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
654.006 Seconds * ∼3%
Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
597.425 Seconds * ∼3%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
558.56 Seconds * ∼2%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
503.967 Seconds * ∼2%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Intel Core i9-8950HK
451.786 Seconds * ∼2%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance Physics
Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
13959 Points ∼75%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Intel Core i9-8950HK
13057 Points ∼70%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
Intel Core i7-8750H
11770 Points ∼63%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
9742 Points ∼52%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
8354 Points ∼45%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U
7957 Points ∼43%
Asus TUF FX505DY
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
6685 Points ∼36%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
6015 Points ∼32%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
5232 Points ∼28%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy CPU
Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
8049 Points ∼71%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
Intel Core i7-8750H
6037 Points ∼53%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
3834 Points ∼34%
Asus TUF FX505DY
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
3366 Points ∼30%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics
Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
17915 Points ∼66%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
Intel Core i7-8750H
16576 Points ∼61%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Intel Core i9-8950HK
15544 Points ∼57%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U
11865 Points ∼44%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
11763 Points ∼43%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
11246 Points ∼41%
Asus TUF FX505DY
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
10690 Points ∼39%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
7541 Points ∼28%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
6664 Points ∼25%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics
Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 7 2700 Review
AMD Ryzen 7 2700
12224 Points ∼31%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Intel Core i9-8950HK
10476 Points ∼27%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
8461 Points ∼21%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
7509 Points ∼19%
Asus TUF FX505DY
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
6897 Points ∼17%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD
Intel Core i7-8565U
6558 Points ∼17%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
5232 Points ∼13%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
4713 Points ∼12%

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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (151 - 174, n=17)
169 Points ∼78%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
166 Points ∼76%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
818 Points ∼19%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (604 - 850, n=17)
785 Points ∼18%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance Physics
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
8324 Points ∼45%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (6234 - 9415, n=15)
8139 Points ∼44%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
11673 Points ∼43%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (9136 - 11971, n=15)
10979 Points ∼41%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
8380 Points ∼21%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (6260 - 8471, n=15)
7613 Points ∼19%
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Asus TUF FX505DY Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø725 (718.93-754.96)
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø823 (815.58-828.24)
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Allen Ngo, 2019-03- 6 (Update: 2019-03- 6)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.