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Our first Ryzen 5 2500U benchmarks are in and Intel has every reason to worry

Our first Ryzen 5 2500U benchmarks are in and Intel has every reason to worry (Image source: AMD)
Our first Ryzen 5 2500U benchmarks are in and Intel has every reason to worry (Image source: AMD)
As fast as a Core i5-8250U but with more than double the graphics performance, the Ryzen 5 2500U is launching with just the momentum AMD needs in the notebook space.

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The HP Envy x360 15 and x360 13 were some of the first notebooks announced to ship with AMD's new Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 Mobile series of processors. While the Ryzen 7 SKUs are still nowhere to be found, the Ryzen 5 SKUs are now readily available as promised by the manufacturer. Our data below is a preview of the quad-core Ryzen 5 2500U in the new Envy x360 15 with the full review to come in the following week. The numbers represent our first set of in-house data for this particular processor and we were eager to get some direct comparisons against Intel's Kaby Lake and Kaby Lake-R family of processors.

Before diving into raw benchmark scores, we wanted to see if the Ryzen 5 processor will throttle when subjected to long periods of extreme processing load. Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop results in no significant performance degradation over time to confirm that the processor shouldn't suffer from any temperature ceiling or TJMax alarms when gaming or browsing. The small-but-measurable 3 percent dip from the first run (579 points) to the second run (561 points) is a drop in the bucket compared to the 30+ percent decline from the i7-7660U in the Surface Pro tablet.

We are unable to provide core clock rates at this time since both HWiNFO64 and GPU-Z are outputting incorrect readings for the Ryzen 5 APU. We will continue to test out additional monitoring programs for the final Envy x360 15 review.

Raw CineBench scores are painting a very impressive picture for AMD's mid-range mobile offering. The CineBench R15 scores for our Ryzen 5 2500U test notebook are essentially identical to Intel's Core i5-8250U in both single- and multi-threaded loads. Even the 45 W quad-core i5-7300HQ found on most mainstream gaming notebooks is consistently slower by 5 to 10 percent against AMD's less power-hungry APU. The results are a generational leap over the best that Bristol Ridge had to offer in every sense of the word.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
167 Points ∼81%
1300X Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
152 Points ∼74%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
146 Points ∼71%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 (min: 144.66, max: 144.78) Points ∼71%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
144 Points ∼70%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
144 Points ∼70%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
137 Points ∼67%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
131 Points ∼64%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X3N-K01US
Intel Core i5-7200U
123 Points ∼60%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U
113 Points ∼55%
Asus FX550IU-WSFX
AMD FX-9830P
93 Points ∼45%
HP 15-bw075ax
AMD A12-9720P
76 Points ∼37%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1408 Points ∼48%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼25%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
603 Points ∼20%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
576 (min: 544.28, max: 575.47) Points ∼20%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
574 Points ∼19%
1300X Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
558 (min: 546.34, max: 558) Points ∼19%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
514 Points ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
367 Points ∼12%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X3N-K01US
Intel Core i5-7200U
328 Points ∼11%
Asus FX550IU-WSFX
AMD FX-9830P
301 Points ∼10%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U
284 Points ∼10%
HP 15-bw075ax
AMD A12-9720P
240 Points ∼8%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.73 Points ∼74%
1300X Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
1.72 Points ∼74%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1.63 Points ∼70%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.62 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.61 Points ∼69%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
1.53 Points ∼66%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.52 Points ∼65%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X3N-K01US
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.45 Points ∼62%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U
1.28 Points ∼55%
Asus FX550IU-WSFX
AMD FX-9830P
1.1 Points ∼47%
HP 15-bw075ax
AMD A12-9720P
0.93 Points ∼40%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
15.76 Points ∼66%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.08 Points ∼34%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.47 Points ∼27%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
6.46 Points ∼27%
1300X Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
6.37 Points ∼27%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.92 Points ∼25%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X3N-K01US
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.67 Points ∼15%
Asus FX550IU-WSFX
AMD FX-9830P
3.64 Points ∼15%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.4 Points ∼14%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U
3.16 Points ∼13%
HP 15-bw075ax
AMD A12-9720P
2.6 Points ∼11%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
5595 Points ∼52%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
5552 Points ∼51%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5528 Points ∼51%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5433 Points ∼50%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X3N-K01US
Intel Core i5-7200U
4975 Points ∼46%
1300X Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
4676 Points ∼43%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U
4368 Points ∼40%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
4286 Points ∼40%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
4103 Points ∼38%
Asus FX550IU-WSFX
AMD FX-9830P
3033 Points ∼28%
HP 15-bw075ax
AMD A12-9720P
2846 Points ∼26%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
29330 Points ∼59%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21839 Points ∼44%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
17971 Points ∼36%
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-8550U
16869 Points ∼34%
1300X Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FE Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
16094 Points ∼32%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
14400 Points ∼29%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
Intel Core i7-7500U
12799 Points ∼26%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X3N-K01US
Intel Core i5-7200U
11373 Points ∼23%
Asus FX550IU-WSFX
AMD FX-9830P
9822 Points ∼20%
HP Pavilion 15-bk001ng x360
Intel Core i5-6200U
9723 Points ∼20%
HP 15-bw075ax
AMD A12-9720P
7522 Points ∼15%

3DMark 11 scores for the Vega 8 in the HP convertible are unequivocally faster than the common HD Graphics solutions found on the Intel U-class family. They may not be as impressive as the recently leaked graphics capabilities of the rumored AMD-Intel Core i7-8705G, but performance is still comfortably midway between the Maxwell GeForce 940MX and Pascal GeForce MX150. When considering that these Nvidia alternatives are discrete GPUs, we can't help but commend AMD's powerful integrated solution.

3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8830 Points ∼50%
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
8447 Points ∼48%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
7163 Points ∼41%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
6707 Points ∼38%
MSI PE60 6QE-056XUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
5477 Points ∼31%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
3845 Points ∼22%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2975 Points ∼17%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2918 Points ∼17%
Asus FX550IU-WSFX
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop), FX-9830P
2742 Points ∼16%
HP Spectre x360 15-bl002xx
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2609 Points ∼15%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1529 Points ∼9%
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6500U
1464 Points ∼8%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
13668 Points ∼27%
MSI GP62 7REX-1045US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
9394 Points ∼18%
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
8597 Points ∼17%
Asus FX550IU-WSFX
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop), FX-9830P
7794 Points ∼15%
Gigabyte Sabre 15G
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
7731 Points ∼15%
MSI PE60 6QE-056XUS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ
5463 Points ∼11%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
4252 Points ∼8%
HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
3602 Points ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad 25
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2849 Points ∼6%
HP Spectre x360 15-bl002xx
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 7500U
2576 Points ∼5%
Acer Spin 5 SP513-52N-566U
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1653 Points ∼3%
Asus Zenbook UX330UA-FC059T
Intel HD Graphics 520, 6500U
1469 Points ∼3%

Power consumption results are just as incredible for Our Ryzen 5 model. The AMD HP notebook manages to be less demanding that the Spectre x360 15 with the i7-7500U CPU and GeForce 940MX dGPU while providing a roughly 50 percent boost in multi-thread CPU performance and 20 boost in GPU performance. The performance-per-Watt is even more impressive when compared to AMD's own demanding mobile RX 460 GPU.

HP Envy x360 15m-bq121dx
2500U, Vega 8, HGST Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus FX550IU-WSFX
FX-9830P, Radeon RX 460 (Laptop), SK Hynix HFS128G32TND, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Spectre x360 15t-bl100
8550U, GeForce MX150, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
HP Spectre x360 15-bl002xx
7500U, GeForce 940MX, Toshiba XG4 NVMe (THNSN5512GPUK), IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
HP Spectre x360 15-ap012dx
6200U, HD Graphics 520, Sandisk X300 SD7SN6S-256G-1006, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
5.9
5.9
11.6
8.14
6.5
Idle Average *
8.7
8.8
13.8
10.91
13.3
Idle Maximum *
10.5
9.7
14.2
12.26
15.1
Load Average *
45.7
78.1
67.9
45.67
30.8
Load Maximum *
49.4
117
76.9
74.94
38.5
Witcher 3 ultra *
45.8
112.4
59.04

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Again, expect the full rundown next week along with our take on the Envy x360 15 system as a whole. This small preview on processor performance should give a pretty good idea of how AMD intends to shake up the performance-per-Dollar war in the notebook space where Intel has been unchallenged for far too long. After all, the Ryzen-equipped Envy x360 15 is just $630 USD compared to $850 USD for a Kaby Lake-R-equipped Envy x360 15.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-11-25 (Update: 2017-11-26)
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.