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AMD Ryzen 5 4500U vs AMD Ryzen 9 4900H vs AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS

AMD Ryzen 5 4500U

► remove from comparison AMD R5 4500U

The AMD Ryzen 5 4500U is an upper mid-range, hexa-core processor of the Renoir product family. The APU was unveiled in H1 2020; it is designed for use in thinner, lighter laptops. Its six Zen 2 CPU cores run at 2.3 GHz (base clock speed) to 4.0 GHz (highest Boost frequency possible). Ryzen 5 4500U features the Vega 6 iGPU.

The sole advantage of Ryzen 5 4600U over Ryzen 5 4500U is the thread-doubling SMT technology support. The former has SMT while the latter does not.

Architecture

Zen 2 is a resounding success, delivering massive improvements over outgoing Zen Plus-based processors. Ryzen 5 4500U is manufactured on the cutting-edge 7 nm TSMC process; it is compatible with dual-channel DDR4-3200 or quad-channel LPDDR4-4266 memory. This processor has 8 MB of Level 3 cache.

While the APU uses Zen 2 cores just like the desktop-grade Ryzen 3000-series processors do, Ryzen 7 3800XT included, it does does not have PCI-Express 4.0 support. It does feature several PCI-Express 3.0 lanes for connecting discrete graphics cards, SSDs and other devices. Four PCI-Express 3.0 lanes allow for read/write rates of up to 3.9 GB/s provided a suitably fast NVMe SSD is used.

Ryzen 5 4500U gets soldered permanently on to the motherboard (FP6 socket interface) and is anything but user-replaceable.

Performance

The average Ryzen 5 4500U in our database outpaces Intel's Core i7-1065G7 (4 cores; up to 3.9 GHz), the fastest consumer-level Ice Lake-U family processor, by a comfortable margin while understandably being noticeably slower than the octa-core Ryzen 7 4700U and Ryzen 7 4800U. In fact, the Ryzen 5's real-world performance approaches that of entry-level H-class Intel Core CPUs such as the i5-9300H and i5-11300H. This is a very potent 15 W CPU delivering an undeniably impressive performance jump over the outgoing Ryzen 5 3500U.

Your mileage may vary depending on how high the Power Limits and how competent the cooling solution of a laptop are.

Graphics

Just like its name suggests, the Radeon RX Vega 6 graphics adapter has 6 Compute Units (6 x 64 = 384 unified shaders). In the case of Ryzen 5 4500U, this graphics adapter runs at up to 1,500 MHz. The iGPU definitely supports UHD 2160p monitors at 60 Hz; it will have no trouble HW-decoding HEVC, AVC, VP9, MPEG-2 and other widespread video codecs. AV1 is not supported though; such a video will have to be software-decoded for much lower energy efficiency.

Vega 6 will let you play many titles of 2020 and 2021 as long as you stick to low settings and low resolutions. F1 2021 (720p, Low) runs at 32 fps; Outriders (720p, Low) runs at 27 fps, to give you an example or two. As the iGPU has no VRAM of its own, it is paramount that fast system RAM is used.

Power Consumption

Laptop-grade Ryzen 4000-series processors are rather energy-efficient thanks to the cutting-edge 7 nm process and the mature architecture. Ryzen 5 4500U has a default TDP (also known as the long-term Power Limit) of 15 W that can be changed to anywhere between 10 W and 25 W by an OEM. This makes the chip a good fit for thinner, lighter laptops (with an active cooling solution, preferably) as well as gaming consoles, mini-PCs and other gadgetry.

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H

► remove from comparison AMD R9 4900H

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900H is a mobile SoC for big laptops based on the Renoir architecture. At the time of announcement in March 2020 it is the fastest model of the 4000H series. The R9 4900H integrates all eight cores based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture. They are clocked at 3.3 (guaranteed base clock) to  4.4 GHz (Turbo) and support SMT / Hyperthreading (16 threads). The chip is manufactured in the modern 7 nm process at TSMC and partly thanks to it AMD advertises a 2x improved performance per Watt for the Renoir chips

According to our information, the Ryzen 9 4900H is only slightly faster than the Ryzen 7 4800H. The CPU is clocked 400 MHz (base +14%) to 200 MHz (boost +5%) higher, but the gains greatly depend on the cooling and TDP settings. Compared to Intel chips, the i9-9980HK top model should be comparable. That means the Ryzen 9 4900H should be able to handle all demanding tasks and gaming.

In addition to the eight CPU cores, the APU also integrates a Radeon RX Vega 8 integrated graphics card with 8 CUs. The dual channel memory controller supports DDR4-3200 and energy efficient LPDDR4-4266 RAM. Furthermore, 12 MB level 3 cache can be found on the chip. See our hub page on the Renoir Processors for more information.

The TDP of the APU is specified at 45 Watt (default). That means the chip is intended for big and relatively heavy laptops.

AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS

► remove from comparison AMD R9 4900HS

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS is a mobile SoC for big laptops based on the Renoir architecture. The 4900HS integrates all eight cores based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture. They are clocked at 3 (guaranteed base clock) to 4.3 GHz (Turbo) and support SMT / Hyperthreading (16 threads). The chip is manufactured in the modern 7 nm process at TSMC and partly thanks to it AMD advertises a 2x improved performance per Watt for the Renoir chips

According to our information, the Ryzen 9 4900HS is only slightly faster than the Ryzen 7 4800HS. The CPU is clocked 100 MHz (base and boost) higher, but the gains greatly depend on the cooling and TDP settings. Compared to Intel chips, the i9-9980HK top model should be comparable. That means the Ryzen 9 4900HS should be able to handle all demanding tasks and gaming. Compared to the similar named 45W-version, the Ryzen 9 4900H, the 4900HS is differs in 100 MHz boost and 300 MHz base clock.

In addition to the eight CPU cores, the APU also integrates a Radeon RX Vega 7 integrated graphics card with most likely 7 CUs. The dual channel memory controller supports DDR4-3200 and energy efficient LPDDR4-4266 RAM. Furthermore, 8 MB level 3 cache can be found on the chip. See our hub page on the Renoir Processors for more information.

The TDP of the APU is specified at 35 Watt (default). That means the chip is intended for big and relatively heavy laptops. The Ryzen 7 4900HS is the 35 Watt version of the R9 4900H with a 10 Watt lower TDP.

ModelAMD Ryzen 5 4500UAMD Ryzen 9 4900HAMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
SeriesAMD Renoir (Ryzen 4000 APU)AMD Renoir (Ryzen 4000 APU)AMD Renoir (Ryzen 4000 APU)
CodenameRenoir (Zen 2)Renoir (Zen 2)Renoir (Zen 2)
Series: Renoir (Ryzen 4000 APU) Renoir (Zen 2)
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H3.3 - 4.4 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS3 - 4.3 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H2.9 - 4.2 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS2.9 - 4.2 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4980U2 - 4.4 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U1.8 - 4.2 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H3 - 4 GHz6 / 1211 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS3 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U2 - 4.1 GHz8 / 88 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4680U2.2 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U2.1 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
» AMD Ryzen 5 4500U2.3 - 4 GHz6 / 68 MB
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 46 MB
» AMD Ryzen 9 4900H3.3 - 4.4 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS3 - 4.3 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H2.9 - 4.2 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS2.9 - 4.2 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4980U2 - 4.4 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U1.8 - 4.2 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H3 - 4 GHz6 / 1211 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS3 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U2 - 4.1 GHz8 / 88 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4680U2.2 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U2.1 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U2.3 - 4 GHz6 / 68 MB
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 46 MB
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H3.3 - 4.4 GHz8 / 168 MB
» AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS3 - 4.3 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H2.9 - 4.2 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS2.9 - 4.2 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4980U2 - 4.4 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U1.8 - 4.2 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4600H3 - 4 GHz6 / 1211 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4600HS3 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U2 - 4.1 GHz8 / 88 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4680U2.2 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4600U2.1 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U2.3 - 4 GHz6 / 68 MB
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U2.7 - 3.7 GHz4 / 46 MB
Clock2300 - 4000 MHz3300 - 4400 MHz3000 - 4300 MHz
L1 Cache384 KB512 KB512 KB
L2 Cache3 MB4 MB4 MB
L3 Cache8 MB8 MB8 MB
Cores / Threads6 / 68 / 168 / 16
TDP15 Watt45 Watt35 Watt
Technology7 nm7 nm7 nm
max. Temp.105 °C105 °C105 °C
SocketFP6FP6FP6
FeaturesXFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMTXFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMTXFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT
iGPUAMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000) ( - 1500 MHz)AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000) ( - 1750 MHz)AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000) ( - 1750 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
ManufacturerAMD Renoir (Ryzen 4000 APU) R5 4500U

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - R5 4500U
39.5 pt (46%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - R9 4900H
49.2 pt (58%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - R9 4900HS
49.9 pt (59%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
5920 Points (10%)
min: 11416     avg: 11604     median: 11604 (19%)     max: 11792 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
1152 Points (57%)
min: 1290     avg: 1294     median: 1294 (64%)     max: 1298 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 424     avg: 445.8     median: 447.5 (58%)     max: 453 Points
min: 482     avg: 493.5     median: 493.5 (64%)     max: 505 Points
495 Points (64%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 1843     avg: 2236     median: 2219 (9%)     max: 2530 Points
min: 4233     avg: 4409     median: 4409 (19%)     max: 4585 Points
4288 Points (18%)
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 715     avg: 896     median: 892 (9%)     max: 1007 Points
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min: 1886     avg: 1927     median: 1926.5 (20%)     max: 1967 Points
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1863 Points (19%)
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 156     avg: 172.8     median: 174 (60%)     max: 177 Points
min: 192     avg: 193     median: 193 (66%)     max: 194 Points
193 Points (66%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 10.22     avg: 10.9     median: 10.9 (20%)     max: 11.6 Points
23 Points (42%)
18.2 Points (34%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 2.02     avg: 2     median: 2 (58%)     max: 2.04 Points
2.2 Points (64%)
2.2 Points (64%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 5319     avg: 5337     median: 5337 (48%)     max: 5355 Points
5946 Points (53%)
5866 Points (52%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 22934     avg: 24156     median: 24155.5 (33%)     max: 25377 Points
40253 Points (55%)
37938 Points (52%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
38477 Points (34%)
65380 Points (58%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
9139 Points (56%)
10173 Points (62%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
min: 170.4     avg: 171.9     median: 171.9 (2%)     max: 173.4 s
82.9 s (1%)
88.2 s (1%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
min: 5.7     avg: 7.8     median: 8.3 (2%)     max: 9.48 s
3.2 s (1%)
3.3 s (1%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 3420     avg: 3493     median: 3493 (20%)     max: 3566 Points
4297 Points (25%)
4548 Points (26%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 22466     avg: 24384     median: 24101 (17%)     max: 25891 MIPS
48976 MIPS (35%)
48577 MIPS (34%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 4235     avg: 4290     median: 4288 (61%)     max: 4338 MIPS
4727 MIPS (68%)
4634 MIPS (66%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
59.3 fps (27%)
111 fps (50%)
106 fps (48%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
210 fps (57%)
215 fps (58%)
223 fps (61%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 5.86     avg: 6.8     median: 6.9 (15%)     max: 7.33 fps
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12.9 fps (28%)
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12.2 fps (26%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.511     avg: 0.5     median: 0.5 (18%)     max: 0.541 GB/s
1.2 GB/s (41%)
1.2 GB/s (41%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 0.865     avg: 0.9     median: 0.9 (19%)     max: 0.922 GB/s
2 GB/s (42%)
1.9 GB/s (40%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
4.9 GB/s (18%)
7.4 GB/s (27%)
11.2 GB/s (41%)
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 533     avg: 603     median: 584 (4%)     max: 748 Seconds
247.3 Seconds (2%)
297 Seconds (2%)
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 0.614     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (14%)     max: 0.654 sec
0.6 sec (12%)
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 8933     avg: 8934     median: 8933.5 (19%)     max: 8934 Points
12448 Points (26%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 10     avg: 10.3     median: 10.3 (2%)     max: 10.5 s
9.5 s (2%)
9.5 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
24 s (1%)
24.1 s (1%)
21.8 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 620     avg: 622     median: 622 (3%)     max: 624 s
729 s (3%)
547 s (2%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
64532 Points (66%)
57045 Points (58%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 7061     avg: 8121     median: 8095 (28%)     max: 8704 Points
12199 Points (42%)
15184 Points (53%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 61260     avg: 63475     median: 63892 (41%)     max: 65272 Points
63266 Points (41%)
63010 Points (41%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 57910     avg: 62775     median: 63587.5 (53%)     max: 66013 Points
63416 Points (52%)
62786 Points (52%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 68588     avg: 69178     median: 69062 (58%)     max: 69884 Points
69343 Points (58%)
67850 Points (57%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 6900     avg: 7494     median: 7616 (19%)     max: 7925 Points
15719 Points (40%)
15900 Points (40%)
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 9800     avg: 11318     median: 11477 (28%)     max: 12259 Points
20613 Points (51%)
21873 Points (54%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 3316     avg: 3759     median: 3734 (20%)     max: 4187 Points
6523 Points (35%)
8966 Points (48%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Stream
6630 Points (53%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Memory
5771 Points (52%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Floating Point
20968 Points (41%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Integer
16596 Points (33%)
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Geekbench Total Score
14964 Points (39%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
18690 Points (33%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
3960 Points (81%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
19029 Points (30%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
4162 Points (85%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 4486     avg: 4624     median: 4624 (53%)     max: 4762 Points
5287 Points (61%)
5372 Points (62%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 17798     avg: 18561     median: 18561 (23%)     max: 19324 Points
28402 Points (35%)
30230 Points (37%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
1074 Points (55%)
1237 Points (63%)
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
4282 Points (14%)
7624 Points (24%)
Geekbench 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1082     avg: 1109     median: 1097 (54%)     max: 1220 Points
min: 1230     avg: 1232     median: 1231.5 (60%)     max: 1233 Points
1218 Points (60%)
Geekbench 5.3 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 4352     avg: 4774     median: 4632 (16%)     max: 6234 Points
min: 7224     avg: 8012     median: 8012 (28%)     max: 8800 Points