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AMD Ryzen 5 5500U vs AMD Ryzen 3 5300U

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U

► remove from comparison AMD R5 5500U

The AMD Ryzen 5 5500U is a hexa-core APU of the Lucienne product family designed for use in ultra-thin, upper mid-range laptops. The processor was unveiled in H1 2021; its six CPU cores are based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture. The cores run at 2.1 GHz (base clock speed) to 4 GHz (highest Boost frequency possible) and feature the thread-doubling SMT technology for a total of 12 threads. The chip is manufactured on the modern 7 nm TSMC process.

One could be forgiven for thinking Ryzen 5 5500U is a renamed Ryzen 5 4500U - which is not the case. Ryzen 5 5500U is most similar to Ryzen 5 4600U, the most noteworthy difference between the two being the faster iGPU model of the former.

In the meantime, Ryzen 5 5600U got a little more lucky; it is based on the newer Zen 3 architecture and it also has higher clock speeds than what a 5500U can boast of.

Architecture

While Ryzen 5 5500U and Ryzen 7 5700U are Zen 2-based processors, the neighbouring Ryzen 5 5600U and Ryzen 7 5800U use AMD's brand-new Zen 3 architecture. This makes the former two a generation older than their names suggest. Still, Zen 2 is nothing to sneeze at, with its high performance-per-Watt and performance-per-MHz figures.

Ryzen 5 5500U supports dual-channel DDR4-3200 and quad-channel LPDDR4-4266 RAM and has 8 MB of Level 3 cache. Unlike desktop-grade Ryzen 5000-series processors, Ryzen 5 5500U is limited to PCI-Express 3.0 (not PCI-Express 4.0; no 7.9 GB/s NVMe SSDs here).

The processor gets soldered permanently on to the motherboard (FP6 socket interface) and is thus not user-replaceable.

Performance

Multi-thread performance is most comparable to AMD Ryzen 7 4700U and Intel Core i7-10850H, which is nothing to sneeze at. The Ryzen will have no trouble chewing through pretty much any workload, as of late 2021. Your mileage may vary depending on how high the Power Limits are and how competent the cooling solution of your laptop is.

Graphics

The Radeon RX Vega 7 iGPU has 7 CUs at its disposal (64 x 7 = 448 unified shaders) running at up to 1,800 MHz. Its real-life performance is close to what we've seen from GeForce MX250 and Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80 EUs); Mass Effect Legendary Edition (2021) runs well at 1080p resolution, low-to-medium settings, to give you an example. As the iGPU has no VRAM of its own, it is paramount that fast system RAM is used.

The graphics adapter definitely supports UHD 2160p monitors at 60 Hz. It will have no trouble HW-decoding HEVC, AVC, VP9, MPEG-2 and other popular video codecs. There is no AV1 support; AV1-encoded videos will be software-decoded, which six Zen 2 cores will handle with ease.

Power Consumption

The APU has a default TDP (also known as the long-term Power Limit) of 15 W. This can be set to anywhere between 10 W and 25 W by an OEM, and in most cases they do go for a value higher than 15 W. Still, the 7 nm chip is a good option for ultrathin laptops as well as actively cooled tablets tablets, tiny mini-PCs and gaming handhelds of various shapes and sizes alike.

AMD Ryzen 3 5300U

► remove from comparison AMD R3 5300U

The AMD Ryzen 3 5300U (not to be confused with the A4-5300 from 2012) is a processor for thin and light laptops based on the Lucienne generation. The R3 5300U integrates four cores (quad core) based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture. They are clocked at 2.6 (guaranteed base clock) to 3.8 GHz (Turbo) and support SMT for a total of 8 threads. The chip is manufactured on the modern 7 nm TSMC process. Compared to the older and similar Ryzen 3 4300U (Renoir), the Ryzen 3 5300U offers SMT and slightly higher clock speeds. The faster Ryzen 3 5400U is based on the newer Zen 3 architecture. See our hub page on the Renoir Processors for more information on the Lucienne / Renoir architecture.

Performance

The average 5300U in our database matches Intel Core i5-11300H, Core i7-11375H and also AMD Ryzen 5 4500U in multi-thread performance, making it an outstandingly good processor for sub-US$600 laptops.

In addition to the four CPU cores, the APU also integrates a Radeon RX Vega 6 integrated graphics adapter with 6 CUs at up to 1500 MHz. The dual channel memory controller supports DDR4-3200 and energy efficient LPDDR4-4266 RAM. Furthermore, 4 MB level 3 cache can be found on the chip.

The TDP of the APU is specified at 15 Watt (default) and can be configured from 10 to 25 Watt by the laptop vendor (most chips are configured higher than 15 Watt). That means the chip is intended for thin and light laptops (but with fans).

ModelAMD Ryzen 5 5500UAMD Ryzen 3 5300U
SeriesAMD Lucienne (Zen 2, Ryzen 5000)AMD Lucienne (Zen 2, Ryzen 5000)
CodenameLucienne U (Zen 2)Lucienne U (Zen 2)
Series: Lucienne (Zen 2, Ryzen 5000) Lucienne U (Zen 2)
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U compare1.8 - 4.3 GHz8 / 168 MB
» AMD Ryzen 5 5500U2.1 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
AMD Ryzen 3 5300U2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 84 MB
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U compare1.8 - 4.3 GHz8 / 168 MB
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U2.1 - 4 GHz6 / 128 MB
» AMD Ryzen 3 5300U2.6 - 3.8 GHz4 / 84 MB
Clock2100 - 4000 MHz2600 - 3800 MHz
L1 Cache384 KB256 KB
L2 Cache3 MB2 MB
L3 Cache8 MB4 MB
Cores / Threads6 / 124 / 8
TDP25 Watt25 Watt
Technology7 nm7 nm
max. Temp.105 °C105 °C
SocketFP6FP6
FeaturesXFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMTXFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT
iGPUAMD Radeon RX Vega 7 ( - 1800 MHz)AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000) ( - 1500 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
Announced
ManufacturerAMD Lucienne (Zen 2, Ryzen 5000) R5 5500UAMD Lucienne (Zen 2, Ryzen 5000) R3 5300U

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - R5 5500U
38.7 pt (43%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - R3 5300U
34.9 pt (39%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 6030     avg: 7164     median: 7186 (12%)     max: 8353 Points
min: 4772     avg: 5147     median: 5147 (8%)     max: 5522 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 1149     avg: 1172     median: 1173 (52%)     max: 1183 Points
min: 1102     avg: 1116     median: 1115.5 (49%)     max: 1129 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 452     avg: 457.2     median: 457.5 (53%)     max: 461 Points
min: 431     avg: 436.7     median: 438 (50%)     max: 441 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 2223     avg: 2738     median: 2698 (11%)     max: 3213 Points
min: 1883     avg: 2026     median: 2058 (9%)     max: 2138 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 995     avg: 1216     median: 1247 (13%)     max: 1387 Points
07515022530037545052560067575082590097510501125120012751350Tooltip
min: 832     avg: 874     median: 873.5 (9%)     max: 915 Points
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900Tooltip
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 170     avg: 175.9     median: 177 (54%)     max: 177.6 Points
min: 166     avg: 168     median: 168 (51%)     max: 170 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
11.4 Points (16%)
9.3 Points (13%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
2 Points (6%)
1.9 Points (6%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
5313 Points (43%)
5118 Points (42%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
27437 Points (31%)
22139 Points (25%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
35101 Points (27%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
8723 Points (48%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
181.3 s (2%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
6.2 s (1%)
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 1024m *
321.8 s (1%)
wPrime 1.55 - wPrime 1.55 32m *
10 s (5%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
3945 Points (23%)
2551 Points (15%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 30129     avg: 33983     median: 33890 (21%)     max: 36896 MIPS
min: 19170     avg: 21768     median: 21768 (13%)     max: 24366 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 4174     avg: 4305     median: 4325 (52%)     max: 4356 MIPS
min: 3755     avg: 3977     median: 3976.5 (48%)     max: 4198 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
45.3 fps (17%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
162.3 fps (38%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 7.23     avg: 8.5     median: 8.7 (19%)     max: 9.69 fps
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