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The Ryzen 7 4800U is an Absolute Monster: Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 14 Laptop Review

8 cores, 16 threads, 1 Ultrabook. After facing a few delays, AMD's premier Ryzen 7 4800U is finally starting to hit store shelves. Results are insane for a 14-inch subnotebook to the point where it'd be tough to recommend an Intel counterpart when given the same price.

Much like how the original Asus Zephyrus was Nvidia's poster child for its then-new GeForce Max-Q series, the new Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 is AMD's premier Ultrabook designed to show off its latest third generation Ryzen 7 U-series at its best. It's a system that Lenovo have crafted from the ground up to exploit the 8-core Ryzen 7 4800U CPU and be the shining example for what future AMD-powered Ultrabooks from other OEMs can do. Needless to say, there is a lot riding on this laptop to perform well and to show the world that AMD has what it takes to regain ground from Intel in the mainstream to flagship Ultrabook segment.

The 14-inch Yoga Slim 7 (or IdeaPad 14 depending on region) is an upper mid-range to high-end system in the same vein as the Ice Lake-powered IdeaPad S940 or 15.6-inch IdeaPad S740. The unit on hand has been fully configured with the Ryzen 7 4800U CPU running at up to 25 W, integrated RX Vega 8 GPU, FreeSync FHD display, 16 GB of LPDDR4x-2400 RAM, and 512 GB NVMe SSD for about $1100 USD. Lesser configurations are planned for a starting price of $850 USD. We'll be comparing the Lenovo-AMD system to other Ultrabooks equipped with the latest 10 nm and 14 nm Intel processors and those with discrete GeForce MX graphics as well.

Competitors to the Yoga Slim 7 include the Asus ZenBook 14 series, Dell XPS 13 9300 series, HP Spectre and Envy series, and the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 series.

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Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE (Yoga Slim Series)
Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U 8 x 1.8 - 4.2 GHz, Renoir (Zen 2)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000) - 512 MB, Core: 1750 MHz, Memory: 2133 MHz, DDR4, Adrenalin 20.10.27.02
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4, 1600 MHz, 40-39-45-90, Dual-Channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AU Optronics B140HAN06.8, IPS, LEN889A, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Soundcard
AMD Rave/Renoir - Audio Processor - HD Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 0 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: MicroSD, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.9 x 320.6 x 208.2 ( = 0.59 x 12.62 x 8.2 in)
Battery
61 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Dolby Atmos Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, AMD Radeon Settings Lite, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.43 kg ( = 50.44 oz / 3.15 pounds), Power Supply: 382 g ( = 13.47 oz / 0.84 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85 %
08/2020
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
R7 4800U, Vega 8 R4000
1.4 kg14.9 mm14"1920x1080
81 %
02/2020
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
R7 3700U, Vega 10
1.4 kg16 mm14"1920x1080
85 %
06/2019
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
i7-8565U, UHD Graphics 620
1.2 kg12 mm14"3840x2160
86 %
10/2019
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
1.3 kg13 mm13.4"1920x1200
84 %
03/2020
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.4 kg16.9 mm14"1920x1080

Case — Like an IdeaPad S940, But Bigger

If you've ever handled a ThinkBook 14/15, IdeaPad S740, IdeaPad S940, Legion Y740 or Yoga C940, then you already have a good idea of how the the Yoga Slim 7 will feel. Lenovo uses similar aluminum materials between many of its mid-range to high-end consumer or prosumer laptops for similar first impressions between them. In this case, the Yoga Slim 7 feels a lot like the flagship IdeaPad S940 down to the smooth metal texture, webcam notch, speaker positioning, and rigid construction. In some respects, the Yoga Slim 7 can be thought of as the IdeaPad S945 similar to how the ThinkPad T495s is the AMD version of the ThinkPad T490s.

Attempting to twist the base or lid results in slightly more warping and creaking than the smaller Dell XPS 13 clamshell, HP Spectre 13 or Razer Blade Stealth, but it's not enough to be of any concern. Overall rigidity is more in line with the ZenBook 14 or MateBook X Pro rather than the cheaper VivoBook 14 or MateBook D 14.

In terms of size and weight, the Lenovo is a bit heavier than many other 14-inch Ultrabooks by about 100 to 200 grams. It's larger than the Intel-powered IdeaPad S940 in every dimension meaning that users will have to manage with a slightly larger chassis if they want the Ryzen 7 4800U. This isn't to say that the Yoga Slim 7 is thick or heavy, but it's not breaking any records in thinness or weight. The Ice Lake-powered IdeaPad S940 or 13.4-inch XPS 13 2-in-1 are both thinner and more portable.

Metal from top to bottom. Texture and materials are very similar to what you'll find on the IdeaPad S740, S940, and Yoga C940
Metal from top to bottom. Texture and materials are very similar to what you'll find on the IdeaPad S740, S940, and Yoga C940
Lenovo logo mimics the professional look of the ThinkBook series
Lenovo logo mimics the professional look of the ThinkBook series
Bar hinge is adequate at preventing teetering when typing
Bar hinge is adequate at preventing teetering when typing
Lid can open up to nearly 180 degrees
Lid can open up to nearly 180 degrees
The slightly roughened matte surfaces hide fingerprints better than say the Razer Blade series
The slightly roughened matte surfaces hide fingerprints better than say the Razer Blade series
Rounded edges and corners contrast the sharper HP Spectre design
Rounded edges and corners contrast the sharper HP Spectre design
324 mm / 12.8 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.4 kg3.06 lbs321.8 mm / 12.7 inch 214.6 mm / 8.45 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.4 kg3 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 222 mm / 8.74 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.2 kg2.69 lbs320.6 mm / 12.6 inch 208.2 mm / 8.2 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.4 kg3.15 lbs320 mm / 12.6 inch 199 mm / 7.83 inch 12 mm / 0.4724 inch 1.2 kg2.72 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 207 mm / 8.15 inch 13 mm / 0.512 inch 1.3 kg2.93 lbs

Connectivity — Thunderbolt 3 is not Here

(August 25, 2020 update: The AMD Yoga Slim 7 does not come with Thunderbolt 3 and the page has been corrected to reflect this. The Intel Yoga Slim 7 will come with Thunderbolt 3.)

Unlike the Yoga C940 or smaller IdeaPad S940, the Yoga Slim 7 offers more than just USB Type-C ports for a wider variety of options. Our main complaint is the positioning of the ports as we prefer to have both USB Type-A and USB Type-C along each side instead of only USB Type-C along the left and only USB Type-A along the right. The Razer Blade Stealth, for example, has symmetrical positioning of its USB Type-C and USB Type-A ports which allows you to recharge the system from any side you like.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: MicroSD reader, 2x USB Type-A
Right: MicroSD reader, 2x USB Type-A
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: USB Type-C w/ DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C + DisplayPort, 3.5 mm combo audio (Shown here is the Intel version. The AMD version will lack the Thunderbolt 3 logo next to the USB-C port)
Left: USB Type-C w/ DisplayPort, HDMI, USB Type-C + DisplayPort, 3.5 mm combo audio (Shown here is the Intel version. The AMD version will lack the Thunderbolt 3 logo next to the USB-C port)

SD Card Reader

Despite this being a high-end Ultrabook, the MicroSD card reader is disappointingly slow. Moving 1 GB of images from our UHS-II test card to desktop takes about 28 seconds compared to under 8 seconds on the Dell XPS 13.

Fully inserted MicroSD card protrudes by about 1 mm. The reader is spring-loaded
Fully inserted MicroSD card protrudes by about 1 mm. The reader is spring-loaded
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
155.2 MB/s ∼100% +328%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
144.6 MB/s ∼93% +298%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
36.3 MB/s ∼23%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
28 MB/s ∼18% -23%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.4 MB/s ∼17% -27%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
187.5 MB/s ∼100% +396%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
185.7 MB/s ∼99% +391%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
37.8 MB/s ∼20%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
37.1 MB/s ∼20% -2%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.1 MB/s ∼14% -28%

Communication

Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 come courtesy of a removable Intel AX200 M.2 module. We're able to record real-world transfer rates of about 1400 Mbps when standing one meter away from our Wi-Fi 6-enabled Netgear RAX200 router.

Intel Wi-Fi in an AMD laptop? We're not complaining
Intel Wi-Fi in an AMD laptop? We're not complaining
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1378 (693min - 1402max) MBit/s ∼100% +3%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1343 (1313min - 1380max) MBit/s ∼97%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1096 (1062min - 1130max) MBit/s ∼80% -18%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
638 (625min - 645max) MBit/s ∼46% -52%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1666 (841min - 1700max) MBit/s ∼100% +14%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1461 (1327min - 1616max) MBit/s ∼88%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1203 (1102min - 1276max) MBit/s ∼72% -18%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
496 (459min - 531max) MBit/s ∼30% -66%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1343 (1313-1380)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1461 (1327-1616)

Webcam

ColorChecker
6.3 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
7 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
2 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
6 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE: 6.67 ∆E min: 2 - max: 12.82 ∆E

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by seven T5 Torx screws. RAM is soldered and there is a secondary M.2 2242 expansion bay for additional storage.

Easy serviceability but with limited upgrade options
Easy serviceability but with limited upgrade options

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras in the box other than the usual AC adapter and paperwork. A carrying sleeve would have been much like how HP and Asus include one for free alongside every Spectre and ZenBook purchase, respectively. Warranty is the standard one-year protection with the usual extension options if purchased from Lenovo.

Input Devices — Like Most IdeaPads for Better or Worse

Keyboard

Lenovo utilizes almost the same backlit keyboard across the Yoga C740, Yoga C940, IdeaPad S740, and Yoga Slim 7 for a similar feel between them. In short, we find key feedback to be softer than the keys on the competing HP Spectre or Huawei MateBook X Pro while being shallower than the keys on Lenovo's own ThinkPad T series. Clatter is moderate and slightly louder than the keys on the XPS 13. It gets the job done without introducing anything special or off the wall.

Touchpad

The clickpad is slightly larger than the one on the IdeaPad S940 (10.5 x 6.2 cm vs. 10.5 x 5.2 cm) to be closer to the clickpad on the XPS 13 (10.5 x 6 cm). Traction is smoother than the slightly roughened palm rests surrounding it with no cursor jumping or instability when moving at slow or fast speeds. Like other IdeaPad or Yoga laptops, however, the integrated click keys are shallow in travel with relatively soft feedback. We definitely prefer the firmer clickpads on ThinkPads like the X1 Carbon or T490 series.

Exact same keyboard as found on the IdeaPad S940 with some secondary functions switched arounds
Exact same keyboard as found on the IdeaPad S940 with some secondary functions switched arounds
Clickpad is fine for cursor control, but multi-touch inputs and dragging are more difficult than on a touchpad with dedicated mouse keys
Clickpad is fine for cursor control, but multi-touch inputs and dragging are more difficult than on a touchpad with dedicated mouse keys
Shallow travel with moderate feedback not unlike other IdeaPad or Yoga laptops
Shallow travel with moderate feedback not unlike other IdeaPad or Yoga laptops
Up and Down arrow keys are cramped and spongy
Up and Down arrow keys are cramped and spongy

Display — FreeSync on a Laptop

The AU Optronics B140HAN06.8 IPS panel can be found on no other laptop in our database, but the B140HAN06 series is present on some 14-inch laptops like the Acer Swift 7 SF714 or Schenker VIA 14. The 400-nit brightness, high contrast ratio, and full sRGB coverage are common attributes of any high-end Ultrabook. Response times are otherwise average.

1080p only with no 4K UHD options
1080p only with no 4K UHD options
The optional glossy glass overlay looks like a touchscreen, but it's not
The optional glossy glass overlay looks like a touchscreen, but it's not
No webcam privacy shutter
No webcam privacy shutter
Narrow bezels are almost 2 mm thicker than on the Dell XPS 13
Narrow bezels are almost 2 mm thicker than on the Dell XPS 13
Display is actually slightly grainier than most other glossy displays. "Bubbles" are present which obscure the otherwise crisp subpixels
Display is actually slightly grainier than most other glossy displays. "Bubbles" are present which obscure the otherwise crisp subpixels
Slight uneven backlight bleeding along the bottom edge
Slight uneven backlight bleeding along the bottom edge
383.5
cd/m²
389
cd/m²
394.3
cd/m²
357.9
cd/m²
399.6
cd/m²
360.4
cd/m²
389.7
cd/m²
403.4
cd/m²
383.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B140HAN06.8
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 403.4 cd/m² Average: 384.6 cd/m² Minimum: 0.27 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 399.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 1080:1 (Black: 0.37 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.2 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 1.73
ΔE Greyscale 4.7 | 0.64-98 Ø6
99.5% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 66.3% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.21
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AU Optronics B140HAN06.8, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
CEC PA LM140LF-3L03, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
B140ZAN01.3, IPS, 14, 3840x2160
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Sharp LQ134N1, IPS, 13.4, 1920x1200
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
AU Optronics AUO5E2D, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
CMN N140HCE-ET2, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Response Times
17%
-17%
-2%
-29%
-1%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
45.6 (23.6, 22)
36 (19, 17)
21%
57.2 (30, 27.2)
-25%
47.6 (23.2, 24.4)
-4%
60.8 (26, 34.8)
-33%
35.6 (19.2, 16.4)
22%
Response Time Black / White *
29.6 (14.8, 14.8)
26 (15, 11)
12%
32 (17.2, 14.8)
-8%
29.2 (16, 13.2)
1%
36.8 (15.6, 21.2)
-24%
36.8 (17.2, 9.6)
-24%
PWM Frequency
44 (20)
2500 (25)
27030 (67)
Screen
-39%
-7%
22%
-2%
-5%
Brightness middle
399.6
253
-37%
594.5
49%
549.8
38%
447.4
12%
329.9
-17%
Brightness
385
245
-36%
536
39%
520
35%
420
9%
315
-18%
Brightness Distribution
89
78
-12%
83
-7%
86
-3%
85
-4%
90
1%
Black Level *
0.37
0.225
39%
0.43
-16%
0.39
-5%
0.31
16%
0.29
22%
Contrast
1080
1124
4%
1383
28%
1410
31%
1443
34%
1138
5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.2
8.89
-178%
4.87
-52%
2.12
34%
4.23
-32%
3.68
-15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.44
4.56
29%
7.9
-23%
3.66
43%
9.34
-45%
8.64
-34%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.73
4.9
-183%
2.83
-64%
1.37
21%
1.32
24%
1.03
40%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.7
6.33
-35%
6.7
-43%
2.6
45%
6.1
-30%
6.4
-36%
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.52 87%
2.091 105%
2.3 96%
2.11 104%
2.17 101%
CCT
7184 90%
6745 96%
6891 94%
6884 94%
6136 106%
6195 105%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
66.3
60
-10%
72
9%
65.4
-1%
64.8
-2%
63.6
-4%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.5
91
-9%
100
1%
99.7
0%
98.9
-1%
98.4
-1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / -30%
-12% / -9%
10% / 18%
-16% / -6%
-3% / -5%

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers approximately 99 percent of sRGB and 63 percent of AdobeRGB not unlike most high-end Ultrabooks. Lesser laptops like the IdeaPad S340 cover only 60 percent of sRGB while larger systems geared towards content creators like the Asus ZenBook Pro series or the Dell XPS 15 can cover almost all of AdobeRGB.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter reveal an overly cool color temperature. Calibrating the panel ourselves addresses the issue with an average grayscale DeltaE jumping from 4.7 to just 1.7. We recommend calibrating the panel yourself or applying our ICM profile above to get the most out of the display.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
45.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.6 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17699 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is average due to the glossy display. If outdoor visibility is a concern, then the XPS 13 2-in-1 or Lenovo IdeaPad S940 will be better options since they all carry brighter displays. Remember to disable AMD Vari-Bright or else maximum brightness will drop if running on battery power.

Outdoors on a sunny day
Outdoors on a sunny day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on a sunny day
Outdoors on a sunny day
Wide IPS viewing angles. Contrast and colors degrade only if viewing from extreme angles
Wide IPS viewing angles. Contrast and colors degrade only if viewing from extreme angles

Performance — A Monster of a Processor

(August 26, 2020 update: Added LatencyMon results below. The system exhibits DPC latency issues, but 4K60 video playback is otherwise smooth and with no dropped frames.)

The 7 nm Ryzen 7 4800U was designed to compete directly against both the 10 nm Intel Ice Lake series and the 14 nm Comet Lake-U series that power most Ultrabooks currently in the market. Aside from its smaller fabrication process, the Ryzen 7 4800U is notable for its 8 physical cores and 16 simultaneous threads all operating under a 15 W to 25 W power envelope. The closest Intel counterpart at the moment is the hexa-core Core i7-10710U found on select laptops like the MSI Modern 14 and the Dell XPS 13.

Meanwhile, the integrated RX Vega 8 GPU is now slightly smaller in die size when compared to the RX Vega 10 on last generation Ryzen 2700U or Ryzen 3700U chips. AMD says further optimizations at the silicon level have allowed for faster gen-to-gen graphics performance despite the size reduction.

RAM is soldered, but it is at least in dual-channel mode to maximize integrated GPU performance. We set our system to High Performance mode prior to running our performance benchmarks below.

Processor

Raw performance is extraordinary for an ULV processor. The disappointing single-thread performance of the last generation Ryzen 7 2700U/3700U series has been addressed to be in line with Intel's latest Ice Lake and Comet Lake-U Core i7 offerings. The more notable upgrade, however, involves multi-threaded loads due largely to the 8-core/16-thread setup. Intel's fastest ULV CPU at the moment is the hexa-core Core i7-10710U which our Ryzen 7 4800U is able to outperform by 45 to 50 percent in CineBench benchmarks. The advantage is so large that the AMD CPU comes within just 15 percent of the octa-core 45 W Core i9-9880H as found on the massive 17.3-inch MSI GE75 gaming laptop.

Performance sustainability, however, could be better. Running CineBench R15 xT in a loop results in a performance dip of 25 percent over time as shown by our graph below. The XPS 13 2-in-1 with the Core i7-1065G7 would drop by about 20 percent as well when subjected to similar testing conditions.

See our dedicated page on the Ryzen 7 4800U for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
010203040506070809010011012013014015016017018019020021022023024025026027028029030031032033034035036037038039040041042043044045046047048049050051052053054055056057058059060061062063064065066067068069070071072073074075076077078079080081082083084085086087088089090091092093094095096097098099010001010102010301040105010601070108010901100111011201130114011501160117011801190120012101220123012401250126012701280129013001310132013301340135013601370138013901400141014201430144014501460147014801490150015101520153015401550156015701580159016001610162016301640165016601670168016901700171017201730Tooltip
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1238 (1192.82-1622.45)
MSI GE75 9SG GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1619 (1602.44-1728.31)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø717 (684.67-772.41)
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1087 (1011.3-1125.11)
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
474 Points ∼80%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
460 Points ∼78% -3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
460 Points ∼78% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel Core i7-10510U
454 Points ∼77% -4%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
441 Points ∼74% -7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
439 Points ∼74% -7%
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
434 Points ∼73% -8%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
421 Points ∼71% -11%
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC
Intel Core i5-9300H
418 Points ∼70% -12%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H
409 Points ∼69% -14%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
383 Points ∼65% -19%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
381 Points ∼64% -20%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
357 Points ∼60% -25%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
334 Points ∼56% -30%
CPU (Multi Core)
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
3712 Points ∼37% +16%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
3213 Points ∼32%
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
2643 Points ∼26% -18%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
2410 Points ∼24% -25%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H
2142 Points ∼21% -33%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1799 Points ∼18% -44%
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC
Intel Core i5-9300H
1737 Points ∼17% -46%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
1630 Points ∼16% -49%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel Core i7-10510U
1565 Points ∼16% -51%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1499 Points ∼15% -53%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1392 Points ∼14% -57%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
1292 Points ∼13% -60%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
1138 Points ∼11% -65%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
1021 Points ∼10% -68%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
189 Points ∼82% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel Core i7-10510U
186 Points ∼81% +3%
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
184 Points ∼80% +2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
184 Points ∼80% +2%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
180 Points ∼78% 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
180 Points ∼78%
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC
Intel Core i5-9300H
173 Points ∼75% -4%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
172 Points ∼75% -4%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
169 Points ∼73% -6%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H
167 Points ∼73% -7%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
164 Points ∼71% -9%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
156 Points ∼68% -13%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
148 Points ∼64% -18%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
135 Points ∼59% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
1721 Points ∼39% +10%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1568 Points ∼36%
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
1231 Points ∼28% -21%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
1051 Points ∼24% -33%
MSI GE63 Raider 8SG
Intel Core i7-8750H
1016 Points ∼23% -35%
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC
Intel Core i5-9300H
797 Points ∼18% -49%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
736 Points ∼17% -53%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
733 Points ∼17% -53%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Intel Core i5-10210U
677 Points ∼15% -57%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
672 Points ∼15% -57%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
670 Points ∼15% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel Core i7-10510U
657 Points ∼15% -58%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
538 Points ∼12% -66%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
494 Points ∼11% -68%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
2.18 Points ∼85% +1%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
2.15 Points ∼84%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
2.11 Points ∼82% -2%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
2.05 Points ∼80% -5%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1.52 Points ∼59% -29%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
18.94 Points ∼43% +6%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
17.84 Points ∼40%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
11.81 Points ∼27% -34%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
7.94 Points ∼18% -55%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
7.56 Points ∼17% -58%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
42456 Points ∼65% +26%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
33649 Points ∼52%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
31463 Points ∼48% -6%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
23829 Points ∼36% -29%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
15324 Points ∼23% -54%
Rendering Single 32Bit
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
7345 Points ∼68% +29%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
6967 Points ∼64% +22%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
6855 Points ∼63% +20%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
6212 Points ∼57% +9%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
5690 Points ∼53%
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Core i5-1035G7
264.974 s * ∼3% -166%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
171.101 s * ∼2% -72%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
118.733 s * ∼1% -19%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
99.53 s * ∼1%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
11535
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
33649
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5690
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
64.93 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.15 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
17.84 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
75.38 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1568 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
180 Points
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System Performance

On average, PCMark benchmarks rank our Ryzen-powered Lenovo system higher than any other subnotebook equipped with Intel's 10th gen Core i7-1065G7 or Core i7-10710U CPUs. The largest gap lies in the GPU-heavy Digital Content Creation benchmark where our Yoga Slim 7 is able to outscore the Iris Plus G7 in the XPS 13 2-in-1 by 44 percent. If you like to do occasional video or photo editing, then this advantage could be a boon without resorting to dedicated GeForce MX150/MX250 graphics.

We didn't experience any software or hardware issues during our time with the test unit.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5758 Points ∼44%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4461 Points ∼34% -23%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
3998 Points ∼31% -31%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3466 Points ∼27% -40%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3284 Points ∼25% -43%
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2810 Points ∼22% -51%
Productivity
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
7631 Points ∼73%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
7179 Points ∼69% -6%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7040 Points ∼68% -8%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
6677 Points ∼64% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6674 Points ∼64% -13%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
5823 Points ∼56% -24%
Essentials
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
10000 Points ∼87% +4%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
9678 Points ∼84% 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
9637 Points ∼84%
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8390 Points ∼73% -13%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7861 Points ∼69% -18%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
7685 Points ∼67% -20%
Score
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5383 Points ∼66%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
4677 Points ∼58% -13%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4497 Points ∼55% -16%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
4323 Points ∼53% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3870 Points ∼48% -28%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3851 Points ∼47% -28%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5661 Points ∼83%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
5098 Points ∼75% -10%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
5086 Points ∼75% -10%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4992 Points ∼73% -12%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
4842 Points ∼71% -14%
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4209 Points ∼62% -26%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
4657 Points ∼76%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
3982 Points ∼65% -14%
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
3695 Points ∼61% -21%
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
Vega 10, R7 3700U, SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
3604 Points ∼59% -23%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
3464 Points ∼57% -26%
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
UHD Graphics 620, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3147 Points ∼52% -32%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4657 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5661 points
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Storage Devices

Two internal storage bays are available (M.2 2280 + M.2 2242) whereas most other subnotebooks have just one option only. Our test unit comes with a 512 GB Samsung PM981a that, perhaps not coincidentally, can also be found on the Yoga C740 series for faster performance than the Toshiba BG4 in the Dell XPS 13. We're hopeful that SKUs with lower capacity SSDs are also Samsung drives and not cheaper or slower SK Hynix drives like what Microsoft is currently doing on its Surface Laptop series.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
Primary M.2 2280 drive
Primary M.2 2280 drive
Secondary M.2 2242 slot
Secondary M.2 2242 slot
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
Asus ZenBook 14 UM431DA-AM020T
SK hynix BC501 HFM512GDHTNG-8310A
Lenovo IdeaPad S940-14IWL
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ512G
Lenovo Yoga C740-14IML
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
AS SSD
-35%
-5%
-78%
-23%
Copy Game MB/s
1328.91
926.53
-30%
1246.03
-6%
Copy Program MB/s
550.02
560.31
2%
697.8
27%
Copy ISO MB/s
1587.84
1292.6
-19%
1636.09
3%
Score Total
5133
2270
-56%
4069
-21%
2583
-50%
2235
-56%
Score Write
2361
906
-62%
1406
-40%
388
-84%
1135
-52%
Score Read
1802
918
-49%
1802
0%
1472
-18%
733
-59%
Access Time Write *
0.087
0.045
48%
0.032
63%
0.625
-618%
0.085
2%
Access Time Read *
0.049
0.047
4%
0.045
8%
0.069
-41%
0.05
-2%
4K-64 Write
1985.83
747.86
-62%
1154.39
-42%
208.96
-89%
882.96
-56%
4K-64 Read
1576.44
739.73
-53%
1491.67
-5%
1252.59
-21%
507.5
-68%
4K Write
128.6
80.08
-38%
115.49
-10%
67.02
-48%
131.35
2%
4K Read
59.49
37.03
-38%
47.71
-20%
39.7
-33%
53.08
-11%
Seq Write
2463.95
781.17
-68%
1359.68
-45%
1125.2
-54%
1210.65
-51%
Seq Read
1657.77
1417.21
-15%
2624.79
58%
1801.35
9%
1719.2
4%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-47%
-23%
-28%
-18%
Write 4K
146.1
118.8
-19%
105.3
-28%
106.7
-27%
125.6
-14%
Read 4K
47.18
41.62
-12%
40.9
-13%
49.94
6%
43.46
-8%
Write Seq
2896
795.7
-73%
1914
-34%
1223
-58%
2011
-31%
Read Seq
2754
1101
-60%
2224
-19%
1801
-35%
2046
-26%
Write 4K Q32T1
425.8
234.7
-45%
419.3
-2%
325.3
-24%
375.8
-12%
Read 4K Q32T1
513.8
313.8
-39%
288.1
-44%
550.5
7%
338.1
-34%
Write Seq Q32T1
2989
842.3
-72%
1954
-35%
1224
-59%
2346
-22%
Read Seq Q32T1
3568
1645
-54%
3382
-5%
2350
-34%
3562
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-41% / -40%
-14% / -12%
-53% / -60%
-21% / -21%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3568 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2989 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 513.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 425.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2754 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2896 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 47.18 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 146.1 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø3503 (1875.04-3559.91)

GPU Performance — Same Vega Name, Faster Vega Performance

3DMark benchmarks rank the integrated RX Vega 8 in our Ryzen 7 4800U to be 30 to 40 percent faster than the RX Vega 10 in the Ryzen 7 3700U — pretty impressive for a GPU with fewer CUs than its last generation counterpart. In contrast, the UHD Graphics 620 has remained largely stagnant across three generations of Intel Core CPUs.

As for Ice Lake, our new RX Vega 8 is also about 45 percent faster than the integrated Iris Plus G7 as found on the Surface Laptop 3 15 to be in line with the 25 W GeForce MX150/MX250 according to 3DMark benchmarks. The problem, however, is that 3DMark is not always reliable when comparing GPUs of different manufacturers. In short, the software works best when comparing GeForce GPUs to GeFoce GPUs or Radeon GPUs to Radeon GPUs. Thus, the 45 percent higher graphics score over the Iris Plus G7 won't necessarily translate to 45 percent faster frame rates when gaming. For what it's worth, AMD has been steadily optimizing its Adrenalin software overtime.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
3626 Points ∼24% +209%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16, i9-9880H
2198 Points ∼15% +87%
Presample MX350 i5-10400
NVIDIA GeForce MX350,
1343 Points ∼9% +14%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
1173 Points ∼8%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
1164 Points ∼8% -1%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, R5 3580U
872 Points ∼6% -26%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
852 Points ∼6% -27%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
794 Points ∼5% -32%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
792 Points ∼5% -32%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
618 Points ∼4% -47%
HP Pavilion 15-cw1212ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R3 3300U
581 Points ∼4% -50%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
428 Points ∼3% -64%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
11332 Points ∼28% +188%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16, i9-9880H
7745 Points ∼19% +97%
Presample MX350 i5-10400
NVIDIA GeForce MX350,
4417 Points ∼11% +12%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
3938 Points ∼10%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
3845 Points ∼9% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
2999 Points ∼7% -24%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, R5 3580U
2789 Points ∼7% -29%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
2692 Points ∼7% -32%
HP Pavilion 15-cw1212ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R3 3300U
2312 Points ∼6% -41%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
2020 Points ∼5% -49%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
1353 Points ∼3% -66%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
80615 Points ∼41% +197%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16, i9-9880H
56273 Points ∼29% +107%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
27160 Points ∼14%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
23376 Points ∼12% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
20784 Points ∼11% -23%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, R5 3580U
19255 Points ∼10% -29%
HP Pavilion 15-cw1212ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R3 3300U
18140 Points ∼9% -33%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
17299 Points ∼9% -36%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
16695 Points ∼9% -39%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
13919 Points ∼7% -49%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
10450 Points ∼5% -62%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16, i9-9880H
10004 Points ∼44% +131%
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
6839 Points ∼30% +58%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
4596 Points ∼20% +6%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
4323 Points ∼19%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3971 Points ∼18% -8%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
3409 Points ∼15% -21%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
3247 Points ∼14% -25%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, R5 3580U
3041 Points ∼13% -30%
HP Pavilion 15-cw1212ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R3 3300U
2247 Points ∼10% -48%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
2088 Points ∼9% -52%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
2003 Points ∼9% -54%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus GX531GM (Zephyrus S)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, i7-8750H
12620 Points ∼25% +107%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16, i9-9880H
10569 Points ∼21% +74%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
6085 Points ∼12%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
4920 Points ∼10% -19%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 Ryzen 5 3580U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 9, R5 3580U
4380 Points ∼9% -28%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 Core i5-1035G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i5-1035G7
4279 Points ∼8% -30%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4252 Points ∼8% -30%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
4165 Points ∼8% -32%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
3332 Points ∼7% -45%
HP Pavilion 15-cw1212ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R3 3300U
2991 Points ∼6% -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 20RY0002US
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i7-10510U
1942 Points ∼4% -68%
3DMark 06 Standard
22966 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
20018 points
3DMark 11 Performance
6301 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
101299 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
22962 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3622 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1338 points
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Gaming Performance — 1080p at Low Settings is Key

FreeSync is available to eliminate screen tearing on the Yoga Slim 7 for a smoother gaming experience without needing to engage v-sync. The technology is actually perfect for budget GPUs like our RX Vega 8 since they tend to run games in the 40 FPS range where tearing is noticeable. Inte were touting Ultrabooks with variable display refresh rate displays prior to the launch of Ice Lake, but it appears that AMD have beaten them to it.

Assuming you're able to reach 1080p60, gameplay will still not be perfect due to the moderately slow response times of the display. Ghosting will be noticeable especially when playing fast-moving games like Rocket League or Overwatch.

Overall, users can expect performance to be comparable to the GeForce MX250 and sometimes even slightly faster in the case of Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Borderlands 3.

Rocket League
1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX
MSI GT62VR
Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
175 (139min) fps ∼100% +204%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
60.8 fps ∼35% +6%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
57.6 fps ∼33%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
42.8 fps ∼24% -26%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
35.3 fps ∼20% -39%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
34 fps ∼19% -41%
1920x1080 Quality AA:Medium FX
MSI GT62VR
Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
245 (214min) fps ∼100% +169%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
91.2 fps ∼37% 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
91.2 fps ∼37%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
62.5 fps ∼26% -31%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
61 fps ∼25% -33%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
45.6 fps ∼19% -50%
1920x1080 Performance
MSI GT62VR
Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
249 (224min) fps ∼100% +73%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
143.6 fps ∼58%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
139.3 fps ∼56% -3%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
76.9 fps ∼31% -46%
1280x720 Performance
MSI GT62VR
Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
250 (239min) fps ∼100% +36%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
184 fps ∼74%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
182.9 fps ∼73% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
106.5 fps ∼43% -42%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
98.9 fps ∼40% -46%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
96.1 fps ∼38% -48%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
73.1 fps ∼100% +216%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
23.1 fps ∼32% 0%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
23.1 fps ∼32%
Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
20.6 (16min) fps ∼28% -11%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
20.1 fps ∼27% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
15 fps ∼21% -35%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
13.3 fps ∼18% -42%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
130.4 fps ∼100%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
40 fps ∼31%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
36.8 fps ∼28%
Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
35.9 (28min) fps ∼28%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
24 fps ∼18%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
194.7 fps ∼100% +175%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
70.8 fps ∼36%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
70 fps ∼36% -1%
Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
62.3 (43min) fps ∼32% -12%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
56.4 fps ∼29% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-14API
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
43 fps ∼22% -39%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
36.5 fps ∼19% -48%
Borderlands 3
1920x1080 Medium Overall Quality (DX11)
MSI GT62VR
Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
67.1 fps ∼100% +193%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
22.9 fps ∼34%
Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
17.9 fps ∼27% -22%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
16 fps ∼24% -30%
1280x720 Very Low Overall Quality (DX11)
MSI GT62VR
Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
92.9 fps ∼100% +55%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
60.1 fps ∼65%
Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
50.2 fps ∼54% -16%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
37 fps ∼40% -38%
Metro Exodus - 1280x720 Low Quality AF:4x
MSI GT62VR
Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
96.8 (50min) fps ∼100% +146%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
39.3 fps ∼41%
Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
29.2 (17min) fps ∼30% -26%
Lenovo Yoga 530-14ARR-81H9000VGE
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
20.6 fps ∼21% -48%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
16.9 fps ∼17% -57%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
10.4 fps ∼11% -74%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Medium Preset
MSI GT62VR
Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
64 (51min) fps ∼100% +205%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
21 fps ∼33%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
19 fps ∼30% -10%
1280x720 Lowest Preset
MSI GT62VR
Intel Core i7-6820HK, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
108 (81min) fps ∼100% +83%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
59 fps ∼55%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
55 fps ∼51% -7%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
31 fps ∼29% -47%
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