AMD Ryzen 5 5500U vs Ryzen 5 3500U

We compared two laptop CPUs: the 2.1 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 5500U with 6-cores against the 2.1 GHz Ryzen 5 3500U with 4-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 3500U and 5500U
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
  • Newer - released 2-years and 1-month later
  • Has 4 MB larger L3 cache size
  • 2x faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1108 vs 554 points
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 12 nanometers
  • Has 2 more physical cores
  • 8% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4 GHz vs 3.7 GHz)


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
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Full technical specification of AMD Ryzen 5 5500U and Ryzen 5 3500U


Vendor AMD AMD
Released January 12, 2021 January 6, 2019
Type Laptop Laptop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Zen 2 (Lucienne) Zen+ (Picasso)
Integrated GPU Radeon RX Vega 7 Radeon Vega 8


Performance Cores
P-Cores 6 4
P-Threads 12 8
Base Frequency (P) 2.1 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 4 GHz 3.7 GHz
Total Cores 6 4
Total Threads 12 8
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 21x 21x
L1 Cache 64K (per core) 96K (per core)
L2 Cache 512K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 8MB (shared) 4MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No No


Transistors - 4.9 billions
Fabrication process 7 nm 12 nm
Socket FP6 FP5
TDP 10-25 W (configurable) 12-35 W (configurable)
Peak temperature 105°C 105°C


Integrated Graphics Radeon RX Vega 7 Radeon Vega 8
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 300 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1800 MHz 1200 MHz
Shading Units 448 512
TMUs 28 32
ROPs 7 8
Execution Units - 8
TGP 10-45 W 65 W
Max. Resolution - 3840x2160 - 60 Hz
1.108 TFLOPS

Memory Support

Memory types DDR4-3200, LPDDR4-4266 DDR4-2400
Memory Size 32 GB 32 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth - 35.76 GB/s
ECC Support No Yes


Official site AMD Ryzen 5 5500U official page AMD Ryzen 5 3500U official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 12 12

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So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U or Ryzen 5 5500U?
random guy 27 May 2022 19:20
I own a ryzen 5 3500u, I got a laptop a few months ago with this for £450 and now the 5500u laptops are all over the place for the same price, is annoying to be honest both of them are amazing processors though. Get a 5500u if you can and don't make the mistake I did. End of rant.
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guest 05 September 2021 17:32
For single performance like if a person dont like gaming and heavy video editing then u will go for 3500U best otherwise prefer 5500U and better
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