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Intel Core i5 8257U vs AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

We compared two 4-core laptop CPUs: the 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 8257U against the 2.1 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 3500U. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
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 8257U
Advantages of Intel Core i5 8257U
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Newer - released 6-months later
  • 23% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 932 vs 759 points
  • 5% higher Turbo Boost frequency (3.9 GHz vs 3.7 GHz)
  • Around 1.74 GB/s (5%) higher theoretical memory bandwidth
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  • More powerful Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics: 1.13 vs 0.81 TFLOPS
  • More modern manufacturing process – 12 versus 14 nanometers

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
2291
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
3852

Specifications

Full technical specification of Intel Core i5 8257U and AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

General

Vendor Intel AMD
Released July 9, 2019 January 6, 2019
Launch price 320 USD -
Type Laptop Laptop
Codename Coffee Lake Zen+
Model number i5-8257U -
Socket BGA-1528 FP5
Integrated GPU Iris Plus Graphics 645 Radeon Vega 8

Performance

Cores 4 4
Threads 8 8
Base Frequency 1.4 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 3.9 GHz 3.7 GHz
Bus frequency - 100 MHz
Multiplier 14x 21x
Bus Bandwidth 4 GT/s -
L1 Cache 32K (per core) 128K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 6MB (shared) 4MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No No

Power

Transistors - 4.9 billions
Fabrication process 14 nm 12 nm
TDP 15 W 15 W
Max. temperature 100°C 105°C

iGPU

Integrated Graphics Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 Radeon Vega 8
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 300 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1050 MHz 1100 MHz
Shading Units 384 512
TMUs 48 32
ROPs 6 8
Execution Units 48 8
TGP 15 W 65 W
Max. Resolution 4096x2304 - 60 Hz 3840x2160 - 60 Hz
iGPU FLOPS
0.81 TFLOPS
1.13 TFLOPS

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133 DDR4-2400
Memory Size 32 GB 32 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth 37.5 GB/s 35.76 GB/s
ECC Support No Yes

Misc

Official site Intel Core i5 8257U official page AMD Ryzen 5 3500U official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 16 12
Instruction Set SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX-2 -

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Comments

So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U or Intel Core i5 8257U?