[Comparison] AMD Ryzen 5 5500U vs Ryzen 5 3500U – two generations worth of difference

The newest U-series processors from AMD are here, and we have already used and tested the smallest brother of them all, the Ryzen 5 5500U. This is a somewhat weird CPU as it uses the 5000-series number, but it is stuck in the past as it still uses the Zen 2 architecture, while its bigger brethren have moved up to the Zen 3 architecture. Today we are here to see its improvement in action, as we put it up against the Ryzen 5 3500U, which is also quite stuck in the past, as it has the even older Zen+ architecture. Let’s see who will come out on top today.

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You can learn more about both CPUs here: Ryzen 5 5500U / Ryzen 5 3500U

Specs table


AMD Ryzen 5 5500UAMD Ryzen 5 3500U
ArchitectureZen 2Zen+
Lithography7 nm12 nm
Cores / Threads6 / 124 / 8
Base / Max frequency2.10 – 4.00GHz2.10 – 3.70GHz
Cache12 MB4 MB
Memory typeDDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHzDDR4-2400MHz
Integrated graphicsAMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W)AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (R2000/3000, 15W)

CPU benchmarks

Starting off with the 3D Rendering benchmark with Cinebench 20, we saw the newer Ryzen 5 outperform its predecessor by 66%. When it came to 2D Rendering with Adobe Photoshop, the 5500U was once again better and had a very noticeable lead of nearly five and a half seconds.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU benchmarks

Moving over to the GPU benchmarks, we start with 3DMark Fire Strike, where the Zen2-based 5500U scored 34% higher. Continuing on with the two Unigine tests, the Ryzen 5 5500U was the better chip in both, performing 117% and 39% faster in Unigine Heaven 4.0 and Unigine Superposition, respectively.

Gaming tests


CS:GOHD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W)103 fps(+45%)72 fps(+26%)51 fps(+21%)
RX Vega 8 (R2000/3000, 15W)71 fps57 fps42 fps

DOTA 2HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W)113 fps(+35%)75 fps(+29%)43 fps(+34%)
RX Vega 8 (R2000/3000, 15W)84 fps58 fps32 fps


To summarize, the Ryzen 5 5500U was better than the Ryzen 5 3500U in every test that we put both CPUs through. It had a 66% lead in 3D Rendering and finished the Photoshop benchmark five and a half seconds faster. When it came to the GPU tests, the Radeon RX Vega 7 that was inside the Ryzen 5 5500U scored 34%, 117%, and 39% higher in 3DMark Fire Strike, Unigine Heaven 4.0, and Unigine Heaven, respectively. And when it comes to gaming, the newer CPU makes the difference between unplayable, and playable conditions in some titles.

All laptops with the Ryzen 5 5500U:

All laptops with the Ryzen 5 3500U:

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