AMD Ryzen 5 5500 Review

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The AMD Ryzen 5 5500U is a hexa-core Lucienne APU built for laptops. The Zen 2 microarchitecture is used to develop its six CPU cores. The cores have a clock speed of 2.1 GHz (base) and a boost speed of 4 GHz (boost) and support SMT for 12 threads. The chip is made using TSMC’s current 7 nm technology.

AMD’s intention with the Ryzen 5 5500 and Ryzen 5 5600 is to compete with Intel’s Core i5-12400/F and Core i3-12100 processors. However, according to Tom’s Hardware evaluation of AMD’s newest cheap Zen 3 chips, the Ryzen 5 5500 and Ryzen 5 5600 fail to outperform their intended competitors in gaming and instead pose a danger to AMD CPUs.

Structure of AMD Ryzen 5 5500

The CPU supports 8 MB of Level 3 cache and supports dual-channel DDR4-3200 and quad-channel LPDDR4-4266 RAM. The Ryzen 5 5500U is limited to PCI-Express 3.0 (no 7.9 GB/s NVMe SSDs here), unlike the desktop Ryzen 5000 series variants.

Despite being part of the Ryzen 5000 series, the Ryzen 5 5500U is a Zen 2 processor, which means AMD is rebranding the Ryzen 5 4600U. With its outstanding performance-per-watt and impressive IPC figures.

Graphics from AMD Ryzen 5 5500

The Radeon RX Vega 7 GPU features 7 CUs (= 448 shaders) that can run up to 1,800 MHz. Its real-world performance is comparable to that of the GeForce MX250 and Iris Graphics G7 80 EUs; for example, Mass Effect Legendary Edition (2021) works well at low-medium settings 1080p. Because the GPU lacks VRAM, fast system RAM must be used.

Without a doubt, the graphics adapter enables UHD 2160p monitors at 60 Hz. It will easily support HW-decode HEVC, AVC, and VP9 video streams. There is no support for AV1.

Performance of AMD Ryzen 5 5500

The Ryzen 5 5500U competes with the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 10750H, a high-end gaming CPU with a TDP of 45 Watts. It can easily handle your day-to-day duties, including browsing, streaming, and using office productivity. 

If your daily workflow includes video editing, photo editing, and CAD programmes, the 5500U should be able to handle such demands with ease. According to several industry experts, it is essentially a rebranded 4600U as the performance is strikingly comparable.

Specifications of the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U

  • Processor Name
    • AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
  • CPU Family
    • AMD “Lucienne”
  • Number of Cores
    • Six-core 2 /computing threads per core
  • CPU Clock Speed
    • 2.1 – 4.2 GHz
  • Cache Size
    • 11MB
  • Memory Support 
    • DDR4 (3200 MHz max. speed)
    • LPDDR4 (4266 MHz max.speed)
  • Integrated Graphics
    • AMD Radeon Graphics
  • Power Consumption
    • 15W
  • Production Technology
    • 7 nanometer

Bottom line

AMD’s Ryzen 5 5500 provides acceptable performance for non-gaming workloads, although it trails slightly more expensive AMD and Intel CPUs in our benchmarks, placing it in the second tier.

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