AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Quad-Core Laptop CPU

While the older AMD laptop processors generally lag behind their Intel-branded counterparts, the newer ones from the AMD Ryzen series have managed to get close or even surpass Intel chips in some aspects. The AMD Ryzen 5 2500U mid-range quad-core notebook CPU is no exception.

AMD Ryzen 5 2500U CPU Benchmark

AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Benchmark

Performance of the main processing part of the Ryzen 5 2500U is in line with corresponding Intel CPU – the 8th Generation Core i5-8250U. These chips can easily handle all daily home and office tasks. They also offer good potential for demanding duties like video editing, but if you do that as your main job then its worth investing in Intel’s top tier (but also power hungry) six-core processors, like the Core i7-8750H / i7-8850H.

Where Ryzen 5 2500U has a great advantage over the i5-8250U is the graphics processing department. In gaming benchmarks, its Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics has noticeably higher score than the Intel UHD 620 of the 8th Gen Core processor series. The difference is also very visible during real world gaming. For instance, while you can play GTA 5 on the Intel UHD at around 30fps on lowest settings and 720p resolution, on the Ryzen you can bump up detail settings to mid-to-high with frame rates mostly around 30 fps or more. You can take a look at our Ryzen 5 2500U gameplay playlist with videos provided by YouTube community members.

Besides the 5 2500U AMD also offers a Ryzen 7 2700U quad-core model with slightly faster clock speeds and further improved Vega 10 integrated graphics. On the lower-end of the lineup, there are the Ryzen 3 2200U and 3 2300U. These aren’t as fast as the Ryzen 5 and 7, because of their dual-core design and slower Vega 3 and Vega 6 integrated graphics.

Specifications of the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U

Here's the specs sheet of the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U:

Processor Name

AMD Ryzen 5 2500U

CPU Family

AMD Ryzen "Raven Ridge"

Number of Cores

Quad-core / 2 threads per core

CPU Clock Speed

2 – 3.6 GHz

Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR4 2400MHz

Integrated Graphics

AMD Radeon Vega 8

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Typical Use

Mainstream laptops & 2-in-1 PCs


AMD FreeSync anti-stuttering and anti-tearing video technology
AMD SenseMI performance management and boosting


Written by Dan Z on October 5, 2017

User reviews, comments, and Q&A on the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U

Below you can read and submit user reviews, comments, questions, and answers regarding the processor. Thank you for your contribution.


5.00 out of 5
(2 user reviews) AMD Ryzen 5 2500U

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris M.

    I have an Acer 3 with this processor but upgraded memory to 16gb. It runs great with the 1tb SSD I put in it in place of the standard 1tb drive. I also plug it into a 24 inch TV for watching movies and the graphics work perfectly. Acer laptops are usually made for easy upgrades, which is why I prefer them.

  2. Rahul singh

    Go for ryzen 5, this cost-effective and better performance with geva 8 graphics.

  3. Almas Hasan

    Hey there i am looking to buy an laptop from Asus which have

    Ryzen 5 2500u
    8 gb ddr4 ram
    vega 8
    1tb hdd

    I need the laptop for slightly above normal usage and mostly for coding and IT related requirements.

    Should I go for this or else go with intel 8250u which a lot people have suggested saying more robust .

    Please suggest me the right choice.

    • Ritwik Tripathi

      ASUS Z 570D should be perfect

      Comes with
      Win 10 home/student
      8 gb ddr4 RAM
      1tb hdd
      4gb Nvidia GTX 1050 graphic card
      Ryzen 5 2500u

  4. Michelle

    Hi. Been reading your articles a lot these days and now I decided to ask for your thoughts about this laptop I am about to purchase. It’s a:

    Vega 8
    8gb ram
    128gb PCIe ssd
    1tb hdd

    All I want to know is if this laptop good enough for my online tutoring and also I write workbooks? I only use chrome with a couple of tabs open and video chat app. Hope you can help me. Thank you.

    • Dan Z

      Dan Z

      Hi, for that type of work the Ryzen 5 is more than enough powerful. With 8GB of RAM you can comfortably multi-task with multiple browser tabs, while the included SSD will make Windows and programs installed on it launch quite quickly. So, the laptop with the specs you mentioned is excellent for your work.

      • Michelle

        Thank you so much sir.

        • Michelle

          Oh one more thing please. Is there any performance difference between a laptop with internal or external hdd. If there is/are, which is the better choice?

          • Dan Z

            Dan Z

            Hi, all laptops come with internal hard drives. External hard drives are sold as computer peripherals and they usually connect to the computer via USB. Performance-wise, HDDs are generally faster when used as internal HDDs than external. But, in both cases SSDs are much faster than HDDs and in your case it looks like the laptop you mentioned has both a fast SSD and a capacious HDD.

            • Michelle

              Ah yeah. Well there is also a 256gb ssd variant of the laptop but no hdd. Well I am thinking what if I get the no hdd one and buy extra external instead. But since you have mentioned that it will work much faster when used internal then I will get the ssd with hdd.

              • Dan Z

                Dan Z

                Well, depending on the external HDD and USB interface version (if its USB 3.0 or 3.1, not 2.0 on both the external HDD and laptop), it can be actually close performance-wise to the same HDD used internally. What’s “much faster” is SSD storage in comparison to HDD.

                I can also add that if you don’t need a lot of storage space for your work and don’t store a lot of large files like movies, music, and large pictures, then you can get the laptop variant with the 256GB SSD only. This post can help you to get an idea about how much storage you need:

                • Rated 5 out of 5


                  Thank you Dan Z. Your articles helped me a lot. I’ll go for 256gb ssd then.

            • James Fyne

              Hello sir! I’m looking into purchasing a new laptop for school use along with basic gaming and came across a HP laptop with the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U chip, Radeon Vega 8 graphic card, 8/16gb of RAM, 128 gb SSD & 1 tb HDD. I would like to know if this is sufficient for basic gaming. Thank you in advance!

              • Dan Z

                Dan Z

                Hi, the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U coupled with 8 or 16GB of RAM is good only for very basic gaming and light games. It all depends on a game and graphics settings. For instance, you will be able to play smoothly League of Legends on approximately mid-to-high settings and 1080p resolution, Counter Strike on around mid settings and 720p resolution, Fortnite on the lowest settings and 720p, etc. I would suggest check out the YouTube gameplays on the Ryzen 5 2500U, like the ones above in the playlist. And make sure you’re using dual-channel RAM (2 x 4GB instead of 1 x 8GB etc) for the best gaming performance on the Ryzen 5.

              • Sarvapriya Mehta

                How much gb graphics comes with Ryzen 5 2500

                • Dan Z

                  Hi, the Ryzen 5 2500U is an integrated graphics processor, so it doesn’t have its own video memory. Instead, it uses the main system memory (RAM). There’s a limit for its RAM usage. On recent AMD processors with Radeon graphics, available RAM for graphics purposes is usually up to 2 GB, I’m not sure for the Ryzen 5 2500U in particular.

      • Mohammed Abdulhameed

        I’d like to buy thinkpad laptop to make 2d animation on Toon Boom Harmony , is Thinkpad E585 with 8 gb and that processor of AMD reyzen 5 good for it or I should get Intel core i5 8th U or i7 8th both for 8 gb ram? What do you think?

  5. Daniel

    Do you know how would the performance be if you use it to edit/render video, specificaly in Adobe Premiere. I come from an i7 8GB Intel 3000 HD graphics. I could see an improvement? Thank you!

    • Danijel Z

      Danijel Z

      Hi, do you know exact model name of your i7 CPU? It should be some model from the i7-2xxx series, because of the HD 3000 graphics. Whichever i7-2xxx model you have, they aren’t much slower in CPU benchmarks than the Ryzen 5 2500U, although these i7 chips are 7 years old. On the negative side, they consume much more power than the Ryzen, 35 -55 Watts versus Ryzen’s 15 W and run hotter. Also, the Ryzen 5 has much better integrated graphics, so if your Premiere version utilizes graphics acceleration, you’ll see some benefits. I can’t tell you exactly what parts of the program will run faster due to better graphics, since I’m not a Premiere user.

  6. Johannes

    Ryzen 5 2500u with vega 8 iGPU is the best thing ever. comparable to 940m. I wonder if AMD will come up with updated version this 2018 with 3500u packed with Vega 11. Now if they could make it energy efficient. Ryzen with vega on laptops tend to drain battery very quick.

    • Umesh P

      Hi Johannes,
      I agree & am experiencing similar issue with my Ryzen 5. Fully charged battery drains to 70% in just 30 min. Is there any fix for this.

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