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
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.
Note: Performance and benchmark scores of the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U may vary depending on the notebook's other components, settings, cooling, and other factors. However, benchmark results are good indicators of its performance in comparison to other chips.