AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Mid-Range Laptop CPU

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is a mid-range processor for the mainstream-class laptop computers. With its four cores and a maximal clock speed of 3.7 GHz, the Ryzen 5 3500U is a great processor for the home and office computing duties, with ability to easily run multiple apps simultaneously. It can also handle very well some more demanding stuff as well, such as video editing.

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU Benchmark

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Benchmark

The benchmark results and specs show the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U competes directly against the Intel’s 8th Generation Core i5-8250U and i5-8265U. As expected, the 3500U is slightly faster than its Ryzen 5 2500U precursor with quite similar specs.

With its Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics, the Ryzen 5 3500U can be a low-cost budget solution for gaming. For sure, it isn’t as nearly as fast as the dedicated video cards you can find in gaming laptops, but the Vega 8 can provide a very decent gaming experience in many of the popular titles.

Take a look at our Ryzen 5 3500U games test playlist with videos provided by the YouTube community:


Alongside the, 5 3500U AMD’s Ryzen 3000 U series includes the less used Ryzen 7 3700U, 3 3200U, and 3 3300U. The Ryzen 7 3700U is a slightly faster quad-core model with somewhat better Vega 10 integrated graphics. The Ryzen 3 3200U and 3 3300U with dual-core design and slower Vega 3 and Vega 6 integrated graphics are the lower-end parts of the series.

Note: The benchmark scores of the listed processors are averages measured across various devices with these processors. The scores and real-world performance of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U and compared CPUs may vary depending on the notebooks' other components, settings, cooling, and other factors. However, the benchmark results are good indicators of the processors' performance.


Here are the most important specs of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U:

Processor Name

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

CPU Family

AMD Ryzen "Picasso"

Number of Cores

Quad-core / 2 computing threads per core

CPU Clock Speed

2.1 GHz – 3.7 GHz

Cache Size


Memory Support

DDR4 (2400 MHz max. speed)

Integrated Graphics

AMD Radeon Vega 8

Power Consumption


Production Technology


Typical Use

Mainstream laptops & 2-in-1 PCs

Notable Technologies

AMD FreeSync anti-stuttering and anti-tearing video technology
AMD SenseMI performance management and boosting
Virtualization – allows the processor to run multiple operating systems simultaneously using virtual platforms

Year of Release


Published on June 7, 2019

User Reviews and Q&A

Below you can read and submit user reviews, questions, and answers about the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U. Thank you for your contribution.

Current rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  1. Question


    Can someone recommend me , an laptop for school purposes, like for editing Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Video editing, and also for coding. My budget is $178.70, or in php money is 10,000pesos.. thank you for helping

  2. Question


    I’m considering buying a laptop for personal use and partial gaming yet am not ready to fully invest in a gaming laptop. I’m deciding between Acer Aspire 3 15.6-inch R5-3500U/16GB/1TB SSD Laptop and Acer Aspire 5 15.6-inch i7-1165G7/16GB/512GB SSD Laptop. There is a price difference of $100, the first one being cheaper. I’ve gathered the general consensus is the i7-1165G7 is superior, but how much better would it be? Would it be noticeable? I most usually play Minecraft and Roblox, but diverge on occasion to FPS games, rhythm games, etc.

    • ben

      yes as the intel processor is much newer, and i have the ryzen 5 3500u, and i have compared it to a slightly older (2020) intel core i7 and whilst playing games i notices the core i7 was a lot smoother

    • J from the Nordics

      I have a Lenovo E595 loaded with 32GB RAM and a 2.5″ 4GB SSD in addition to the NVMe 512GB, and its a sweet little laptop for university work. And even minor gaming, if pushed using “low” settings @720p and the game engine scales well, or the game is old enough.

      Bought it for school, specifically so it wouldn’t be much of a gaming thing, as I’m easily distracted.

      So, as an answer to OP; The Intel is more powerful. But, if I were you I’d be looking at a gaming laptop with a discreet GPU.

      The E595 can be attached to an external GPU with it’s USB 3.2 gen 2 USB sockets. And I have yet to find one to test (they cost 300-400€ for the enclosure alone.) but, I suspect with one this little war machine is going to be more than adequate.

      But, left to it’s own devices with the integrated Radeon Vega 8 GPU that has no GDDR and leeches some of my 32GB DDR-32000, well. It can run games… Poorly.

      Like GTA V. With a proper GPU like RTX3060Ti, the desktop version preferrably, it’d be an entirely different story.

      Planning actually to potentially save up for something like that, or take a student loan. Since I now need a CAD station…

  3. Question


    I just bought a desktop tower lenovo with a Ryzem 3500u in a desktop. 16gb Ram

    I didn’t realize the 3500u is a mobile CPU.

    If Lenovo is selling this already preassembled in it’s desktop towers will it work the same for basic networking and small office server?

    • J from the Nordics

      Yes. It will work very nicely as a small office server and do networking related workloads like a dream, in fact it is extremely comparable to “ultar-low-voltage” or “embedded” server chips from Intel, except draws even less power. Give it a nice powerful cooling solution like Noctua fan, which enables it to give turbo boos frequency as long as the Firmware will allow the mode to stay on and as much RAM as you can, I believe the max is 32GB and as it is quad-core and 8 thread CPU, it can handle several virtual machines for small business workloads like dream. Or, if you want to make it a dedicated file server / NAS, install FreeNAS it will excel in that role as well.

      I have a Lenovo E595 loaded like this, and its a sweet little laptop for university work. And even minor if I push it.

      Bought it for school, specifically so it wouldn’t be much of a gaming thing, as I’m easily distracted.

      So, as an answer to OP; The Intel is more powerful. But, if I were you I’d be looking at a gaming laptop with a discreet GPU.

      The E595 can be attached to an external GPU with it’s USB 3.2 gen 2 USB sockets. And I have yet to find one to test (they cost 300-400€ for the enclosure alone.) but, I suspect with one this little war machine is going to be more than adequate. 🙂

      But, left to it’s own devices with the integrated Radeon Vega 8 GPU that has no GDDR and leeches some of my 32GB DDR-32000, well. It can run games that have engines that scale well at “low” settings in a pinch.

      Like GTA V. With a proper GPU like RTX3060Ti, the desktop version preferrably, it’d be an entirely different story.

      Planning actually to potentially save up for something like that, or take a student loan. Since I now need a CAD station…

  4. Question


    Hi, I have a plan to buy a laptop & I’m so confused to decide, if it’s you what you gonna choose between ryzen 3 5300u & ryzen 5 3500u?? They’ve a same RAM, only different in storage & size. I want to use the laptop only for daily task like a student. Please help me to choose, ty.

    • Dan

      Hi, the Ryzen 3 5300U is a newer and more power efficient than the Ryzen 5 3500U. Although the Ryzen 5 sits higher in the CPU hierarchy than the Ryzen 3, the Ryzen 3 5300U as a CPU with its newer CPU architecture is somewhat faster, according to processor benchmarks. Both CPUs are however excellent for the daily student tasks, but the Ryzen 3 5300U will very likely enable a longer battery life.

  5. Question


    i have ryzen5 3500u with 2 memory slots, max memory support 32 gigs ram so can i add 32 gigs in one slot or 2×16 in both slots ?
    any problem if i add max ram support on processor (32gb) in one slot, is any difference using one 32 gb ram in one slot or using 16×2 ram in 2 slots

    • Adrish Chakraborty

      Don’t do it, bro. Use 16 Gb * 2 slots. The performance will be much better.

    • J from the Nordics

      The system supports 32GB RAM only with two 16GB RAM sticks. It is not compatible with using one 32GB RAM stick. You need 2x16GB.

  6. Question


    Pls i am confused on what to buy. Laptop with AMD R5 – 3500U or Laptop with Intel core i3 1115G4.
    I am a beginner web dev. And I wish to go into android and windows dev in the future (not now, I wanna grasp the web dev).
    And I will be gaming in my free time(cuz I like games ).
    Pls which do u think is better for my use.
    Thank in advance

    • Dan

      The AMD R5 3500U and Intel i3 1115G4 have very similar computing performance. The i3 should be better in terms of power consumption and heat, so I would recommend the i3. Otherwise very similar CPUs, decent for everyday use and light coding, but very basic in terms of gaming performance. For better gaming and overall better performance, take a look at laptops with the Ryzen 5 / 7 or Core i5 / i7, if you don’t to plan to get a gaming-class laptop.

  7. Question


    Hey! I own a HP 14s dk0093au with the Ryzen 5 3500U. For some reason, my laptop gets heated very easily and jumps up to temp around 85C. Its been almost 11 months since I bought it. I have been experiencing this issue after a few weeks since I bought it. I did everything I could – update the BIOS, clean the internals, remove dust from the CPU fan – but nothing seems to work. Is there something I can do?

    • Dan

      Is there any background process that takes up the CPU resources in Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC)? If it isn’t a software related problem, you can try to change thermal paste on the CPU.

    • John Hogan

      Hey, a dead thread perhaps but the thermal paste is my best guess also. I’ve got the same part in a Huawei thin and light rig and it never gets warm.

  8. Question

    AH Mridha

    Which one will give more performance?
    Amd Ryzen 5 3500U or intel core i7-1065G7

    • Dan

      The i7-1065G7 is better, as shown in the User Benchmark chart above and also in other benchmarks. However, in common day-to-day computing tasks the difference won’t be big.

    • Fadlhlin Sakina

      Can Amd Ryzen 5 3500U be used for valorant or will it ruin the laptop perfomance?

    • Debraj Dey

      Valorant runs at more than 70fps..totally playable.. You can also play paladins smoothly.

    • m.saadat

      Which one will give more performance?
      Amd Ryzen 5 3500U or intel core i3-1005g1

    • vepepih

      Just because of the fact that you idiots still use userbenchmark, a joke of a site banned even by r/Intel, makes me think your site is garbage. Use actual benchmarks next time.

  9. Question


    how many displays does the 3500u vega 8 support. Can i connect through an HDMI, and USB type c port while having the built in monitor of a laptop on?

  10. Question


    I have a laptop HP – 14-cm0004la with motherboard 84A0 83.46 is compatible with this Processor? or some other processor that recommends me

    • Dan

      You can’t replace the CPU in a laptop.

  11. Question


    Hi. I am planning to switch from my current i7 2670QM to AMD Ryzen 5 3500. Will I see any significant difference in performance? My current laptop has 8GB RAM (DDR3 1066)
    I mostly use my laptop for running trading applications and have 3-5 tabs open in two different browsers ecah at a time. Thanks.

    • nevin

      Yes you will see a incredible difference. and you will see great battery savings

  12. Question


    I have ryzen 5 3500u with vega 8 graphics on my HP 14s dk0093au laptop. The Amd radeon is not supporting Free sync although it ia compatible. Pls help me how can i enable free sync.

    • Generic Name

      Your monitor probably doesn’t support freesync

  13. Question


    Hello. I’m considering buying a laptop with the Ryzen 5 3500U chip. Coming from an Intel i7 6500U, do you think it will be faster? I will use it for internet browsing, remote working (Citrix) and occasional photo editing (Lightroom). Apart from the chip, the two computers has similar specs. Thank you.

    • sharad

      yes, it is better than i7 6500u

  14. Question


    is ryzen 5 3500U is equvalent or better than intelcore i5 8th gen in case of programming. i m 2 nd yr engineering student. please reply fast

    • Dan

      It is equivalent and direct competitor of the 8th Gen i5 U series. The 8th Gen i5-8265U tends to be slightly faster overall than the Ryzen 5 3500U, which may or may not have an effect on programming.

    • DS

      amd 5 3500u have better graphics and is cheaper but intel core i 5 8265u is slightly faster if you are planning to program with unity amd 5 3500u is cpu for you

  15. Question


    I have a 2014 “Intel Core i7-4700MQ” processor.
    Is the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U faster than my older intel cpu?

    • Spam

      I did some research and the ryzen 5 3500u is better than
      your current cpu

  16. Question


    What would you choose for entry level gaming (maybe low setting mid level) and video editing.
    AMD R5-3500U Quad Core, AMD Radeon Vega 8, 12 or 8 GB RAM (both are open choices)
    Intel Core i5-1035G1 (10th Gen), NVIDIA GeForce MX110 (2 GB), 8 GB RAM.

    • Spam

      both cpus and gpus are similar so its up to you

    • nevin

      okay im a bit late but go ryzen with that extra memory. It will be worth it

    • Chris

      The vega 8 will perform better in most cases than the mx 110 this is a poor gpu,make sure you go for 12 gb as the vega 8 will reserve 2gb of this.

  17. Question


    Display :- 15.6 inches FHD IPS display
    CPU :- AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Quad core
    GPU :- AMD Radeon vega 8
    RAM :- 8GB DDR4 2400MHZ(not expandable) & 1.6GB for GPU
    ROM :- 256GB PCIe NVME SSD
    Battery :- 3665 mah lithium-ion battery. 65 W fast charging with type C port.
    Built quality :- Aluminium body
    Price :- 43,000
    These are the specifications which I considered to buy a laptop.
    Now my QUESTIONS is ?
    1. Is that RAM is sufficient for medium to medium high multi-processing,multi-tab browsing & for running the multipule (medium) apps in the background.
    2. Is it Handel’s the games like PUBG, fortnight, GTA v etc… in HD smoothly.
    3. Is we can run the softwares like Photoshop, Adobe premiere Pro, Android studio, Filmora.
    4. As I don’t consider the remaining stuff & features is this value for money or not.

    I hope that you may reply for this question. Thanks I ADVANCE.

    • D

      So you are looking to buy the asus vivobook

    • Adarsh

      Honor magicbook lol

    • Dave

      Matebook d15?

  18. Question

    April P

    Hi there,
    I’m looking to buy a laptop for school. I’ll be doing a masters in environmental science and it may require the use of multiple software such as ArcGis, R/R studio, NVivo, ESRI, QGIS. I may also be working with large data sets and I do have a tendency of having multiple tabs open as I am always multi-tasking. I just purchased a laptop with a AMD R5 3500u processor ( 8 GB ddr4 ram, 256 GB ssd, amd radeon vega 8 graphics). But only recently did my school post recommended technology requirements and they recommended a Intel Core i5 based model processor. Do you think my laptop will be good enough or should I return it and buy a laptop with intel core i5-10210U processor?

    Thank you in advance for your advice!

    • Dan

      Hi, the overall performance difference between the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U and Intel i5-10210U isn’t big, although the i5 is somewhat faster in benchmarks. The Ryzen 5 3500U is a kind of AMD’s i5-10210U equivalent. However, I can’t tell whether some of the specialized programs you mentioned require exactly an Intel processor and / or Intel drivers for some kind of special tasks. If that’s not the case, I assume the Ryzen 5 3500U would be almost as good as the i5, especially in lighter computing tasks, including multi-tab web browsing.

      As a side note, programs’ “system requirements” oftentimes only mention Intel processors, because they are more popular than AMDs. That, most of the time, doesn’t mean that AMD’s CPUs aren’t supported.

  19. Question

    Sarthak bhake

    I have two options of laptops both are hp envy series one is Ryzen 3500u(Amd Radeon Vega 8) and other is i5 10th gen (intel uhd graphics), RAM and ssd are same and the intel one is 10,000 costlier which one should I go for ? I’m a first year engineering student usage will be not be that heavy
    Pls suggest:-)

    • Sarthak bhake

      *10,000 INR

    • Dan

      Hi, is it the 10th Gen i5-10210U or i5-1035G1?

      They are both faster than the Ryzen 5 3500U in benchmarks. The difference isn’t very noticeable in light home and office computing tasks, but in some heavy tasks their better performance can be handy.

      The Ryzen 5 3500U has, on the other hand, somewhat better integrated graphics processor, which can be helpful in gaming and possibly in engineering programs if they utilize the graphics processor a lot. However, all of these are very basic graphics processors which aren’t even close performance-wise to the full-blown dedicated video cards like the Nvidia GeForce GTX or RTX series.

      Among the i5-10210U or i5-1035G1, the latter has a bit better integrated graphics.

      Another note is that the 10th Intel Core series are generally better than the Ryzen 3000 series when it comes to power consumption, so the battery life could be longer on the laptop version with the 10th Gen i5.

  20. Question


    I am planning to buy D Ryzen 3500u. Can visual studio 2016,pycharm and Anaconda studio run smoothly on it. Those were running very slow on my current Intel i3 4th gen

    • Dan

      Hi, I can’t tell whether these programs will run completely smoothly (depends on what you’re doing with them and requirements of a particular program), but the difference between the Ryzen 5 3500U and the 4th Gen i3 is quite big performance-wise in favor of the Ryzen of course. My guess is that Visual Studio and Pycharm won’t be a problem, but machine learning programs like Anaconda require a lot of RAM and storage and probably need a good processor. I see in the Anaconda specs requirements it needs at least 32GB RAM.

      So, the Ryzen 5 is a big upgrade over the 4th Gen i3, but if you want to be sure you have the best performance in a laptop form factor, you can consider some of the latest H series (high-performance, pricier) processors – like the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H or Intel Core i7-10750H. A cost effective alternative in the mid range is the newer and faster Ryzen 5 4500U version.

  21. Question


    Hi, Which one would you recommend : i5 10th Gen 10210U, GeForce MX250, 256GB SSD or Ryzen 5 3500U, 512GB SSD? Also, the Ryzen laptop has pre-loaded MS Office. I’m going to begin my MBA studies and just play light games, if ever. I do substantial multi-tasking/multiple tabs. How much does the extra SSD affect performance and (light-medium) games? I prefer a good battery life. Rest of the features in the laptops are same. It’s a bit urgent. Also, is there even any signicant difference or can I overlook them? Thank you in advance, I understand they’re too many questions.

    • Dan

      Hi, SSD size has almost nothing to do with gaming performance and performance of a laptop in general. SSD size only tells you how many games, programs, and files you can have loaded onto your laptop. What matters the most for gaming is the graphics processor, where the MX250 video card is better than the Radeon graphics built into the Ryzen 5 3500U. The MX250 has it’s own video memory so it doesn’t use the notebook’s main system memory. And the main system memory (RAM) size is of the greatest importance when it comes to multi-tasking and multi-tab web browsing. I hope these laptop options have at least 8GB of RAM. If you multitask a lot, then 12GB or greater will ensure you don’t run into slowdowns due to RAM overload.

      On the side note, what I always look in a laptop is IPS screen technology for wide viewing angles. Some notebooks have older TN display tech with narrow viewing angles, which should be really avoided if you wan’t decent display quality.

      Overall, based on the details you mentioned, I think the i5 10th Gen 10210U, GeForce MX250, 256GB SSD is better (if you don’t keep large amounts of data on your laptop).

    • Sarthak

      Thanks a lot. How does the i5-1035G1 (Intel UHD Graphics) with 256 SSD fare with respect to the above ones? It’s a bit expensive but I’ll overlook that if the speed+performace is significantly better than the above 2 in all departments. All are 8 GB models.

    • Dan

      With the i5-1035G1 (Intel UHD Graphics) you will have gaming and overall performance similar to the Ryzen 5 3500U. So, the i5 10th Gen 10210U with GeForce MX250 combo is still the best choice among the 3 performance-wise, primarily because of the dedicated video card with its own memory. For regular laptop use like web browsing, MS Office apps, and similar, performance of the i5 1035G1, i5-10210U and Ryzen 5 3500U is almost equal.

    • Sarthak

      Hello Dan, a new model is in stock today and has opened up one more option for me : Ryzen 5 Hexa Core 4500U (says Radeon Graphics only, cores = 6). This one also has an IPS screen unlike the above ones and a big SSD (512 GB). Rest is same. So is this better? And the battery life? Also, this one is quite affordable with preloaded MS Office. So is the processor+graphics comparable or better than i5 10th Gen 10210U, GeForce MX250, 256GB SSD and Ryzen 5 3500U, 512GB SSD? I only do light-medium gaming and quite many tabs and multitasking. Thank you again.

    • Sarthak

      Sorry one correction : It’s MX230 and not MX250 in the i5 10th gen one. I believe that changes things up a bit.

    • Dan

      Yes, I also wanted to mention the Ryzen 5 4500U as a good alternative to the Intel Core + MX250 / MX230 combo. The Radeon graphics of the Ryzen 5 4500U performs similar to the MX230 as you can see here (real world gaming performance will depend on the game and settings):

      Also the Ryzen 5 4500U processor itself is faster than all of the mentioned processors as you can see here:

      I won’t be overly noticeable in day-to-day tasks, but it will very likely complete heavier tasks faster.

      And since that notebook has IPS screen and others don’t, the choice is even easier in favor of the laptop with the Ryzen 5 4500U.

      Note: Having dual-channel RAM instead of single-channel (2x4GB sticks instead of 1x8GB stick) can noticeably improve gaming performance that relies on integrated graphics such as Radeon of the Ryzen. So, if the laptop has dual RAM slots and one of them is empty, adding another RAM module would make gaming smoother.

    • Sarthak

      Thank you so much Dan. I just ordered the 4500U one. You’ve been of amazing help. I’m a novice in this area and you really gave the best advice ever. It doesn’t say anywhere about 2*4 or 1*8 RAM, but are there any resources on how to do that? Your timely and detailed replies were very, very useful. Thanks from India!

    • Dan

      You’re welcome! AS for RAM, it depends on your notebook model whether it actually has two RAM slots. Some models have a single slot (single channel only) or fixed RAM soldered onto the motherboard (which can be either single or dual channel) or soldered RAM plus a free RAM slot (if you add RAM to the slot it’s then dual-channel). You can usually find that info and RAM upgrade guide in the notebook’s maintenance manuals via the manufacturers websites. Laptop RAM upgrades usually require removal of the notebook’s bottom cover and possibly some other parts.

    • Sarthak

      Thank you once again, Dan. The whole site is a goldmine of knowledge as well. It’s been a very informative and helpful interaction 🙂

  22. Question

    Razak Zainal Abidin

    Hi there, Honor released a budget laptop called honor MagicBook 14. It has AMD Ryzen 5 chip with 8GB of RAM. Can this be used for day trading or day trade laptop?

    • Dan

      Hi, day trading apps aren’t generally demanding, so I believe any Ryzen 5 series processor with 8GB RAM is sufficient for that. However, if you run for instance many web browser tabs and other programs at the same time together with the day trading app, you will maybe exceed 8GB of RAM usage, which will slow down the system. If you don’t overload the laptop’s RAM with other programs, day trading on the said laptop isn’t an issue at all.

  23. Question


    @dan hi I want ask you that i want to buy laptop of asus vivobook 15 but i am too confused about processor,so can you tell me plzzz that which one should i choose among amd ryzen 5 3500u and intel core i5 8265u with graphics geforce mx250…. plzz tell me bro

    • Dan

      Hi, I would go for the i5 + MX250 variant, especially if you want to play games on it. For regular computing, the Ryzen 5 3500U and Intel 8265U perform similarly. But, the MX250 dedicated video card enables smoother gaming than the Radeon Vega integrated graphics of the Ryzen 5.

  24. Question


    Hi, I want to buy this laptop for video editing (HD) and photo editing, so im trying to compare intel vs AMD. Are these specs good enough? Im on a budget. Thanks!
    ASUS Notebook 15.6” FHD AMD Quad Core R5-3500U GTX 1050, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD Windows 10, M570DD-DS55

    • Edda

      I should add, GPU is GeForce GTX 1050

    • Dan

      Hi, if you’re not editing 4K, then I think the laptop will satisfy your needs. I do Full HD editing in the basic Windows Movie Maker without problems on a similar processor – Intel’s i5-8250U. A good yet affordable alternative to make things even faster for tasks like photo / video editing (in particular noticeably faster video exports) are budget gaming laptops with the GTX 1050, which usually come with a more powerful processor than the Ryzen 5-3500U. Like the Intel Core H series i5-9300H or even better the six core i7-9750H. These gaming laptops usually run cooler too than the standard laptops, which can be important during heavy tasks like video editing. But again, for HD and even Full HD video editing + photo editing processors in the same class like the Ryzen 5 3500U are very good. I would just make sure the notebook you’re buying for these mostly visual tasks has an IPS screen with wide viewing angles, as opposed to TN screens. And of course at least 8GB RAM and avoiding hard drives instead of SSDs.

    • Saket Jha

      Hello, I want to buy for video editor, animation and games software to able to work faster of ryzen 3500U because of I will plan buy laptop in ryzen 3500u but I have confuse what not stuck. pls you can tell me about this.

  25. Question

    Paul Galley

    Has anyone used the Ryzen 5 3500 for music production?

    • Dan

      Hi, I don’t own a laptop with the Ryzen 5 3500 in particular, but I do use Intel’s a sort of countepart – the 8th Gen i5-8250U. Generally, they have similar performance and I run Ableton with its built-in effects on the i5, together with vst synths like Diva without issues. However, I noticed that while the laptop was on battery power (HP ProBook), I encountered problems with hardware-demanding Roland vst synths, with occasional sound popping. While running on the power adapter, there were no problems at all.

      Overall, I think the Ryzen 5 3500 and processors in its class (Ryzen 7, 8th and 10th Gen Intel Core i5, i7 G and U series) do a good job when it comes to music production, but you should keep in mind that some heavyweight vsts can be problematic because of their design. Also, using a huge number of vsts simultaneously can be a problem.

      Ideally, more powerful processors like the Intel Core i5 or i7 H series you can typically find in gaming laptops can handle music production even easier (for instance faster audio exports), but I personally don’t need that. These high-performance processors add to the overall price and consume much more battery power, without significant effects on my music production as a hobby.

    • TA

      @Dan – ProBooks might have a setting in BIOS that disables turbo-boost while on battery. Have seen that enabled by default from the factory before, so give it a look.

    • Dan

      Thanks, I’ll try that.

  26. Question


    Does this meets the requirements to play Fornite chapter 2 on an Acer Aspire 3 AMD Ryzen 5 15.6in 8gb 2TB Laptop?

  27. Question

    Arvind wable

    Does ryzen 5 3500u has onboard graphics?

    • Alexander Tse

      Yes, it includes AMD Radeon Vega 8

    • Farzad

      This ryzen is 64 bit or 32 bit????

    • Dan

      It’s 64-bit.

  28. Question

    Rajan Darji

    AMD Ryzen™ 5 3500U which generation

    • Dan

      It doesn’t have a generation attached to it. It is released in 2019, succeeding the Ryzen 5 2500U. They are comparable to the 8th Geneneration Intel Core processors.

    • Aydin ibayev

      3rd generation ( 3500)

    • Tony

      it is based on the 2nd gen of zen @12 nm.

  29. 5 out of 5 Great value, great performance


    I bought Lenovo Laptop with Ryzen 5 3500u (8gb RAM + 256 GB SSD) for about 350 euros and its absolutely great. I’m using it mostly for office use, but I also play Football Manager 19 and it works great. I didn’t wanna to spend too much money for laptop, but I wanted something that will work fine for standard use, not only right now but also in few years and I think I hit jackpot.

    • Edgar

      What is the laptop model that you bought for 350 eur?

    • Luka

      This is model. Current price is 53000 serbian dinars (450 euro) but i bought it on black friday when price was 40000 dinars (340 euros).

      Except TN screen that isnt high quality (and i wasnt expecting to be for that price) everything else is great. Tried to play some games on it, GTA 5 and Asphalt 9 are runing great.

    • Dgn

      Lenovo ideapad s145 ryzen 5 quad core on Amazon or flipcart

  30. Louis Dour

    Je possède ce processeur mais lorsque je joue à Fortnite, la qualité et la fluidité est complètement différente de celle montrée dans la vidéo, savez vous pourquoi ou comment je peux y remédier

  31. Lakshay

    i am planning to buy asus vivobook 15 x512 with ryzen 5 3500u proceessor 512gb ssd. My main task is java, python, android studio and other programming tasks. Is ryzen 5 3500u is good compared to intel i5 8th gen processor in day to day tasks like browsing, watching videos and programming.

    • Tushar

      I have the same question? Tell me if you get your answer, please

    • Dan

      The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U performs very similar to the 8th Gen Intel i5 U-series (i5-8250U and others) in benchmarks and in the real-world use. I would say both are optimal for the daily tasks and programming. I don’t think there’s a need to upgrade to full blown quad-core like the Core i5 H-series (i.e. i5-8300H), because it consumes much more power and you don’t do very heavy stuff like 4K video editing, where it has advantage over the Ryzen 5 3500U or Intel i5-8250U.

    • TheNoobyCoder

      i recommend you to go with intel laptops for normal usage, programming, etc and it will be value for money, AMD Processors are mainly designed for gaming and video rendering. So my choice for you is go with intel Laptops

    • Dave

      That is total rubbish, if an amd cpu is better at gaming and video rendering, then it’s just better, so PSA go with AMD as you can’t design a general purpose CPU to only be good at gaming and video rendering, it’s just good at everything, think before you say things

    • CyberPlex

      Ryzen 5 3500u performs above and beyond the call of duty. Upgraded my SSD to 1TB and RAM is currently using 20GB

    • Harry

      do you play call of duty using it?

    • esandc

      don’t know i am planning of it

  32. sanjai

    I plan to buy HP Notebook – 14s-dk0093au(AMD Ryzen™ 5 3500U with Radeon™ Vega 8 Graphics, 1 TB + 256 GB SSD, 8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB)). My usage is for Java / Python development. is this ok for my usage than intel i3 7th gen. or i need to go for any. Please suggest.

    • Dan

      Hi, the Ryzen 5 3500U is definitely faster processor than the 7th Gen Intel i3. The Ryzen is better generally without doubt. But, it is possible that if your particular task is light on the CPU usage, you won’t notice the difference. In heavier tasks, the difference will be noticeable. Anyway, with everything else being the same, the Ryzen 5 is the better option, especially for a bit more advanced stuff like programming.

    • Rohit

      Can i play gta 5 in medium setting with this laptop

    • Jamison

      Should be able to I looked up a videos on medium settings it would work

    • Murali

      Hi ……sir I want to buy a new laptop so amd rayzon 5 3500u vs i5 which one is better to compare the hp14s,15,14,15s laptop


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