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: Performance and benchmark scores of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U 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.

Specifications of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

Here's the specs sheet 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 6MB
Memory Support DDR4 (2400 MHz max. speed)
Integrated Graphics AMD Radeon Vega 8
Power Consumption 15W
Production Technology 12-nanometer
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 virtual platforms)
Year of Release 2019

Written by Dan on June 7, 2019

User reviews and Q&A on the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

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

Current rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  1. Question

    Edda

    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

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    • Edda

      I should add, GPU is GeForce GTX 1050

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  2. Question

    Paul Galley

    Has anyone used the Ryzen 5 3500 for music production?

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Dan

      Thanks, I’ll try that.

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  3. Question

    Ousman

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

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  4. Question

    Arvind wable

    Does ryzen 5 3500u has onboard graphics?

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    • Alexander Tse

      Yes, it includes AMD Radeon Vega 8

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    • Farzad

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

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    • Dan

      It’s 64-bit.

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  5. Question

    Rajan Darji

    AMD Ryzen™ 5 3500U which generation

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    • 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.

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    • Aydin ibayev

      3rd generation ( 3500)

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    • Tony

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

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  6. 5 out of 5 Great value, great performance

    Luka

    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.

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    • Edgar

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

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    • Luka

      https://www.tehnomanija.rs/it-shop/laptop-racunari/lenovo-laptop-v155-15api.html

      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.

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    • Dgn

      Lenovo ideapad s145 ryzen 5 quad core on Amazon or flipcart

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  7. Louis Dour

    Bonjour,
    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

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  8. 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.

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    • Tushar

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

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    • 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.

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    • 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

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    • 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

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    • CyberPlex

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

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    • Harry

      do you play call of duty using it?

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    • esandc

      don’t know i am planning of it

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  9. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Rohit

      Can i play gta 5 in medium setting with this laptop

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