AMD Ryzen 7 2700U vs Intel Core i5-8250U – the rival is back

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We published the comparison between the new AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and the well-known Intel Core i7-8550U. We saw that these two chips were quite similar in terms of specs and almost identical when it comes to performance.

With that said it is only normal to suggest that the new Raven Ridge APU will beat the less powerful Intel Core i5-8250U but you might like to find out just how much of a difference there is.

Specs overview

Just like the Core i7-8550U, the Core i5-8250U has a very similar configuration to the Ryzen 7 2700U. Both chips are built on the 14nm manufacturing process and have a low power draw of 15W. In both chips, the TDP varies from 10W (12W for the 2700U) up to 25W.

Both processors feature four physical cores and a total of eight threads thanks to the Hyper-Threading and SMT technologies on Intel’s and AMD’s side respectively. While the Core i7-8550U has similar clocks compared to the Ryzen 7 2700U, the Core i5-8250U that we are taking a look at today falls behind. Its base frequency is just 1.60GHz opposed to 2.20GHz on the Ryzen 7. Same goes for maximum boost clocks which are 3.40GHz and 3.80GHz respectively.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho AMD Ryzen 7 2700U

Cache levels on both chips are 6MB although just 4MB are L3 cache on the Ryzen 7 2700U. Other than that, there aren’t many differences left. Both platforms support dual-channel DDR4 memory up to 2400MHz and feature all the necessary instructions sets including SSE 4.2 and AVX2.

For those of you who have not already heard, the new Raven Ridge platform combines Ryzen processor architecture with Vega graphics. We won’t get into the specs of the integrated GPUs of both processors but stay tuned for an upcoming analysis of the performance of the integrated RX Vega.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Intel Core i7-8550U

You can check out Ryzen 7 2700U’s specs page for detailed information about the Vega GPU and the Core i5-8250U’s pagefor the UHD 620’s specs.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700U – Specs Sheet
Ranking 27
Generation
Base CPU frequency 2.2 GHz
Number of cores 4
Instructions type 64 bits
TDP 15 W
Integrated GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
Base GPU frequency
Max. operating temperature
Memory channels 2
Released Q4 2017
Core / Architecture Zen
Max. CPU frequency 3.8 GHz
Logical Cores (Threads) 8
LL cache 4096 KB
Lithography 14 nm
Official website www.amd.com
Max. GPU frequency
Memory Type DDR4
Max Memory
Supported technologies XFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT
Intel Core i5-8250U – Specs Sheet
Ranking 39
Generation Kaby Lake Refresh
Base CPU frequency 1.60 GHz
Number of cores 4
Instructions type 64 bits
TDP 15 W
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 620
Base GPU frequency 300 MHz
Max. operating temperature 100 °C
Memory channels 2
Released Q3 2017
Core / Architecture Kaby Lake Refresh
Max. CPU frequency 3.40 GHz
Logical Cores (Threads) 8
LL cache 6144 KB
Lithography 14 nm
Official website ark.intel.com
Max. GPU frequency 1100 MHz
Memory Type LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600, DDR4-2133
Max Memory 32 GB
Supported technologies Advanced Vector Extensions, Advanced Vector Extensions 2, Advanced Encryption Standard Instruction Set Extension, Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, Enhanced SpeedStep Technology, Speed Shift Technology, Intel VT-x, Intel VT-d, Secure Key Technology, Flex Memory Access, Smart Response Technology, My WiFi Technology, OS Guard

Benchmarks

  • 3D Rendering – Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Intel Core i5-8250U- Acer Swift 3 (SF315-51)

PRICE : $658.34

PERFORMANCE :531

Intel Core i7-8550U – Dell Inspiron 5379

PRICE : $799 (+21%)

PERFORMANCE : 632 (+7.2%)

  • Adobe Photoshop – Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

Intel Core i5-8250U- Acer Swift 3 (SF315-51)

PRICE : $658.34

PERFORMANCE :10.70

Intel Core i7-8550U – Dell Inspiron 5379

PRICE : $799 (+21%)

PERFORMANCE : 11.63 (+0.6%)

  • Raw performance – Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

 

Intel Core i5-8250U- Acer Swift 3 (SF315-51)

PRICE : $658.34

PERFORMANCE :10449

Intel Core i7-8550U – Dell Inspiron 5379

PRICE : $799 (+21%)

PERFORMANCE : 12192 (+3.1%)

Despite the overall higher clock speed of the Ryzen 7 2700U, the two almost identical CPUs score very similarly in the actual test. Yes, the Ryzen 7 2700U outperforms the Core i5-8250U but it is not that further ahead.

The only actual performance boot is when it comes to 3D Rendering which we represent using the Cinebench 15 test. The Ryzen 7 2700U score 632 points compared to 521 points which result in a 7.2% bump. On the other hand, our Adobe Photoshop test shows virtually no improvement. The Ryzen 7 2700U was just a tad faster than the Core i5-8250U – with 0.6% to be precise.

Raw performance measured by Fritz just continues the trend with a 3.1% bump in favor of the Ryzen 7 2700U.

We’ve tested Intel Core i5-8250U on…
# Laptop Cinebench 11 Cinebench 15 Adobe Photoshop Fritz Price
1. Acer Swift 3 (SF314-52) 5.95 531 10.70 10449 N/A
2. Acer Swift 3 (SF315-51) 5.95 531 10.70 10449 $658.34
3. Acer Nitro 5 Spin 5.96 534 10.75 10845 $949.99
4. Lenovo Ideapad 520 (15″) 6.16 553 10.88 10976 N/A

Conclusion

Judging by the graphs above, the two processors are fairly equally powerful. The Ryzen 7 2700U is generally better and faster but not too much and it is only shown when rendering. When we take the price into consideration, one can doubt the benefits of the Ryzen 7 2700U because the notebook equipped with it are more expensive at the moment.

On the other hand, it is a great new alternative to the Intel chips and it also features an integrated RX Vega GPU which we expect to perform better than the UHD 620.

(laptopmedia.com, https://goo.gl/aN6ipe)

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