AMD Ryzen 3 3250U Review

Entry-level-low-power Laptop processor released in 2020 with 2 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 2.6GHz, max speed at 3.5GHz, and a 15W power rating. Ryzen 3 3250U is based on the Picasso 14nm family and part of the Ryzen 3 series.
Price 22.5%
Speed 52%
Productivity 48%
Gaming 71%
Category Laptop
Target entry-level-low-power
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 282.73 USD
Number of Cores 2 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 2.6 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.5 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.5 GHz
Power Consumption 15 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 4 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 32 GB
Price-Value Score 22.5 %
Speed Score 52 %
Productivity Score 48 %
Gaming Score 71 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 63.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 31.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 15.8 %
Overall Score 32/100

The Ryzen 3 3250U is one of AMD's entry-level-low-power Laptop processors. It was released in 2020 with 2 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 2.6GHz, max speed at 3.5GHz, and a 15W power rating. The Ryzen 3 3250U is based on the Picasso 14nm family and is part of the Ryzen 3 series.

Ryzen 3 3250U is also the successor of AMD's last gen Ryzen 3 2200U processor that was based on the Zen and 14nm process and was released in 2018.

AMD's Zen series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

We covered the deep dive details of the Zen chip design in our AMD Ryzen 3 3300U and Ryzen 3 3200U review, so head there for more information on the Ryzen 3 3250U's architecture, which is identical to the Ryzen 3 3200U.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

Value seekers who aren't afraid to press the Precision Boost Overdrive button and have sufficient cooling should look to the Ryzen 3 3200U for roughly equivalent performance to the Ryzen 3 3250U, particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the Ryzen 3 3200U an Editor's Choice award.

The AMD Ryzen 3 3250U is another impressive release from AMD and its 5 Generation of Ryzen 3 chips. With it, you’re getting 2-cores and 4-threads, with a boost clock of 3.5GHz. It may not be the strongest contender ever made on paper, but when you see and feel the actual performance gains it offers, you’re certainly getting a lot of bang for your $282.73 buck.

AMD has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of Core i3 processors. That has forced the chip maker to be a little more creative and make do with their current product lines. Today we have the AMD Ryzen 3 3250U on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Ryzen 3 2200U with a clock speed boost. We say basically because it’s not a straight refresh however, there’s another change.

One of the nice things about the AMD Ryzen 3 3250U processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 3 3250U up for $282.73 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 3 3250U retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 15W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

With Ryzen 3, AMD continues to innovate on its new architecture and 14nm process. Like Ryzen 3, AMD has engineered Ryzen 3 to operate on a AM4 chipset with all the modern amenities of computing. This includes support for DDR4 RAM, the fastest NVMe SSDs and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The Ryzen 3 3250U clocks up to 3.5Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 3.6GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

Although the 15W-rated cooler doesn't feature a copper base or the LEDs found on AMD's higher-end thermal solutions, it does handle Ryzen 3's heat output deftly enough to facilitate XFR-triggered frequencies. This gives you an extra 200 MHz. We were even able to overclock the Ryzen 3 3250U to 3.7 GHz within a reasonable temperature range. The fan also blows down onto the motherboard, which provide additional cooling around the socket. If you need more bling, AMD recently announced that it now offers the LED-equipped cooler separately.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD Ryzen 3 3250U

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the AMD Ryzen 3 3250U.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 13.3 113.1 FPS
155.3 FPS
114.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 7.1 98.6 FPS
135.4 FPS
99.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 6.6 75.4 FPS
103.6 FPS
76.2 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 36.1 69.2 FPS
98.2 FPS
72.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 19.3 67.4 FPS
95.6 FPS
70.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 11.4 61.2 FPS
85.9 FPS
63.2 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 51.2 58.6 FPS
83.2 FPS
62.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 12.1 57.8 FPS
80.4 FPS
58.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 14 54.2 FPS
76.6 FPS
56.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 9.3 53.9 FPS
74 FPS
54.4 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 22.6 53.1 FPS
74 FPS
55.7 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 13.2 53.1 FPS
73.5 FPS
53.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 7.7 51.7 FPS
71.5 FPS
51.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 9.8 51.1 FPS
69.1 FPS
51.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 8.3 48.3 FPS
64.4 FPS
47.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 7.4 47.4 FPS
65.6 FPS
47.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 10.8 46 FPS
62.7 FPS
45.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 7.7 45.5 FPS
59.2 FPS
42.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 6.2 44.7 FPS
61.3 FPS
44.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 34.8 43.1 FPS
57.9 FPS
44.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 11.6 43 FPS
59.5 FPS
42.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 9.6 42.7 FPS
58.1 FPS
41.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 24.1 41.5 FPS
55.8 FPS
40.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 6.9 40.6 FPS
55.2 FPS
39.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 9.9 40.3 FPS
55.6 FPS
40.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 10.2 39.3 FPS
53 FPS
38 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 6 38.2 FPS
52.1 FPS
37.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 18 36.1 FPS
48.9 FPS
35.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 6.1 36 FPS
49 FPS
35.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 8.2 34.2 FPS
45.2 FPS
31.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 19.8 32.8 FPS
46.4 FPS
34.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 5.1 31.4 FPS
42.6 FPS
30.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 6.4 31.1 FPS
41.1 FPS
28.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 17.7 31 FPS
41.4 FPS
30.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 7.6 30.3 FPS
40 FPS
28.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 21.8 29.8 FPS
41.5 FPS
30.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 34.6 28.9 FPS
38.4 FPS
29.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 19.5 28.2 FPS
39.1 FPS
28.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 9 28.1 FPS
37.4 FPS
27 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 6.1 27.9 FPS
36.9 FPS
25.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 15.8 27.1 FPS
37.5 FPS
27.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 6.4 26.7 FPS
35.6 FPS
25.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 12.6 26.2 FPS
34.6 FPS
26 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 15.7 25.5 FPS
34.9 FPS
25.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 13 25.3 FPS
34.2 FPS
23.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 6.8 25 FPS
33.8 FPS
23.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 6.2 23.9 FPS
32.3 FPS
23.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 8 22.3 FPS
30.3 FPS
21.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 12.2 18.8 FPS
25.2 FPS
18.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 14.8 16.8 FPS
22.7 FPS
15.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 11.9 16.7 FPS
22.5 FPS
15.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 10.2 16.5 FPS
22.2 FPS
16 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 17.1 16.3 FPS
22.2 FPS
15.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 12.4 16.1 FPS
21.6 FPS
15.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 12.1 14 FPS
18.7 FPS
13.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 7.6 13 FPS
17.2 FPS
12.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 12.5 12.7 FPS
16.8 FPS
12.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 11.9 12.5 FPS
15.8 FPS
11.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 12 12.4 FPS
15.3 FPS
11.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 12.2 11.5 FPS
15.2 FPS
10.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 13.4 11.1 FPS
13.1 FPS
9.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 8.7 9.1 FPS
12.1 FPS
8.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 9.2 8.6 FPS
11.5 FPS
7.9 FPS
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