AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Review

Mid-range-low-power laptop processor released in 2017 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 2GHz, max speed at 3.6GHz, and a 15W power rating. Ryzen 5 2500U is based on the Raven Ridge 14nm family and part of the Ryzen 5 series.
Price 81.7%
Speed 53%
Productivity 58%
Gaming 74%
Category Laptop
Target mid-range-low-power
Socket Compatibility AM4
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2017 Model
Price 150 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 8 Threads
Core Frequency 2 GHz
Boost Frequency 3.6 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 3.6 GHz
Power Consumption 15 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 4 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 32 GB
Price-Value Score 81.7 %
Speed Score 53 %
Productivity Score 58 %
Gaming Score 74 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 58.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 29.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 14.7 %
Overall Score 36/100

The Ryzen 5 2500U is one of AMD's mid-range-low-power Laptop processors. It was released in 2017 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 2GHz, max speed at 3.6GHz, and a 15W power rating. The Ryzen 5 2500U is based on the Raven Ridge 14nm family and is part of the Ryzen 5 series.

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.

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.

What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Ryzen 5 2500U.

One of the nice things about the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U up for $150 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2500U 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.

That said, AMD still lags behind in frequency when the Core i5-8279U operates at 2.4GHz at any given moment and 4.1GHz when push comes to shove.

Ryzen 5 hasn’t had the smoothest entrance into the computing world with lackluster gaming and some CPU temperatures high enough to raise concerns. But after a month of optimizations plus new drivers and BIOS updates, Ryzen 5 seems to have bypassed those same growing pains.

The Ryzen 5 2500U clocks up to 3.6Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 3.7GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

If you’ve been looking for an affordable, powerhouse CPU that both works and parties hard, this is it.