AMD Ryzen 5 4600U Review

Mid-range-low-power Laptop processor released in 2020 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 2.1GHz, max speed at 4GHz, and a 15W power rating. Ryzen 5 4600U is based on the Renoir 7nm family and part of the Ryzen 5 series.
Price 67.5%
Speed 58%
Productivity 69%
Gaming 79%
Category Laptop
Target mid-range-low-power
Socket Compatibility FP6
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 282.66 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 12 Threads
Core Frequency 2.1 GHz
Boost Frequency 4 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4 GHz
Power Consumption 15 W
Manufacturing Process 7 nm
L3 Cache 8 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 32 GB
Price-Value Score 67.5 %
Speed Score 58 %
Productivity Score 69 %
Gaming Score 79 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 49.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 24.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 12.3 %
Overall Score 41/100

The Ryzen 5 4600U is one of AMD's mid-range-low-power Laptop processors. It was released in 2020 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 2.1GHz, max speed at 4GHz, and a 15W power rating. The Ryzen 5 4600U is based on the Renoir 7nm family and is part of the Ryzen 5 series.

Ryzen 5 4600U is also the successor of AMD's last gen Ryzen 5 3580U processor that was based on the Zen+ and 12nm process and was released in 2019.

This processor packs 6-cores and 12-threads in a mainstream package for the first time, and does it at a similar price point as the Core i5-9400H, a processor with just 4-cores and 8-threads.

The AMD Ryzen 5 4600U marks yet another blast from Team AMD, ramping up the intensity of the AMD vs Intel processor war. Still, though, there’s more than just core counts when it comes to a mainstream processor, as single-core performance needs to be on point, especially if you’re hoping to play the best PC games.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the AMD Ryzen 5 4600U finally dethrones the Core i5-9400H as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Ryzen 5 4600U doesn't reach the same single-core performance as Intel, but we're starting to see more games adopt multi-threaded CPUs, so that doesn't matter as much.

AMD Ryzen 5 1st Generation, and the Zen 2 architecture itself, is notable because it leads 7nm processors to the mainstream for the first time. But, there’s a lot more going on under the hood than just a smaller manufacturing node.

Finally, the shrink down to 7nm allows for much better energy efficiency. Because of the Zen 2 architecture, AMD Ryzen 5 1 Generation processors like the Ryzen 5 4600U and Ryzen 5 4500U should be up to 58% more efficient than comparable Intel processors. This isn’t the most noteworthy feature here, but, hey, it should translate to lower electricity bills, and in today’s economy every little bit helps, right?

AMD's Zen 2 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.

Value seekers who aren't afraid to press the Precision Boost Overdrive button and have sufficient cooling should look to the Ryzen 5 4500U for roughly equivalent performance to the Ryzen 5 4600U, particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the Ryzen 5 4500U an Editor's Choice award.

The AMD Ryzen 5 4600U, like the rest of AMD's Renoir processors, is built on a 7nm manufacturing node – the smallest in a commercially available CPU. What this means for most people is lower power consumption and much improved performance at the same time.

This decision to 7nm has brought a beefy 15% boost to IPC (instructions per clock) performance. Effectively, compared to a Ryzen 5 1-Generation processor at the same clock speed, you will get a straight 15% increase in performance. That’s not big enough to be evident in day-to-day workloads, but it does still mean something.

What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen 5 4600U 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 4600U.

The AMD Ryzen 5 4600U is another impressive release from AMD and its 1 Generation of Ryzen 5 chips. With it, you’re getting 6-cores and 12-threads, with a boost clock of 4GHz. 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 $282.66 buck.

One of the nice things about the AMD Ryzen 5 4600U processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 5 4600U up for $282.66 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 5 4600U 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.

For a 6-core processor, AMD’s $282.66 flagship Ryzen 5 4600U processor seems downright cheap. On paper, the cost of those 2 extra cores is almost an afterthought when you stack it up against its direct competitor, the $250 4-core Intel Core i5-9400H.

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 4600U clocks up to 4Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.1GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

There’s a saying that two heads are better than one and, well, 6-cores are better than 4. The extra processing power of the Ryzen 5 4600U puts Intel’s processors to shame, including both its closest competitor and a much higher-spec part.

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 5'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 5 4600U to 4.2 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 5 4600U

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 5 4600U.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 9.6 156.3 FPS
171.3 FPS
119 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 5.1 136.2 FPS
149.3 FPS
103.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.8 104.2 FPS
114.2 FPS
79.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 26.1 95.7 FPS
108.3 FPS
75.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 14 93.1 FPS
105.4 FPS
73.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 8.3 84.5 FPS
94.7 FPS
65.9 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 37 81 FPS
91.7 FPS
65.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 8.7 79.9 FPS
88.6 FPS
61.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 10.1 74.9 FPS
84.5 FPS
58.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 6.7 74.4 FPS
81.6 FPS
56.6 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 16.3 73.4 FPS
81.6 FPS
58 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 9.5 73.4 FPS
81 FPS
55.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 5.6 71.5 FPS
78.8 FPS
53.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 7.1 70.5 FPS
76.2 FPS
53.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 6 66.8 FPS
70.9 FPS
49 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 5.3 65.5 FPS
72.3 FPS
49.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 7.8 63.6 FPS
69.1 FPS
47.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 5.6 62.8 FPS
65.3 FPS
44.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 4.5 61.8 FPS
67.6 FPS
46 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 25.2 59.6 FPS
63.8 FPS
46.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 8.4 59.4 FPS
65.6 FPS
44.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 6.9 58.9 FPS
64 FPS
43.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 17.4 57.3 FPS
61.5 FPS
42 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 5 56.1 FPS
60.9 FPS
41.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 7.2 55.7 FPS
61.3 FPS
41.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 7.4 54.2 FPS
58.4 FPS
39.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 4.3 52.8 FPS
57.5 FPS
39.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 13 49.9 FPS
53.9 FPS
36.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 4.4 49.7 FPS
54 FPS
36.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 5.9 47.2 FPS
49.8 FPS
33.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 14.3 45.3 FPS
51.2 FPS
35.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 3.7 43.3 FPS
46.9 FPS
32 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 4.6 42.9 FPS
45.3 FPS
30.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 12.8 42.8 FPS
45.7 FPS
31.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 5.5 41.9 FPS
44.1 FPS
29.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 15.8 41.2 FPS
45.8 FPS
31.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 25 39.9 FPS
42.3 FPS
30.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 14.1 38.9 FPS
43.1 FPS
29.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 6.5 38.8 FPS
41.2 FPS
28.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 4.4 38.5 FPS
40.7 FPS
27 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 11.4 37.5 FPS
41.3 FPS
28.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 4.6 36.8 FPS
39.2 FPS
26.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 9.1 36.2 FPS
38.2 FPS
27.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 11.4 35.2 FPS
38.5 FPS
26.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 9.4 35 FPS
37.7 FPS
24.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 4.9 34.5 FPS
37.2 FPS
24.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 4.5 33 FPS
35.6 FPS
24.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 5.8 30.8 FPS
33.4 FPS
22.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 8.8 25.9 FPS
27.8 FPS
19.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 10.7 23.3 FPS
25 FPS
16.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 8.6 23.1 FPS
24.8 FPS
16.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 7.4 22.8 FPS
24.5 FPS
16.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 12.4 22.5 FPS
24.4 FPS
15.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 8.9 22.3 FPS
23.8 FPS
16 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 8.7 19.4 FPS
20.7 FPS
13.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 5.5 17.9 FPS
18.9 FPS
12.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 9 17.6 FPS
18.5 FPS
12.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 8.7 17.2 FPS
17.4 FPS
12.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 8.7 17.1 FPS
16.8 FPS
11.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 8.9 15.8 FPS
16.7 FPS
11.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 9.7 15.3 FPS
14.4 FPS
10.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 6.3 12.5 FPS
13.3 FPS
8.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 6.6 11.9 FPS
12.6 FPS
8.2 FPS
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