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.