AMD Ryzen 9 4900U Review

Enthusiast-low-power Laptop processor released in 2020 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 2GHz, max speed at 4.4GHz, and a 15W power rating. Ryzen 9 4900U is based on the Renoir 7nm family and part of the Ryzen 9 series.
Price 90%
Speed 62%
Productivity 77%
Gaming 81%
Category Laptop
Target enthusiast-low-power
Socket Compatibility FP6
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 282.74 USD
Number of Cores 8 Cores
Number of Threads 16 Threads
Core Frequency 2 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.4 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.4 GHz
Power Consumption 15 W
Manufacturing Process 7 nm
L3 Cache 8 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 32 GB
Price-Value Score 90 %
Speed Score 62 %
Productivity Score 77 %
Gaming Score 81 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 46.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 23.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 11.7 %
Overall Score 48/100

The Ryzen 9 4900U is one of AMD's enthusiast-low-power Laptop processors. It was released in 2020 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 2GHz, max speed at 4.4GHz, and a 15W power rating. The Ryzen 9 4900U is based on the Renoir 7nm family and is part of the Ryzen 9 series.

Increased IPC improvements, along with the massive turbo boost of 4.4GHz mean that even in single core performance – long a weak link of AMD’s processors – comes within reaching distance of rival chips.

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900U, 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.

What this all means is that the AMD Ryzen 9 4900U 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 9 4900U.

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900U is another impressive release from AMD and its 1 Generation of Ryzen 9 chips. With it, you’re getting 8-cores and 16-threads, with a boost clock of 4.4GHz. 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 $282.74 buck.

One of the nice things about the AMD Ryzen 9 4900U processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Ryzen 9 4900U up for $282.74 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Ryzen 9 4900U 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.

Ryzen 9 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 9 seems to have bypassed those same growing pains.

The Ryzen 9 4900U clocks up to 4.4Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.5GHz. 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 9'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 9 4900U to 4.6 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 9 4900U

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 9 4900U.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 9.1 164.3 FPS
174.4 FPS
119.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 4.9 143.1 FPS
152 FPS
104.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.6 109.5 FPS
116.3 FPS
79.9 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 24.8 100.6 FPS
110.3 FPS
76.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 13.3 97.9 FPS
107.4 FPS
74.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 7.9 88.8 FPS
96.5 FPS
66.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 35.2 85.2 FPS
93.4 FPS
65.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 8.3 84 FPS
90.3 FPS
61.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 9.6 78.7 FPS
86.1 FPS
59.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 6.4 78.2 FPS
83.1 FPS
57 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 15.5 77.2 FPS
83.1 FPS
58.4 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 9.1 77.2 FPS
82.5 FPS
55.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 5.3 75.2 FPS
80.3 FPS
54.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 6.7 74.1 FPS
77.6 FPS
54 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 5.7 70.2 FPS
72.3 FPS
49.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 5.1 68.9 FPS
73.6 FPS
49.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 7.5 66.9 FPS
70.4 FPS
47.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 5.3 66 FPS
66.5 FPS
44.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 4.3 65 FPS
68.9 FPS
46.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 23.9 62.7 FPS
65 FPS
46.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 8 62.5 FPS
66.8 FPS
44.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 6.6 61.9 FPS
65.2 FPS
44 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 16.6 60.2 FPS
62.6 FPS
42.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 4.7 58.9 FPS
62 FPS
41.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 6.8 58.6 FPS
62.5 FPS
42.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 7 57 FPS
59.5 FPS
39.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 4.1 55.6 FPS
58.5 FPS
39.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 12.4 52.4 FPS
54.9 FPS
37 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 4.2 52.3 FPS
55.1 FPS
37.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 5.6 49.6 FPS
50.7 FPS
33.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 13.6 47.6 FPS
52.2 FPS
36.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 3.5 45.5 FPS
47.8 FPS
32.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 4.4 45.1 FPS
46.1 FPS
30.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 12.2 44.9 FPS
46.5 FPS
31.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 5.2 44 FPS
44.9 FPS
29.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 15 43.3 FPS
46.6 FPS
32.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 23.8 42 FPS
43.1 FPS
30.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 13.4 40.9 FPS
43.9 FPS
29.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 6.2 40.8 FPS
42 FPS
28.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 4.2 40.4 FPS
41.4 FPS
27.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 10.9 39.4 FPS
42.1 FPS
28.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 4.4 38.7 FPS
40 FPS
27 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 8.6 38.1 FPS
38.9 FPS
27.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 10.8 37 FPS
39.2 FPS
27.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 8.9 36.8 FPS
38.4 FPS
24.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 4.7 36.3 FPS
37.9 FPS
25 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 4.3 34.7 FPS
36.2 FPS
24.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 5.5 32.4 FPS
34 FPS
22.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 8.4 27.2 FPS
28.3 FPS
19.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 10.2 24.5 FPS
25.5 FPS
16.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 8.2 24.3 FPS
25.2 FPS
16.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 7.1 23.9 FPS
25 FPS
16.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 11.8 23.7 FPS
24.9 FPS
15.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 8.5 23.4 FPS
24.2 FPS
16.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 8.3 20.4 FPS
21 FPS
13.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 5.3 18.8 FPS
19.3 FPS
12.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 8.6 18.5 FPS
18.8 FPS
13 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 8.2 18.1 FPS
17.7 FPS
12.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 8.3 18 FPS
17.1 FPS
11.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 8.4 16.6 FPS
17 FPS
11.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 9.3 16 FPS
14.7 FPS
10.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 6 13.1 FPS
13.6 FPS
8.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 6.3 12.6 FPS
12.9 FPS
8.2 FPS
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