Today we have two tricksters. The Ryzen 3 5300U and the Ryzen 5 5500U both use the 5000 name, while being built on the Zen 2 architecture. By now, they have probably managed to trick a lot of consumers, so hats off to AMD.
Despite using older technology, the processors still pack a good amount of performance, both in the 2D and 3D Rendering fields. They also come with the RX Vega 6 (15W) and RX Vega 7 (15W) iGPUs, which do a fine job at productivity tasks, while also being able to offer decent gaming performance, with mainly esports titles.
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You can find more information about both CPUs here: AMD Ryzen 3 5300U / Ryzen 5 5500U
The Ryzen 5 5500U performed better in both 3D and 2D Rendering. In Cinebench 20, the CPU scored 19% higher, while being 2.25 seconds faster in the Photoshop test, which is a big deal.
The RX Vega 7 that was inside the Ryzen 5 5500U performed better. It had 29%, 78%, and 19% increased performance in 3DMark Fire Strike, Unigine Heaven 4.0, and Unigine Superposition, respectively. The gaming tests went in favor of the Ryzen 5 as well, with its iGPU having an overall higher FPS in both CS:GO and Dota 2.
|CS:GO||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)||HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)|
|AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W)||107 fps (+4%)||66 fps||44 fps|
|AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W)||103 fps||72 fps (+9%)||51 fps (+16%)|
|DOTA 2||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)||HD 1080p, High (Check settings)|
|AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W)||106 fps||68 fps||36 fps|
|AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W)||113 fps (+7%)||75 fps (+10%)||43 fps (+19%)|
The Ryzen 5 5500U is the clear winner in this comparison, which is completely expected. After all, it is in a higher price class, so it would be a disgrace to have it lose to a Ryzen 3 CPU. Now, the question of “Which one should you pick?” arises. We would say to go for the Ryzen 5 5500U because laptops with it come at a fairly reasonable price that is quite close to laptops with the Ryzen 3 5300U. This essentially means that you’ll be getting more performance at a slightly higher price, which is great. Still, if you manage to find a good deal on laptops with any of these processors, feel free to buy them as they offer good performance and even better efficiency.