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AMD Ryzen 3 4300U vs Ryzen 5 4500U – the bigger the (40%) better

Well, this is gonna be an interesting comparison of two Zen 2s that came out in March of this year. Both are 7nm CPU chips that are made for regular consumers, with one being designed as the better and more expensive chip. The Ryzen 3 4300U was designed to be the cheap option that can do everyday tasks, while the Ryzen 5 4500U will cost you more but its increase in price comes with more speed under the hood.

AMD did a good job with these CPUs being able to outperform its Intel competitors, as seen in our AMD Ryzen 5 4500U vs Intel Core i5-1035G4 comparison. They always make big jumps in quality when they release new CPUs, which is best shown in our differentiation AMD Ryzen 3 4300U vs AMD Ryzen 7 3700U.

Quick specs

Let’s start with the Ryzen 3 4300U. It has 4 cores and 4 threads, which means no multithreading. It has a base frequency of 2.70 GHz and can go up to 3.70 GHz, which is slower than its opponent. Its base TDP is 15W and can go up to 25W, which makes it easy on your battery.

Next up is the Ryzen 5 4500U, which has 6 cores and 6 threads, again no multithreading. Its base frequency is 2.30GHz and it can go up to 4.0 GHz, which is a pretty good upgrade compared to its competitor. Its TDP is the same as the Ryzen 3 4300U.

More detailed specs here – AMD Ryzen 3 4300U / Ryzen 5 4500U

Specs table

 

ProcessorAMD Ryzen 3 4300UAMD Ryzen 5 4500U
Cores / Threads4 / 46 / 6
Base / Max frequency2.70 – 3.70 GHz2.30 – 4.0 GHz
Cache4 MB Cache8 MB Cache
TDP / up / down15 W / 25W / 10W15 W / 25W / 10W
Memory supportDDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4-4266MHzDDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4-4266MHz

 

CPU Benchmarks

With 45.5% over its competitor in the 3D Rendering and a 1.56 second lead in the Photoshop test, it is clear that the Ryzen 5 4500U is dominant.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Benchmarks

The Ryzen 5 4500U is again better at the tests with an average of 31.05% advantage over its opponent.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GOHD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5 (4300U)88 fps59 fps40 fps
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (4300U)109 fps76 fps53 fps

DOTA 2HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5 (4300U)98 fps62 fps32 fps
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (4300U)111 fps73 fps42 fps

Performance summary (gaming tests)

As we can see, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 5 is a good choice for casual gaming, although the AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 is a better choice with its 25% average advantage.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 5 (4300U) over AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (4500U)CS:GODOTA2Average
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5 (4300U)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (4500U)+30%+20%+25%

Verdict

With all of the results from the different tests, it is clear that there is a major difference in the performance between the two processors. The Ryzen 5 4500U has scored better at both the CPU and GPU tests as well as a 25% higher fps average. In conclusion, when it comes to deciding which one you should pick up is do you want better performance or a cheap price?

All laptops with AMD Ryzen 3 4300U:

All laptops with AMD Ryzen 5 4500U: