[Comparison] AMD Ryzen 3 5300U vs AMD Ryzen 5 5500U – A fight between two brothers

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.

You can take a look at our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where we showcase the best laptop processors.

You can find more information about both CPUs here: AMD Ryzen 3 5300U / Ryzen 5 5500U

Specs table

AMD Ryzen 3 5300U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
Architecture Zen 2 Zen 2
Cores / Threads 4/8 6/12
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost 2.60 – 3.80GHz 2.10 – 4.00GHz
Cache 6MB 11MB
Lithography 7nm 7nm
TDP 15W 15W
Memory type
DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHz
Integrated GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W) AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W)

CPU benchmarks

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.

Results are from the Cinebench R23 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

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

GPU benchmarks

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.

Results are from the 3DMark: Time Spy (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

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

Gaming tests


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.

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 3 5300U:

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U:

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