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[Comparison] AMD Ryzen 5 5500U vs Ryzen 5 4600U – the 4600U stands its ground, it’s a tie

The CPU comparisons keep coming, as we promised. The Ryzen 5 5500U is the processor that we want to test against a variety of competitors, to see just how good it is.

Today on the chopping block, we have the Ryzen 5 4600U, which is slightly higher up on the Ryzen food chain, but still, we could see the newer Ryzen 5 punch above its weight, as has happened before with other new CPUs. Today we are comparing the Ryzen 5 5500U against the Ryzen 5 4600U.

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 5 5500U / Ryzen 5 4600U

Specs table

AMD Ryzen 5 5500UAMD Ryzen 5 4600U
ArchitectureZen 2Zen 2
Cores / Threads6/126/12
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost2.10 – 4.00GHz2.10 – 4.00GHz
Cache11MB8MB
Lithography7nm7nm
TDP15W15W
Memory type
DDR4–3200MHz,
LPDDR4x–4266MHz
DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4267MHz
Integrated GPUAMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W)AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000,15W)

CPU benchmarks

In our 3D Rendering benchmark with Cinebench 20, the older Ryzen 5 4600U was a tiny bit faster, finishing the test with a 2.4% higher score.

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

As for the GPU benchmarks, both processors share an identical iGPU, the Radeon RX Vega 6, which performs exactly the same. The only thing that could shake up the results is the laptop that they are inside, with its cooling and airflow.

Conclusion

Both processors showed great performance, but the Ryzen 5 4600U is just slightly faster in 3D Rendering, with a lead of 2.4%. The GPU benchmark scores were identical, due to both CPUs having the same Radeon RX Vega 6 iGPU. The Ryzen 5 4600U is still a very good processor and shouldn’t be overlooked, especially now that the prices have gone down, due to the release of the newer 5000 U-series chips.

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U:

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 5 4600U: