Benchmark Test Results for AMD’s Raven Ridge Chips Revealed
The first of AMD’s Raven Ridge products hit the market a few weeks ago and consumers are doubtless anxious to know how they stack up against the competition. We’ll have to wait a bit on the Ryzen 7 2700U, but the Ryzen 5 2500U is now available and Notebookcheck.net has released the results of their initial benchmark tests.
One thing worth noting is that the tests were not able to determine the clockrates of the hardware so that is something we’ll have to wait on.
The tests found that the Ryzen 5 2500U performed well in comparisons to Intel’s Core i5-8250U. They found that the Ryzen 5 2500 was “essentially identical” to Intel’s offering in single and multi-thread tests. The i5-7300HQ, which is often used in gaming laptops, came up a bit short when compared to AMD’s newest offering. In fact, Notebookcheck noted that there was only a five to 10 percent difference between the two pieces of hardware.
The area in which Raven Ridge shines, however, is in power efficiency. AMD built these devices to be energy-efficient and the benchmark tests bear that out. AMD’s latest mobile chip is less demanding than the Spectre x360 15 with the i7-7500U CPU and GeForce 940MX GPU while offering a boost in performance. In terms of CPU performance, the Raven Ridge-powered laptops performed 50 percent better in multi-thread tests. In terms of GPU tests, it offered a 20 percent boost.
The power efficiency boost will likely be a major selling point for these chips as power consumption is a major issue with laptops. More efficient chips means the battery can last longer without a charge which ultimately makes the devices more useful. Plenty of companies boast that their laptops can go hours without a charge, but many times those numbers are less than accurate. Hopefully, AMD’s latest chips will make things a bit easier to manage.
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