GeekBench Reveals Benchmark Scores For AMD’s Raven Ridge Chip
2017 has been a stellar year for AMD. Have years of lagging behind competitors such as Intel and Nvidia, this year has seen AMD release some truly impressive hardware capable of standing up to the best that its rivals can offer. The Ryzen line of CPUs forced Intel to make some rather drastic changes to its lineup. Now, Geekbench has leaked the benchmarks for AMD’s Raven Ridge chips and they show a marked improvement over the company’s previous offerings.
Before we go on, we should clear a few things up. First of all, these leaks show that Intel’s chips are superior to those offered by AMD, but there are a few things to keep in mind. For starters, it is possible that Geekbench’s tests simply aren’t as well optimized for the Raven Ridge chips as they are for those offered by Intel. The Skylake and Kaby Lake processors have been around a lot longer than Raven Ridge so Geekbench may need time to work out some flaws in its testing methods.
Secondly, we don’t know if turbo mode has been implemented on the Raven Ridge chips yet. These are pre-release chips and as a launch nears, it is fairly common for companies to send out updates to hardware that will enable various features. It’s possible that turbo mode simply has not been enabled yet though we have no way to confirm that.
Now, on to the results. When compared to Intel Core i5-8250U, and the Core i7-8550U, the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U falls up short. When looking at the multi-core results, we can see that the 8550U and 8250U scored 14257 and 13567 respectively. The Ryzen 5, on the other hand, earned a score of 9421.
As previously stated, it is too early to say anything definitive about the Ryzen 5’s performance when compared to those offered by Intel. Once we have the final product out with all of the updated applied, then it might very well be able to hold it’s own against Intel. Regardless, Raven Ridge does represent a significant improvement over previous notebook chips from AMD.
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