AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics

AMD Ryzen 5 2500U mobile processor is an APU of the Raven Ridge series (Ryzen 2000 APU family – the first generation Zen) that is integrated with Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. It was launched in October 2017, designated for thin and light laptops, such as HP Elite Dragonfly G2 and Dell XPS 17. It is similar to its predecessor, Ryzen 5 PRO in almost every feature, with less security features and a shorter warranty with the latter intended for business laptops.

As part of the Ryzen 5 series, 2500U is a high-performance chip with 4 cores with 8 threads. These offer a base clock of 2.0 GHz which can maximally be boosted to 3.6GHz, but the chip is not unlocked for overclocking to acquire more performance. This chip boasts an L2 and L3 cache memory of 2MB and 4MB respectively, in addition to the L1 memory of 384Kb. The L2 and L3 cache memory alongside the cores and threads makes retrieving information from the chip’s memory and task execution more efficient (faster).

The TDP is adjustable from 12 to 25 Watts while having a 15 Watt nominal. This permits the chip to consume low power, even when executing resource-demanding tasks. This significantly impacts the durability of the battery both in the short and long-term; as users will find that his processor can provide them with up to 11 hours of battery life while still managing the most demanding tasks and apps.

With Ryzen 5 2500U, you can smoothly enjoy low-end gaming on your laptop courtesy of the integrated Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics card. This graphics card offers 8 compute units (CUs) translating to 512 shaders (relatively equivalent to CPU cores, but more specialized) that relieve processing load from the CPU making this chip an APU (accelerated processing unit). Its clock speed goes as high as 1100MHz. This is a 6th generation graphics card that ranks 95th in power and 1st in popularity among AMD GPUs. The graphics card can comfortably support light gaming, for games such as Minecraft, League of Legends and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Performance-wise, this chip ranks just between Ryzen 7 3700U (lower) and Ryzen 5 PRO 3500U (higher), accumulating 33.9 pt. (39%).  It is manufactured with 14nm (transistor size) technology that enhances its performance. Generally, this powerful chip has been built to provide users with the ultimate experience in both work and play while being energy-efficient; with an optimum blend of performance and energy consumption.

Chris Martin is a professional tech writer. He's been covering tech tutorials, hardware reviews, and more as a professional writer for over seven years now and it doesn't look like he'll be stopping anytime soon! In addition to writing about the latest gadgets on the market, he also covers topics such as how to set up your home network or troubleshoot any computer problems you may have.

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