AMD Ryzen 5 3550H is a mobile APU (Accelerated processing unit) for laptops and comes with four CPU cores based on the Zen+ architecture. The processor was launched in the first quarter of 2019 and its cores are capable of simultaneously processing 8 threads only, thanks to SMT technology support. The cores run at a base clock of 2.1GHz and a turbo boost clock of 3.7GHz without the option for modifying clock speeds; it’s not unlocked for overclocking.
The Ryzen 5 3550H processor is an upgrade over the Ryzen 5 2500U mobile APU with improved CPU speed, improved GPU speed, and improved power consumption at the cost of battery life. As indicated in its name, the chip has integrated graphics powered by Radeon Vega 8 graphics with 8 GPU cores operating at a maximum frequency of up to 1200MHz. Compared to Intel’s UHD 620 graphics which is bundled with Intel Core i3 processors, AMD’s Radeon Vega 8 graphics offer a significantly better gaming experience but has slightly worse performance on some workloads such as video editing and content creation.
The chip is designed to offer high performance in gaming and mid-range laptops with a default TDP of 35W; which makes it clearly not good for thin, light and fanless laptops. The performance of the Ryzen 5 3550H is slightly better than its predecessor the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U APU. In terms of gaming performance, “both CPUs meet 100% of the minimum gaming requirements, however, the Ryzen 5 2500U satisfies 95% recommended requirements for all games while the Ryzen 5 3550H satisfies 97% recommended gaming requirements.” Additionally, the 3550H is built using the 12nm processing technology unlike the 2500U which is based on a 14nm technology. The Ryzen 5 3550H also competitively compete with Intel Core i7-8550U (4 x 1.8GHz) with a 16.67% faster CPU speed and a 2nm smaller semiconductor size.
Lastly, the Ryzen 5 3550H features an integrated dual-channel memory controller that supports up to DDR4-2400 memory and has PCIe 3.0 connectivity with its cores processing 2MB L2 cache and 4MB L3 cache of total memory. Some of the supported technologies include AMD FreeSync technology for better gaming performance and SenseMI technology to accelerate the performance of the chip through machine intelligence.