AMD Ryzen 5 5500U is a mobile processor released in January 2021, with similar performance to processors in AMD’s Ryzen 4000 lineup, meant for thin and light laptops. The Ryzen 5 5500U is a Zen 2 based processor using AMD’s Lucienne die which makes it different from the rest of the AMD 5000 lineup which uses Zen 3 architecture (Cezanne-based mobile APUs). The 5500U features six cores and 12 threads with 8MB L3 cache and 4MB L2 cache memory available. The cores are clocked at a 2.1GHz base clock speed to 4.0GHz maximum boost clock speed on the CPU. Besides, the processor also incorporates AMD Radeon Vega 7 graphics which is clocked at 1.8GHz with an additional unlocked GPU compute unit.
Note that the Ryzen 5 5500U is an upgrade over the AMD Ryzen 5 4500U. The major advantage this processor has over the 4500U chip is the inclusion of simultaneous multithreading technology (SMT) support, therefore you get a full 12 threads instead of six threads. Also, 5500U has abundant availability that makes it beneficial and popular among mainstream laptops, some of which are cheap. Other design features are the same between these two processors from TSMC’s 7nm processing technology, a default TDP of 15W to system memory channel controller type (DDR4-3200 and LPDDR4-4266 – which is energy-sufficient).
Also worth mentioning is that the 5500U processor comes preinstalled in Windows 11 and 10 operating system (OS), 64-bit Edition. It can effectively handle everyday home and office computing. The chip also supports multiplicity (x86) in multiple OS including Linux and software programs such as Ubuntu. This processor is perfect for routine productivity applications, light gaming or heavy games running on low graphics settings, or streaming videos. It offers impressive performance with APU Graphics when you are multitasking with your favorite mobile games, video editing software, or photo editing software on the same screen.
Overall, the performance of the Ryzen 5 5500U is better than Ryzen 5 4500U. It isn’t very fast in single-threaded workloads, but with the addition of SMT and faster graphics, you’ll see some significant improvements in performance (up to 20% performance gains) which eventually leads to better performance per watt and efficiency compared to 4500U – all which makes it the best choice for its users.