AMD Athlon 300U vs Intel Core i5-8250U

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AMD Athlon 300U CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-8250U
AMD Athlon 300U Intel Core i5-8250U

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the AMD Athlon 300U and the Intel Core i5-8250U and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the AMD Athlon 300U 2 core processor released in Q1/2019 with the Intel Core i5-8250U which has 4 CPU cores and was introduced in Q3/2017.
AMD Athlon (29) Family Intel Core i5 (331)
AMD Athlon 300 (1) CPU group Intel Core i 8000U (KL) (7)
6 Generation 8
Picasso (Zen+) Architecture Kaby Lake U Refresh
Mobile Segment Mobile
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-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The AMD Athlon 300U is a 2 core processor with a clock frequency of 2.40 GHz (3.30 GHz). The processor can compute 4 threads at the same time. The Intel Core i5-8250U clocks with 1.60 GHz (3.40 GHz), has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel.

AMD Athlon 300U Characteristic Intel Core i5-8250U
2 Cores 4
4 Threads 8
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
2.40 GHz Frequency 1.60 GHz
3.30 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.40 GHz
2.40 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 2.30 GHz

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

AMD Athlon 300U Characteristic Intel Core i5-8250U
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Internal Graphics

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 (Raven Ridge) GPU Intel UHD Graphics 620
1.00 GHz GPU frequency 0.30 GHz
-- GPU (Turbo) 1.10 GHz
8 GPU Generation 9.5
14 nm Technology 14 nm
3 Max. displays 3
3 Compute units 24
192 Shader 192
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
2 GB Max. GPU Memory 16 GB
12 DirectX Version 12

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 (Raven Ridge) GPU Intel UHD Graphics 620
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode / Encode
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

Up to 32 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the AMD Athlon 300U, while the Intel Core i5-8250U supports a maximum of 32 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 38.4 GB/s enabled.

AMD Athlon 300U Characteristic Intel Core i5-8250U
DDR4-2400 Memory DDR4-2400
32 GB Max. Memory 32 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
38.4 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 38.4 GB/s
Yes ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
4.00 MB L3 Cache 6.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 3.0
12 PCIe lanes 12
11.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 11.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The AMD Athlon 300U has a TDP of 15 W. The TDP of the Intel Core i5-8250U is 15 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

AMD Athlon 300U Characteristic Intel Core i5-8250U
15 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 15 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
105 °C Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The AMD Athlon 300U has 4.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 12 nm. The cache of Intel Core i5-8250U is at 6.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 14 nm.

AMD Athlon 300U Characteristic Intel Core i5-8250U
12 nm Technology 14 nm
Unknown Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
FP5 Socket BGA 1356
AMD-V, SVM Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q1/2019 Release date Q3/2017
-- Release price 385 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 3 CPU benchmarks
AMD Athlon 300U (91%)
Intel Core i5-8250U (98%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
AMD Athlon 300U (62%)
Intel Core i5-8250U (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
803 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
753 (94%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
1723 (58%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
2956 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
962 (85%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
1127 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
1967 (59%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
3311 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 (Raven Ridge) @ 1.00 GHz
384 (91%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
Intel UHD Graphics 620 @ 1.10 GHz
422 (100%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
3917 (66%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
5901 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
138 (88%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
157 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
344 (63%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
549 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
897 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
3118 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 3.40 GHz
348 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
1509 (100%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
46 (100%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
705.3 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
361 (100%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Athlon 300U AMD Athlon 300U
2C 4T @ 2.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-8250U Intel Core i5-8250U
4C 8T @ 1.60 GHz
1680 (100%)

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