AMD Ryzen 5 3500U vs Intel Core i5-8265U

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AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-8265U
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Intel Core i5-8265U

CPU comparison

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U or Intel Core i5-8265U - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U has 4 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.70 GHz. Up to 32 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U was released in Q1/2019.

The Intel Core i5-8265U has 4 cores with 8 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 3.90 GHz. The CPU supports up to 32 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i5-8265U was released in Q3/2018.
AMD Ryzen 5 (84) Family Intel Core i5 (331)
AMD Ryzen 3000U (10) CPU group Intel Core i 8000U (WL) (8)
2 Generation 8
Picasso (Zen+) Architecture Whiskey Lake U
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is 2.10 GHz (3.70 GHz) while the Intel Core i5-8265U has 4 CPU cores and 8 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i5-8265U is at 1.60 GHz (3.90 GHz).

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Characteristic Intel Core i5-8265U
4 Cores 4
8 Threads 8
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
2.10 GHz Frequency 1.60 GHz
3.70 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.90 GHz
3.00 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 Ryzen 5 3500U Characteristic Intel Core i5-8265U
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --

Internal Graphics

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U or Intel Core i5-8265U has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Raven Ridge) GPU Intel UHD Graphics 620
1.20 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
8 Compute units 24
512 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 8 (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

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U can use up to 32 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 38.4 GB/s. The Intel Core i5-8265U supports up to 32 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 38.4 GB/s.

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Characteristic Intel Core i5-8265U
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 16
11.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 15.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is 15 W, while the Intel Core i5-8265U has a TDP of 15 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Characteristic Intel Core i5-8265U
15 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 15 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
35 W TDP up --
12 W TDP down --
105 °C Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is manufactured in 12 nm and has 4.00 MB cache. The Intel Core i5-8265U is manufactured in 14 nm and has a 6.00 MB cache.

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Characteristic Intel Core i5-8265U
12 nm Technology 14 nm
Chiplet 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
Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q1/2019 Release date Q3/2018
-- Release price 385 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 5 CPU benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (86%)
Intel Core i5-8265U (94%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 8 CPU benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U (96%)
Intel Core i5-8265U (89%)

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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
876 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
606 (69%)

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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
3544 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
1674 (47%)

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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
727 (80%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
909 (100%)

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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
2579 (92%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
2806 (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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
976 (76%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
1286 (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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
2907 (89%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
3267 (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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Raven Ridge) @ 1.20 GHz
1229 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
Intel UHD Graphics 620 @ 1.10 GHz
422 (34%)

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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
33 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
30 (91%)

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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
7020 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
6062 (86%)

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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
574.1 (90%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
637.2 (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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
350 (90%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
390 (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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 2.10 GHz
1647 (95%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 1.60 GHz
1737 (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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
141 (82%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
171 (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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
620 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
549 (89%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
53 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
228 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
0 (0%)

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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.70 GHz
360 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 3.90 GHz
0 (0%)

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 Ryzen 5 3500U AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C 8T @ 3.00 GHz
1483 (100%)
Intel Core i5-8265U Intel Core i5-8265U
4C 8T @ 2.30 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Intel Core i5-8265U
Acer Swift 3
HP 14-dk0002ng
HP 17-CA1105NG
Lenovo IdeaPad C340
Acer Aspire 3 (A315-54-56KY) - 15.6 Zoll Laptop
HP 250 G7 15.6 Zoll Business Laptop - Intel Core i5-8265U
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga - Intel i5-8265U
Acer Aspire 5 (A515-54G-59WR) - 15.6 Zoll Laptop

Comparison of the two processors

Comparing the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U With the Intel Core i5-8265U you will quickly find that the two processors are more similar than you thought. Both mobile processors have 4 cores and support SMT or hyper-threading. As a result, the processors are able to work up to 8 threads simultaneously.

The Intel Core i5-8265U uses Whiskey Lake CPU cores manufactured in 14 nm while the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U uses the Picasso Design (Zen + Kernel) and manufactured in 12 nm. Both processors support up to 32 GB of Type DDR4-2400. It is recommended to use the dual channel mode using both memory channels, as this also significantly increases the speed of the internal graphics.

While the processors come to approx AMD approves the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U up to 3.0 GHz, while in the Intel Core i5-8265U is already at 2.3 GHz. This also results in the approximately 10 percent better performance of the AMD processor. In the case of a single load, however, the Intel processor is a bit faster. In practice, one should not detect any difference in performance between the two processors.

The biggest difference in performance is available at the internal graphics card (IGPU) over which both processors have. The Intel UHD Graphics 620 operates at a maximum of 1.10 GHz and has 24 execution units (192 shader). On the other hand, the AMD Radeon Vega 8 is 8 graphics with 512 shaders. The significantly higher shader number is directly reflected on the performance: The AMD IGPU is a whopping 3x as fast as the Intel counterpart.

Both mobile processors are classified in the 15 Watt TDP class. The processors are soldered with the motherboard and are therefore not interchangeable.

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