New information appears about AMD’s Ryzen 5 5500U chip, which is part of the Lucienne family for notebooks. Apparently the Lucienne processors are going to be updated chips from the current Renoir family, so we shouldn’t see any very noticeable changes.
The Ryzen 5 5500U chip is a 6-core, 12-thread processor that contains 8MB of L3 cache. As such, it will use the Zen 2 cores and Vega integrated graphics. Geekbench 5 found a processor with a 2.1 GHz base clock, which can be boosted up to 4.04 GHz. The specs appear to be very similar to a current Ryzen 5 4600U.
Within Geekbench 5 we can see the results that this processor has. The best scores recorded show a score of 1,133 and 5,881 points in a single thread and multiple threads, respectively. Among the many scores we found of the Ryzen 5 4600U, we see a score of 1,087 and 5,844 points, respectively, in the single-threaded and multi-threaded tests.
This means that the Ryzen 5 5500U is a rebranded Ryzen 5 4600U with hardly any performance improvements. We speak of a 4.2% margin in favor of the 5500U in the single-threaded test, based on the Geekbench results.
The integrated GPU is not put to the test. Vega graphics consist of 6 Compute Units (CUs) on this processor, same configuration as the Ryzen 5 4600U . If we expect a big jump, we will have to wait for the Ryzen 6000U series, which would be based on Zen 3 and Navi graphics.
The first notebooks with these APU CPUs from AMD will start shipping in early 2021. We will keep you posted.