Ryzen 5 2500U Vs Ryzen 7 2700U

AMD Mobile Ryzen 5 2500U Vs Ryzen 7 2700U Specifications Comparison

In this post, we compare the Ryzen 5 2500U Vs Ryzen 7 2700U. These are AMD’s mid vs top-tier offerings from its current product lineup. We have already seen some significant benchmarks for the Ryzen 5 2500U which in some cases faster than its more expensive Intel rivals. In fact, if you missed it, we have already listed out the latest laptops with Ryzen mobile on a different post.

If you are new to the Ryzen product offering, here is a quick comparison chart of the various AMD Ryzen mobile offerings:

AMD Ryzen “Mobile APUs
Ryzen 7 2700U
& Vega 10 GPU
Ryzen 5 2500U
& Vega 8 GPU
Ryzen 3 2300U
& Vega 6 GPU
Ryzen 3 2200U
& Vega 3 GPU
FX: 9800P
CPU 4C / 8T
2.2 GHz Base /3.8 GHz Turbo
Zen Core @ 14nm
4C / 8T
2.0 GHz Base / 3.8 GHz Turbo
Zen Core @ 14nm
4C / 4T
2.0 GHz Base / 3.4 GHz Turbo
Zen Core@ 14nm
2C / 4T
2.5 GHz Base / 3.4 GHz Turbo
Zen Core @ 14nm
2.7 GHz Base / 3.6 GHz Turbo Clock
Excavator @ 28nm
GPU Vega 10 with 10 CUs &
640 SPs
< 1300 MHz
Vega 8 with 8 CUs &
512 SPs
< 1100 MHz
Vega 6 with 6 CUs &
384 SPs
Vega 3 with 3 CUs &
192 SPs
GCN 1.2 with 8 CUs &
512 SPs
Clocked @ 758 MHz
TDP 15-Watts 15-Watts 15-Watts 15-Watts 15-Watts
DRAM Up to DDR4 @ 2400 DDR4 @ 1866
L2 Cache 512 KB per core (2 MB for Ryzen 7 & 5, 1 MB for Ryzen 3) 1 MB/module
L3 Cache 1 MB per core 4 MB/core  N/A
PCIe Lanes  Unknown  Unknown  Unknown  Unknown 8 x PCIe 3.0
Die Size 209.78 mm2 250.4 mm2
Transistors 4.95 billion 3.1 billion
Launch October-2017 January-2018 (CES) May-2016

Ryzen Mobile processor series is finally out to power laptops and Ultrabooks. The Ryzen Mobile processor series is so far the AMD’s most advanced processors, especially for the thin, lightweight laptops. Here, we are going to compare two of AMD’s top end Ryzen Mobile processor, Ryzen 5 2500U vs Ryzen 7 2700U.

It was evident that Ryzen 7 2700U is more potent than the Ryzen 5 2500U, but the Ryzen 7’s high price won’t be affordable for everyone. Also, not everyone needs such a robust system. So we will detail out a quick comparison of Ryzen 5 2500 and Ryzen 7 2700U. This will give you an idea which is best for you.

Ryzen 5 2500U Vs Ryzen 7 2700U

With the Ryzen processing cores and Vega graphics, AMD promises a comeback to the performance laptops. The Ryzen series is built on AMD SenseMI technology to deliver a brilliant processor. The SenseMI technology is a set of machine learning and auto-adaptive features that help AMD Ryzen processors to customize its performance as per the application demand and preserve power.

Both Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U are quad-core processors with eight threads. But the difference is in the clock frequency and GPU of both the processors. While the former has 2.2 GHz as base clock speed with maximum turbo core speed of up to 3.8 GHz, the latter one has 2 GHz of clock speed and 3.6 GHz of maximum turbo core speed.

The second main difference is the GPU unit. Ryzen 5 2500U features Vega 8 integrated graphics while the Ryzen 7 2700U packs Vega 10 integrated graphics. Vega 10 having 10 GPU cores is apparently much better than the Vega 8, with 8 GPU cores. Both the processors share the same L2 cache of 2 MB and a shared L3 cache of 4 MB memory. Unlike the Ryzen series, the Ryzen Mobile processors are not unlocked, means you can’t overclock them.

Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U are built on the 14 nm CMOS fabrication process (0.014 μm, 1.4e-5 mm) and support dual-channel DDR4 RAM over a 128-bit memory interface. Both the Ryzen Mobile processor has very low TDP of 15 watts. AMD promises them to be both power-efficient yet high performing processors. Overall, The Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U are amazing chips for notebooks.  While the Ryzen 5 2500U could easily handle most of the high-end software and games, but with the flagship Ryzen 7 2700U, you will apparently get far better performance whether you are multitasking or running heavy software or games.

Here is a 1:1 comparison table, see below:

AMD Ryzen 5 2500U vs Ryzen 7 2700U
Features AMD Ryzen 5 2500U AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
 No of CPU Cores, No of Threads  4, 8 4, 8
Base Clock Speed 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Max Turbo Core Speed  3.6 GHz  3.8 GHz
L2 Cache and L3 Cache  2 MB, 4MB 2 MB, 4 MB
Unlocked  No  No
CMOS  14nm  14nm
Default TDP 15 watt  15 watt
PCI Express Version PCIe 3.0  PCIe 3.0
Graphics Specifications Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, 8 GPU cores Radeon Vega 10 Graphics, 10 GPU cores


We are happy that AMD is back in the game for both laptops and desktops. For the last couple of years, AMD was only a secondary x86 manufacturer who offered cheaper CPUs for the entry-level segment, No More! AMD’s current roadmap looks promising, and we are eagerly waiting for the mobile Ryzen Pro processors with a higher TDP in Q2 2018.

source: AMD

The new 12nm ‘12LP’ process from GlobalFoundries is expected to offer 10% plus better performance per watt than its predecessor, the 14nm ‘14LPP’ process.
On the GPU side, AMD’s road-map was a little more conservative. AMD’s focus will be on “Radeon RX” Vega Mobile discrete GPUs for its laptop lineup. See below:
Ryzen 5 2500U Vs Ryzen 7 2700U

source: AMD

If 2017 were a busy year for AMD, 2018 would be more work, considering the multiple product launches and a new 12 nm+ process optimization for its CPUs.

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