AMD Ryzen 4000-series processor smokes Intel Core i7 CPU in performance test

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"Eat my dust!" AMD told Intel. An AMD Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, powered by a Lenovo laptop, smoked an Intel Core i7-10710U CPU in the performance-testing benchmark Geekbench 5, NotebookCheck reports.

Dominating the desktop market with its Ryzen 3000-series CPUs, AMD is now diving head-first into the notebook arena with Ryzen 4000-series processors, which will surely make Intel sweat -- especially now that a new Geekbench 5 entry revealed AMD's impressive muscle.

With a base frequency of 2.38 GHz and 8GB of RAM, the Ryzen 5 4500U -- housed in a Lenovo notebook -- scored 1,083 in the single-core test and 4,744 points in the multi-core test; these scores surpassed most of Intel's Comet Lake-U processors in the same test on Windows.

"This is despite the Core i7-10710U having a higher boost frequency and multi-threading support, which the Ryzen 5 4500U lacks," NotebookCheck notes.

The Geekbench 5 test for the Ryzen 5 4500U also tells us that the processor delivers sustainable performance, consistently maintaining a 3.9 GHz clock throughout its run. The benchmark entry was an unnamed Lenovo laptop powered by a Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, but NotebookCheck suspects the device could belong to an IdeaPad series.

At CES 2020, AMD stole the show by announcing a new range of notebook processors to face off against Intel. As a guide, U-series processors are designed for ultrathin laptops, H-series CPUs are for gaming/creating laptops and Pro series for ultrathin professional laptops.

AMD's new chips, designed with Zen 2 architecture, promised to offer powerful performance to strengthen productivity -- and it seems like they're delivering on that commitment.

AMD claimed that over a dozen laptops will be amplified with Ryzen 4000-series chips for the first quarter of 2020. The company also promised more than 100 Ryzen 4000-powered systems by the end of this year.

We can't wait to see what AMD has up its sleeves as it goes head-to-head with Intel in the laptop market.

Kimberly Gedeon

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!