AMD Ryzen 5 3500U vs Intel Core i7-4960X

Compare AMD Ryzen 5 Mobile with Radeon Vega Graphics 4 core CPU vs Intel Core X-series 6 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

28 %
45 %
60% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

45 %
50 %
11% slightly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

24 %
44 %
83% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

23 %
43 %
86% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

102% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

18% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units

49% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

49% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

2 GHz
4 GHz
71% significantly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
4 GHz
8% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

15 W
766% significantly lower TDP
130 W

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

100% significantly more memory channels

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

625th of 1,327
377th of 1,327


The product line

Ryzen 5 Mobile with Radeon Vega Graphics
Core X-series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

January 2019
August 2013

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Ryzen 5 3500U vs Core i7-4960X benchmarks

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i7-4960X performs better than the Ryzen 5 3500U. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Ryzen 5 3500U in all gaming tests too.

When comparing core counts for these CPUs, we notice that the Core i7-4960X has significantly more cores with 6 cores compared to the Ryzen 5 3500U that has 4 cores. It also has more threads than the Ryzen 5 3500U. Our comparison shows that the Core i7-4960X has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Ryzen 5 3500U. Also, the Core i7-4960X has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Ryzen 5 3500U CPU outputs less heat than a Core i7-4960X CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Ryzen 5 3500U has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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