Intel Core i5-8279U vs AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

General info

Comparing Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
no data
 
0.66
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Core i5
 
AMD Ryzen 5
Architecture codename
Coffee Lake
 
Picasso
Launch date
3 April 2019 (2 years ago)
 
6 January 2019 (2 years ago)
Price now
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$672

Technical specs

Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
4 (Quad-Core)
 
4 (Quad-Core)
Threads
8
 
8
Base clock speed
2.4 GHz
 
2.1 GHz
Boost clock speed
4.1 GHz
 
3.7 GHz
L1 cache
256 KB
 
128K (per core)
L2 cache
1 MB
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
6 MB
 
4 MB (shared)
Chip lithography
14 nm
 
12 nm
Die size
no data
 
209.78 mm2
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
no data
Number of transistors
no data
 
4500 Million
64 bit support
+
 
+

Compatibility

Information on Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1 (Uniprocessor)
Socket
FCBGA1528
 
FP5
Thermal design power (TDP)
28 Watt
 
15 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
XFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
-
 
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Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
no data
eDRAM
128 MB
 
no data
Speed Shift
+
 
no data
My WiFi
+
 
no data
Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
 
no data
Hyper-Threading Technology
+
 
no data
Idle States
+
 
no data
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
Flex Memory Access
+
 
no data

Security technologies

Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT
-
 
no data
EDB
+
 
no data
Secure Key
+
 
no data
MPX
+
 
-
Identity Protection
+
 
-
SGX
Yes with Intel® ME
 
no data
OS Guard
+
 
no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U are enumerated here.

AMD-V
+
 
+
VT-d
+
 
no data
VT-x
+
 
no data
EPT
+
 
no data

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133
 
DDR4 Dual-channel
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
37.5 GB/s
 
38.397 GB/s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Max video memory
32 GB
 
no data
Quick Sync Video
+
 
-
Clear Video
+
 
no data
Clear Video HD
+
 
no data
Graphics max frequency
1.15 GHz
 
no data
InTru 3D
+
 
no data

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U integrated GPUs.

Number of displays supported
3
 
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eDP
+
 
no data
DisplayPort
+
 
-
HDMI
+
 
-
DVI
+
 
no data

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.

4K resolution support
+
 
no data
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
4096x2304@30Hz
 
no data
Max resolution over eDP
4096x2304@60Hz
 
no data
Max resolution over DisplayPort
4096x2304@60Hz
 
no data

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.

DirectX
12
 
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OpenGL
4.5
 
no data

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U.

PCIe version
3.0
 
3.0
PCI Express lanes
16
 
12

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i5-8279U 9.16 +1.1%
Ryzen 5 3500U 9.06

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Cinebench R10 is an ancient ray tracing benchmark for processors by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. Its single core version uses just one CPU thread to render a futuristic looking motorcycle.

i5-8279U 6551 +43.7%
Ryzen 5 3500U 4558

3DMark06 CPU

3DMark06 is a discontinued DirectX 9 benchmark suite from Futuremark. Its CPU part contains two scenarios, one dedicated to artificial intelligence pathfinding, another to game physics using PhysX package.

i5-8279U 8830 +48.4%
Ryzen 5 3500U 5951

x264 encoding pass 2

x264 Pass 2 is a slower variant of x264 video compression that produces a variable bit rate output file, which results in better quality since the higher bit rate is used when it is needed more. Benchmark result is still measured in frames per second.  

i5-8279U 46 +17.9%
Ryzen 5 3500U 39

x264 encoding pass 1

x264 version 4.0 is a video encoding benchmark uses MPEG 4 x264 compression method to compress a sample HD (720p) video. Pass 1 is a faster variant that produces a constant bit rate output file. Its result is measured in frames per second, which means how many frames of the source video file were encoded per second.  

i5-8279U 190 +40.7%
Ryzen 5 3500U 135

WinRAR 4.0

WinRAR 4.0 is an outdated version of a popular file archiver. It contains an internal speed test, using 'Best' setting of RAR compression on large chunks of randomly generated data. Its results are measured in kilobytes per second.

i5-8279U 5862 +138.8%
Ryzen 5 3500U 2455

wPrime 32

wPrime 32M is a math multi-thread processor test, which calculates square roots of first 32 million integer numbers. Its result is measured in seconds, so that the less is benchmark result, the faster the processor.

i5-8279U 8.55 +50.6%
Ryzen 5 3500U 12.88

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 15 Multi Core (sometimes called Multi-Thread) is a variant of Cinebench R15 which uses all the processor threads.

i5-8279U 750 +15.4%
Ryzen 5 3500U 650

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R15 (standing for Release 15) is a benchmark made by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version (sometimes called Single-Thread) only uses a single processor thread to render a room full of reflective spheres and light sources.

i5-8279U 168 +17.5%
Ryzen 5 3500U 143

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 11.5 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R11.5 which uses all the processor threads. A maximum of 64 threads is supported in this version.

i5-8279U 8.3 +9.2%
Ryzen 5 3500U 7.6

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Cinebench R11.5 is an old benchmark by Maxon, authors of Cinema 4D. It was superseded by later versions of Cinebench, which use more modern variants of Cinema 4D engine. The Single Core version loads a single thread with ray tracing to render a glossy room full of crystal spheres and light sources.

i5-8279U 1.93 +17%
Ryzen 5 3500U 1.65

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Cinebench Release 10 Multi Core is a variant of Cinebench R10 using all the processor threads. Possible number of threads is limited by 16 in this version.

i5-8279U 24096 +39.8%
Ryzen 5 3500U 17231

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i5-8279U 8039 +1.1%
Ryzen 5 3500U 7955

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Both CPUs satisfy the 100% minimum and 97% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%

Competitors of Core i5-8279U from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-8279U from AMD is Ryzen 5 3550H, which is faster by 1% and higher by 6 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-8279U:

Competitors of Ryzen 5 3500U from Intel

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Ryzen 5 3500U from Intel is Core i7-8709G, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest Intel rivals to Ryzen 5 3500U:

Advantages of Intel Core i5-8279U

1.1% better performance in benchmarks

More powerful video core

Somewhat newer (3 April 2019 vs 6 January 2019)

Higher boost clock speed (4100 vs 3700 MHz)

Higher base clock speed (2400 vs 2100 MHz)

HyperThreading (allows one physical CPU function as two logical ones. It increases performance, since while one logical CPU is waiting for data, the second may still do useful work)

Quick Sync (hardware acceleration of video encoding and decoding for Intel CPUs. Speeds up video encoding by times, but at the cost of somewhat lower quality)

AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)

Thermal Monitoring Technologies

MemoryProtectionExtensionsVersion

IdentityProtectionTechVersion

QuickSyncVideo

DisplayPortMenu

HDMIMenu

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 14 nm)

Lower power consumption (15W vs 28W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)

x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)

ECCMemory

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i5-8279U and AMD Ryzen 5 3500U. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions on choice between Core i5-8279U and Ryzen 5 3500U, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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