Intel Core i7-4950HQ vs AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

General info

Comparing Core i7-4950HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

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Value for money (0-100)
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1.73
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Series
Intel Core i7
 
AMD Ryzen 5
Architecture codename
Crystal Well
 
Picasso
Launch date
7 June 2013 (7 years ago)
 
6 January 2019 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$657
 
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Price now
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$672

Technical specs

Core i7-4950HQ 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
3.6 GHz
 
3.7 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
128K (per core)
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
512K (per core)
L3 cache
8 MB (shared)
 
4 MB (shared)
Chip lithography
22 nm
 
12 nm
Die size
264 mm2
 
209.78 mm2
Maximum core temperature
100 °C
 
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Maximum case temperature (TCase)
100 °C
 
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Number of transistors
1,400 million
 
4500 Million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
+
 
-

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-4950HQ 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
FCBGA1364
 
FP5
Thermal design power (TDP)
47 Watt
 
15 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-4950HQ 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
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+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
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Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
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My WiFi
+
 
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Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
 
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Hyper-Threading Technology
+
 
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TSX
+
 
-
Idle States
+
 
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Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
FDI
+
 
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Security technologies

Core i7-4950HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT
+
 
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EDB
+
 
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Secure Key
+
 
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Identity Protection
+
 
-
Anti-Theft
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Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-4950HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U are enumerated here.

AMD-V
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+
VT-d
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VT-x
+
 
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EPT
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Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i7-4950HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600
 
DDR4 Dual-channel
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB/s
 
38.397 GB/s
ECC memory support
-
 
+

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Max video memory
2 GB
 
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Quick Sync Video
+
 
-
Clear Video HD
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Graphics max frequency
1.3 GHz
 
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InTru 3D
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Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-4950HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U integrated GPUs.

Number of displays supported
3
 
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eDP
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DisplayPort
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-
HDMI
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-
VGA
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Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i7-4950HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.

Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
3840x2160@30Hz
 
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Max resolution over DisplayPort
3840x2160@60Hz
 
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Max resolution over VGA
2880x1800@60Hz
 
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Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-4950HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.

DirectX
11.2/12
 
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OpenGL
4.3
 
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Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-4950HQ and Ryzen 5 3500U.

PCIe version
3
 
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.

i7-4950HQ 8.10
Ryzen 5 3500U 8.15 +0.6%

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.

i7-4950HQ 1.61
Ryzen 5 3500U 1.65 +2.5%

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.

i7-4950HQ 7.4
Ryzen 5 3500U 7.6 +2.7%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-4950HQ 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.

i7-4950HQ satisfies the 100% minimum and 97% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

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

Ryzen 5 3500U satisfies the 100% minimum and 97% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

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

Advantages of Intel Core i7-4950HQ

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)

vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)

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

Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)

Unlocked

TransactionalSynchronizationExtensionVersion

Thermal Monitoring Technologies

IdentityProtectionTechVersion

QuickSyncVideo

DisplayPortMenu

HDMIMenu

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

0.6% better performance in benchmarks

More powerful video core

Much newer (6 January 2019 vs 7 June 2013)

Higher boost clock speed (3700 vs 3600 MHz)

Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 22 nm)

Lower power consumption (15W vs 47W), 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 i7-4950HQ and AMD Ryzen 5 3500U. The differences in performance seem too small.

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