AMD’s Ryzen 3 4300U Beats the Intel Core i7-7700HQ, Leaves the Older Ryzen 5 2500U Far Behind

AMD’s Ryzen 4000 “Renoir” launch in the laptop space might be even more significant than the mainstream desktop Matisse parts. This is because unlike the DIY market, the mobility market is a higher volume segment. You’ve got high-performance gaming laptops, low-power ultrabooks, convertibles, hybrids and everything in between. The audience is also not limited to just gamers, with a rather a vast consumer-base from professionals to content creators to mainstream users.

Today a benchmark has surfaced on the PassMark Database that shows the AMD Ryzen 3 4300U performing almost on par with the Intel Core i7-7700HQ. That chip was the Intel mobile flagship just a couple of generations back, and this isn’t the low power U variant like the 4300U, rather the high-performance chip meant for gaming and high-performance laptops.

The Ryzen 3 4300U is the lowest-end Renoir parts with four cores and eight threads with a base clock of 2.7GHz and a boost of 3.7GHz. The 7700HQ was Intel’s best mobility CPU just a few years back. Let that sink in. Comparing the Ryzen 3 4300U to the older Ryzen 5 2500U, the former is a good 15% faster than the Picasso part. It’s important to keep in mind that the 4300U isn’t the chip comparable to the 2500U. That would be the higher-tier Ryzen 5 4500U which comes with 6 cores and a boost clock of up to 4GHz. I’d put the 4500U at least 20-25% faster than the 4300U.

Looking at these results, it’s not hard to tell that things are going to get a lot harder for Intel very soon. And the laptop space is a lot more lucrative than the DIY segment. Losing here will cost team blue a pretty penny. Their response to Renoir isn’t significant either. Ice Lake and Tiger Lake are most likely going to be limited in volume while Comet Lake-H and U are just rebranded 14nm Coffee Lake parts, so no major improvements there. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.


Computer hardware enthusiast, PC gamer, and almost an engineer. Former co-founder of Techquila (2017-2019), a fairly successful tech outlet. Been working on Hardware Times since 2019, an outlet dedicated to computer hardware and its applications.

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