Ryzen 7 3700U is an AMD processor for laptops that appears in versions of laptops such as Lenovo’s Ideapad S145 and Acer’s Aspire 3. The product has four cores, a turbo speed of 4 GHz, and an integrated Radeon card. The chip is an option to Intel’s Core i5 and Core i7, eighth generation. The Techidence brought details of the CPU datasheet to show its advantages and disadvantages.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700U

SpecificationsRyzen 7 3700U
LaunchJanuary 2019
Speed2.3 to 4 GHz
Number of cores4
Overclockingno
Hyper-Threading or SMTyes, 8 threads
Cache memory4 MB on L3
MemoryDual-channel DDR4 up to 2,400 MHz
Integrated video cardRadeon RX Vega 10
Sockettype BGA
TDPup to 35 Watts
Source: AMD

Specifications

Ryzen 7 3700U is the top processor of AMD’s third generation of CPUs for ultra-thin laptops. The chip consists of four cores and can behave like an octa-core in applications capable of taking advantage of AMD’s SMT technology. The tool is equivalent to the Hyper-Threading found in Intel products.

The CPU can run at 4 GHz using turbo mode and offers a standard clock of 2.3 GHz. Ryzen can control up to two RAM channels at the same time, thus offering support for dual-channel systems, with DDR4 RAM up to 2,400 MHz in speed. In the cache, AMD’s unit adds up to 4 MB at the L3 level.

Acer Aspire 3

Ryzen has an integrated graphics processor. The Radeon RX Vega 10 inherits features and technologies from the desktop Radeon. Also, it promises to offer better performance than most of Intel’s UHD Graphics cards present in similar configurations to the chip. With 10 graphics cores, the GPU can reach up to 1,400 MHz in speed.

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Performance

Ryzen 7 3700U’s greatest asset is its multi-core performance, i.e. how well the processor handles tasks that rely on processing using multiple cores and threads simultaneously. This makes it suitable for use in recent heavy applications such as Premiere and Photoshop, as well as in games.

However, according to tests produced by NotebookCheck, the processor’s performance can fluctuate according to the cooling capacity of the laptop. Depending on the situation, Ryzen 7 3700U can deliver a similar performance to the previous generation Ryzen 5 2500U.

Some tools allow the user to toggle the processor’s operating states, often even overriding the manufacturer’s official specifications. Similar to overclocking a desktop CPU, the practice can ensure higher performance for the factory-limited Ryzen 7 3700U, but it can also involve risks.

Consumption

The Ryzen 7 3700U released to run at 35 Watts will cause your laptop to heat up more when subjected to a higher workload, something that can make the laptop hot to the touch and also noisier, as the fans will have to work harder.

For this reason, the CPU has an operating range limited to 15 Watts, but in more powerful laptops the TDP rises to 35 Watts, which allows for more performance. Another detail is that the higher the power consumption of the processor, the shorter the battery life.

Laptops

Ideapad S145

AMD’s processor appears in Lenovo and Acer laptops on sale at the moment. The Ideapad S145, in the process of replacement in the market, is one of them: versions equipped with the chip offers 256 GB SSD capacity, 8 GB RAM, and a 15.6-inch screen with Full HD resolution.

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The Acer Aspire 3 also has versions that have the Ryzen 7 3700U. Unlike the Lenovo, the Aspire stands out by offering a dedicated Radeon 540X graphics card, has a screen with HD resolution, and 15.6 inches in size. The Aspire also has 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and comes with a 256 GB SSD and NVMe technology as standard.

Competitors

Intel

The main competitors of the Ryzen 7 3700U are the eighth-generation Intel processors, especially the Core i7. Another chip that can be directly compared is the Core i5.

CPUs from Intel from more recent eighth-generation revisions should prove to be faster than the rival overall. However, AMD’s chip may still be a better choice in scenarios where the user needs a better processor in multicore or with a higher performance integrated graphics card.

Cost-effective

The Ryzen 7 3700U is being replaced in the market by the Ryzen 4000U and this can guarantee good deals for those who are eyeing a new laptop. The quad-core isn’t the best possible performance in the ultrabook processor segment, but it comes very complete and should keep up with the average user for years to come without any major difficulties.

There are four cores, good speeds, high multicore performance, and the integrated Vega, which promises to be enough for entertainment and some tasks for design professionals.

However, the consumer more attentive to the technical sheet and interested in betting on the latest technology can find better options on the market. Intel has already put two generations – tenth and eleventh – with superior options. Besides, AMD already offers notebook processors with superior performance – although relatively difficult to find in laptops for sale.

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