Initial AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Linux Performance Is Very Good
Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 12 May 2020. Page 8 of 8. 78 Comments

Lastly, on a geometric mean basis, the Ryzen 7 4700U on Ubuntu Linux came out just in front of the Core i7 9750H with this preliminary set of benchmarks. Not bad with the Core i7 9750H having six cores / 12 threads compared to the Ryzen 7 4700U being just an eight core processor.

While I have had just a few days so far with the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 (14) / Ryzen 7 4700U, so far I am quite impressed with the performance. Aside from the lack of working graphics out-of-the-box on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS until upgrading the kernel, the other core functionality is there and upgrading the kernel isn't much of a big deal... But in follow-up articles will be more tests looking at the IdeaPad as well as the Ryzen 7 4700U in other areas -- including gaming benchmarks, etc. At least my initial impressions of this laptop are quite good on an up-to-date Linux distribution and offering particularly great performance starting out at just above $800 USD.

Keep in mind the Ryzen 7 4700U isn't even at the top-end of the Zen 2 mobile line-up with there also being the likes of the Ryzen 7 4800U/4800H and Ryzen 9 4900HS. Given these 4700U results, I'm even more intrigued by the higher-end SKUs. Unfortunately at this point it's unknown if I will be testing any of those other models anytime soon due to having to buy most laptops for Linux testing at Phoronix due to lack of vendor interest in the small and not-officially-supported Linux laptop base (and beyond that, ad revenues being depressed due to COVID-19). If you would like to show your support in this continued Ryzen 7 4700U Linux testing and potentially seeing other SKUs, consider a PayPal tip and/or joining Phoronix Premium. Thanks for your support and stay tuned for more Zen 2 Linux laptop benchmarking.

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