CPU Performance

We have picked a handful of our CPU tests to give a sense of the overall performance of the system. As this is a Picasso based APU, it is built on the Zen+ microarchitecture, and it is expected to perform accordingly.

AI Benchmark (ETH) Combined

In our new AI benchmark test, here is the data for Inference and Training combined. This is a test which likes cores, but also the Zen 2 parts do really well here. The Magicbook sits above a first generation Ryzen mobile processors, as well as above the Core i7 in the Matebook Pro X.

WinRAR 5.60b3

WinRAR is a test that likes memory bandwidth, and unfortunately this is one of the downsides of using that older Picasso platform - DDR4-2400 memory speeds aren't that great in the grand scheme of things.

Geekbench 4 - ST OverallGeekbench 4 - MT Overall

For GeekBench synthetics, we see a small lead over the first generation Ryzen parts in ST, which grows in MT. Still a bit far behind the i7-8550U, however.

Dwarf Fortress (Small) 65x65 World, 250 Years

Dwarf Fortress is another one of our new benchmarks, which mainly focuses on single core performance.  As is perhaps to be expected, the Zen+ processor doesn't go well here, limited by its cTDP down mode which restricts the higher frequencies that the other CPUs are able to reach.

Cinebench R20 Multi-Threaded

Crysis CPU Render: (6) 1920x1080

Two rendering tests to finish, and we have the R5 3500U ahead of the i7-8550U in both comparisons.

Battery, Display, and Storage Gaming Performance
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  • Retycint - Friday, May 15, 2020 - link

    Weak battery life and poor budget screen. Not a very enticing deal when you can get the Acer Swift 3with better performance, battery life and the same grade of screen. 1 year too late on this model, I'ma fraid Reply
  • superflex - Friday, May 15, 2020 - link

    Well this might throw a wrench into things.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-blocks-s...
    Reply
  • raywin - Friday, May 15, 2020 - link

    hidden key camera is epic! Reply
  • raywin - Friday, May 15, 2020 - link

    add one extra USB C and an SD card reader, and I would order this post haste Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, May 15, 2020 - link

    "The keyboard is an attempt to copy Apple’s chiclet design"

    -Were apple the first to use THIS design?
    Reply
  • GreenReaper - Saturday, May 16, 2020 - link

    Doesn't matter, they could still be copying it from Apple. Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, May 18, 2020 - link

    Nope, I believe it was Sony. Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Monday, May 18, 2020 - link

    Chiclet keyboards show up in the 70s and early 80s. Commodore PET, TI 99/4 and CC40, IBM PC Jr, Sinclair Spectrum to name a few.
    They didn't last because they were largely reviled and people wouldn't buy a system without a full-travel keyboard.
    Now they are a major feature because they make things thinner and more sci-fi-looking. Go figure.
    Reply
  • Findecanor - Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - link

    Sony VAIO laptops had the first with modern stable scissor switches with chiclet keycaps on top.
    The 70's and 80's chiclets were not stabilised.

    It is stylistic choice only to make them chiclet. The same switches can be made with trapezoidal keycaps.
    Reply
  • gagegfg - Friday, May 15, 2020 - link

    The Cinebench R20 MT graphic for the Ryzen 9 4900HS is wrong, its score must be in the order of +3000 points, +50% ...
    Someone already criticized this score in the review of the Acer Notebook with this CPU.
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