Just a few weeks ago AMD officially announced their Ryzen 7 5800X3D as well as new processers in their mainstream lineup. Today is the day for the new mainstream lineup and while we don’t have any of the Zen 3 based models we do have the Ryzen 5 4500 which has a very budget-friendly MSRP of $129, who would have thought that 6 core 12 thread options would be available at that price. So today I’m going to check out the new CPU and see how it performs.

Product Name: AMD Ryzen 5 4500

Review Sample Provided by: AMD

Written by: Wes Compton

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Zen 2

# of CPU Cores


# of Threads


Max. Boost Clock

Up to 4.1GHz

Base Clock


Total L1 Cache


Total L2 Cache


Total L3 Cache


Default TDP


Processor Technology for CPU Cores


Unlocked for Overclocking


CPU Socket


Socket Count


Thermal Solution (PIB)

AMD Wraith Stealth

Max. Operating Temperature (Tjmax)


PCI Express® Version

PCIe 3.0

System Memory Type


System Memory Specification

Up to 3200MHz

Supported Chipsets










What is the Ryzen 5 4500

Before getting into testing, I did want to give the rundown on what the new Ryzen 5 4500 is all about. With today's CPU refresh, AMD has gone through their mainstream lineup and refreshed things. But the naming may get a little confusing. They have introduced new 5000 series CPUs as well as 4000 series CPUs like the 4500. Sticking with the older numbering is confusing, but it does draw a clear line between their Zen 3 and Zen 2 CPUs, and the Ryzen 5 4500 is still based on the Zen 2 architecture. The Ryzen 5 4500 has 6 cores and 12 threads similar to the 4600G but the 4500 doesn’t have integrated graphics. It has the same 64-watt TDP and 11MB cache as well. For its clock speed, it is very close to the 4600G only it is .1 of a GHz lower on both max boost clock speed and base clock speed with it sitting at 3.6 GHz for the base clock and 4.1 GHz for the max boost clock. Being Zen 2 PCIe 3.0 is still the highest that it supports but being an AM4 socketed CPU it does have a long list of supported chipsets from X570 to A320.

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The Ryzen 5 4500 that we had come in didn’t come with the full retail packaging, just the plastic clamshell tray that comes inside of the box. But if you pick up the 4500 it does come with the Wraith Stealth Cooler just like the 4600G.

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Test Rig and Procedures

Test System

Motherboard: ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero WiFi – Live Pricing

Cooling: Corsair iCUE H100i ELITE LCD Liquid CPU Cooler - Live Pricing

Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Paste - Live Pricing

   Memory:       G.Skill Trident Z Royal 3600MHz 16-16-16-36 – Live Pricing

Storage:       Corsair MP600 2TB– Live Pricing

Video Card: Nvidia RTX 3070 FE - Live Pricing

Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 - Live Pricing

Case: Primochill Wetbench - Live Pricing

OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit - Live Pricing




CPU Performance

Before getting into testing I did update the BIOS on our Crosshair VIII Hero WiFi to support the latest CPUs then jumped into testing the Ryzen 5 4500. This starts with the two X264 HD benchmarks, the older 4.0 and the “newer” 5.0 tests. These take a look at encoding performance, averaging out the FPS when encoding different videos for the scores. The Ryzen 5 4500 which by most accounts would be a budget CPU did a lot better than I expected, putting its 6 cores and 12 threads to use. In 5.0 it came in 3 FPS below the i7-8700K for the first pass and ahead of it in the second pass which was close to the 3600X which has the same 6/12 core/thread configuration but a higher clock speed. In the older X264 HD 4.0, the Ryzen 5 4500 is right in the middle of the pack.



For our next test, I wanted to compare the Ryzen 5 4500 in Blender but the Blender Benchmark has been recently updated to support the new Blender 3.0 but this dropped support for our older 2.9 tests entirely and I didn’t have the test window to get back through some of our older CPUs for testing. I was able to get the 5600X and 3900X from AMD and a few of Intel’s latest CPUs tested. The new test gives an overall score for each of the three tests ran. I have stacked all three results together to give an overall picture. I was surprised that the 4500 and the newer 5600X weren’t as far apart as expected. Blender defaulted to core count which you can see the older 3900X which has 12 cores was still up in the running.


Continuing with the video encoding theme I also have handbrake which is an open-source transcoder. For this test I am taking a 4k video down to 1080p 30 FPS, the results are the average FPS of that task. Once again the Ryzen 5 4500 was sitting in a group right in the middle of the pack. It’s impressive that it ran right with the 10600K and the 8700K with their higher clock speeds.


For the always popular Cinebench, I ran the three most recent versions. The older R15 and the R20 both better fit the older architecture of the 4500 and we have more results going back on those as well for a better comparison. The 4500 came in ahead of the 10600K in R15 multicore and the R20 test helped by having the two extra cores. The single-core tests are interesting though, the 4500 isn’t too far behind the higher clocked 3600X but I’m impressed that even with a 4.1 GHz boost clock it isn’t doing too bad against the 7700K which while dated is still a competent CPU when it comes to single-core speeds. In R23 the 4500 is of course behind the latest and greatest.






Next up were ray tracing focused rendering benchmarks. Here I tested the 4500 in POV-Ray and V-Ray. POV-Ray was also tested with a single core and across all of the cores. The 4500 is once again sitting in the middle of the pack on the multi-core test in POV-Ray sitting just behind the 11600K which is impressive in itself. In V-Ray, it did a little worth being in the 1/3 range but was faster than the i5-10600K.



I also tested using the CPUz’s built-in benchmark which does run on a single thread and with all threads. In both tests, the Ryzen 5 4500 sits in the middle of the pack. For the single-core, it is sitting a few points behind the 8700K. The multi-core test has some of the older first-gen Ryzen CPUs in the mix due to their higher core counts but it is impressive to see that today's budget CPU is running right with the Ryzen 1700X from the Ryzen launch and out ahead of the i5-10600K.



Next, we have wPrime which is a classic overclocking benchmark that calculates pi out to 1024 million digits and is timed. This is a multi-thread heavy test and the Ryzen 5 4500 with its 6 cores didn’t do too bad here running with the 8 core 1700X and not far off from the i5-11600K.


7 Zip is another open-source program, this time for compressing and decompressing all of your files. Here I have run the benchmark and we have three results. The combined MIPS is a combination of compressing and decompressing performance. Then I have it broken down between the two. This workload likes extra cores which can be seen with the CPUs that are up at the top being some of the older high core count CPUs that I have tested in the past. The Ryzen 5 4500 is in the middle for the combined result running just behind the i7-8086K and ahead of the 2600X. The second graph is sorted by the compressing results which the 4500 didn’t do as well on putting it down lower. Its decompressing results however are great which is how the combined result was so much higher up.



Jetstream 2 is a compilation benchmark that takes a long list of HTML5 and Java in-browser tests and runs them all three times and puts together an overall score. I love this benchmark because lets be honest, most people are using their browser more than any other game or program. Jetstream gives some interesting results sometimes though but it tends to prefer high IPC or single-core performance and there are some situations where it prefers lower core count CPUs. For the 4500 it did well coming in in the top 1/3 of the chart and running right with the i9-10900K.


For Passmark Performance Test I took a look at both the older version 9 and the newer version 10. On both, I only look at the overall CPU score which takes a few different synthetic benchmarks and combines the results to put together an overall score. In version 9 we have more of the older CPUs in our results and the 4500 is sitting in the middle of the graph above the 10600K but below the 2700X which has a higher core count. In 10 the result is similar, but with fewer points of compassion. But the i5-10600K is in there and farther back behind the 4500 here which given that it is also a 6 core 12 thread CPU is impressive that a budget CPU is running with Intel’s higher end mid range from just a few years ago.



PCMark 10 is a great test because it tests things like video calls, browser performance, excel, and word performance to give an idea of real-world performance. It tends to like higher clock speeds which you can see all of the 5 GHz CPUs up at the top. The Ryzen 5 4500 is sitting in the middle here running ahead of the 2700X but with some of Intel’s older higher clock speed CPUs ahead of it like the 8700K and 7700K.


This time around I have added in true real-world testing with the UL Procyon benchmarks. There are three overall benchmarks, first is the Office Productivity Benchmark which uses Microsoft Office 365 to test actual performance in word, excel, PowerPoint, and outlook. The second benchmark is the Photo Editing Benchmark which is run using the latest version of Photoshop as well as Lightroom Classic to look at photo editing performance. Then the last test is the Video Editing Benchmark which uses the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro to test video editing performance. I have all three scores stacked together to get an overall look at the performance. The Ryzen 5 4500 is down at the bottom of the CPUs tested so far but it did hold its own in all three tests.


Moving the focus over towards gaming my next test is using Dolphin 5.0 Benchmark. Dolphin 5.0 is a Wii emulator and like most emulators, it doesn’t care about high core counts at all. In fact, it only runs two in total. Clock speeds are king here, in addition to Dolphin favoring Intel in general. AMD has improved a lot here with the Zen 3 CPUs but with the 4500 being Zen 2 it is still back in the middle of the pack and right with the 3900X as well.


Before diving into game testing I wanted to check out synthetic performance using 3DMark. I tested with the older DX11 Fire Strike test as well as the newer DX12 Time Spy. I also added the new 3DMark CPU Profile benchmark into the mix as well that does a good job of showing the full range of thread counts that you might see being used in games as well as a max threads option that does everything above 16 threads. The 4500 having 12 threads does level off in the 16 and max thread tests and sadly I don’t have a lot of the most recent CPUs for comparison here so it puts it down at the bottom of that test. The same goes for the Time Spy test but there the gap between the 5600X and the 4500 was minimal. For the older Fire Strike benchmark, the 4500 is in the middle of the graph running just behind the 10600K and ahead of the top end first-generation Ryzen 1800X as well as older high-end CPUs from Intel like the 8086K and 8700K.




For in-game performance testing, I ran them through a variety of new and old games. TF2 for example is a very old game at this point but is also extremely CPU dependent which makes it a good option to check out for older source-based games. The Ryzen 5 4500 came in at 123 FPS putting it right in with some of the older Ryzen CPUs before the Zen 3 improvements in gaming performance. For the rest of the games tested I had a mix of a few year old games and newer games at a few different detail levels. The 4500 does struggle when compared to the high-end CPUs it is shown against. Overall it is a good representation of the improvement in performance from Zen 2 to Zen 3. You will be able to game on it perfectly fine, but there will be a notable improvement if you upgrade later on from the 4500.









I did also run both CPUs through a few tests using AIDA64, specifically, I wanted to check out cache performance, memory performance, and how the CPUs handle single and double precision and different integers. The 4500 did well, especially with its cache performance but looking at the memory latency when compared to the 5600X is a great example of the Zen 2 to Zen 3 improvements that helped a lot with that gaming performance.


L1 Cache Read

L1 Cache Write

L1 Cache Latency

L2 Cache Read

L2 Cache Write

L2 Cache Latency

AMD Ryzen R7 2700X

999.43 GB/s

502.50 GB/s

1.0 ns

978.03 GB/s

495.12 GB/s

2.8 ns

AMD Ryzen R5 2600X

768.13 GB/s

388.05 GB/s

1.0 ns

729.37 GB/s

366.01 GB/s

2.9 ns

Ryzen 5 2400G

485.01 GB/s

238.29 GB/s

1.0 ns

459.80 GB/s

232.20 GB/s

3.1 ns

Ryzen 3 2200G

460.55 GB/s

227.41 GB/s

1.1 ns

352.84 GB/s

177.56 GB/s

3.3 ns

Intel i7-8700K

1595.6 GB/s

803.65 GB/s

0.9 ns

640.37 GB/s

397.14 GB/s

2.6 ns

Intel i5-8400

1417.2 GB/s

710.79 GB/s

1.0  ns

543.81 GB/s

352.90 GB/s

3.1 ns

Intel Core i9-7980XE

3758.3 GB/s

1896.7 GB/s

1.1 ns

1671.7 GB/s

1069.9 GB/s

5.6 ns

Intel Core i9-7960X

3532.3 GB/s

1785.2 GB/s

1.0 ns

1571.6 GB/s

1003.5 GB/s

5.1 ns

Intel Core i7-7820X

1969.9 GB/s

995.02 GB/s

1.0 ns

884.63 GB/s

574.74 GB/s

5.6 ns

Intel Core i5-7640X

1044.8 GB/s

31888 GB/s

1.0 ns

397.26 GB/s

247.00 GB/s

2.9 ns

Intel Core i9-7900X

2418.5 GB/s

709.16 GB/s

1.0 ns

1037.3 GB/s

521.94 GB/s

5.2 ns

Intel Core i7-7740X

1102.7 GB/s

561.25 GB/s

0.9 ns

424.55 GB/s

304.30 GB/s

2.7 ns

Intel i7-6900K

1963.9 GB/s

999.59 GB/s

1.0 ns

710.28 GB/s

310.34 GB/s

4.1 ns

Intel i7-7700K

1114.6 GB/s

560.82 GB/s

0.9 ns

415.45 GB/s

285.97 GB/s

2.7 ns

Intel i7-5960X

1748.5 GB/s

874.60 GB/s

1.2 ns

623.08 GB/s

272.77 GB/s

3.5 ns

AMD Ryzen R7 1800X

917.46 GB/s

460.16 GB/s

1.1 ns

831.95 GB/s

446.37 GB/s

4.7 ns

AMD Ryzen R7 1700X

867.89 GB/s

435.33 GB/s

1.2 ns

809.29 GB/s

419.38 GB/s

5.0 ns

AMD Ryzen R7 1700

793.90 GB/s

398.12 GB/s

1.3 ns

742.92 GB/s

389.73 GB/s

5.4 ns

AMD Ryzen R5 1600X

689.47 GB/s

345.95 GB/s

1.1 ns

630.99 GB/s

334.93 GB/s

4.7 ns

AMD Ryzen R5 1500X

446.84 GB/s

224.01 GB/s

1.1 ns

306.82 GB/s

211.58 GB/s

11.8 ns

AMD Ryzen R5 2600

685.38 GB/s

344.05 GB/s

1 ns

669.28 GB/s

333.5 GB/s

3.1 ns

AMD Ryzen R7 2700X

849.91 GB/s

426.09 GB/s

1 ns

837.76 GB/s

418.75 GB/s

3.0 ns

Intel i7-8086K

1596.4 GB/s

803.56 GB/s

0.9 ns

623.36 GB/s

423.53 GB/s

2.6 ns

Intel i9-9900K

2375.6 GB/s

1195.4 GB/s

0.8 ns

907.65 GB/s

626.34 GB/s

2.4 ns

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

3098.6 GB/s

1551.4 GB/s

0.9 ns

1545.3 GB/s

1416.8 GB/s

2.8 ns

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

2133.2 GB/s

1072.9 GB/s

0.9 ns

1069.1 GB/s

993.49 GB/s

2.8 ns

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

1547.4 GB/s

779.24 GB/s

1.0 ns

777.62 GB/s

745.30 GB/s

2.8 ns

AMD Ryzen 3 3400G

508.97 GB/s

253.87 GB/s

1.0 ns

490.26 GB/s

247.04 GB/s

3.0 ns

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X

1080.5 GB/s

541.50 GB/s

0.9 ns

541.84 GB/s

530.50 GB/s

2.7 ns

AMD Ryzen 3 3100

965.85 GB/s

484.67 GB/s

1.0 ns

485.55 GB/s

460.71 GB/s

3.1 ns

Intel i5-10600K

1676.6 GB/s

840.87 GB/s

0.8 ns

662.98 GB/s

452.67 GB/s

2.5 ns

Intel i9-10900K

3162.1 GB/s

1586.7 GB/s

0.8 ns

1201.8 GB/s

759.97 GB/s

2.4 ns

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

1721.4 GB/s

869.69 GB/s

0.9 ns

851.89 GB/s

831.97 GB/s

2.6 ns

Intel i9-11900K

4542.8 GB/s

2299.3 GB/s

1.0 ns

1413.2 GB/s

691.62 GB/s

2.5 ns

Intel i5-11600K

3412.3 GB/s

1724.9 GB/s

1.0 ns

960.91 GB/s

526.76 GB/s

2.7 ns

Intel i9-12900K

2310.0 GB/s

1438.7 GB/s

1.0 ns

1233.5 GB/s

562.72 GB/s

2.9 ns

Intel i5-12600K

1461.1 GB/s

971.78 GB/s

1.1 ns

846.4 GB/s

360.51 GB/s

3.2 ns

AMD Ryzen R5 4500

1561.9 GB/s

784.1 GB/s

1.0 ns

785.34 GB/s

751.61 GB/s

2.9 ns



L3 Cache Read

L3 Cache Write

L3 Cache Latency

Memory Read

Memory Write

Memory Latency

AMD Ryzen R7 2700X

414.95 GB/s

417.71 GB/s

8.8 ns

50214 MB/s

48578 MB/s

65.0 ns

AMD Ryzen R5 2600X

429.09 GB/s

323.83 GB/s

9.1 ns

50273 MB/s

48346 MB/s

65.5 ns

Ryzen 5 2400G

222.96 GB/s

181.60 GB/s

9.6 ns

45967 MB/s

47850 MB/s

66.6 ns

Ryzen 3 2200G

137.30 GB/s

171.20 GB/s

10.2 ns

35567 MB/s

36240 MB/s

118.4 ns

Intel i7-8700K

337.00 GB/s

213.67 GB/s

11.0 ns

38421 MB/s

40175 MB/s

57.9 ns

Intel i5-8400

270.89 GB/s

186.82 GB/s

13.0 ns

38096 MB/s

40549 MB/s

59.8 ns

Intel Core i9-7980XE

229.61 GB/s

118.40 GB/s

21.0 ns

77004 MB/s

68888 MB/s

73.4 ns

Intel Core i9-7960X

220.22 GB/s

121.04 GB/s

19.8 ns

79416 MB/s

71554 MB/s

74.9 ns

Intel Core i7-7820X

114.40 GB/s

103.57 GB/s

19.2 ns

76049 MB/s

73759 MB/s

71.6 ns

Intel Core i5-7640X

228.31 GB/s

163.86 GB/s

11.1 ns

30786 MB/s

31888 MB/s

68.5 ns

Intel Core i9-7900X

124.16 GB/s

106.78 GB/s

21.2 ns

76856 MB/s

72856 MB/s

72.8 ns

Intel Core i7-7740X

287.01 GB/s

186.67 GB/s

21.2 ns

38455 MB/s

40596 MB/s

53.2 ns

Intel i7-6900K

243.96 GB/s

195.41 GB/s

14.6 ns

66786 MB/s

68130 MB/s

61.9 ns

Intel i7-7700K

234.50 GB/s

188.70 GB/s

10.4 ns

38498 MB/s

40448 MB/s

52.7 ns

Intel i7-5960X

260.72 GB/s

184.92 GB/s

15.3 ns

66108 MB/s

49545 MB/s

62.8 ns

AMD Ryzen R7 1800X

388.18 GB/s

386.01 GB/s

12.4 ns

44031 MB/s

43425 MB/s

81.8 ns

AMD Ryzen R7 1700X

369.75 GB/s

350.31 GB/s

12.9 ns

44493 MB/s

43749 MB/s

78.3 ns

AMD Ryzen R7 1700

334.36 GB/s

332.12 GB/s

14.2 ns

45343 MB/s

43777 MB/s

82.6 ns

AMD Ryzen R5 1600X

386.48 GB/s

326.86 GB/s

12.3 ns

44452 MB/s

43918 MB/s

83.7 ns

AMD Ryzen R5 1500X

306.82 GB/s

211.58 GB/s

11.8 ns

44289 MB/s

43746 MB/s

83.1 ns

AMD Ryzen R5 2600

381.16 GB/s

320.56 GB/s

9.8 ns

50385 MB/s

48499 MB/s

66.5 ns

AMD Ryzen R7 2700

357.51 GB/s

356.71 GB/s

9.4 ns

50088 MB/s

48343 MB/s

65.9 ns

Intel i7-8086K

380.04 GB/s

243.73 GB/s

10.9 ns

39069 MB/s

40675 MB/s

56.2 ns

Intel i9-9900K

302.01 GB/s

221.1 GB/s

11.0 ns

39682 MB/s

41015 MB/s

51.1 ns

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

1014.4 GB/s

836.39 GB/s

11.5 ns

53981 MB/s

52271 MB/s

70.7 ns

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

611.53 GB/s

573.21 GB/s

10.2 ns

51498 MB/s

28739 MB/s

67.3 ns

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

584.93 GB/s

538.45 GB/s

10.4 ns

50769 MB/s

28736 MB/s

68.9 ns

AMD Ryzen 3 3400G

233.57 GB/s

193.62 GB/s

9.3 ns

49936 MB/s

53502 MB/s

67.1 ns

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X

322.13 GB/s

321.33 GB/s

11.1 ns

51435 MB/s

28743 MB/s

66.4 ns

AMD Ryzen 3 3100

374.11 GB/s

343.53 GB/s

11.8 ns

50246 MB/s

28734 MB/s

71.1 ns

Intel i5-10600K

361.35 GB/s

238.47 GB/s

10.5 ns

43340 MB/s

43430 MB/s

48.2 ns

Intel i9-10900K

407.66 GB/s

245.94 GB/s

11.4 ns

44972 MB/s

43808 MB/s

50.5 ns

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

276.24 GB/s

298.84 GB/s

11.0 ns

50972 MB/s

28772 MB/s

59.2 ns

Intel i9-11900K

330.32 GB/s

213.28 GB/s

11.4 ns

44919 MB/s

43343 MB/s

51.8 ns

Intel i5-11600K

319.10 GB/s

198.57 GB/s

11.4 ns

43953 MB/s

43468 MB/s

55.6 ns

Intel i9-12900K

678.84 GB/s

418.11 GB/s

19.8 ns

71418 MB/s

72395 MB/s

82.0 ns

Intel i5-12600K

598.86 GB/s

292.09 GB/s

21.4 ns

65416 MB/s

71336 MB/s

87.8 ns

AMD Ryzen R5 4500

350.05 GB/s

571.19 GB/s

10.5 ns

52683 MB/s

53191 MB/s

82.8 ns



Single-Precision FLOPS

Double Precision FLOPS


24-bit Integer IOPS

32-bit Integer IOPS

64-bit Integer IOPS

AMD Ryzen R7 2700X

507.9 GFLOPS

253.9 GFLOPS

70514 MB/s

127.7 GIOPS

127.7 GIOPS

64.22 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen R5 2600X

383.2 GFLOPS

191.4 GFLOPS

51932 MB/s

95.82 GIOPS

95.82 GIOPS

48.15 GIOPS

Ryzen 5 2400G

235.9 GFLOPS

117.8 GFLOPS

32388 MB/s

58.94 GIOPS

58.98 GIOPS

29.67 GIOPS

Ryzen 3 2200G

225.8 GFLOPS

112.6 GFLOPS

27603 MB/s

56.32 GIOPS

56.32 GIOPS

28.30 GIOPS

Intel i7-8700K

825.0 GFLOPS

412.5 GFLOPS

29406 MB/s

370.0 GIOPS

370.0 GIOPS

51.55 GIOPS

Intel i5-8400

728.8 GFLOPS

364.5 GFLOPS

25192 MB/s

323.5 GIOPS

323.5 GIOPS

45.55 GIOPS

Intel Core i9-7980XE


915.5 GFLOPS

69377 MB/s

821.2 GIOPS

821.3 GIOPS

121.6 GIOPS

Intel Core i9-7960X


840.6 GFLOPS

65409 MB/s

754.0 GIOPS

753.9 GIOPS

114.7 GIOPS

Intel Core i7-7820X

944.9 GFLOPS

472.5 GFLOPS

36420 MB/s

423.7 GIOPS

423.7 GIOPS

63.85 GIOPS

Intel Core i5-7640X

536.5 GFLOPS

268.2 GFLOPS

18547 MB/s

238.1 GIOPS

138.1 GIOPS

33.53 GIOPS

Intel Core i9-7900X


574.5 GFLOPS

45506 MB/s

515.1 GIOPS

515.0 GIOPS

79.76 GIOPS

Intel Core i7-7740X

575.4 GFLOPS

287.8 GFLOPS

20503 MB/s

258.1 GIOPS

258.0 GIOPS

35.97 GIOPS

Intel i7-6900K


511.7 GFLOPS

36340 MB/s

255.9 GIOPS

255.9 GIOPS

63.96 GIOPS

Intel i7-7700K

575.7 GFLOPS

287.9 GFLOPS

20519 MB/s

258.0 GIOPS

258.0 GIOPS

35.98 GIOPS

Intel i7-5960X

895.5 GFLOPS

447.7 GFLOPS

31783 MB/s

223.9 GIOPS

223.9 GIOPS

55.97 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen R7 1800X

472.4 GFLOPS

236.2 GFLOPS

64016 MB/s

118.1 GIOPS

118.1 GIOPS

59.03 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen R7 1700X

446.8 GFLOPS

223.4 GFLOPS

61730 MB/s

111.7 GIOPS

111.7 GIOPS

55.84 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen R7 1700

408.5 GFLOPS

204.3 GFLOPS

56811 MB/s

102.1 GIOPS

102.1 GIOPS

51.05 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen R5 1600X

354.9 GFLOPS

177.5 GFLOPS

49340 MB/s

88.74 GIOPS

88.73 GIOPS

44.34 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen R5 1500X

229.8 GFLOPS

114.8 GFLOPS

31983 MB/s

57.43 GIOPS

57.45 GIOPS

28.72 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen R5 2600


175.4 GFLOPS

48939 MB/s

88.03 GIOPS

88.02 GIOPS

44.01 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen R7 2700

434.3 GFLOPS

217.2 GFLOPS

60336 MB/s

108.6 GIOPS

108.6 GIOPS

54.68 GIOPS

Intel i7-8086K

824.9 GFLOPS

412.5 GFLOPS

29397 MB/s

369.9 GIOPS

369.9 GIOPS

51.55 GIOPS

Intel i9-9900K


613.0 GFLOPS

45542 MB/s

550.0 GIOPS

549.8 GIOPS

79.79 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X


772.1 GFLOPS

106943 MB/s

385.7 GIOPS

385.7 GIOPS

96.57 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X


537.8 GFLOPS

74474 MB/s

271.0 GIOPS

271.2 GIOPS

67.77 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

799.5 GFLOPS

400.0 GFLOPS

55456 MB/s

198.6 GIOPS

198.6 GIOPS

49.64 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen 3 3400G

257.2 GFLOPS

128.5 GFLOPS

35736 MB/s

64.16 GIOPS

64.16 GIOPS

32.25 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X

551.6 GFLOPS

276.1 GFLOPS

38176 MB/s

138.7 GIOPS

138.7 GIOPS

34.65 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen 3 3100

497.6 GFLOPS

248.7 GFLOPS

34946 MB/s

124.4 GIOPS

124.4 GIOPS

31.09 GIOPS

Intel i5-10600K

863.8 GFLOPS

431.9 GFLOPS

30782 MB/s

387.2 GIOPS

386.9 GIOPS

53.99 GIOPS

Intel i9-10900K


815.7 GFLOPS

58163 MB/s

731.3 GIOPS

731.2 GIOPS

102.0 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

891.9 GFLOPS

445.8 GFLOPS

61623 MB/s

709.6 GIOPS

709.7 GIOPS

55.72 GIOPS

Intel i9-11900K


534.2 GFLOPS

164966 MB/s

547.0 GIOPS

547.0 GIOPS

182.7 GIOPS

Intel i5-11600K

838.7 GFLOPS

419.4 GFLOPS

123767 MB/s

429.3 GIOPS

429.3 GIOPS

143.4 GIOPS

Intel i9-12900K

695.7 GFLOPS

247.9 GFLOPS

140499 MB/s

400.6 GIOPS

400.6 GIOPS

166.2 GIOPS

Intel i5-12600K

432.5 GFLOPS

216.2 GFLOPS

86470 MB/s

252.7 GIOPS

252.7 GIOPS

96.22 GIOPS

AMD Ryzen R5 4500


402.6 GFLOPS

56578 MB/s

201.5 GIOPS

201.3 GIOPS

50.35 GIOPS



Power Usage and Temperatures

For power usage, I ran the Ryzen 5 4500 on our test bench while hooked up to the Kill-A-Watt and recorded the total wattage that the system pulls. Running at idle our system leveled out at 63.7 watts which wasn’t too bad, especially compared to the 5600X. For the load power, I did two tests, one was while running wPrime which the Ryzen 5 4500 system pulled a peak of 114-watts. This put the 6 core system back in the middle of the early launch CPUs like the Ryzen 1500X with only 4 cores and the 2700. When switching to AIDA64’s FPU stress test for the workload our wattage went up to 139 watts but stayed down in with some of the older Ryzen CPUs like the 4 core 3300X but here you can see the Zen 3 based 5600X just 10 watts higher as a reminder at how much more efficient the newer architecture is.



I also took a look at thermals. For this, I ran AIDA64 FPU Stress Test again which is about as extreme as workloads get. I let this run until temperatures stopped changing. For cooling our test system was running a Corsair H100i 240mm AIO cooler. The Ryzen 5 4500 leveled off at 70c which was 3 degrees higher than the faster Zen 3 based Ryzen 5 5600X. Overall the Ryzen 5 4500 was still able to run cool, but being an older architecture wasn’t helping things with the extreme workload.



Overall and Final Verdict

As I mentioned before, with AMD refreshing CPUs across both the 5000 series and the 4000 series things can get a little complicated. The Ryzen 5 4500 falls in just below the 4600G offering an option in that range with similar performance for someone who doesn’t want to pay the extra money to also have integrated graphics. The Ryzen 5 4500 isn’t designed at all to be a crazy high-end CPU, it is just giving a small bump to the older Zen 2 architecture to fill in the price gap between the new Ryzen 3 4100 and the 4600G. Performance-wise that shows as well, the 4500 comes in the middle of the pack in almost every one of our tests that includes older CPUs. It is often competing with the I5-10600K which is impressive and it shows that even using an older architecture that it is running with the high-end first-generation Ryzen CPUs. With pricing on everything going crazy, I’m happy to see that AMD has an option for people looking for a budget build. That said being a Zen 2 CPU it does struggle in the same places that the older gen Ryzen CPUs did. Specifically in gaming. If that is your goal, the Zen 3 based Ryzen 5 5500 may be the better option for $30 more. But if you just need passable gaming performance and good mid-range performance in every other situation I do like the 4500.

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Being an AM4 based CPU you have a lot of options available if you want to step up the performance even more as well. Power usage wasn’t too bad for the 65-watt TDP CPU and AMD does bundle it with their Wraith Stealth cooler which adds a little more value as well. The Ryzen 5 4500 has an MSRP of $129 and with GPU prices starting to come down we might soon be able to start building budget systems back in that $500-$600 range again and that is the sweet spot for the 4500.



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You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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