Huawei MateBook 13 (2020) review – A Ryzen laptop isn't always the better choice

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With the Ryzen 5 3500U, the Huawei MateBook 13 (2020) doesn’t have the latest generation of AMD processors, but this is primarily due to the fact that this laptop model came very late to Germany and was still up-to-date at the global launch.

Nevertheless, the user gets a powerful performance package. The quad-core chip has a 12 nm structural width and can process up to eight threads simultaneously. The CPU has a nominal clock speed between 2,100 and 3,700 MHz. The system is aided by 8 GB of LPDDR4 memory, which runs at 2,400 MHz and is, therefore, newer and faster than the RAM in the Intel model (LPDDR3 at 2,133 MHz) of the MateBook 13.

Consequently, the clock rates can be very high, but the full 3.7 GHz is only possible with two cores running at the same time under full load; the other two cores only reach 3.3 GHz in this case and only for a short time. The cooling system quickly kicks in then and the clock speed is reduced to around 2.4 GHz. The performance is not reduced on battery power.

As a result, the single-core performance drops back a bit in comparison to the Intel counterpart, and the two models also lie quite close together in the Cinebench R15’s multi-core test. But the AMD model is ahead in terms of long-term performance stability since it delivers a performance increase of about 10% and is a bit faster in comparison to the EliteBook 735, which is based on the same components.

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