[Comparison] Intel Core i7-1250U vs AMD Ryzen 7 6800U – Choosing between more performane or more efficiency

The Ryzen 6000U-series is an underrated bunch of chips, with good efficiency and performance, considering the laptops that use them are some of the smallest. When compared to most Alder Lake CPUs, there is a disadvantage in the core count, but AMD CPUs always use hyperthreading, so it kind of evens out.

This is why for today we have the Core i7-1250U, with a TDP of only 9W and we’re placing it against the Ryzen 7 6800U, which has a base TDP between 15W and 28W. Can the Ryzen 7 be more efficient and bring more power? Stick with us to find out.

You can take a look at our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where we showcase the best and the newest laptop processors.

You can find more information about both CPUs here: Intel Core i7-1250U / AMD Ryzen 7 6800U

Specs table

Intel Core i7-1250U AMD Ryzen 7 6800U
Architecture Alder Lake-U Zen 3+
Cores / Threads 10/12 8/16
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost 0.80 – 4.70GHz 2.70 – 4.70GHz
Cache 12MB 20MB
Lithography 10nm 6nm
TDP 9W 15-28W
Memory type

DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200, DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267

 DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) AMD Radeon 680M

CPU benchmarks

The Ryzen 7 gets going in 3D Rendering, scoring 53% higher in Cinebench 20. On the other hand, the Core i7 is around half a second faster in Photoshop.

Results are from the Cinebench R23 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU benchmarks

The integrated GPU inside the Ryzen CPU is incredible showing an 80% higher score in both 3DMark Fire Strike and Unigine Superposition.

Results are from the 3DMark: Time Spy (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Efficiency

We’re doing something a bit different today, as we wanted to see how efficient both chips are. The two laptops that we used for testing both come with similar battery capacities, while the AMD-powered laptop has an OLED display with a much higher resolution.

With that said, the Intel-powered device lasts for an extra 5 hours and 41 minutes of web browsing and 4 hours and 30 minutes of video playback.

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.

For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.

Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GO HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings) HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Intel Core i7-1250U – Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) 147 fps 110 fps 68 fps
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U – Radeon 680M 166 fps (+13%) 133 fps (+3%) 106 fps (+56%)

DOTA 2 HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings) HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Intel Core i7-1250U – Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) 122 fps 90 fps 55 fps
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U – Radeon 680M 146 fps (+20%) 115 fps (+28%) 81 fps (+47%)

Conclusion

The Ryzen 7 is a lot more powerful in both computational work as well as GPU benchmarks and even games. The Intel processor still shines in Photoshop, however, being quicker. Even with the smaller battery, it outlasts the Ryzen 7 6800U by a reasonable amount.

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1250U:

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U:

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