We are here to compare the fresh out of the oven AMD Ryzen 5 3550H with the forged in battles Intel Core i7-7700HQ. Our first competitor is here to try to stop the domination of the Blue company, whereas the second one is actually one of the brightest of children from Intel’ domination of the laptop market.
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Technology-wise, the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H has the advantage of time, being built on a 12nm manufacturing process, while the Core i7-7700HQ is relying on the good old (by the time it was not that old) 14nm FinFET architecture, that Intel is still using. Additionally, the Ryzen 5 3550H uses 10W less power – 35W vs 45W of TDP. In terms of clock speeds, however, the advantage goes to the blue side of the ring – Core i7-7700HQ works at 2.80-3.80 GHz, whereas the AMD competitor goes from 2.10-3.70 GHz, resulting in a significant difference between the base frequencies and just a marginal one in Boost. Moreover, the Core i7-7700HQ has more Cache than the Ryzen 5 3550H – 6MB vs 4MB.
Last but not least, both of these devices support dual-channel DDR4 memory 2400 MHz, while GPU-wise they are equipped with Ryzen RX Vega 8 and Intel HD Graphics 630, respectively.
As you can see, the difference is less than 4% in favor of the Ryzen 5 3550H.
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Despite the rather negligible margin between the two in terms of raw power, the Ryzen 5 3550H emerges as the clear winner from this comparison. Not only it was able to just beat the Core i7-7700HQ, but it also does so by using 22% less energy. Additionally, this means that the Ryzen 5 3550H is going to be easier to cool as well.
All laptops equipped with the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
All laptops equipped with the Intel Core i7-7700HQ