Lately, the difference between low-voltage CPUs and the more powerful laptop processors gets as indistinguishable as never before. However, as we saw the latest AMD laptop processors, they are now capable of matching some Intel counterparts’ performance at a lower price. Let’s see is it better to pick a Core i7-8550/8565U, should you need more performance, or you have to settle with the less efficient Ryzen 5 3550H.
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All of these processors have a four-core/eight-thread configuration. However, the Ryzen 5 3550H is built on a 12nm architecture, whereas the Core i7 duo is built on the 14nm FinFET one. On the other side, the Ryzen 5 3550H is rated at 35W of TDP, whereas the other two are working at 15W. Clock speeds – the AMD competitor works from 2.10-3.70 GHz, while the Intel duo’s frequencies are as follow: Core i7-8550U – 1.80-4.00 GHz; Core i7-8565U – 1.80-4.60 GHz. Additionally, the Core i7s have twice the amount of memory – 8MB vs 4MB for the Ryzen 5 3550H.
GPU-wise the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H is equipped with a Radeon RX Vega 8, while the other two house the UHD Graphics 620.
As the pure performance results show, the Ryzen 5 3550H posts a 12% better score than the Core i7-8550U and 6% higher one than the Core i7-8565U.
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)
Ryzen 5 3550H can be considered as the victor of this battle. Even though the gap between the AMD processor and the Intel duo was pretty narrow, the Ryzen 5 3550H is going to show more consistent results across different devices, only for the reason, it will be equipped in gaming hardware, that has a lot higher cooling potential.
All laptops equipped with the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
All laptops equipped with the Intel Core i7-8550U
All laptops equipped with the Intel Core i7-8565U