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[Comparison] AMD Ryzen 3 5300U vs Intel Core i3-1115G4 – Despite using an older architecture, the Ryzen 3 shines

The laptop CPU space is becoming quite competitive. While Intel had the reigns on the market, AMD has quickly swooped in and taken a decent chunk of Intel’s share, as it honestly offers better and less expensive hardware. In the past, Intel was judge, jury, and executioner, and had the ability to markup prices as high as they wanted, as there was a lack of competition.

This changed with the Zen architecture, which revamped the whole AMD CPU sheet, bringing affordability and performance, lighting a fire under Intel. Now they, are on the back foot and have to find a way to survive the onslaught of Team Red.

For today we have the Ryzen 3 5300U which will go against the Core i3-1115G4, in fierce comparison, that will stretch to iGPU and Gaming tests.

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: AMD Ryzen 3 5300U / Intel Core i3-1115G4

Specs table

AMD Ryzen 3 5300UIntel Core i3-1115G4
ArchitectureZen 2Tiger Lake UP3
Cores / Threads4/82/4
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost2.60 – 3.80GHz3.00 – 4.10GHz
Cache6MB6MB
Lithography7nm10nm
TDP15W12 / 15 / 28W
Memory type
DDR4–3200MHz,
LPDDR4x–4266MHz
DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-3733MHz
Integrated GPUAMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W)Intel Iris Xe Graphics G4

CPU benchmarks

911, we are reporting a murder. This is what happened in the 3D Rendering benchmark with Cinebench 20, where the Ryzen totally outperformed its opponent, having a 63% lead. In the Photoshop test, the Ryzen was better again, this time with a smaller lead of nearly 2 seconds.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

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

GPU benchmarks

The RX Vega 6 proved to be better in all tests, both artificial and real-life gaming. Starting with the benchmarks, the AMD GPU had a 40%, 33%, and 35% higher score in 3DMark Fire Strike, Unigine Heaven 4.0, and Unigine Superposition, respectively. In the gaming test, the AMD unit had a 50% higher fps in CS:GO on average and 37% higher fps in DOTA 2 on average.

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

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

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

Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GOHD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W)107 fps (+43%)66 fps (+25%)44 fps (+83%)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G475 fps53 fps24 fps

 

DOTA 2HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W)106 fps (+39%)68 fps (+39%)36 fps (+33%)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G476 fps49 fps27 fps

Conclusion

The AMD processor is definitely better, but that was to be expected. After all, it has double the cores and threads of its opponent. Also, you have to keep in mind that laptops with the Core i3 are much less expensive, with prices starting at around US$170, which is very affordable. On the other hand, laptops with the Ryzen 3 5300U start at around US$525, which is quite steeper. In the end, if you want an affordable daily driver with decent power, the Core i3-1115G4 is a very good option.

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 3 5300U:

All laptops with the Intel Core i3-1115G4: