[Comparison] Intel Core i5-1240P vs AMD Ryzen 5 5500U – A best-seller in the making

AMD was up to some trickery in 2021, with three Ryzen 5000U-series processors that were gladly relying on the older Zen 2 architecture. Still, the SKUs deliver good performance, and the laptops with them are very well priced.

Now, it’s 2022, and AMD has bigger fish to fry, mainly the new Alder Lake processors which have been tearing up the market. Today we have an interesting battle between the Core i5-1240P, which looks to be a candidate for a mid-range CPU for everyone, regardless of what you do, and the Ryzen 5 5500U, to see if the 2021 CPU can handle some of Alder Lake’s stuff.

Here is our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, which has the best laptop CPUs in a list, based on performance.

Today we are comparing the Intel Core i5-1240P against the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U.

You can find more information about both CPUs here: Intel Core i5-1240P / AMD Ryzen 5 5500U

Specs table

Intel Core i5-1240PAMD Ryzen 5 5500U
ArchitectureAlder Lake-PZen 2
Cores / Threads12/166/12
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost1.20 – 4.40GHz2.10 – 4.00GHz
Memory type

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

 DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267
Integrated GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W)

CPU benchmarks

The newer CPU is quite a lot more powerful, scoring 34% higher in Cinebench 20 and being three seconds quicker in Adobe Photoshop.


The new generation of Intel chips is incredible, with the Core i5-1240P showing incredible results, being significantly faster than the aging Ryzen CPU of last year. However, laptops with these AMD processors are incredibly affordable, so if it is value you’re after, the Ryzen 5 5500U is ideal.

All laptops with the Intel Core i5-1240P:

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U:

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