[Comparison] AMD Ryzen 5 5500U vs Core i7-1165G7 – the AMD CPU stumbled at its first loss, being worse in every benchmark except one

The competition in the CPU field is getting more intense with every passing second. As AMD keeps its stranglehold on the processor market, Intel is trying every play in its book to shake up the status quo and find a way to reclaim its place as the best processor manufacturer.

AMD put in action their Ryzen 5000U-series chips and we have the Ryzen 5 5500U at our disposal. To test its performance, today we will compare it to one of the best that Intel has right now, the Core i7-1165G7.

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You can find more information about both CPUs here: AMD Ryzen 5 5500U / Intel Core i7-1165G7

Specs table

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Intel Core i5-1135G7
Architecture Zen 2 Tiger Lake
Cores / Threads 6/12 4/8
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost 2.10 – 4.00GHz 2.40 – 4.00GHz
Cache 11MB 12MB
Lithography 7nm 10nm
TDP 15W 12 / 15 / 28W
Memory type
DDR4 – 3200MHz,
LPDDR4x – 4266MHz
DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4267MHz
Integrated GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W) Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)

CPU benchmarks

In the 3D Rendering test with Cinebench 20, the Ryzen 5 5500U was the better processor, scoring 11% higher. Things were different, however, as in the Photoshop benchmark, the Core i7 showed up and finished the test with a lead of nearly 0.7 seconds. This makes the Intel CPU better for Image processing and 2D Rendering, with the AMD chip being faster in 3D Rendering workloads.

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 graphics tests are where the Iris Xe Graphics G7 showed its supremacy. In all of the tests, it performed better, with some of the performance gains being close to triple-digit numbers. To go into detail it was 64%, 14%, and 79% quicker in 3DMark Fire Strike, Unigine Heaven 4.0, and Unigine Superposition, respectively.

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


Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

 

CS:GO HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings) HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W) 103 fps 72 fps 51 fps
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) 168 fps (+63%) 120 fps (+67%) 70 fps (+37%)

DOTA 2 HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings) HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Ryzen 4000/5000, 15W) 113 fps 75 fps 43 fps
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) 123 fps (+9%) 87 fps (+16%) 60 fps (+40%)

Conclusion

In short, the Ryzen 5 5500U found its match and lost, but it didn’t go down without a fight. It won in the 3DRendering benchmark and lost in the Photoshop one. In the GPU benchmarks, the Radeon RX Vega 7 got absolutely demolished by the Iris Xe Graphics G7. In addition to that, in the gaming tests, the Intel iGPU was the better performer across all games and visual settings. There is a little caveat, though. In order to extract everything out of the integrated graphics cards, especially the Iris Xe one, you need fast RAM in dual-channel mode.

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U:


All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1165G7:

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