[Comparison] AMD Ryzen 5 5500U vs Intel Core i5-1135G7 – although it uses an older architecture, the Ryzen 5 5500U still has what it takes to be a great processor

Today we have two processors that are fairly evenly matched. They are both oriented at the medium-range market, which is becoming more and more competitive. The Ryzen 5 5500U, while it has a new name, is generally just a rebranded Ryzen 5 4600U, as it shares the same Zen 2 architecture.

As for the Core i5-1135G7, it uses the brand new Tiger Lake architecture, which is quite an improvement, in regards to performance and power efficiency. Both processors also come with their own integrated GPU solutions, and we will also put them against each other in synthetic benchmarks and some games, to see which CPU is all-around better.

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You can learn more about both CPUs here: AMD Ryzen 5 5500U / Intel Core i5-1135G7

Specs table

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Intel Core i5-1135G7
Architecture Zen 2 Tiger Lake UP3
Lithography 7 nm 10 nm
Cores / Threads 6 / 12 4 / 8
Base / Max frequency 2.10 – 4.00GHz 2.40 – 4.00GHz
TDP 15W 12 / 15 / 28W
Cache 12 MB 12 MB
Memory type DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHz DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4267MHz
Integrated graphics AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W) Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)

CPU benchmarks

In the CPU benchmarks, we start with Cinebench R20, which tests the CPUs’ 3D Rendering capabilities. There, the two processors had similar scores, with the Ryzen 5 5500U having a slight edge, which results in a 4% lead. Next, is our Photoshop benchmark, which is all about 2D Rendering. In that, the AMD CPU finished the test 0.4 seconds faster.

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

In the GPU tests, the chips traded blows, with the RX Vega 7 (15W) taking the victory in 3DMark Fire Strike, with a 29% lead. After that, we go over to Unigine Heaven 4.0, where the AMD GPU performed better again, this time with a much larger lead of 102%. Lastly, the Iris Xe Graphics came back to issue a swift defeat in Unigine Superposition, where it beat its opponent with a tiny 3% lead.

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:GO HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings) HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W) 103 fps (+32%) 72 fps (+9%) 51 fps (+76%)
Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU) 78 fps 66 fps 29 fps

DOTA 2 HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings) HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W) 113 fps (+27%) 75 fps (+39%) 43 fps (+39%)
Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU) 89 fps 54 fps 31 fps

Conclusion

Overall, the Ryzen 5 5500U was the better CPU when it came to most benchmarks. For the CPU tests, it had a 4% lead in 3D Rendering and was 0.4 seconds faster, when it came to 2D Rendering. In the GPU tests, the Radeon RX Vega 7 (15W) showed what it’s made of as it took the Ws in 3DMark Fire Strike, where it had a lead of 29%, and Unigine Heaven 4.0, it had more than 100% better performance.

Where the Iris Xe Graphics shined, was in Unigine Superposition, as it stood its ground and beat the RX Vega 6, by being 3% faster. In the Real Life Gaming tests, the Radeon iGPU showed much better performance across all games and settings presets. At the end of the day, the difference between the two processors is fairly small when it comes to computational performance. If you plan to mainly use the iGPU for some light games, though, the Ryzen 5 5500U is definitely the more sensible choice.

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