[Comparison] AMD Ryzen 5 5600H vs Intel Core i5-11400H – each CPU is better in its respective area

Here we have two direct competitors, which will go into battle today, to determine the best mid-range CPU. On one side, we have the Ryzen 5 5600H, which is the newest member of the AMD Ryzen 5000 family, featuring a large 45W TDP, along with a 6/12 layout.

Going against it today is the Core i5-11400H, which also has a 6/12 layout and a 45W TDP. With Tiger Lake being the long-awaited answer from Intel against the victory march from AMD, let’s see if the Core i5 has what it takes to steer the ship in favor of Intel.

Here is our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where you can check out the best performing processors.

Today we are comparing the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H against the Intel Core i5-11400H.

You can learn more about both CPUs here: AMD Ryzen 5 5600H / Intel Core i5-11400H

Specs table

AMD Ryzen 5 5600H Intel Core i5-11400H
Architecture Zen 3 Tiger Lake H45
Lithography 7 nm 10 nm
Base / Max frequency 3.30-4.20GHz 2.20-4.50GHz
Cores / Threads 6/12 6/12
Memory Type DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHz DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHz
Power Consumption 45W 45W
Cache 16MB 12MB
Integrated GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 35/45W) Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 (48EU)

CPU benchmarks

The Ryzen 5 5600H performed better in 3D Rendering, with a 6% increased performance in Cinebench 20. As for the Photoshop test, here the Intel CPU shined, finishing the benchmarks faster, with a lead of nearly 0.2 seconds, which, in reality, can’t even be felt. Still, in larger projects, the difference could be larger, so Core i5 would be the recommended option if your workflow consists mainly of image editing.

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)


Conclusion

To conclude, each CPU is better in its respective area, so the choice between the two should be made, with consideration of what your workflow consists of. The Intel processor shines in 2D Rendering, while the AMD CPU is better in 3D Rendering. Lastly, price is a huge factor and has the most impact out of everything. If you find a good deal on either of these chips, you should go for it, since the performance difference between the two in their respective areas aren’t that big, so you can expect similar performance with both of them.

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H:


All laptops with the Intel Core i5-11400H:

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