[Comparison] AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX vs Intel Core i9-10980HK – The Ryzen 9 performs better in 3D Rendering, while the Core i9 is better in Photoshop

Laptops with the new Ryzen 5000-series mobile CPUs are already hitting the market. We took this opportunity to give you a comparison between the best of these new Ryzen processors, the Ryzen 9 5900HX, and one tried and true beast which needs no introduction, the Intel Core i9-10980HK.

This will be a bloody battle with only one winner. Here is our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where you can check out the best performing processors for laptop devices.

Today we are putting the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX up against the Intel Core i9-10980HK.

You can learn more about both CPUs here: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX / Intel Core i9-10980HK

Specs table

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Intel Core i9-10980HK
Architecture Zen 3 Comet Lake H
Lithography 7 nm 14 nm
Cores / Threads 8 / 16 8 / 16
Base / Max frequency 3.30 – 4.60GHz 2.40 – 5.10GHz
TDP 45W 45W
Cache 20 MB 16 MB
Memory type DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHz DDR4-2933MHz

CPU benchmarks

In our first test, which consists of a 3D Rendering benchmark with Cinebench 15, the Ryzen 9 scored higher than the Core i9 by 15%. In the second test, which is a Photoshop benchmark, the Core i9 was better, managing to finish faster and had a lead of nearly 0.7 seconds.

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


To conclude the results from above, the Ryzen 9 had a better performance in our 3D Rendering tests, scoring 15% higher. Where the Core i9 was better, however, was in our Photoshop test, where it was faster by nearly 0.7 seconds. The results were overall really close and this shows that the Ryzen 9, while not being able to beat the Core i9 completely, still shows areas where it is better. The Core i9’s performance is a testament to its power even though it uses last year’s technology. We are also eager to see if the Zen 3 architecture will help AMD to beat Intel in the laptop gaming market as well.

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX:

All laptops with the Intel Core i9-10980HK:

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