[Comparison] Intel Core i3-1215U vs AMD Ryzen 5 5600U – New Gen vs Last Gen

The more affordable Alder Lake chips are finally here, with the Core i3-1215U being one of the first U-series CPUs that we have tested, so far delivering decent results in terms of performance and efficiency.

However, there is still a lot to be desired, and the competition doesn’t shy away from providing very good value laptops equipped with AMD’s U-series offerings, which have been famous for their efficiency and power. Checking out the pricing and it seems like a lot of laptops with the Core i3-1215U cost around the same as a laptop with the Ryzen 5 5600U, a chip which should be higher on the imaginary totem pole.

Today, we are testing that theory by comparing the Core i3-1215U against the AMD Ryzen 5 5600U.

You can take a look at our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where we showcase the best and the newest laptop processors.

You can find more information about both CPUs here: Intel Core i3-1215U / AMD Ryzen 5 5600U

Specs table

Intel Core i3-1215U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
Architecture Alder Lake-U Zen 3
Cores / Threads 6/8 6/12
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost 0.90 – 4.40GHz 2.30 – 4.20GHz
Cache 10MB 19MB
Lithography 10nm 7nm
TDP 15W 15W
Memory type DDR5-4800,
LPDDR5-5200
DDR4–3200MHz
LPDDR4x–4266MHz
DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-3733MHz
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics (Alder Lake, 64EU) AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W)

CPU benchmarks

The AMD CPU unloads a quick jab, striking a victory in the Cinebench 20 benchmark, scoring 93% higher.

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

The new chip might be all fancy with its performance and efficiency cores, but it doesn’t stand a chance against the Ryzen 5 5600U. The AMD CPU has raw power that it can leverage in most tasks while costing around the same price. If that wasn’t the case, we’d hardly be comparing them against each other, but the reality is you can get decently powerful last-gen hardware for a really good price.

All laptops with the Intel Core i3-1215U:


All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 5 5600U:

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