[Comparison] Intel Core i7-1195G7 vs AMD Ryzen 5 5500U – Zen 2 has a lot of fight left in it

Zen 2 has had unforeseen longevity, providing great performance even two years after its release. AMD manages to pump some more life into it with some of the first Ryzen 5000U series utilizing the architecture before Zen 3 was ready for a mass release.

One of the popular chips of the family is the Ryzen 5 5500U, with 6 cores and 12 threads, which Creator apps really enjoy. On the other hand, we have the Core i7-1195G7, which is an overclocked version of the very popular Core i7-1165G7 pushing the clock speeds as high as 5.00GHz, which is very high for a 15W chip. However, the 4/8 setup seems to cause a lack of performance, as applications have learned really well to utilize as many cores as possible.

Today we are comparing the Intel Core i7-1195G7 against the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U.

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 i7-1195G7 / AMD Ryzen 5 5500U

Specs table

Intel Core i7-1195G7AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
ArchitectureTiger Lake UP3Zen 2
Cores / Threads4/86/12
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost2.90 – 5.00GHz2.10 – 4.00GHz
TDPup to 28W15W
Memory type
DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHz
Integrated GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W)

CPU benchmarks

For a 2-year-old architecture, the Ryzen 5 still leads in 3D Rendering performance, scoring 8.6% higher. As always, the Intel chip fares better in 2D Rendering, finishing the benchmark 06 seconds quicker.

Results are from the Cinebench R23 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

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

GPU benchmarks

The Vega graphics that is onboard is 4% faster in 3DMark Fire Strike, while the Iris Xe Graphics G7 is 23% quicker in Unigine Superposition.

Results are from the 3DMark: Time Spy (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

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

Gaming tests


CS:GOHD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) – Core i7-1195G7176 fps (+71%)129 fps (+79%)75 fps (+47%)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W) – Ryzen 5 5500U103 fps72 fps51 fps

DOTA 2HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) – Core i7-1195G7145 fps (+28%)95 fps (+27%)62 fps (+44%)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W) – Ryzen 5 5500U113 fps75 fps43 fps


In conclusion, the Ryzen 5 is still very capable, which just shows how ahead of its time Zen 2 was. The CPU matches the Intel chip in terms of general performance. However, the integrated graphics of Team Blue is still unmatched in gaming. You should keep in mind, though, that the graphics performance is very dependent on RAM. Also, devices with the Ryzen 5 should also come cheaper, since the Ryzen 6000-series is just around the corner, meaning that the predecessors are going to be on sale.

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1195G7:

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U:

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