[Comparison] Intel Core i7-1255U vs AMD Ryzen 5 5600U – both processors offer something for the consumer

Last year was the year of AMD with their Ryzen 5000-series delivering both great performance and amazing efficiency. Regardless if you pick an H-series or a U-series CPU, good battery life was a part of the deal. However, in 2022, things look a bit different. Intel has upgraded big time, utilizing a hybrid architecture with their 12th Gen CPU family. Today we take one of the higher models inside the Alder Lake U-series range, the Core i7-1255U, and put it against one of the better budget U-series CPUs from last year, the Ryzen 5 5600U.

Today we are comparing the Intel Core i7-1255U 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 i7-1255U / AMD Ryzen 5 5600U

Specs table

Intel Core i7-1255U AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
Architecture Alder Lake-U Zen 3
Cores / Threads 10/12 6/12
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost 1.20 – 4.70GHz 2.30 – 4.20GHz
Cache 12MB 20MB
Lithography 10nm 7nm
TDP 15W 15W
Memory type

DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200, DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267

DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267
Integrated GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU) AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (R4000/5000, 15W)

CPU benchmarks

The Core i7-1255U has a healthy lead in 3D Rendering, providing a 16% higher score in Cinebench 20.

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)


The Intel CPU offers decent performance advantages, however, the Ryzen 5 5600U comes in at a decently lower price, so if it’s the value you’re looking after, you might want to consider the AMD chip as well. If you want to dabble in Creator work as well, the Intel CPU will be better, since its iGPU has much more productivity capabilities.

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1255U:

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 5 5600U:

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