[Comparison] Intel Core i7-1280P vs AMD Ryzen 7 5800U – clash of the ULV champions

Did you know, that the 11th Gen Tiger Lake U-series’ power limit went as high as 28W? Now, the new Alder Lake U-series goes as high as 15W, with anything more being separated between the H-series and the new P-series, which we have represented today.

We have gotten the best P-series chip of them all, the Core i7-1280P, which comes with 14 cores, 20 threads, and a boost speed of nearly 5.00GHz, which will surely be enough for anyone, especially in a laptop. Going against it is a true veteran in the ULV space. The Ryzen 7 5800U, despite its 15W TDP, has fared well enough to be the best performing U-series CPU that we have.

But will that change today? Stay tuned as we compare the Intel Core i7-1280P against the AMD Ryzen 7 5800U.

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 i7-1280P / AMD Ryzen 7 5800U

Specs table

Intel Core i7-1280PAMD Ryzen 7 5800U
ArchitectureAlder LakeZen 3
Cores / Threads14/208/16
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost1.30 – 4.80GHz1.90 – 4.40GHz
TDPup to 28W15W
Memory type

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

DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHz
Integrated GPUIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (R4000/5000, 15W)

CPU benchmarks

In both CPU tests, the Core i7 heavily outperforms its opponent, with a lead of 25% in Cinebench 20 and a second and a half in Photoshop.

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)


It’s clear that Alder Lake improved a lot, but to be fair, still haven’t seen anything from AMD’s 6000U-series, which is supposed to bring insane battery life and unprecedented GPU performance. It’s totally normal for a new CPU to dominate over last year’s best, but still, the improvements are pretty massive. Intel fought with all of its might to reclaim its competitiveness in the market, and even dominate it, but that might not be for long, since Team Red surely won’t go down without a proper fight.

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-1280P:

All laptops with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800U:

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