Which is better for gaming – Intel or AMD? Here are 250+ tests with Ryzen 9 5900HX and Core i7-10750H

Probably a lot of you were hesitating which CPUs are better – Intel or AMD. And the same goes for the GPUs – NVIDIA or AMD? Actually, these kinds of questions don’t have a proper answer. The main reason is that things are dynamically changing with every new generation of CPUs and GPUs. But let’s solely focus on the processors because that’s the reason that we decided to write this article.

Of course, there are different CPU classes that offer a corresponding performance to their end price. In the past few years, the AMD Ryzen processors have dramatically changed the market for good. The first mobile Ryzen generation (Zen+) was a decent start – most of these chips were combining good performance with decent efficiency alongside an attractive price.

The Zen 2 generation was (and it’s still is) a real threat to Intel’s products because the second-generation Ryzen mobile CPUs come with bumped performance and super-fast iGPUs and that is a great combo for people who don’t need a fast dGPU but they still play some games from time to time.

This year we saw the new Zen 3-based laptops. The new AMD CPUs offer even better single and multithread performance while keeping the integrated video cards from the previous generation under the hood. On the other hand, Intel is still selling 14nm processors and the direct competitor to the non-U Zen 3 CPUs is the Intel Comet Lake-H processors.

It’s clear that AMD definitely has the upper hand when it comes to productivity. If you plan to use your machine for something heavier than some regular tasks like watching videos and browsing the net it seems that AMD is the right choice in this situation. Recently we got our hand on two high-end devices, both equipped with a 130W version of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070. The difference is the platform – the first laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HX and the second one is equipped with an Intel Core i7-10750H. In short, the AMD CPU is an 8-core beast with 16 threads while the Intel chip has 6 cores and 12 threads and it origins from the good old Core i7-8750H.

The reason that we decided to compare the two platforms is that we saw some interesting performance gaps between the two machines when it comes to gaming. So, without further ado, let’s see which one is better for playing games.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]

Contents


Specs overview

Let’s introduce the GeForce RTX 3070 [130W] with few words. This is an Ampere video card that is based on the GA104 chip and it has 5120 CUDAs and 80 ROPs. Frequency-wise, we have 1110 MHz / 1620 MHz base and boost clocks while the memory is set at 1750 MHz. Speaking of which, this GPU comes with 8GB GDDR5 video memory and a 256-bit bus. Their many TGP versions of the GeForce RTX 3070, in our case we have the 130W variant.

 

Test devises specs

Here are the exact specs of both test laptops:

Intel PC Specs
GPU TGP
AMD PC Specs
GPU TGP

Note that the GPU that is fitted in the AMD system is a bit more overclocked compared to the one that can be found in the Intel-based system (+40MHz boost clock and +30MHz for the memory).

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 specs

  GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]
Architecture Ampere
GPU chip GA104
Shader units 5120
ROPs 80
Base Clock (MHz) 1110
Boost clock (MHz) 1620
Memory clock (MHz) 1750
Memory size (MB) 8192
Memory type GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 256
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 130W
DirectX version 12.1
Technology 8nm
RTX capabilities  Yes
Release date 01.2021
Detailed specs Link

Synthetic benchmarks

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


Gaming tests

Cyberpunk 2077 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 136 fps (+11%) 116 fps (+8%) 94 fps (+6%) 82 fps (+8%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 122 fps 107 fps 89 fps 76 fps






 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 117 fps (+13%) 105 fps (+14%) 91 fps (+12%) 78 fps (+10%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 104 fps 92 fps 81 fps 71 fps





cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GO Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 437 fps (+31%) 408 fps (+45%) 389 fps (+45%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 334 fps 282 fps 268 fps




 

DOTA 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 197 fps (+2%) 169 fps (+2%) 162 fps (+1%) 142 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 193 fps 165 fps 160 fps 145 fps (+2%)




GTA-V-benchmarks

 

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) Full HD, Normal (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 178 fps (+5%) 147 fps (+8%) 92 fps (+3%) 77 fps (+3%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 169 fps 136 fps 89 fps 75 fps




For Honor Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 238 fps (+12%) 228 fps (+10%) 183 fps (+5%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 212 fps 207 fps 175 fps




 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 332 fps (+22%) 284 fps (+15%) 283 fps (+15%) 282 fps (+15%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 273 fps 247 fps 247 fps 245 fps




Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 110 fps 107 fps 98 fps 72 fps (+6%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 117 fps (+6%) 112 fps (+5%) 100 fps (+2%) 68 fps





 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) Full HD, Lowest (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 113 fps 101 fps 101 fps 89 fps (+1%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 117 fps (+4%) 104 fps (+3%) 102 fps (+1%) 88 fps




Doom (2016) Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 200 fps 200 fps 200 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 200 fps 200 fps 200 fps




Doom Eternal Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, U.Nightmare (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 194 fps (+13%) 190 fps (+14%) 187 fps (+18%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 172 fps 167 fps 158 fps




Red Dead Redemption 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 120 fps (+7%) 102 fps (+7%) 65 fps (+3%) 35 fps (+3%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 112 fps 95 fps 63 fps 34 fps




Metro Exodus Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 118 fps (+12%) 87 fps (+12%) 45 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 105 fps 78 fps 46 fps (+2%)




Gears 5 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 153 fps (+5%) 123 fps (+4%) 116 fps (+3%) 106 fps (+2%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 146 fps 118 fps 113 fps 104 fps




Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 103 fps 96 fps 87 fps 73 fps (+3%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 109 fps (+6%) 101 fps (+5%) 91 fps (+5%) 71 fps





Hearthstone Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 426 fps (+6%) 387 fps (+7%) 60 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 401 fps 362 fps 60 fps




 

Minecraft Full HD, Minimum (Check settings) Full HD, Maximum (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 1871 fps (+418%) 89 fps (+35%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 361 fps 66 fps




League Of Legends Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, V.High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 369 fps 353 fps (+3%) 326 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 410 fps (+11%) 342 fps 325 fps




Rocket League Full HD, H.Performance (Check settings) Full HD, H.Quality (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 720 fps (+74%) 401 fps (+23%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 414 fps 325 fps




Overwatch Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 270 fps (+9%) 243 fps (+13%) 215 fps (+9%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 248 fps 216 fps 198 fps




 

PUBG Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 219 fps (+12%) 207 fps (+12%) 210 fps (+15%) 189 fps (+7%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 196 fps 185 fps 183 fps 177 fps




Darksiders Genesis Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Mid (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 163 fps (+5%) 142 fps (+10%) 134 fps (+8%) 112 fps (+14%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 155 fps 129 fps 124 fps 98 fps




Halo Reach Full HD, Performance (Check settings) Full HD, Original (Check settings) Full HD, Enhanced (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 257 fps(+6%) 231 fps (+7%) 192 fps (+3%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 243 fps 216 fps 186 fps




Borderlands 3 Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 115 fps 103 fps 95 fps (+1%) 81 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 115 fps 104 fps (+1%) 94 fps 81 fps




Team Fortress 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 160 fps 148 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 184 fps (+15%) 167 fps (+13%)




eFootball PES 2021 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 271 fps (+17%) 222 fps (+17%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 231 fps 190 fps




FIFA 21 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 229 fps (+13%) 212 fps (+15%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 202 fps 184 fps




The Witcher 3 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 268 fps (+19%) 219 fps (+18%) 195 fps (+15%) 134 fps (+10%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 227 fps 190 fps 170 fps 122 fps




Need For Speed Heat Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 99 fps (+5%) 86 fps (+2%) 78 fps
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 94 fps 84 fps 78 fps




Apex Legends Full HD, Min. (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 299 fps (+108%) 277 fps (+15%) 206 fps (+7%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 144 fps 241 fps 193 fps




Battlefield V Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 187 fps (+7%) 153 fps (+8%) 149 fps (+7%) 137 fps (+3%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 175 fps 142 fps 139 fps 133 fps




Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Normal (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 190 fps (+14%) 176 fps (+13%) 135 fps (+9%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 167 fps 156 fps 124 fps




ARK: Survival Evolved Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 149 fps 129 fps (+12%) 109 fps (+12%) 66 fps (+2%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 159 fps (+6%) 115 fps 97 fps 65 fps




Total War Three Kingdoms Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 234 fps (+24%) 139 fps (+9%) 101 fps (+3%) 84 fps (+4%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 189 fps 128 fps 98 fps 81 fps




 

Warframe Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 434 fps (+40%) 340 fps (+29%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 311 fps 264 fps




 

World Of Tanks Encore Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 662 fps (+42%) 354 fps (+32%) 223 fps (+13%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 465 fps 268 fps 198 fps




 

Resident Evil 2 Full HD, Performance (Check settings) Full HD, Balanced (Check settings) Full HD, Graphics P. (Check settings) Full HD, Max (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 264 fps (+14%) 230 fps (+6%) 218 fps (+6%) 192 fps (+5%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 231 fps 218 fps 205 fps 183 fps




 

Far Cry New Dawn Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 112 fps (+2%) 97 fps 89 fps (+1%)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU] 110 fps 100 fps (+3%) 88 fps





Допълнителни бонус тестове




 

Cyberpunk 2077 Ultra Quality (Ray-Tracing + DLSS) Full HD, RT Ultra, DLSS Off (Check settings) Full HD, RT Ultra, DLSS Quality (Check settings) Full HD, RT Ultra, DLSS Balanced (Check settings) Full HD, RT Ultra, DLSS Performance (Check settings) Full HD, RT Ultra, DLSS Ultra Performance (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] 40 fps 64 fps 71 fps 76 fps 76 fps



Performance summary (gaming tests)

Full HD, Low Full HD, Medium Full HD, High Full HD, Ultra Average difference %
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, Intel CPU] +12% +10% +8% +9% +10%
GeForce RTX 3070 [130W, AMD CPU]

Verdict

Believe it or not, the Intel-based machine is 10% faster on average. It’s not a huge difference but don’t forget the fact that we are comparing an AMD beast with 16 threads and a 6/12 Intel CPU that is based on a 14nm platform. So, if your main goal is to play games on your laptop, well, in this case, Intel is the way to go. Of course, the end price of a particular device is an important factor – if the Intel machine is more expensive (more than 10%) just get an AMD notebook and don’t bother.

Overall, a laptop with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX is (probably) a better choice if you plan to use your device for the next three or four years because this CPU has a lot of computing power and cores while the Core i7-10750H performance may be a bit insufficient for some new unreleased future gaming blockbusters. Still, even that the i7-10750H has just 6 cores, it’s based on an old 14nm tech process it manages to beat the Ryzen 9 5900HX in terms of gaming which is a respectable achievement.

In addition, we had our hand on some machines with the Intel Core i7-10870H and the gaming performance of this CPU is just great (and it’s not that bad in productivity tasks as well, but yes, the Ryzen 9 5900HX is faster overall in this scenario). This leads us to the fact that the Core i7-10870H will be an even better complement to the RTX GeForce RTX 3070 [130W] because, with this CPU, the GA104-based GPU (finally) can show its full potential. Recently we’ve tested a laptop with this a Core i7-10870H and GeForce RTX 3070 [95W], and we were quite impressed with the performance that we saw because, in some tests, this laptops manages to beat the GeForce RTX 3070 [130W] despite the fact that the GPUs has 35W lower TGP. The game-changer here is the CPU – the 8-core Intel manages to squeeze everything out of the GPU.

So, in short, a combo of Core i7-10750H and GeForce RTX 3070 [130W] is around 10% faster compared to Ryzen 9 5900HX + RTX 3070 [130W]. As we said, on the other hand, the Core i7-10870H is the right choice if you want to see the full power of an RTX 3070 [130W]. There is no reason to spend more money on an 8-core Intel Core i9 Comet Lake-H processor for gaming, the i7-10870H is the right product if gaming performance is all you need from a new laptop.

We’ll update this article if we have our hands on a notebook with Core i7-10870H and GeForce RTX 3070 [130W].

Note that there are slight differences between the video result and the actual result in the table below it due to the fact that it’s hard to capture the best GPU score for the videos.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 [130W]

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