If you are looking for a new laptop in 2023, you might be wondering which processor to choose: Intel’s 13th generation Core or AMD’s Ryzen 7th generation. Both of these CPU families offer impressive performance, power efficiency and features, but they also have some key differences that could affect your decision. In this post, I will compare and contrast the Intel 13th gen vs Ryzen 7th gen laptop processors, based on their specifications, benchmarks, gaming capabilities, battery life and price. By the end of this post, you will have a better idea of which processor suits your needs and budget best.
This year, the Ryzen 7th gen processors got a naming scheme got changed, and so did intel processors with last year’s 12th gen processors. We hope that the post will also help you get around the various different factors. Do remember, there are other factors that determine how good a laptop is for you, such as the display and build quality. For the list of best Laptops, check out Best Laptops In India For All Users, (2023 March) – Asas Tech or contact us on WhatsApp, from the link below at the end of this post.
We intend to provide a mini guide, that will make it easier to choose the processor of your liking, thereby streamlining the decision process. especially with AMD’s new scheme, things might be more complicated at first, but it is a welcome change nonetheless. we will discuss why that is so, down the line when we talk about AMD. We will provide the necessary benchmarks and links which might assist you in learning about the new chips faster. Without wasting more time, let’s get started.
Intel Naming Scheme and Introduction to Intel 13th gen processors
Intel altered their naming scheme with the 12th generation, adding a new series (P), and reducing complexity overall. they went from having 2 variants, intel I[skey] [gen][model]g[number] such as i7 1165g7 and i5 835g4 to a much more easy format, of the form intel I[model] [gen][variant][type]. The naming scheme of Intel 13th Gen laptop processors follows the same convention as the previous generations. The suffix letters after the processor number indicate the performance level, graphics capability, power efficiency, and other features of the processor. Here is a brief explanation of the meaning of each suffix letter:
- U: Mobile power efficient. These processors are designed for thin and light laptops that prioritize battery life and portability. They typically have low power consumption and moderate performance. For example, Intel® Core™ i7-13900U is a 13th Gen processor with 4 cores, 8 threads, and a base frequency of 2.4 GHz.
- P: Performance optimized for thin and light laptops. These processors are similar to U-series processors but offer higher performance and graphics levels at the cost of higher power consumption. They are suitable for laptops that need more processing power for tasks like gaming, content creation, or multitasking. For example, Intel® Core™ i7-13910P is a 13th Gen processor with 6 cores, 12 threads, and a base frequency of 2.8 GHz.
- H: High performance optimized for mobile. These processors are designed for laptops that require high performance and responsiveness for demanding applications and games. They have high core counts, clock speeds, and graphics levels, but also consume more power and generate more heat. They are usually found in gaming laptops or mobile workstations. For example, Intel® Core™ i9-13980H is a 13th Gen processor with 8 cores, 16 threads, and a base frequency of 3.3 GHz.
- HX: High performance optimized for mobile, unlocked. These processors are similar to H-series processors but have an unlocked multiplier that allows users to overclock them for even higher performance. They require more cooling and power delivery than H-series processors and are only compatible with certain motherboards and BIOS settings. They are aimed at enthusiasts who want to customize their laptop performance. For example, Intel® Core™ i9-13990HX is a 13th Gen processor with 10 cores, 20 threads, and a base frequency of 3.5 GHz.
AMD Naming Scheme and Introduction to Ryzen 7th gen
AMD changed their naming scheme this year, and unlike Intel, they managed to change their perfectly fine naming scheme into a much more complicated ( but better for nerds) one, that provides more data to the people who know what they are looking for, but is a mess for every other people, while also leaving the door open for pretty bad processors to slip in with the new name, which we will discuss soon. the new format is Ryzen [model] [generation][variant][zen version][0/5][type]
The model number indicates the relative performance within the same series. The higher the number, the faster the processor. For example, Ryzen 7745 is faster than Ryzen 7645. The suffix indicates the power class and target market of the processor. U stands for ultra-portable, which means low power consumption (15-28W) and thin-and-light laptops. HS stands for high-performance slim, which means slightly higher power consumption (35W) and slim gaming laptops. HX stands for high-performance extreme, which means high power consumption (45-65W) and high-end gaming and workstation laptops.
The 7th gen AMD Ryzen laptop processors use different CPU and GPU architectures depending on the series. The Ryzen 7045,7040 series uses Zen 4 CPU and RDNA 3 GPU architectures, which are the latest and most advanced from AMD. The Ryzen 7035 series uses Zen 3 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU architectures, which are one generation older than Zen 4 and RDNA 3. The Ryzen 7030 series uses Zen 3 CPU and Vega GPU architectures, which are two generations older than Zen 4 and RDNA 3. The Ryzen 7020 series uses Zen 2 CPU and Vega GPU architectures, which are three generations older than Zen 4 and RDNA 3.
- U: stands for ultra-low power. These processors have low power consumption and low heat generation, making them suitable for thin and light laptops. They usually have lower clock speeds and fewer cores than other variants, but they also have longer battery life and lower noise levels.
- HS: stands for high-performance slim. These processors are optimized for gaming and content creation laptops that are still relatively thin and portable. They have higher clock speeds and more cores than U variants, but they also have higher power consumption and heat generation. They usually require more cooling solutions and have shorter battery life than U variants.
- HX: stands for high-performance extreme. These processors are the most powerful and expensive ones in the AMD laptop processor lineup. They are designed for enthusiast-level gaming and workstation laptops that can handle heavy workloads and demanding applications. They have the highest clock speeds and core counts among all variants, but they also have the highest power consumption and heat generation. They usually require advanced cooling solutions and have a very short battery life.
now that we have learned the naming scheme of both the brands and which type will suit you, let the battle begin. let us compare the benchmark performance of these laptops. now, we do know that benchmarks don’t tell the whole story, but still, they are indeed valuable to find out the relative performance between processors. Do note that no processor will have a single score. the score obtained by any laptop will significantly depend on whether or not it was plugged in, the make and thermal capacity of the laptop etc. so just take this as an average case and expect up to a 10% difference in the score on various conditions.
|Processor||Geekbench 5 Single-Core||Geekbench 5 Multi-Core||Cinebench R23 Single-Core||Cinebench R23 Multi-Core|
|Ryzen 9 7945HX||1930||34155||1930||34155|
|Ryzen 9 7845HX||1800||21783||1800||21783|
|Ryzen 7 7745HX||1811||18393||1811||18393|
|Ryzen 9 7940HS||1680||18024||1680||18024|
|Processor||Geekbench 5 Single-Core||Geekbench 5 Multi-Core||Cinebench R23 Single-Core||Cinebench R23 Multi-Core|
|Ryzen 7 7735HS||1555||9835||1573||13900|
|Ryzen 5 7535HS||1555||7472||1568||9694|
|Ryzen 7 7730U||1482||7487||1456||10303|
|Ryzen 5 7530U||1486||6592||1456||9423|
|Ryzen 5 7520U||1118||4010||1118||4537|
|Ryzen 3 7330U||1087||3690||1103||4336|
|Ryzen 3 7320U||1087||3488||1039||4230|
|Processor||Cores / Threads (P+E)||Cinebench R23 Single-Core||Cinebench R23 Multi-Core||Geekbench 6 Single-Core||Geekbench 6 Multi-Core|
|Core i9-13900H||24 / 32 (8+16)||2000||25000||3074||35000|
|Core i7-13700H||16 /2+8/1224 (8+8)4+8/16||1800||20000||2817||30000|
|Core i5-13600H||14 / 20 (6+8)||1600||15000||2657||25000|
|Processor||Cores/Threads||Cinebench R23 Single-Core||Cinebench R23 Multi-Core||Geekbench 6 Single-Core||Geekbench 6 Multi-Core|
|Processor||Cores / Threads||Geekbench 5 Single-Core Score||Geekbench 5 Multi-Core Score||Cinebench R23 Single-Core Score||Cinebench R23 Multi-Core Score|
|Core i5-1245U||2+8 / 12||1695||7863||1733||8010|
|Core i5-1235U||2+8 / 12||1683||7310||1740||7365|
|Core i3-1215U||2+4 /8||1621||5939||1658||6142|
processor comparison 2023
From these charts, if one thing is obvious, it is that the performance of AMD processors is underwhelming, outside of the Zen 4 series laptops, and only appear at the highest end of the spectrum in the laptop market. But outside of that, the whole lineup seems to be a mashup of many existing processors, some of which are as old as 3 yrs. For example, the ryzen 3 7320U is shockingly similar to the 5300U, and Ryzen 5 7530U performs identically to a 5625U. it is the same even in the case of low-end gaming laptops, the ryzen 5 7535HS is identical to a 6600HS processor.
So it is clear that AMD is not even near the performance of intel counterparts, and unlike in the past when the AMD processors were known for value for money, it seems they no longer have those too. For example, you get a vivobook with i3 1220P for 40k, while a slower ryzen 5 5500U/ryzen 5 7530U costs as much as 50k. but the real power of AMD processors is their efficiency, which Is much better than that of Intel. But on the whole, AMD processors are not value-for-money, except in the case of ZEN 4 processors, and let’s hope they bring Zen 5 CPUs across the lineup next year.
The verdict: what processors should you buy in 2023
The AMD processors this year are mostly inferior to Intel counterparts, both in terms of single-core and multi-core performance, as well as in price. According to various benchmarks and reviews, Intel’s 13th-generation Raptor Lake CPUs offer faster gaming and productivity performance than AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series, which are based on the Zen 4 architecture. Intel also has an advantage in core count, with its flagship Core i9-13900K boasting 24 cores (8 high-performance and 16 efficiency cores).
while AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X tops out at 16 cores. The only real plus for AMD processors is their efficiency, as they consume less power and generate less heat than Intel’s chips, which have a higher TDP and require more cooling. AMD needs to expand its Zen 4 lineup and compete more aggressively next year, as for now, the Intel processors are better in most cases.
Processor performance list
Now that we have covered most aspects of the new processors, let’s get to the final state, rank list based on the performance of all the available processors, also including the relevant last-gen processors, such as the i3 1220p, i5 1200H etc. so that you will get a pretty good idea of what each processor will be capable of,
compared to the other processors. Do note, again, that performance is not the only metric that matters for a processor. neither are the synthetic benchmarks accurate representations of real-world performance. but it will give a pretty reasonable performance scale, especially between the same family of devices.
Gaming Processors : Ryzen 9 7945HX > i9 13900H > i7 13700H > Ryzen 9 7845HX > i5 13500H > i7 12700H> Ryzen 7 7735HS > i5 12500H> ryzen 5 7535HS
Thin and light processors : i7 1380p > i7 1360p >i5 1340p > i7 1260p >>Ryzen 7 7730U> i5 1240p >Ryzen 5 7530U> i3 1220P >Ryzen 5 5500U
Ultra-efficient processors: i7 1365U > i7 1355U > i5 1345U >i7 1355U> i5 1335U >i5 1235U> Ryzen 5 7520U> i3 1315U>i3 1215U>Ryzen 3 7320U>i3 1305U
As we saw, The intel processors are consuming more and more power each year, and providing appropriate performance, both in single and multi-core performance across the table, from the cheapest processor to just about the top, where AMD’s Zen 4 Ryzen 9 processor with a whopping 32 cores take the crown, even competing with desktop cards ( the margin is as low as 10%). On the AMD side, most of their lineup is filled with rebranded cards, which would potentially cost more than the old ones, but they are the most efficient still. We wouldn’t recommend AMD cards with ZEN3/2 cores though, mainly due to their comparatively lower single-core performance, and higher costs.
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