For years now, Intel has been the undisputed king of laptop processors when it comes to both performance and market share, but it looks like AMD could be giving it a serious run for its money with the rumored AMD Ryzen 9 5900H.
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While mobile Ryzen 5000 processors for laptops haven’t been officially announced, and therefore no laptops have been revealed running on chips either, a laptop by Mechrevo has apparently been spotted running the AMD Ryzen 9 5900H chip, along with an as yet unannounced mobile Nvidia RTX 3000 series graphics card.
The benchmarks are from the CPU-Z and Cinebench R20 tools. If accurate, they show a big performance leap over AMD’s previous generation of laptop CPUs, plus a decent lead over Intel’s mobile Core i7-10875H CPU.
What’s the score?
As the Notebookcheck website reports, the results were posted on Chinese website SMZDM and shared by the @9550pro Twitter account, and show the alleged laptop getting a single-core score of 584 and a multi-core score of 5,264 in Cinebench R20.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900H 😋https://t.co/Qo3Oais5uX pic.twitter.com/BKCDZEav01January 7, 2021
Notebookcheck compares that to the results of Ryzen 9 4900HS, an eight-core chip from the previous generation, which scored 495 points (single) and 4,288 points (multi) in the same tests. That represents a big leap in performance for the rumored new processor, with over 22% better results in the multi-core score.
Notebookcheck also compared the results to the Intel Core i7-10875H, which is also an 8-core mobile CPU, and has the same 45W TDP (thermal design power) as AMD’s new chip.
Again, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900H looks like it could offer a decent performance boost, with a huge 20.41% single-core performance advantage and 54.62% multi-core advantage compared to the median scores of the i7-10875H (taken from 26 devices).
If these results are indicative of the real-world performance of AMD’s upcoming mobile processors (and remember, the numbers are unconfirmed), then upcoming laptops that run on AMD’s mobile Ryzen 5000 processors could wipe the floor with Intel-powered devices.
With CES 2021 happening online from January 11 to January 14, we expect AMD to finally reveal its new mobile chips, along with a spate of new laptops powered by hardware. We should also see Intel’s response at the show as well.
With competition this fierce, 2021 could be a really exciting time for laptops.
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