Gaming laptop computer CPU showdown: Intel Eleventh-gen vs Tenth-gen vs AMD Ryzen 5000

It’s been a protracted highway, however we could lastly have a solution to the query of “which CPU is the perfect gaming laptop computer chip?”  The quick reply: Tiger Lake H.

The lengthy reply is extra nuanced, in fact, so hold studying. It’s also possible to use our helpful desk of contents beneath to leap forward:

The Intel CPUs we examined

Let’s stroll you thru the journey to get right here. After we first reviewed the Eleventh-gen Core i7-11800H we have been unable to load Nvidia’s Recreation Prepared Drivers on the GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop computer. As an alternative, we targeting its CPU efficiency.

We then examined the Eleventh-gen Core i9-11980HK in an Intel reference laptop computer (primarily an MSI Creator Z16). With its GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop computer GPU, it’s hardly what we’d think about a real gaming laptop computer.

With the MSI GE76 Raider and its Eleventh-gen Core i9-11980HK and GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop computer at a blistering 165 watts (it’s 155 watts out of the field), we’ve got a greater view into Tiger Lake H’s gaming prowess. Each laptop computer is completely different, however the efficiency of the Eleventh-gen Core i9 within the MSI GE76 Raider additionally provides us perception into the worth of an Eleventh-gen Core i9 vs. an Eleventh-gen Core i7, and the way a lot of a efficiency increase you get from an Eleventh-gen Core i9 in a 6-pound-plus thick laptop computer, versus that very same CPU’s efficiency in a 4.5-pound laptop computer.

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What’s in a TGP

One essential element price declaring is the completely different Complete Graphics Energy (TGP) rankings for every laptop computer. The TGP is the Nvidia spec for what the GPU’s most thermal finances is. Nvidia has a large menu of choices for each GPU, making apples-to-apples comparisons very troublesome. Even if you happen to might get the identical TGP-rated GPU, you possibly can’t divorce the GPU or CPU from the laptop computer. Finally each laptop computer has its personal efficiency character.

Whenever you’re contemplating a 155-watt TGP laptop computer vs. a 130-watt TGP laptop computer vs. a 105-watt TGP laptop computer, it really doesn’t matter if you happen to can’t purchase the one you need. Taking a look at high-end laptops, we all know of solely a single Ryzen 9-based laptop computer with a 155-watt TGP GeForce GPU in it. The overwhelming majority are 130-watt TGP or decrease.

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Eleventh gen Core i9-11980HK vs Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU efficiency

Our first end result comes from Maxon’s Cinebench R20, a preferred 3D rendering benchmark that loves core and thread counts. AMD’s Ryzen 9 5000 has lengthy been the monster of multi-core efficiency, and the Ryzen 9 5900HX doesn’t disappoint. It scores a hair sooner than, however is principally tied with, Intel’s new Eleventh-gen Core i9-11980HK chip.

This isn’t essentially a loss for Intel. It’s really excellent news that Intel has an 8-core that may compete with Ryzen 5000. You possibly can see the chart beneath, the place the light-blue bars present how poorly the earlier Tenth-gen Intel CPUs carry out towards Ryzen. In truth, a Ryzen 9 4900HS in a skinny and lightweight 3.5-pound gaming laptop computer matches a lot bigger and far heavier laptops. 

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Intel’s new Eleventh gen Tiger Lake H chips all can compete with AMD’s greatest Ryzen chips in multi-core efficiency.

The overwhelming majority of software program doesn’t use all of the cores of a Core i9 or Ryzen 9, so we additionally run Cinebench R20 utilizing a single thread. Right here, we see the MSI GE76 Raider and its Core i9-11980HK lead the Ryzen 9 5900HX by about 9 p.c. The Ryzen 9 5980HS really is the quickest Ryzen, however we wouldn’t really feel unhealthy in regards to the efficiency of both Ryzen 5000 laptops.

The place Eleventh-gen actually reveals its power is towards its personal kin, the Tenth-gen Intel chip chips, which get left behind by greater than 33 p.c. We additionally see that Eleventh-gen Core i9 is simply about 7 p.c sooner than the Core i7, and the distinction between the skinny and thick laptops with Eleventh-gen chips is lower than three p.c.

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Intel’s Tenth gen appears fairly weak towards the Eleventh gen chip in single-threaded efficiency.

For an additional fast gauge of all-core efficiency, we run Chaos Group’s V-Ray, a ray tracing renderer. The outcomes are unsurprisingly much like what we noticed with Cinebench R20, however with a really slight benefit for the Eleventh-gen Core i9 within the MSI GE76. In case you continued with different CPU-focused assessments, you’d see each Ryzen 9 5000 and Eleventh-gen Core i9 supply pretty comparable efficiency. The “wins” could lean towards Ryzen, however not sufficient to matter a lot. Intel’s Tenth-gen appears slightly weak—even a Ryzen 9 4000 in a tiny, skinny laptop computer can practically match it.

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V-Ray is a ray tracing renderer that may run on CPU or GPU, however our take a look at, we use the CPU part the place it’s largely a wash between Eleventh gen and Ryzen 5000.

Eleventh gen Core i9-11980HK rendering efficiency

AI isn’t only a unhealthy Steven Spielberg film, it’s additionally an strategy to computing to make it smarter. In PCs we’ve largely seen it used for recognizing patterns. Nero’s Rating benchmark (free for obtain within the Home windows Retailer or at Nero) does that by measuring how briskly a PC can acknowledge and tag nonetheless photos. The idea is much like what your telephone already does in recognizing and sorting photos for you—it simply does it with the help of a large knowledge heart.

The Intel Eleventh-gen Tiger Lake H merely crushes Ryzen 5000 and Tenth-gen Intel CPUs, and it’s no shock. Intel has been pushing AI and Deep Studying efficiency as a key function of its chip, and it reveals.

How a lot this issues to you very a lot depends upon what you do, in fact. AMD followers could level out that only a few functions presently assist AI or Intel’s DL Increase. From what we’ve seen to this point although, it’s very compelling expertise.

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Intel’s Eleventh gen crushes Ryzen 5000 and Intel Tenth gen chips in Nero’s AI benchmark Rating.

On a extra sensible degree, you could have an interest to see how these laptops carry out in Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom Traditional. For that we use UL’s Procyon benchmark, which runs scripts inside Photoshop and Lightroom Traditional to find out efficiency. Adobe merchandise are wealthy functions with a whole lot if not 1000’s of capabilities, and Procyon is however a small pattern of them. Nonetheless, it’s in all probability about as real-world as you may get, a superb gauge of the complete laptop computer’s efficiency with the CPU and GPU making up a big portion of that.

Who wins? We will say that the Eleventh-gen Tiger Lake has a particular edge, with the MSI GE76 and its Core i9-11980HK and GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop computer GPU about 9 p.c sooner than the Asus Strix Scar G17 with its Ryzen 9 5900HX chip and GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop computer GPU. When you would possibly assume the 165-watt TGP GPU within the MSI is the X issue right here, the argument towards that’s the efficiency of the Gigabyte Aorus 17G. That laptop computer incorporates a Core i7-11800H and a GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop computer GPU at a 105-watt TGP, and it nonetheless is available in a hair sooner than the Ryzen 9 and 130-watt GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop computer GPU.

That’s all nice for Eleventh-gen, however we additionally wish to level out how one can quickly hit diminishing returns with a fats GPU in Adobe merchandise. For instance, the Intel reference laptop computer with its Core i9-11980HK and GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop computer GPU is simply 3 p.c slower than the bigger and heavier MSI laptop computer.

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The Eleventh gen has a slight lead towards Ryzen 5000 in Photoshop and Lightroom Traditional.

Moreover still-photo modifying, Procyon additionally has a mode the place it makes use of Adobe Premiere Professional to export movies utilizing the YouTube preset, at 4K decision with Lumatri coloration correction and different tweaks. As soon as once more the Eleventh-gen Core i9-11980HK with its 165-watt GPU and the Eleventh-gen Core i7-11800H with its 105-watt GPU outpace the Ryzen 9 5900HX with its 130-watt GPU. We also needs to level out that the Core i9-11980HK paired with the GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop computer GPU within the Intel reference laptop computer is nearly as quick because the Ryzen, and solely about 15 p.c slower than the a lot bigger MSI.

So sure, general, the perfect performer is the Eleventh-gen Core i9 within the GE76 Raider, however we predict there’s a superb argument that latest GeForce RTX 30-series based mostly laptops do effectively. We additionally assume that whereas the smaller Intel reference laptop computer with its 16-inch display gained’t cling in gaming with the larger gaming laptops, it is perhaps the higher laptop computer for a creation skilled seeking to shed kilos whereas solely giving up just a little efficiency.

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Premiere Professional favors Nvidia’s latest GPU however Tiger Lake H undoubtedly has an edge right here.

Core i9-11980HK gaming efficiency

Our final CPU-focused take a look at makes use of 3DMark Time Spy’s CPU take a look at to measure the efficiency of the CPUs operating a sport physics engine. This take a look at largely ignores GPU efficiency.

We don’t have outcomes for all the laptops we examined above, however these designs aren’t actually targeted on gaming as their major power. In truth, for our gaming part, we’ll focus solely on the gaming laptops with the burly GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop computer GPU. We additionally sadly should not have gaming numbers for the Eleventh-gen Gigabyte Aorus 17G on this part, as we have been unable to put in the most recent Recreation Prepared Drivers on it.

The winner is the Eleventh gen Core i9-11980HK. In second place is the Ryzen 9 5900HX, with the pair of Tenth-gen Intel-based laptops in third place. 

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UL’s 3DMark measures CPU efficiency based mostly on sport physics efficiency.

UL’s 3DMark is a “artificial” benchmark slightly than an precise sport, however that has loads of worth. This can be very dependable and repeatable, which is why it’s so fashionable within the overclocking scene. And in contrast to a sport, which may be overly impacted by CPU efficiency, 3DMark graphics assessments focus solely on GPU efficiency. 

For this subsequent end result, we run Time Spy and report the GPU efficiency, so the distinction between an Intel Eleventh-gen or Tenth-gen, or AMD Ryzen 5000, doesn’t transfer the needle as a lot.

The take a look at is a DirectX12 benchmark, and there aren’t any superior options akin to ray tracing examined. The distinction between a 130-watt TGP RTX 3080 and a 165-watt TGP RTX 3080 is about 27 p.c in wattage, which works out to an 8-percent distinction in efficiency. Going from a 105-watt TGP RTX 3080 to the 165-watt TGP RTX 3080, it’s a couple of 21-percent enhance in efficiency for a 57-percent enhance in TGP rankings.

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The distinction in wattage rankings between the laptops is much smaller in efficiency.

Horizon Zero Daybreak efficiency

As we mentioned above, precise sport efficiency isn’t confined simply to the GPU. The CPU issues too. We will see that present up in our first sport: Horizon Zero Daybreak, the place we run the sport at 1920×1080 decision set to Favor High quality. The general winner is the Eleventh-gen Core i9-11980HK, which opens up a wholesome 21-percent acquire over the Ryzen 9 5900HX and respectable 7-percent acquire over the Tenth-gen Core i7-10870H. Sure, we all know, it’s an Eleventh-gen Core i9 vs. a Tenth-gen Core i7, however we don’t imagine a Tenth-gen Core i9 would goose the rating that a lot, because the Tenth-gen Core i9 was no straightforward chip to tame. In every thing apart from the laptops with the perfect cooling, it was all the time a tad underwhelming. 

Would the Ryzen 9 5900HX have picked up extra from a warmer GPU? Actually. Wouldn’t it have surpassed the Eleventh-gen Core i9-11980HK? Most likely not, however it will have definitely carried out higher.

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In our first sport end result, the Eleventh gen TIger Lake H leads the best way.

Far Cry New Daybreak Efficiency

Up subsequent is Far Cry New Daybreak, which has lengthy been a thorn within the facet of Ryzen CPUs. The sport engine the Far Cry sequence has principally been 15 to twenty p.c slower on Ryzen, however that every one modified with the Zen 3 cores and Ryzen 5000 on desktop. With its enormous 32MB L3 cache and redesigned cores, it erased any deficit towards Intel on desktops. The laptop computer model doesn’t get that very same fats cache, which is perhaps the explanation for the Ryzen’s lackluster end result. In truth,  regardless of the Ryzen 9 5900HX’s 130-watt RTX 3080, it’s dropping to a Tenth-gen Core i7-10870H with a 105-watt TGP on this sport.

Towards the a lot sooner Eleventh-gen Core i9-11980HK with its hotter GPU, Ryzen 9 5900HX will get crushed to the tune of 31.4 p.c in Far Cry

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The Far Cry sequence has long term worse on older AMD chips which we’re seeing within the cellular Ryzen 5000 too.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Efficiency

Up subsequent is Shadow of the Tomb Raider. For our testing we run the sport at 19×10 utilizing the Highest preset and with {hardware} ray tracing off. The winner is once more the MSI GE76 Raider with its Eleventh-gen Core i9, which has a good 19-percent lead over the Ryzen 9 within the Asus Strix Scar G17. Within the Intel vs. Intel race, the Eleventh-gen Core i9 outpaces the Tenth-gen Core i7 by simply over 5 p.c.

We predict a warmer GPU within the Ryzen 9 would make this shut sufficient that, effectively, it in all probability wouldn’t matter all that a lot.

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Shadows of the Tomb Raider was run with ray tracing off

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation efficiency

Transferring to a special style of gaming, we ran Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, which is a real-time technique sport that was the showcase sport for DirectX 12 initially. For this take a look at we keep on with 19×10 utilizing its Loopy preset and run the GPU-focused benchmark. The outcomes are pretty shut, with the Eleventh-gen Core i9 within the MSI GE76 outpacing the Tenth-gen Core i7 within the older GE76 laptop computer by just below 5 p.c. The Eleventh-gen Core i9also eclipses the Ryzen 9 by about 15 p.c.

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The Eleventh gen Core i9-based GE76 is once more the general winner.

Unusual Brigade Efficiency

Our subsequent sport result’s Unusual Brigade, which oddly refuses to run on the Ryzen system. It should run in DirectX 12 mode, however we run the sport in Vulkan, so we simply gained’t have a rating for AMD/Nvidia laptop computer. We will say the sport appears largely GPU-bound, as each the Tenth-gen and Eleventh-gen laptops with the same-wattage GPUs are lifeless even.

Additionally of observe is the efficiency of the low-wattage GPU vs. the excessive wattage ones. We see the 165-watt TGP GPUs with their 57-percent benefit cough up a 29-percent benefit in body charges.

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Oddly, we’ve by no means been in a position to get our Ryzen 9 system with GeForce to run Unusual Brigade utilizing the Vulkan API.

Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 Efficiency

RDR2 is a good Outdated West sport, and apparently the one factor it cares about is the GPU.

There’s really a superb likelihood the Ryzen 9 with a warmer GPU would make it even and even presumably barely surpass the Eleventh-gen Core i9, however with its 130-watt TGP, it’s behind by about 11 p.c. Crank up that GPU, although, and we predict it’d be so shut it wouldn’t matter.

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Crimson Lifeless Redemption 2 solely appears to care in regards to the GPU.

Metro Exodus Efficiency

Our remaining GPU-heavy take a look at is Metro Exodus utilizing the Excessive preset. The outcomes really give the Tenth-gen a slight benefit, however we are able to name it a tie. In fact, it’s virtually a tie for all if you happen to might get the identical GPU in all of them. If we needed to proclaim winner it will be the Tenth-gen Intel, adopted by the Eleventh-gen Intel after which the Ryzen 9. All are so shut right here, there aren’t any bragging rights. 

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Metro Exodus noticed the Tenth gen Core i7 eek out a slight lead.

Counter Strike: GO Efficiency

Most video games really aren’t that GPU restricted. In truth, the most well-liked ones may be pretty light-weight on graphics. Counter Strike: World Operations is a kind of. It’s previous, runs on absolutely anything, and is the most well-liked sport on Steam proper now.

We use the FPS Workshop mod for our runs at 19×10 utilizing the Excessive preset. It’s a really heft win for the Eleventh-gen Core i9 which provides us 40 p.c extra frames than the Ryzen 9. Whereas the caveat that the Ryzen 9 could be aided by a better wattage applies to another runs, we don’t assume it does right here. We are saying that as a result of the Ryzen 9 is principally dead-even with the Tenth-gen  Core i7-10870H within the Gigabyte Aorus 17G, which has a 105-watt TGP card in it.

It’s also possible to see the Eleventh-gen Core i9 quit 18.6 p.c extra frames than the Tenth-gen Core 7-10870H within the older MSI GE76 too. Each laptops have 165-watt TGP components.

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The Eleventh gen Tiger Lake H has a big benefit over the Ryzen 9 and Tenth gen Intel CPUs in CPU-bound video games.

Our final sport benchmark will use Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, one other fashionable eSports title with a big following. As you possibly can see, you aren’t hurting for frames on any of the laptops right here, however the clear winner is the Eleventh-gen Core i9-11980HK laptop computer, which has a 62-percent benefit over the Ryzen 9 within the Strix Scar G17. As we noticed with CS:GO, the Aorus 17G and Tenth-gen Core i7 is simply barely slower than the Ryzen 9 regardless of having a 105-watt TGP GPU.

In the identical laptop computer physique, the Eleventh-gen Core i9 has a 29-percent efficiency lead over the Tenth-gen Core i7 within the older GE76 laptop computer. It’s yet one more clear win for the Eleventh-gen chip.

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Like CS:GO, Siege favors excessive clocks and environment friendly cores which the Eleventh gen offer you in spades.

PCIe efficiency

Our final end result appears on the PCIe bandwidth functionality of the laptops utilizing 3DMark’s PCIe Bandwidth module. The take a look at transfers knowledge to the graphics card and again. As you possibly can see the 16 lanes of PCIe Gen 4 within the Eleventh-gen Core i9 has an enormous benefit over the earlier Tenth-gen, which is restricted to 16 lanes of PCIe Gen 3. The Ryzen 9 laptops do even worse, as a result of AMD’s cellular components are restricted to eight lanes of PCIe Gen 3.

In principle, the Eleventh-gen chips have an enormous benefit in bandwidth. On paper, although, it in all probability isn’t the game-changing determine you assume it’s. That’s as a result of few shopper functions or video games benefit from all that bandwidth.

AMD is perhaps just a little constrained, however in all probability not sufficient to matter. The power of the PCIe bandwidth within the Eleventh-gen in all probability makes extra sense put to different duties. The laptop computer, for instance, helps PCIe 4.0 SSDs, which far eclipse the efficiency of PCIe 3.0 drives and may even assist a number of drives at Gen 4.0 speeds.

That’s an actual benefit that favors the Eleventh-gen CPUs. 

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Intel’s Eleventh gen CPUs supply much more PCIe bandwidth than AMD’s Ryzen and the older Tenth gen Intel CPUs.

CPU thread efficiency

We’ll shut out our evaluation with two CPU assessments, the place we run the older Cinebench R15 utilizing 1 thread all the best way to 16 threads. As a result of few apps use all the cores of a CPU, it is a good method to visualize the world of power a selected CPU has. For instance, the Ryzen 9 5900HX simply crushes the older Tenth-gen Intel CPUs simply above in all places after we do that. Intel’s Eleventh-gen Tiger Lake H CPUs aren’t that weak, although, and you may see from the outcomes.

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Each the Ryzen 5000 and the Eleventh gen Tiger Lake H chips are very aggressive with one another on lightly-threaded duties and heavily-threaded duties.

That can assist you visualize this, we present the variations between the Eleventh-gen Intel and the Ryzen 5000 as a proportion change. As you possibly can see, the Eleventh-gen Core i9-11980HK has a small benefit on flippantly threaded duties, whereas the Ryzen 9 5900HX has a slight benefit on closely threaded duties.

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The Eleventh gen has a slight lead on gentle duties, whereas the Ryzen 5000 has a slight edge in heavier duties.

Conclusion

We’ve been ready months to get a greater thought of whether or not the Ryzen 9 5900HX or the Eleventh gen Core i9-11980HK is the higher gaming CPU. From what we are able to see right now, a minimum of, we’d have to provide it to the Eleventh-gen Core i9, which typically has a decent-to-dominant benefit within the video games we ran.

If the Ryzen have been paired with a sooner GPU, would the competitors be nearer? Most likely, however we don’t assume it will be sufficient to beat the Eleventh-gen Core i9. With that mentioned, in most GPU-limited video games, we predict it will be so shut you actually couldn’t go unsuitable with both. In video games that lean on the CPU extra, as we noticed in CS:GO and Siege, the Core i9 is unlikely to be touched by that Ryzen 9.

So sure, in case you are chasing the best body charges in gaming  interval, the Eleventh-gen Tiger Lake H ought to be what you attain for more often than not.

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