Tiger Lake H vs Ryzen 5000 mobile

AMD’s quest for CPU dominance has expanded in recent years—after first clawing back into relevance with its desktop processors, the company set its sights on laptops. Ryzen 5000 mobile chips dunked on Intel’s Comet Lake H parts, zipping past Team Blue’s best with ease.

With Tuesday’s announcement of Tiger Lake H, Intel may regain ground as an industry leader. Its long-in-the-tooth 14nm process is gone, and with that change comes the promise of notable performance jumps and support for cutting-edge features. As you’ll see in our quick head-to-head comparison with the equivalent H-class Ryzen 5000 chips, this rivalry might become fierce again.

The contenders: Tiger Lake H vs. Ryzen 5000 mobile

Intel’s 11th generation of mobile processors already includes four-core, eight-thread Tiger Lake H35 CPUs, announced during CES 2021 in January. This freshly unveiled set of five Tiger Lake H chips (nicknamed by some as Tiger Lake H45) round out the lineup: Two Core i5, one Core i7, and two Core i9 options feature either six or eight cores with Hyperthreading. The top-tier Core i9 processor can boost to a max of 5GHz on up to two cores. It’s also the lone part with a 65W TDP—the other four chips have a 45W TDP.

These CPUs are based on Intel’s 10nm Willow Cove microarchitecture, and support PCIe 4.0 and Thunderbolt 4. You can read more details on these Tiger Lake H processors in our full rundown of the announcement.

Intel Tiger Lake H Willow Core slide Intel

Tiger Lake H processors are based on Intel’s 10nm Willow Cove microarchitecture.

In contrast, Ryzen 5000 mobile processors offer more choice—and a little more complexity. AMD’s competing line of H-class parts launched during CES 2021 with eight processors, all based on the company’s 7nm Zen 3 microarchitecture. This lineup of laptop CPUs is weighted toward the high end, with two mid-range Ryzen 5 variants with 6 cores and 12 threads, two high-end Ryzen 7 options with 8 cores and 16 threads, and four top-tier Ryzen 9 chips with 8 cores and 16 threads. However, some CPUs are HS models with a lower 35W TDP, while the H versions have a TDP of 45W and the HX processors are listed as 45W+. The HX parts are also overclockable.

Unlike Tiger Lake H, Ryzen 5000 mobile parts do not support PCIe 4.0 nor Thunderbolt 4. (That is a contrast with desktop Ryzen 5000 chips, which do support PCIe 4.0.) You can read more specs and details in our comprehensive overview of Ryzen 5000 mobile processors.

zen3 vs zen2 AMD

The H-class of Ryzen 5000 mobile processors are all based on AMD’s 7nm Zen 3 microarchitecture.

The lineup: Tiger Lake H and Ryzen 5000 mobile processors

Five Tiger Lake H processors will be found in upcoming consumer laptops. (Five Tiger Lake H processors for commercial laptops will launch as well—we have more details on those in our full overview of Tiger Lake H.) These range from the beefy Core i9-11980HK with 8 cores, 16 threads, and a 65W TDP, all the way down to the more budget-friendly Core i5-11260H with 6 cores, 12 threads, and a 45W TDP. The 45W TDP chips ostensibly are 35W chips capable of using more power, as they’re also listed with a set of lower base clocks at a “config TDP” of 35W.

As always, actual performance will vary from laptop to laptop, because other factors like size and panel type influence the overall experience. Expect to see different benchmark results based on the focus (i.e., gaming vs. content creation) of the specific model.

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