AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX vs. Intel Core i9-11980HK top-of-the-line 8-core mobile battle

AMD introduced a top-end mobile APU at the beginning of the year, but only now laptops based on it should appear on sale - apparently, in September. As Ryzen 9 5980HX laptops were brought to retail condition, the performance test results of this APU began to appear in the databases of different benchmarks, making it possible to compare it with its direct competitor - Intel Core i9-11980HK.

First, you should recall the characteristics of the processors. AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX - 7nm Zen 3 APU @ 3.3-4.8GHz, 16MB L3 cache and 35-54W TDP. There are eight computing cores, multithreading, of course, is supported. Core i9-11980HK is the top processor in the Tiger Lake-H45 line. It also has 8 cores and 16 threads, the frequency ranges from 2.6 to 5.0 GHz, and the amount of L3 cache is 24 MB. TDP - 45-65 W.

And now the results. AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX in Geekbench 5 scored 1523 points in a single-threaded test and 8469 points in a multi-threaded one. The Intel Core i9-11980HK scores, despite the lower initial clock speed, are higher - 1642 and 9119 points, respectively. It turns out that the "blue" processor is about 7.5-8% faster. Although at one time the Ryzen 9 5900HX became the fastest mobile processor according to PassMark, ahead of the then Intel flagship, the Core i9-10980HK, by eight positions in the rating and about 10,000 points. But the Ryzen 9 5980HX is even faster ... In general, according to the tests of pre-production laptops, AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX is inferior to the Core i9-11980HK, but it will be interesting to see if this situation will remain after the release of commodity models on AMD APUs: after all, their performance maybe a little higher.   

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