Intel’s 11th-gen, 45-watt laptop processors have arrived, and the embargo on reviews lifted today. The good news is that the new Intel chips really do offer some of the best performance of any x86 processor in this class… when it comes to single-threaded performance.

But when it comes to multi-threaded performance, AMD’s Ryzen 5000H series chips are pretty competitive, while also being more energy efficient. And since the highest-performance Tiger Lake-H chips can be power-hungry, they might not live up to their full potential when stuffed inside the thin and light computer cases we’ve come to expect in recent years.

So they’re… it seems like they may be kind of a mixed bag. Reigning supreme in single-core performance is nothing to sneeze at. But it’s also not the whole story.

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  1. Still slower, noisier and more power draining than Apple M1.
    Everything AMD and Intel release, now paying for years of abusing their market position.

    1. It’s nice to see major software being ported to run on Windows on ARM. I’m curious to see how much of a performance difference there is between an Apple M1 and the top Snapdragon in running each version.

      Although I really have to question, who is this for? I really don’t see graphic artists buying any of the Windows on ARM devices that are out right now. Either Microsoft sponsored this work, or it was mostly already complete from the work done to port Photoshop to run on the Apple M1.

  2. What ultimately happens is under heavy loads, Ryzen 5000 series can maintain 8 cores at higher sustained clock speeds (3.7 GHz) and lower power draw (35W). Bear in mind also that Zen 3 has a slight IPC advantage over Tiger Lake, meaning at a lower clock speed, it performs does the same amount of work as Intel at a higher clock speed. Yet here we are where Ryzen 5000 can clock higher, do even MORE work, and draw less power. Meanwhile, Intel is struggling to reach similar sustained clock speeds at 45W and it has slightly lower IPC too. Sounds like a recipe for disaster for Intel, no? Alder Lake needs to come sooner rather than later, if you ask me.