AMD is giving Intel a good run for its money in the mobile CPU segment with its Ryzen 4000 line-up. The latest PassMark benchmarks show AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 H series processors pulling ahead of Intel’s best laptop CPU.

The Ryzen 9 4900HS and 4900H occupy the first and second positions respectively, followed by the Ryzen 7 4800H, Ryzen 7 4800HS, and Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition, in that order. Each of these CPUs comes with 8 cores 16 threads and the latest AMD Vega graphics for maximum thrust.

AMD says the H-series is specially aimed at gamers, content creators, and power users who want uncompromising performance. There’s no doubt about that if you look at the benchmarks.

Intel’s best contender, the core i9-10980HK, comes in at the 7th position with a Passmark score of 17,257, which is quite meagre compared to what AMD’s best offering garners. Next in line is the Intel Xeon W-10885M, which is closely followed by the Core i9-10885H and the Core i7-10875.

Just like AMD’s runners, all of Intel’s chips bring 8 cores and 16 threads to the table and are purposely suited for hardcore users. Sure they do lag behind AMD’s best CPUs, but that does not automatically discredit their excellent performance.

In fact, some of the best laptops of our times have Intel’s 10th gen CPUs under their hoods. Examples are the XPS 15 Touch Laptop and Dell G7 17 Gaming Laptop; both are powered by the Intel® Core™ i9-10885H.

There’s no denying that Intel has mastered the CPU game over the years. The Santa Clara-based giant still holds the largest market share in the PC space. However, it appears to be slowly falling behind AMD not only in innovation but also pricing.

AMD Renoir laptop CPU
Standalone chip shot for Ryzen Mobile Series Processors

One of AMD’s best arsenals against Intel at the moment is the Renoir mobile lineup. Renoir chips are based on the Zen 2 microarchitecture and TSMC‘s 7 nanometer process node. A smaller node allows AMD to fit more transistors in a chip without increasing the power requirements.

In contrast, Intel’s 10th gen comet lake processors rely on the larger 14 nm Skylake process, which is less efficient in comparison.

If Intel fails to innovate, the competition may be even more stiff when next-gen CPUs come out.

In the meantime, here is the detailed list of all top 10 laptop CPUs and their specifications as at the time of writing.

1. AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS

Release dateprocesscoresthreadsBase clockBoost clockTDP
March 16TSMC 7FF8163 GHz4.3 GHz35W

2. AMD Ryzen 9 4900H

Release dateprocesscoresthreadsBase clockBoost clockTDP
March 16TSMC 7FF8163.3 GHz4.4 GHz35W – 54W

3. AMD Ryzen 7 4800H

Release dateprocesscoresthreadsBase clockBoost clockTDP
March 16TSMC 7FF8162.9 GHz4.2 GHz35W – 54W

4. AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS

Release dateprocesscoresthreadsBase clockBoost clockTDP
March 16TSMC 7FF8162.9 GHz4.2 GHz35W

5. AMD Ryzen 7 Extreme Edition

Release dateprocesscoresthreadsBase clockBoost clockTDP
March 16TSMC 7FF8161.8 GHz4.2 GHz35W – 54W

6. AMD Ryzen 7 4800U

Release dateprocesscoresthreadsBase clockBoost clockTDP
March 16TSMC 7FF8161.8 GHz4.2 GHz10-25 W

7. Intel Core i9-10980HK

Release dateprocesscoresthreadsBase clockBoost clockTDP
March 1614 nm8162.4 GHz5.3 GHz45 – 65W

8. Intel Xeon W-10885M

Release dateprocesscoresthreadsBase clockBoost clockTDP
March 1614 nm8162.4 GHz5.3 GHz35-45 W

9. Intel core i9-10885H

Release dateprocesscoresthreadsBase clockBoost clockTDP
March 1614 nm8162.4 GHz5.3 GHz35-45 W

10. Intel core i7-10875H

Release dateprocesscoresthreadsBase clockBoost clockTDP
March 1614 nm8162.3 GHz5.1 GHz35-45 W

Author: Victor Wachanga

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