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A real Core i5 competitor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H strikes hard against the Intel Core i5-9300H

A real Core i5 competitor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H performing on par with the Intel Core i5-9300H (Image source: Asus)
A real Core i5 competitor: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H performing on par with the Intel Core i5-9300H (Image source: Asus)
The 12 nm 35 W Ryzen 7 3750H is essentially on par with the 14 nm 45 W Core i5-8300H and even i5-9300H in terms of multi-threaded performance. Now, all that's left is for more OEMs to adopt the Ryzen H-series so more budget-conscious or mainstream gamers can benefit from the generally less expensive AMD parts.

Before the advent of Ryzen, Intel was essentially uncontested in the mobile CPU space where the 15 W Core U-series and 45 W H-series reigned supreme. AMD's Excavator architecture was an embarrassment against even the low-end Core i3 family in terms of performance and performance-per-Watt. This all changed two years ago when AMD launched its mobile Zen U-series to better compete against Intel in the 15 W segment.

Two years later, AMD has finally launched its Zen H-series to compete against the Intel 45 W H-series commonly found on gaming laptops. Initial benchmarks from our Asus ROG GA502 test unit reveal that the quad-core Ryzen 7 3750H is almost neck-to-neck with Intel 8th gen and even 9th gen quad-core Core i5 SKUs in multi-threaded loads. Our comparison charts below show the Ryzen 7 3750H is within just 5 percent of the average Core i5-8300H CPU in our database taken from 17 different laptops. It compares favorably against the newer Core i5-9300H as well since the performance boost from Intel 8th gen to 9th gen is only marginal in most cases.

If jumping to the hexa-core Core i7 series, however, AMD's quad-core solution is about 30 percent slower in multi-thread loads. It's clear that AMD is aiming for the mid-range gaming market and not the enthusiast space with its current iteration of mobile H-series Ryzen.

Our benchmark results also reveal a few other tidbits about the Ryzen 7 3750H. Namely, performance is only about 8 percent higher than the lower-end Ryzen 5 3550H in multi-thread loads and about 16 percent slower than the average Core i5-8300H in single-thread loads. Because of the latter, applications optimized for just a single core will launch a bit more slowly on a Ryzen laptop. There is little reason to choose a Ryzen 7 3750H laptop over a Ryzen 5 3550H laptop if performance-per-dollar is priority.

There are very few laptops shipping with mobile Ryzen 5 3550H or Ryzen 7 3750H options as of this writing. Asus has two to three models available while Acer is expected to offer at least one SKU later this year. Expect our full review on the Asus ROG GA502GU with Ryzen 7 3750H and GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q soon.

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Asus ROG GA502DU GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, 3750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø790 (787.28-796.5)
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2 GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø707 (700.72-757)
Asus FX503VM-EH73 GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U128G1002; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø714 (710.67-718.16)
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø823 (815.58-828.24)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
189 Points ∼87%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Core i7-9750H
177 Points ∼81%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H
176 Points ∼81%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (151 - 174, n=17)
169 Points ∼78%
Asus ROG GU501GM-BI7N8
Intel Core i7-8750H
168 Points ∼77%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
166 Points ∼76%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42-R6V0
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
150 Points ∼69%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
144 Points ∼66%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
142 Points ∼65%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
142 Points ∼65%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
1721 Points ∼39%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Core i7-9750H
1182 Points ∼27%
Asus ROG GU501GM-BI7N8
Intel Core i7-8750H
1113 Points ∼25%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
818 Points ∼19%
Asus ROG GA502DU
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
805 Points ∼18%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (604 - 850, n=17)
785 Points ∼18%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H
757 Points ∼17%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
742 Points ∼17%
Asus Strix GL703VM-DB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
710 Points ∼16%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-42-R6V0
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
661 Points ∼15%
CineBench R15 Ryzen 7 3750H
CineBench R15 Ryzen 7 3750H
CineBench R20 Ryzen 7 3750H
CineBench R20 Ryzen 7 3750H
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Allen Ngo, 2019-05-25 (Update: 2019-05-25)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.