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AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS is faster than every mobile Intel Core i9 laptop in the market today according to our own benchmarks

AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS is faster than every mobile Intel Core i9 laptop in the market today according to our own benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS is faster than every mobile Intel Core i9 laptop in the market today according to our own benchmarks
We compare the new 7 nm AMD CPU to at least 17 different Intel laptops equipped with a 14 nm mobile Core i9 CPU and AMD almost always comes out on top. Coffee Lake-H will be behind the curve in just a few short months if AMD can maintain this performance lead across multiple OEMs.

Laptops sporting AMD Renoir CPUs are finally upon us meaning all those inevitable comparisons to Intel laptops will begin sprouting left and right. Naturally, we've decided to go straight for the jugular and compare the first octa-core Ryzen 9 4900HS laptop - the Asus Zephyrus G14 - to as many Coffee Lake-H Core i9 models we can find in our database.

The major benchmark we use for testing processor performance is CineBench R15 Multi-Thread running in a continuous loop. This method tests not only the initial burst of Turbo Boost performance of the processors, but also how they handle non-stop stress over long periods. Our graph below shows that some laptops will throttle much more than others over time. In this case, our Ryzen 9 4900HS laptop has the fastest initial Boost performance than the 17 other mobile Core i9 laptops in our database as exemplified by its highest initial CineBench score.

After accounting for throttling, however, the Ryzen 9 becomes "only" on par with the best Core i9 laptops available like the ginormous Asus ROG Mothership or the Alienware m17 R2 each equipped with the unlocked Core i9-9980HK. The Aorus 17 is a notable exception as it is able to maintain a minor but mostly consistent 5 percent lead over our Ryzen 9 system albeit at the cost of extreme fan noise.

There are a few other exceptions where Core i9 still outperforms our Ryzen 9. Laptops with desktop Core-i9 9900K or Core i9-9900KS CPUs like the MSI GT76 Titan or Eurocom Sky X4C are still faster than the new AMD chip by about 10 to 15 percent each in multi-threaded loads. Furthermore, single-threaded applications still favor Intel chips as exemplified by their faster Super Pi 32M completion times. Even so, the fact that a 7 nm 35 W AMD CPU can come so close to a 14 nm 95+ W Core i9 CPU shows how much catching up Intel will have to do when 10th gen Comet Lake-H becomes available later this year.

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Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, R9 4900HS, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1655 (1591.98-1850.91)
Acer ConceptD 9 Pro Quadro RTX 5000 (Laptop), i9-9980HK, WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-1T00; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1254 (1233.43-1584.74)
Alienware m17 R2 P41E GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, 2x SK Hynix PC601 NVMe 512 GB (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1640 (1625.22-1699.96)
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i9-9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1496 (1486.55-1622.78)
Asus ROG Mothership GZ700GX GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9980HK, 1x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ + 2x Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8 (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1650 (1611.73-1806)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 20 Radeon Pro Vega 20, i9-9980HK, Apple SSD AP1024; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1308 (1257.47-1327.02)
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16 Radeon Pro Vega 16, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP0512; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1238 (1170.34-1317.35)
Dell Precision 5540 Quadro T2000 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, SK hynix PC400 512 GB; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1288 (1207.8-1407.71)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171; CPU Multi 64Bit; macOS 10.15.1: Ø1407 (1386-1435)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M Radeon Pro 5500M, i9-9880H, Apple SSD AP1024 7171; CPU Multi 64Bit; Win 10: Ø1296 (1268.87-1362.31)
Aorus 17 YA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1717 (1628.6-1778.57)
Gigabyte Aero 17 XA RP77 GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i9-9980HK, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1328 (1301.11-1593.37)
Eurocom Nightsky RX15 GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1490 (1469.51-1815.95)
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1291 (1278.24-1450)
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650 GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV1T02; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1314 (1090.6-1600.38)
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i9-9980HK, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1573 (1526.78-1689.97)
MSI P65 Creator 9SF-657 GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, i9-9880H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1439 (1417.84-1545.36)
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i9-9880H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1267 (1239.62-1311.65)
MSI GE75 9SG GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1619 (1602.44-1728.31)
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
509 Points ∼86% +3%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
509 Points ∼86% +3%
Acer ConceptD 9 Pro
Intel Core i9-9980HK
505 Points ∼85% +2%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
498 Points ∼84% +1%
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K
495 Points ∼83% 0%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
495 Points ∼83%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 20
Intel Core i9-9980HK
481 Points ∼81% -3%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
479 Points ∼81% -3%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK
478 Points ∼81% -3%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H
474 Points ∼80% -4%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Core i9-9880H
467 Points ∼79% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Intel Core i9-9880H
465 Points ∼78% -6%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Intel Core i9-9980HK
457 Points ∼77% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
453 Points ∼76% -8%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
442 Points ∼75% -11%
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV
Intel Core i9-9980HK
446 Points ∼75% -10%
Asus ROG Mothership GZ700GX
Intel Core i9-9980HK
445 Points ∼75% -10%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
441 Points ∼74% -11%
CPU (Multi Core)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
4926 Points ∼49% +15%
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K
4816 Points ∼48% +12%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
4463 Points ∼45% +4%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
4288 Points ∼43%
Asus ROG Mothership GZ700GX
Intel Core i9-9980HK
4150 Points ∼42% -3%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK
4136 Points ∼41% -4%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
3795 Points ∼38% -11%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
3712 Points ∼37% -13%
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV
Intel Core i9-9980HK
3705 Points ∼37% -14%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H
3505 Points ∼35% -18%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
3422 Points ∼34% -20%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
3057 Points ∼31% -29%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Intel Core i9-9980HK
3293 Points ∼33% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 20
Intel Core i9-9980HK
3197 Points ∼32% -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Intel Core i9-9880H
3012 Points ∼30% -30%
Acer ConceptD 9 Pro
Intel Core i9-9980HK
2974 Points ∼30% -31%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Core i9-9880H
2953 Points ∼30% -31%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
2924 Points ∼29% -32%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
215 Points ∼93% +11%
Aorus 17 YA
Intel Core i9-9980HK
213 Points ∼93% +10%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
212 Points ∼92% +10%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
203 Points ∼88% +5%
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K
203 Points ∼88% +5%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
202 Points ∼88% +5%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Intel Core i9-9980HK
201 Points ∼87% +4%
Acer ConceptD 9 Pro
Intel Core i9-9980HK
201 Points ∼87% +4%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H
198 Points ∼86% +3%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Core i9-9880H
197 Points ∼86% +2%
MSI P65 Creator 9SF-657
Intel Core i9-9880H
196 Points ∼85% +2%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK
195 Points ∼85% +1%
Dell Precision 5540
Intel Core i9-9980HK
193 Points ∼84% 0%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
193 Points ∼84%
Alienware m17 P37E
Intel Core i9-8950HK
191 Points ∼83% -1%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK
190 Points ∼83% -2%
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV
Intel Core i9-9980HK
190 Points ∼83% -2%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
189 Points ∼82% -2%
Asus ROG Mothership GZ700GX
Intel Core i9-9980HK
188 Points ∼82% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
184 Points ∼80% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
184 Points ∼80% -5%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
Intel Core i9-9880H
183 Points ∼80% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Intel Core i9-9880H
181 Points ∼79% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 20
Intel Core i9-9980HK
181 Points ∼79% -6%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
2022 Points ∼46% +9%
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K
1987 Points ∼45% +7%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
1962 Points ∼45% +5%
Aorus 17 YA
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1880 Points ∼43% +1%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
1863 Points ∼43%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1821 Points ∼42% -2%
Asus ROG Mothership GZ700GX
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1806 Points ∼41% -3%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1754 Points ∼40% -6%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
1721 Points ∼39% -8%
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1641 Points ∼38% -12%
MSI GE65 Raider 9SF-049US
Intel Core i9-9880H
1623 Points ∼37% -13%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1600 (1090.6min, 1367.66P1 - 1369.3max) Points ∼37% -14%
Acer ConceptD 9 Pro
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1585 Points ∼36% -15%
MSI P65 Creator 9SF-657
Intel Core i9-9880H
1545 Points ∼35% -17%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
Intel Core i9-9880H
1450 Points ∼33% -22%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1435 (1401min - 1435max) Points ∼33% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2019 i9 5500M
Intel Core i9-9880H
1362 (1268.87min - 1362.31max) Points ∼31% -27%
Dell Precision 5540
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1407 (1126.13min - 1407max) Points ∼32% -24%
Asus Strix Scar III G531GW
Intel Core i9-9880H
1401 Points ∼32% -25%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 20
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1327 Points ∼30% -29%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 16
Intel Core i9-9880H
1317 Points ∼30% -29%
Alienware m17 P37E
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1238 Points ∼28% -34%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1230 Points ∼28% -34%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1217 Points ∼28% -35%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
2.43 Points ∼95% +9%
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K
2.33 Points ∼91% +4%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Intel Core i9-9980HK
2.28 Points ∼89% +2%
Dell Precision 5540
Intel Core i9-9980HK
2.25 Points ∼88% +1%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
2.23 Points ∼87%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
2.11 Points ∼82% -5%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
22.31 Points ∼51% +23%
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K
21.76 Points ∼49% +19%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
18.94 Points ∼43% +4%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
18.21 Points ∼41%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
Intel Core i9-9980HK
17.2 Points ∼39% -6%
Dell Precision 5540
Intel Core i9-9980HK
14.81 Points ∼34% -19%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
50462 Points ∼77% +33%
Dell Precision 5540
Intel Core i9-9980HK
50439 Points ∼77% +33%
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K
49142 Points ∼75% +30%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
45527 Points ∼70% +20%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
42456 Points ∼65% +12%
Acer ConceptD 9 Pro
Intel Core i9-9980HK
39440 Points ∼60% +4%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
37938 Points ∼58%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
36591 Points ∼56% -4%
Rendering Single 32Bit
Dell Precision 5540
Intel Core i9-9980HK
9734 Points ∼90% +66%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
8143 Points ∼75% +39%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
7877 Points ∼73% +34%
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K
7786 Points ∼72% +33%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
7735 Points ∼71% +32%
Acer ConceptD 9 Pro
Intel Core i9-9980HK
7709 Points ∼71% +31%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
6967 Points ∼64% +19%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
5866 Points ∼54%
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
118.733 s * ∼1% -35%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
Intel Core i9-9980HK
110.381 s * ∼1% -25%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS
93.79 s * ∼1% -6%
Corsair One i160
Intel Core i9-9900K
91.284 s * ∼1% -3%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
88.237 s * ∼1%

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Allen Ngo, 2020-03-30 (Update: 2020-03-25)
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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.