AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX trades blows with the Intel Core i9-13980HX on Geekbench
So far, the only Dragon Range processors spotted in the wild have been the Ryzen 9 7845HX and Ryzen 7 7745HX, both of which put up a decent fight against Intel's Raptor Lake offerings. On the other hand, AMD's top-of-the-line Ryzen 9 7945HX processor has been notably absent until now, when the processor made its Geekbench debut alongside an Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 laptop with 32 GB of 4,800 MT/s RAM. For reasons unknown, Geekbench has mislabeled the processor as "Raphael", its desktop counterpart.
The AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX scores 2,127 points on Geekbench's single-core test and 19,403 on the multi-core test. Compared to the last-gen Ryzen 9 6900HX (1,594/10,018), it represents a 33% increase in single-core performance and 93% in multi-core. Then again, comparing the two isn't fair, given the Ryzen 9 6900HX has a base TDP of 45 Watts while the Ryzen 9 7945HX is set at 55 Watts. Still, it is a testament to AMD's new Zen 4 CPU cores powering the Dragon Range processor.
Shifting focus to Intel's Raptor Lake-HX lineup, the AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX trades blows with the Intel Core i9-13980HX (2,103/19,885). While Geekbench isn't an ideal test for cross-platform comparison, it gives us a rough idea of how the hardware will perform in the real world. It looks like AMD could finally bring the fight to Intel's laptop chips this generation, although both will likely end up guzzling ungodly amounts of power. Our tests show the Core i9-13980HX's burst PL2 wattage going as high as 170 Watts, and it'll be interesting to see how the Ryzen 9 7945HX compares.