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Our first Ryzen 5 1600 laptop is 50 percent faster than the common Core i7-7700HQ

Our first Ryzen 5 laptop is 50 percent faster than the common Core i7-7700HQ
Our first Ryzen 5 laptop is 50 percent faster than the common Core i7-7700HQ
The Ryzen 5 CPU is already available on desktops, but its implementation onto notebooks appears to have no major performance deficits.

AMD's Ryzen platform made its Summit Ridge notebook debut on last year's Asus Strix GL702ZC to surprising performance results. The following months saw the introduction of the more efficient Raven Ridge Ryzen 5 2500U onto models such as the HP Envy x360 15 and Acer Swift 3, but it wasn't until late January that we'd finally get our hands on another mobile Summit Ridge offering.

Our second Summit Ridge notebook carries the mainstream Ryzen 5 1600 as opposed to the performance-oriented Ryzen 7 1700 we benchmarked last year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Asus is our provider once again since the manufacturer has simply swapped out the socketed Ryzen 7 CPU in the GL702ZC with the Ryzen 5.

As shown by our comparison chart below, AMD's hexa-core Ryzen 5 1600 in our Asus GL702ZC performs nearly as fast as our reference desktop Ryzen 5 1600 in both single- and multi-threaded CineBench tests. Its multi-thread performance is particularly strong with a final score in between that of the quad-core Core i7-7700K and brand new hexa-core Core i7-8700K. In comparison, most gaming laptops sold today utilize either the Core i7-6700HQ or Core i7-7700HQ that are each about 35 percent slower than this mid-range AMD solution.

A notable drawback to the increased performance of the Ryzen 5 is its higher TDP. At 65 W, the CPU may demand a stronger cooling solution than the typical 45 W Intel HQ-class CPU or risk higher operating temperatures. Furthermore, single-thread performance is slightly slower than the Core i7-7700HQ due in part to the slightly higher clock rate of the Intel processor (3.6 GHz vs. 3.8 GHz). The adoption rate for AMD processors in gaming notebooks will likely remain niche for the time being since these Ryzen CPUs are socketed solutions, but it's refreshing to see more AMD-based gaming laptops nonetheless.

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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
190 Points ∼87%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
190 Points ∼87%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
167 Points ∼77%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼73%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
148 Points ∼68%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
144 Points ∼66%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
140 Points ∼64%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
131 Points ∼60%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1408 Points ∼32%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
1334 Points ∼30%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
1143 Points ∼26%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
1129 Points ∼26%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
941 (min: 921.89, max: 945.25) Points ∼22%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
897 Points ∼20%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
736 Points ∼17%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
514 Points ∼12%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
2.23 Points ∼91%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
2.19 Points ∼90%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
1.9 Points ∼78%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.8 Points ∼74%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
1.65 Points ∼68%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1.63 Points ∼67%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
1.55 Points ∼64%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.52 Points ∼62%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
15.76 Points ∼36%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
15.02 Points ∼34%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
12.57 Points ∼28%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
12.5 Points ∼28%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
10.99 Points ∼25%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
9.78 Points ∼22%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.1 Points ∼18%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.92 Points ∼13%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
7423 Points ∼69%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
7222 Points ∼67%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
6371 Points ∼59%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5929 Points ∼55%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5433 Points ∼50%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
4538 Points ∼42%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
4330 Points ∼40%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
4286 Points ∼40%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
39382 Points ∼60%
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
30921 Points ∼47%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
29330 Points ∼45%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
28189 Points ∼43%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
25970 Points ∼40%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
25561 Points ∼39%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21997 Points ∼34%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
17971 Points ∼28%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
23920 Points ∼30%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
19391 Points ∼24%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
3343 Points ∼69%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
3189 Points ∼65%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
19500 Points ∼65%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
17937 Points ∼60%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
15037 Points ∼50%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
4996 Points ∼83%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Asus Prime B350-PLUS
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
4130 Points ∼69%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
3542 Points ∼59%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
20500 Points ∼36%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
18457 Points ∼32%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
16235 Points ∼28%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Coffee Lake: i7-8700K and i5-8400 Review
Intel Core i5-8400
5104 Points ∼81%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
3884 Points ∼61%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
3611 Points ∼57%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (Edge 15)
1054.2 ms * ∼2%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (Edge 41)
1021.3 ms * ∼2%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Microsoft Edge 38.14393.0.0)
987.6 ms * ∼2%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
769.3 ms * ∼1%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K (Edge 41.16299.15.0)
753.3 ms * ∼1%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K (Edge 41.16299.15.0)
48562 Points ∼93%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Microsoft Edge 38.14393.0.0)
38290 Points ∼73%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (Edge 15)
32176 Points ∼61%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (Edge 41)
30668 Points ∼59%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K (Edge 41.16299.15.0)
333 Points ∼95%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
319.37 Points ∼91%
Asus Strix GL702VSK
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Microsoft Edge 38.14393.0.0)
246.9 Points ∼70%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700 (Edge 15)
227.9 Points ∼65%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (Edge 41)
218.36 Points ∼62%

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Allen Ngo, 2018-02- 6 (Update: 2018-02-19)
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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.