Phenomenal Ryzen 9 7945HX multi-core performance beats Core i9-12900HX by 52% in official AMD Dragon Range marketing slides
AMD revealed the Zen 4 Ryzen 7045HX “Dragon Range” processors at CES 2023. The lineup includes the 16-core Ryzen 9 7945HX, 12-core Ryzen 9 7845HX, 8-core Ryzen 7 7745HX, and 6-core Ryzen 5 7645HX. Team Red claimed at CES that the Ryzen 7045HX chips would bring noticeable performance bumps over Zen 3 mobile parts. For instance, the Ryzen 9 7945HX is reportedly up to 78% faster than the Ryzen 9 6900HX in multi-core workloads.
Giving credibility to AMD’s claims, the Cinebench R23 numbers of the Ryzen 7 7745HX leaked a few days ago giving us a look at the chip's Core i9-12950HX-rivaling performance. Thanks to official marketing material from AMD (via VideoCardz), we now have an idea about the Dragon Range APUs’ performance in relation to the competing Intel Alder Lake CPUs.
For added context, AMD apparently made the comparisons in December 2022 which is why the company is pitting the Ryzen 7045HX chips against the 12th gen Alder Lake parts and not the latest 13th gen Raptor Lake processors. Furthermore, all the Ryzen 7045HX processors were paired with 32 GB of DDR5-5200 memory while the Alder Lake CPUs were paired with 16 GB of DDR5-4800.
Additionally, AMD envisions the Ryzen 9 7945HX and the Ryzen 9 7845HX as direct competitors to the Core i9-12900HX, while the Ryzen 7 7745HX and the Ryzen 5 7645HX are meant to go up against the Alder Lake Core i7 and Core i5 H/HX SKUs respectively.
Moving on to the benchmarks, the Ryzen 9 7945HX appears to perform up to 2% and a whopping 52% better vs the Core i9-12900HX in Cinebench R23’s single and multi-core benchmarks respectively. The Ryzen 7 7745HX trumped the Core i7-12700H by 6% in single-core and by 25% in multi-core Cinebench R23 runs. Finally, the Ryzen 5 7645HX managed to beat the Core i5-12500H in Cinbench R23's single-threaded and multi-threaded benchmarks by 7% and 9% according to AMD’s charts.
It needs to be said that official 1st-party benchmark results rarely tell the entire story. So, until laptops with the Dragon Range chips are tested by reviewers, take these numbers from AMD with a grain of salt.