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Renoir laptops: Beating Intel at a third of the price, half the weight, and a fraction of the power

Renoir APUs are monolithic, which can help with thermals and on-chip latency. (Source: AMD)
Renoir APUs are monolithic, which can help with thermals and on-chip latency. (Source: AMD)
AMD's latest mobile processor offerings have left Intel a bit red in the face - and for good reason. Renoir has brought significant performance improvements across the board, largely in the form of efficiency improvements. However, there is still one question to be asked: To what extent is AMD outperforming Intel's current offerings?
Loki Rautio, 👁 Daniel R Deakin, 🇩🇪

It's been quite some time since AMD's latest mobile chips were announced. Since then, they've impressed us in our testing across a number of laptops. We've recorded budget laptops performing at levels that rival (or even beat) laptops twice the price. AMD has certainly shaken up the laptop industry, delivering industry-leading performance in market segments you wouldn't expect.

It's no surprise to enthusiasts that AMD's Renoir processors are delivering performance above Intel's Ice Lake or Comet Lake offerings. Using all of the Renoir laptop benchmark data we've taken, let's take a look at the full picture and see where AMD stands.

H-series Processors

AMD's H-series Zen 2 mobile processors have been performing quite handsomely in our testing, propelling themselves high enough above Intel's current offerings to the point where team blue has tried to discount the value of benchmarks. However, we find benchmarks to be very important for making objective comparisons between laptops and other devices. Since Intel has yet to detail a proper alternative to them, let's take a look at some benchmarks and see if we can find what has Intel concerned.

Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
511 Points ∼100%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
509 Points ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
495 Points ∼97%
Eluktronics RP-15
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
489 Points ∼96%
Aorus 17G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
486 Points ∼95%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
478 Points ∼94%
CPU (Multi Core)
Eluktronics RP-15
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
4663 Points ∼100%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
4463 Points ∼96%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
4288 Points ∼92%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
4136 Points ∼89%
Aorus 17G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
3823 Points ∼82%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
3801 Points ∼82%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
215 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
213 Points ∼99%
Aorus 17G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
203 Points ∼94%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
195 Points ∼91%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
193 Points ∼90%
Eluktronics RP-15
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
189 Points ∼88%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eluktronics RP-15
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
1995 (1946.66min - 1995.21max) Points ∼100%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
1962 Points ∼98%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
1863 Points ∼93%
Aorus 17G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
1833 (1597.83min - 1832.68max) Points ∼92%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
1818 (1544.4min - 1818.6max) Points ∼91%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
1754 Points ∼88%
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
93.79 s * ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
88.237 s * ∼94%

* ... smaller is better

The performance differences here are fairly obvious. At the top of our Cinebench R20 multi-core scoreboard, we have the Renoir-powered Eluktronics RP-15, a 15-inch Tongfang-manufactured laptop weighing in at only 1.9 kg. Trailing behind by 4% in the same benchmark we have the Clevo-manufactured Eurocom Sky X4C equipped with an Intel Core i9-9900KS. The Sky X4C weighs in at almost double of what the RP-15 does at 3.6 kg, as well as having a much larger footprint at the same screen size. The performance we can see out of the Renoir laptop here is quite impressive.

Things get even more embarrassing for Intel when you look at the third place from the top. Here you see a 14-inch laptop, the Asus Zephyrus G14, equipped with the 35 watt Ryzen 9 4900HS falling just 4% short of the Sky X4C. Even more impressive is the weight difference, which is so substantial that it practically breaks our size comparison tool: The G14's weight is so small it's nearly impossible to read. Considering that the X4C is over double the laptop's weight and dwarfs the G14 when comparing the overall size of the laptops, it's clear that Intel has some catching up to do.

Additionally, based on our stress test data collected for the Eurocom and Eluktronics laptops, the RP-15 beats the Sky X4C by 4% while consuming roughly 40% less power (approx. 70 watts on the RP-15 versus approx. 120 watts on the X4C). The gap in power consumption here is considerable, only further hammering home the benefits of Zen 2's efficiency. Of course, it's important to consider that the Intel Core i9-9900KS used in the Sky X4C is a desktop processor and isn't binned for efficiency. Regardless, it's impressive to see desktop-grade performance out of a laptop as slim as the Eluktronics RP-15. It would be worth mentioning the Zephyrus G14's power consumption on the CPU as well, but unfortunately, we don't have that data available.

Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS stress test results
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS stress test results
Eluktronics RP-15 Ryzen 7 4800H stress test results
Eluktronics RP-15 Ryzen 7 4800H stress test results

Of course, single-core performance is still worth mentioning. Intel still holds the crown when it comes to single-core performance, although the importance of that has been greatly diminished in recent times as utilizing multiple cores has become more common. Unfortunately for team blue, the minuscule difference the chips have in single-core performance likely won't be enough to set Intel ahead in any practical workloads. Plus, we only see better single-core performance out of some of the highest-end, most expensive Intel hardware in our data.

Regarding pricing, a reasonable configuration of the RP-15 will set you back around $1,200. On the Intel side, the Sky X4C we tested could set you back more than triple that price at $3,800. Even the Dell Alienware m17 R2 costs much more, with our tested model priced at $3,900 while performing 13% worse than the RP-15. What does triple your money get you from these Intel laptops? Let's take a look at the graphics benchmark performance of these laptops.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
9854 Points ∼100%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
8479 Points ∼86%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
7829 Points ∼79%
Aorus 17G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
7358 Points ∼75%
Eluktronics RP-15
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
6280 Points ∼64%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
5850 Points ∼59%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
10012 Points ∼100%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
8604 Points ∼86%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
8066 Points ∼81%
Aorus 17G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
7633 Points ∼76%
Eluktronics RP-15
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
6600 Points ∼66%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
6171 Points ∼62%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
25497 Points ∼100%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
22391 Points ∼88%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
21121 Points ∼83%
Aorus 17G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
21004 Points ∼82%
Eluktronics RP-15
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
16808 Points ∼66%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
15650 Points ∼61%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
Intel Core i9-9900KS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
22556 Points ∼100%
Alienware m17 R2 P41E
Intel Core i9-9980HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
19583 Points ∼87%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB-8DE51B0SP
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
18947 Points ∼84%
Aorus 17G XB
Intel Core i7-10875H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
18852 Points ∼84%
Eluktronics RP-15
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
15476 Points ∼69%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV
AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
14649 Points ∼65%

From these scores, it's fairly clear that the faster GPUs being used in these laptops help rather significantly in 3DMark. Considering that these are gaming laptops, this was a fairly obvious outcome and isn't exactly indicative of the CPU's performance. At the time of writing, we have yet to see any Renoir-powered laptops equipped with anything better than an Nvidia RTX 2060 Mobile. While this is disappointing, it's understandable that OEMs wouldn't want to jump head-first into developing laptops with these brand-new chips. It would be far from surprising to see Ryzen laptops become much more powerful in this regard in the coming months, or even later next year.

U-series Processors

Conveniently, both AMD and Intel use the same naming scheme when it comes to their ULV processors. U-series processors are built with efficiency at the forefront and are designed to squeeze the most performance they can out of as little power as possible.   

In the data shown below, we can see that our Renoir U-series laptops tested roughly the same in both Cinebench R20 and R15 single-core testing, only varying by a handful of points between each other.

Multi-core is where things get interesting. Despite our rather small sample size, our data does a good job of showing how much of a difference cooler designs can make. For instance, the same chip found in the HP Envy x360 13 can be found in the Lenovo Flex 5 performing 15% better in a Cinebench R20 run. The difference in size and footprint could be a factor, but it's also worth considering that the HP ProBook 445 G7 only beats the 13-inch Envy by 5% in our tests.

Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
466 Points ∼100%
HP ProBook 455 G7-175W8EA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
462 Points ∼99%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
453 Points ∼97%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
451 Points ∼97%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
447 Points ∼96%
Lenovo Flex 5 14 AMD 81X20005US
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
446 Points ∼96%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
427 Points ∼92%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
424 Points ∼91%
CPU (Multi Core)
HP ProBook 455 G7-175W8EA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2601 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Flex 5 14 AMD 81X20005US
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2530 Points ∼97%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2440 Points ∼94%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2401 Points ∼92%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2401 Points ∼92%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2208 Points ∼85%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2095 Points ∼81%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
1432 Points ∼55%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP ProBook 455 G7-175W8EA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
181 Points ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
180 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
176 Points ∼97%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
175 Points ∼97%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
174 Points ∼96%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
173 Points ∼96%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
165 Points ∼91%
Lenovo Flex 5 14 AMD 81X20005US
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
156 Points ∼86%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP ProBook 455 G7-175W8EA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1050 Points ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1035 Points ∼99%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
973 Points ∼93%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
966 (866.27min - 966.32max) Points ∼92%
Lenovo Flex 5 14 AMD 81X20005US
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
938 Points ∼89%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
894 (743.73min - 893.95max) Points ∼85%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
835 (768.42min - 834.85max) Points ∼80%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
580 Points ∼55%

Regardless of the thermal situation, the scores we can see out of these laptops are quite impressive. The upper end of our scores (see below) could easily be mistaken for 45 watt Intel processors if we simply omitted the specs. Below, several laptops featuring Intel's H-series processors have been added to demonstrate this.

Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
2643 Points ∼100%
HP ProBook 455 G7-175W8EA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2601 Points ∼98%
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
2562 Points ∼97%
Lenovo Flex 5 14 AMD 81X20005US
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2530 Points ∼96%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2440 Points ∼92%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
2410 Points ∼91%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2401 Points ∼91%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2401 Points ∼91%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2208 Points ∼84%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2095 Points ∼79%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2024 Points ∼77%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1883 Points ∼71%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1799 Points ∼68%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
1432 Points ∼54%
HP 15s-fq1440ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1360 Points ∼51%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10710U
1181 Points ∼45%
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
1231 Points ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad S740-15IRH
Intel Core i7-9750H
1138 Points ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2019 20QV000WGE
Intel Core i7-9750H
1074 (967.16min - 1074.4max) Points ∼87%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
1051 Points ∼85%
HP ProBook 455 G7-175W8EA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1050 Points ∼85%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1035 Points ∼84%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-54-78TL
Intel Core i7-9750H
979 Points ∼80%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
973 Points ∼79%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
966 (866.27min - 966.32max) Points ∼78%
Lenovo Flex 5 14 AMD 81X20005US
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
938 Points ∼76%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
894 (743.73min - 893.95max) Points ∼73%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
835 (768.42min - 834.85max) Points ∼68%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
830 Points ∼67%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
750 Points ∼61%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
740 (693min - 740max) Points ∼60%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
720 (659min - 720max) Points ∼58%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
733 Points ∼60%
HP 15s-fq1440ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
639.84 (494.21min - 639.84max) Points ∼52%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
580 Points ∼47%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10710U
513 (528.77min - 559.75max) Points ∼42%
wPrime 2.10 - 1024m
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
265.654 s * ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
232.895 s * ∼88%
Lenovo Flex 5 14 AMD 81X20005US
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
173.4 s * ∼65%
Dell XPS 13 7390 Core i7-10710U
Intel Core i7-10710U
171.101 s * ∼64%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
170.4 s * ∼64%

* ... smaller is better

The worst result from Intel in this dataset is from the MSI Modern 14. The 6-core, 12-thread processor in the MSI is beaten by the 4-core, 4-thread processor in the Acer Swift 3 by a whole 21%. Considering that around 20% qualifies as a "generational" improvement by some standards, getting beaten by that much goes to show the massive improvements in these latest AMD Ryzen CPUs. That's not even mentioning the fact that the Intel CPU has three times more threads to work with compared to the AMD CPU. 

These efficient APUs nearly match the scores of Intel's 45 watt chips despite having half the threads in some cases. We'll likely see even larger margins in performance when SMT-enabled Renoir laptops begin to roll out, most notably with Ryzen 5 4600U and Ryzen 7 4800U APUs.

Ice Lake is pretty much crushed by Renoir in our testing. However, much of that could be attributed to the increased core count on most of our test devices. These Renoir laptops don't have SMT enabled, however, leaving them ultimately with fewer threads. This could explain why the 4-core, 4-thread Ryzen 3 4300U is beaten by Ice Lake with a substantial margin. Regardless, many of these Renoir laptops can be found at prices matching or lower than these Ice Lake laptops. If speed is all you're going for, Ice Lake might not be the best choice at this point.

Of course, the graphical prowess of AMD's integrated Vega graphics can't be ignored. Since even the lowest end integrated GPU from these Renoir APUs would beat, say, Intel UHD Graphics 630, we'll be spending our time comparing Iris Plus Graphics and Vega graphics.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
973 Points ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
852 Points ∼88%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
847 Points ∼87%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
835 Points ∼86%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
833 Points ∼86%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
824 Points ∼85%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
821 Points ∼84%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
783 Points ∼80%
HP ProBook 455 G7-175W8EA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
742 Points ∼76%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
733 Points ∼75%
Lenovo Yoga S740-14IIL-81RS001DGE
Intel Core i5-1035G4
646 Points ∼66%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Core i5-1035G4
Intel Core i5-1035G4
619 Points ∼64%
HP 15s-fq1440ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
563 Points ∼58%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL
Intel Core i7-1065G7
3156 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
3144 Points ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
3134 Points ∼99%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
3062 Points ∼97%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
2950 Points ∼93%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2876 Points ∼91%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2854 Points ∼90%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2656 Points ∼84%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
2438 Points ∼77%
HP ProBook 455 G7-175W8EA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2425 Points ∼77%
HP ProBook 445 G7 175W4EA
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2313 Points ∼73%
Lenovo Yoga S740-14IIL-81RS001DGE
Intel Core i5-1035G4
2230 Points ∼71%
Acer Swift 3 SF313-52-52AS
Intel Core i5-1035G4
1995 Points ∼63%
HP 15s-fq1440ng
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1809 Points ∼57%

Vega and Iris Plus Graphics are fairly close in performance. The Vega 5 graphics featured on the Ryzen 3 4300U beat our best Iris Plus G4 score by 13%. Vega 6, featured in the Ryzen 5 4500U, just about matches Iris Plus G7 in Time Spy. Overall, the Ryzen 7 4700U tops the charts, beating one of our best Ice Lake Time Spy scores by 15%.

However, things are a bit more scattered when looking at Fire Strike scores. Interestingly, while the Ryzen 7 4700U's Vega 7 graphics beat one of our best Iris Plus G7 scores by 15%, Vega 7 only just matches Iris Plus G7 in Fire Strike. It's important to note that Fire Strike is a much older benchmark than Time Spy, so it's realistic to assume that software support for Vega graphics is much better in Time Spy. Fire Strike is over seven years old at this point, so it would make plenty of sense if this was the case.

Overall, at least in modern titles that can properly take advantage of AMD's Vega integrated graphics, you can expect performance matching or beating Intel's Ice Lake graphics solution. It's worth noting that with Tiger Lake and its substantial performance gains on the horizon, AMD could be dethroned in this regard. This kind of competition is always nice to see, and we're expecting AMD and Intel to continue this battle for the best integrated graphics solution going forward. 

One of the key perks of high-end integrated graphics is the decreased relevance of low-end dedicated graphics cards, such as the Nvidia GeForce MX350.

3DMark - 2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15IIL05
Intel Core i5-1035G1, GeForce MX350
1370 Points ∼100%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, GeForce MX250
1164 Points ∼85%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U, GeForce MX250
1160 Points ∼85%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
Intel Core i7-8565U, GeForce MX250
1111 Points ∼81%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
973 Points ∼71%
Asus ZenBook Duo UX481FL
Intel Core i7-10510U, GeForce MX250
888 Points ∼65%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6 R4000
852 Points ∼62%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
847 Points ∼62%
Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL 81Q9
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
825 Points ∼60%
Dell XPS 13 9300 Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
824 Points ∼60%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6 R4000
821 Points ∼60%
Xiaomi RedmiBook 16 R5
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, Vega 6 R4000
783 Points ∼57%
HP ProBook 455 G7-175W8EA
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, Vega 7
742 Points ∼54%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U, Vega 5
733 Points ∼54%

Currently, we anticipate Tiger Lake to bring significant gains in performance. Some preliminary information we've seen suggests that performance could be anywhere around 40% better than Vega 8, which would put Tiger Lake well ahead of our GeForce MX250 data, and only around 15% worse than an MX350. Those numbers are almost clean enough to have slid off some Intel marketing material, but that's just how things worked out here.

Of course, with any comparison of Nvidia GPUs, it's worth noting that the TDP for these Nvidia cards can vary between 10 and 25 watts. The difference between devices could be anywhere up to 150% more power being used, so performance will vary rather dramatically depending on where the TDP was configured on any given laptop. Regardless, that doesn't interfere with the point being made here, plus the consistent performance in our MX250 data suggests they're all operating at the same TDP.

Conclusion

Renoir has certainly shaken things up in the laptop space. The sheer amount of raw performance available in mid-range devices is quite significant, especially considering that CPU performance only previously considered possible in bulky gaming laptops is plenty accessible in slimmer, lighter, and overall smaller form-factor devices.

With Intel's Tiger Lake on the horizon, it will be interesting to see how AMD responds to Intel's latest mobile chips. Considering that Tiger Lake is supposed to bring GPU performance in excess of an Nvidia GeForce MX250 (as noted earlier), choosing between AMD and Intel might not be as obvious of a decision. We're looking forward to even more advancements in performance in the laptop space in the near future, regardless of who delivers it.

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Loki Rautio, 2020-07-18 (Update: 2020-07-18)
Loki Rautio
Loki Rautio - News Editor
When I was 9, I tried to modify a PC game. The mod I made worked (mostly) and sparked my current, intense interest in software development. A few years later, that interest led me to experiment with all kinds of tech around the house, which has ultimately given me an eye for small, but substantial, problems in devices and software. I'm now writing articles about technology and its nuances for Notebookcheck.