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Ryzen 5 5600U is putting pressure on Intel and its 11th gen Core series on midrange laptops

Ryzen 5 5600U is putting a lot of pressure on Intel and its 11th Core series in the sub $1000 USD price range (Image source: AMD)
Ryzen 5 5600U is putting a lot of pressure on Intel and its 11th Core series in the sub $1000 USD price range (Image source: AMD)
When AMD's midrange Ryzen 5 can handily outperform Intel's fastest Core i7 U-series lineup in the most important multi-thread workloads, then it becomes that much easier to recommend AMD over Intel in the budget to midrange laptop tiers.

AMD has been slowly but surely eating away at Intel's market share in the laptop world and its latest Zen 3 microarchitecture shows no signs of slowing down. The performance advantages in particular are hard to ignore especially after benchmarking the Ryzen 5 5600U CPU as even this AMD midrange offering can outperform Intel's best on numerous occasions.

Based on our time with the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14 running on a Ryzen 5 5600U, the 6-core AMD processor can offer anywhere between 70 to 100 percent faster multi-thread performance than the Core i7-1165G7, i7-1185G7, or even the i7-1195G7 according to CineBench benchmarks. Other applications dependent on multi-thread performance would subsequently favor the Ryzen 5 5600U by wide margins including HWBOT x265, 7-Zip, and Blender.

The performance delta can be mostly attributed to the differences in cores and threads between AMD and Intel U-series CPUs. Whereas the Ryzen 5 5600U integrates 6 cores and 12 threads (or even 8 cores and 16 threads on the Ryzen 7 5800U), the entire Intel 11th gen Core i7 U-series lineup is limited to 4 cores and 8 threads only. Benchmarks that don't depend on multi-thread CPU performance, such as single-thread operations or raw graphics, tend to favor Intel as a result. 3DMark and CineBench single-thread benchmarks for Intel are about 30 to 45 percent and 5 to 10 percent higher, respectively, when compared to the Ryzen 5 5600U.

If you're looking to maximize U-series processor performance, then an AMD model would be your best bet especially since they tend to retail for cheaper prices than Intel. On the other hand, users looking to maximize integrated graphics performance may want to consider an 11th gen Core i7 model instead. Intel no longer has the best of both worlds in this regard.

CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
CPU Performance Rating
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
79.5 pt ∼80%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
 
58.8 pt ∼59%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
 
58 pt ∼58%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
 
57.5 pt ∼58%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
 
51.6 pt ∼52%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
9345 (8734.61min - 9345.18max) Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (3610 - 6383, n=21)
5349 Points ∼57% -43%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (2525 - 6862, n=62)
5098 Points ∼55% -45%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (3142 - 6806, n=8)
4983 Points ∼53% -47%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (2786 - 6136, n=47)
4705 Points ∼50% -50%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (1251 - 1532, n=21)
1452 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (1290 - 1624, n=8)
1439 Points ∼99% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1110 - 1539, n=57)
1423 Points ∼98% +6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
1345 Points ∼93%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (1062 - 1373, n=45)
1319 Points ∼91% -2%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
3632 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (1425 - 2493, n=25)
2043 Points ∼56% -44%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1060 - 2657, n=79)
1963 Points ∼54% -46%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (1212 - 2590, n=8)
1893 Points ∼52% -48%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (979 - 2382, n=54)
1819 Points ∼50% -50%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (489 - 593, n=25)
559 Points ∼100% +5%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (498 - 620, n=8)
556 Points ∼99% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (442 - 589, n=79)
551 Points ∼99% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
533 Points ∼95%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (375 - 527, n=54)
506 Points ∼91% -5%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
1546 (1479.45min - 1545.71max) Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (617 - 1066, n=29)
866 Points ∼56% -44%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (574 - 999, n=8)
855 Points ∼55% -45%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (553 - 1027, n=84)
847 Points ∼55% -45%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (431 - 925, n=57)
792 Points ∼51% -49%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
220 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (198 - 238, n=7)
219 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (168 - 230, n=24)
216 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (115 - 230, n=76)
212 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (141.4 - 205, n=53)
194.3 Points ∼88% -12%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (473 - 1211, n=9)
706 Seconds * ∼100% -115%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (499 - 1044, n=52)
662 Seconds * ∼94% -102%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (468 - 1138, n=78)
616 Seconds * ∼87% -88%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (478 - 745, n=25)
586 Seconds * ∼83% -79%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
328 Seconds * ∼46%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
43071 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (18812 - 27693, n=24)
23382 MIPS ∼54% -46%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (17053 - 26183, n=8)
23359 MIPS ∼54% -46%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (15347 - 27405, n=78)
22946 MIPS ∼53% -47%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (14745 - 24873, n=54)
21421 MIPS ∼50% -50%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (5059 - 5497, n=8)
5348 MIPS ∼100% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
5248 MIPS ∼98%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (4478 - 5507, n=78)
5184 MIPS ∼97% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (3678 - 5507, n=24)
5114 MIPS ∼96% -3%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3924 - 4921, n=54)
4676 MIPS ∼87% -11%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
11.8 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (5.02 - 8.13, n=24)
6.58 fps ∼56% -44%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (4.23 - 8.8, n=8)
6.39 fps ∼54% -46%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (1.39 - 8.47, n=78)
6.31 fps ∼53% -47%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (3.57 - 7.6, n=49)
5.91 fps ∼50% -50%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
54.6 s * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (44.2 - 61.8, n=52)
52.4 s * ∼96% +4%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (41.3 - 61.7, n=23)
51 s * ∼93% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (21.5 - 88.1, n=76)
49.1 s * ∼90% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (39.2 - 50.2, n=8)
44.8 s * ∼82% +18%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average Intel Core i5-1135G7
  (0.619 - 0.727, n=51)
0.642 sec * ∼100% -17%
Average Intel Core i7-1165G7
  (0.552 - 1.002, n=78)
0.594 sec * ∼93% -8%
Average Intel Core i7-1185G7
  (0.55 - 0.615, n=24)
0.584 sec * ∼91% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-1195G7
  (0.552 - 0.611, n=8)
0.576 sec * ∼90% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
0.549 sec * ∼86%

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3DMark Performance Rating - Percent
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
 
100 pt ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
 
77.8 pt ∼78%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
76.9 pt ∼77%
Average Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
 
51 pt ∼51%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2901 - 5909, n=101)
4837 Points ∼100% +42%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (1990 - 4847, n=54)
3587 Points ∼74% +5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
3404 Points ∼70%
Average Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
  (1746 - 3114, n=5)
2266 Points ∼47% -33%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (783 - 1819, n=99)
1453 Points ∼100% +32%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (743 - 1511, n=53)
1128 Points ∼78% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
1100 Points ∼76%
Average Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
  (634 - 913, n=5)
746 Points ∼51% -32%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (880 - 2029, n=97)
1611 Points ∼100% +29%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (833 - 1689, n=53)
1261 Points ∼78% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
1251 Points ∼78%
Average Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
  (715 - 1018, n=5)
834 Points ∼52% -33%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2942 - 7115, n=91)
6364 Points ∼100% +19%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 14ACN6
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, AMD Ryzen 5 5600U
5338 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
  (3480 - 6120, n=51)
5176 Points ∼81% -3%
Average Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs
  (2972 - 3902, n=5)
3431 Points ∼54% -36%
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