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Tiger Lake-H has put Intel back on track in its fight against AMD's Zen series

Tiger Lake-H has put Intel back on track in its fight against AMD's Zen series
Tiger Lake-H has put Intel back on track in its fight against AMD's Zen series
The blue chipmaker has successfully closed the gaping performance gap between its Core-H CPUs and AMD's competing Zen series with the launch of 11th gen Tiger Lake-H. Auxiliary features like native support for Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe 4 are icing on the cake in favor of Intel.
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AMD rocked the world of gaming laptops last year when it introduced its Zen 2 series of H-series CPUs. The 7 nm processors would represent a huge leap from the original Zen series to the point where they could allow even 14-inch form factors to outperform larger 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch Intel Coffee Lake-H or Comet Lake-H systems. It wasn't a good look for Intel when a regular Ryzen 7 4800H could rival the significantly pricier Core i9-9880H or i9-10880H.

With 11th gen Tiger Lake-H laptops hitting store shelves this month, Intel finally has a proper answer to the seemingly uncontested Zen 2 and Zen 3 series. Our first test models equipped with the 11th gen Core i7-11800H are returning multi-thread performance numbers that are 40 to 50 percent faster than the 10th gen i7-10875H. Meanwhile, single-thread gains are smaller but still notable at about 20 percent.

The gen-to-gen upticks over Intel's last generation CPUs are enough to put the i7-11800H neck-to-neck with the latest AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 9 5900HS or 5900HX. Our table below compares the average scores of all laptops in our database equipped with the associated CPUs to show that the i7-11800H is within just a few percentage points of the aforementioned Ryzen CPUs in most cases.

We've yet to test many laptops with the Core i9-11950H or i9-11980HK which should offer even faster performance than the i7-11800H at least on paper.

Outside of raw performance, the newer Intel CPUs include support for both Thunderbolt 4 and PCIe 4 compared to only PCIe 3 and no Thunderbolt at all of the AMD CPUs. Such high-end features won't matter very much to the majority of users, but they certainly give enthusiasts more reasons to skip AMD this time around.

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Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM Intel Core i7-11800H; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1997 (1963.38-2095.12)
Asus Zephyrus S15 GX502L Intel Core i7-10875H; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1627 (1603.72-1663.62)
Schenker XMG Core 15 Ampere AMD Ryzen 7 4800H; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1889 (1855.2-1933.08)
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition AMD Ryzen 7 5800H; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1977 (1921.88-2004.51)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R23: 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 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
5182 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (4733 - 5058, n=2)
4896 Points ∼94% -6%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (2242 - 5476, n=15)
4875 Points ∼94% -6%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (4172 - 5020, n=16)
4698 Points ∼91% -9%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
  (4349 - 4953, n=2)
4651 Points ∼90% -10%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (3306 - 5408, n=25)
4588 Points ∼89% -11%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (3692 - 4663, n=18)
4275 Points ∼82% -18%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
 
3869 Points ∼75% -25%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (1986 - 4176, n=32)
3455 Points ∼67% -33%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
  (601 - 604, n=2)
603 Points ∼100% +4%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
582 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (520 - 586, n=22)
572 Points ∼95% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (471 - 584, n=14)
568 Points ∼94% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (560 - 568, n=2)
564 Points ∼94% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (502 - 559, n=15)
549 Points ∼91% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (430 - 524, n=32)
486 Points ∼81% -16%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (462 - 491, n=17)
482 Points ∼80% -17%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
 
482 Points ∼80% -17%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
13445 (12565.7min - 13444.6max) Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (12333 - 13158, n=2)
12746 Points ∼95% -5%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
 
12629 Points ∼94% -6%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (6622 - 14363, n=15)
12621 Points ∼94% -6%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (10097 - 13214, n=14)
12181 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (8447 - 14088, n=23)
11875 Points ∼88% -12%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (9644 - 11642, n=4)
10889 Points ∼81% -19%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (5135 - 9809, n=6)
8108 Points ∼60% -40%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
 
1529 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
1509 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (1386 - 1520, n=21)
1490 Points ∼97% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (1457 - 1483, n=2)
1470 Points ∼96% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (1218 - 1498, n=14)
1460 Points ∼95% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (1294 - 1441, n=14)
1408 Points ∼92% -7%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (1248 - 1259, n=4)
1254 Points ∼82% -17%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (1100 - 1270, n=6)
1222 Points ∼80% -19%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
2095 (1963.38min - 2095.12max) Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
 
2083 Points ∼99% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (1076 - 2267, n=14)
2070 Points ∼99% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (2020 - 2098, n=2)
2059 Points ∼98% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (1920 - 2119, n=14)
2020 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (1342 - 2173, n=24)
1934 Points ∼92% -8%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (1652 - 1995, n=21)
1859 Points ∼89% -11%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
  (1634 - 1767, n=2)
1701 Points ∼81% -19%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (1003 - 1833, n=38)
1554 Points ∼74% -26%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
 
243 Points ∼100% +6%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (197 - 242, n=10)
234 Points ∼96% +2%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
229 Points ∼94%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (209 - 234, n=14)
228 Points ∼94% 0%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (204 - 230, n=21)
225 Points ∼93% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (211 - 235, n=2)
223 Points ∼92% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (190 - 220, n=37)
204 Points ∼84% -11%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (186 - 191, n=15)
188 Points ∼77% -18%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
  (186 - 187, n=2)
187 Points ∼77% -18%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (259 - 535, n=30)
327 Seconds * ∼100% -39%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
 
284 Seconds * ∼87% -21%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (217 - 342, n=21)
266 Seconds * ∼81% -13%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (248 - 299, n=15)
266 Seconds * ∼81% -13%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (237 - 268, n=14)
252 Seconds * ∼77% -7%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (219 - 442, n=14)
252 Seconds * ∼77% -7%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
 
246 Seconds * ∼75% -5%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (233 - 249, n=2)
241 Seconds * ∼74% -3%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
235 Seconds * ∼72%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
5659 MIPS ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (5637 - 5669, n=2)
5653 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (4791 - 5846, n=14)
5638 MIPS ∼100% 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
 
5623 MIPS ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (5138 - 5716, n=21)
5470 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (5038 - 5632, n=14)
5470 MIPS ∼97% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (5071 - 5780, n=31)
5360 MIPS ∼95% -5%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (4575 - 4743, n=15)
4678 MIPS ∼83% -17%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
 
4655 MIPS ∼82% -18%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (55697 - 59680, n=2)
57689 MIPS ∼100% +13%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
 
57319 MIPS ∼99% +12%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (36011 - 62503, n=14)
57031 MIPS ∼99% +12%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (52444 - 57284, n=14)
54867 MIPS ∼95% +7%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
51046 MIPS ∼88%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (44827 - 53883, n=15)
49860 MIPS ∼86% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (38156 - 56758, n=21)
49293 MIPS ∼85% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
 
48392 MIPS ∼84% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (29844 - 49562, n=31)
43117 MIPS ∼75% -16%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
15.6 fps ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (8.26 - 17.1, n=14)
15.2 fps ∼97% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
 
15.2 fps ∼97% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (13.4 - 16.1, n=14)
14.8 fps ∼95% -5%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (13.8 - 15.3, n=2)
14.6 fps ∼94% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (10.5 - 17.4, n=21)
14.1 fps ∼90% -10%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (10.8 - 14.1, n=16)
12.6 fps ∼81% -19%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
 
12 fps ∼77% -23%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (7.27 - 14.1, n=27)
11.7 fps ∼75% -25%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
 
71.9 s * ∼100% -62%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (47.4 - 113, n=14)
69.2 s * ∼96% -56%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (28.6 - 95.8, n=14)
63.8 s * ∼89% -43%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
 
56.7 s * ∼79% -27%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (51.9 - 54.9, n=2)
53.4 s * ∼74% -20%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (30.2 - 84.3, n=30)
50.3 s * ∼70% -13%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (44.1 - 58.9, n=14)
50 s * ∼70% -12%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (38.6 - 50.7, n=21)
45.9 s * ∼64% -3%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
44.5 s * ∼62%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (0.546 - 0.662, n=29)
0.582 sec * ∼100% -5%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS
 
0.58 sec * ∼100% -4%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  (0.562 - 0.603, n=15)
0.579 sec * ∼99% -4%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H
  (0.548 - 0.605, n=21)
0.566 sec * ∼97% -2%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.556 sec * ∼96%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (0.512 - 0.559, n=13)
0.527 sec * ∼91% +5%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
  (0.51 - 0.538, n=2)
0.524 sec * ∼90% +6%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  (0.4907 - 0.599, n=14)
0.516 sec * ∼89% +7%
Average AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS
 
0.504 sec * ∼87% +9%

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