Intel Core i7-1165G7 vs AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
Intel Core i7-1165G7► remove from comparison
The Intel Core i7-1165G7 is an upper mid-range, quad-core SoC designed for use in ultra-thin laptops. The Tiger Lake-UP3 processor was unveiled in September 2020; its Hyper-Threading-enabled Willow Cove CPU cores run at 2.8 GHz (base clock speed @ 28 W TDP) to 4.7 GHz (single-core Boost frequency). The all-core Boost frequency sits at 4.1 GHz. This i7 was the second-fastest CPU of TGL-UP3 line-up when Intel initially launched the series in 2020.
The i7 is ever-so-slightly inferior to Intel Core i7-1185G7 in that the vPro support is nowhere to be found, the clock speeds are lower, and the iGPU's clock speed is a little lower as well.
A sizeable performance-per-MHz boost is one of the many benefits of Tiger Lake generation compared to the older Ice Lake and Comet Lake product families. Core i7-1165G7 is compatible with dual-channel DDR4-3200 or quad-channel LPDDR4x-4267 RAM; Intel recommends using no more than 64 GB, for reference. The processor also supports PCI-Express 4.0 (4 lanes) and is capable of HW-accelerating certain AI workloads. Thunderbolt 4, USB 4 and Wi-Fi 6 support is partially baked into the chip. Four PCI-Express 4.0 lanes allow for read/write rates of up to 7.9 GB/s, provided a suitably fast NVMe SSD is used.
The i7 is manufactured on the second-gen 10 nm Intel process marketed as SuperFin that is supposedly comparable to TSMC's 7 nm process, the one Ryzen 4000 and Ryzen 5000 series processors are manufactured on. Both the CPU cores and the iGPU have access to 12 MB of L3 cache. The SoC is supposed to be soldered straight on to the motherboard (BGA1449 socket interface); it is thus anything but user-replaceable.
The average Core i7-1165G7 in our database is just as fast as Intel's Core i7-8559U, Core i7-10610U, Core i5-10300H when under multi-core load. Single-thread benchmarks reveal the i7 to be just as fast as Intel's Core i7-11370H and Core i9-10900K or AMD's Ryzen 5 5600H, Ryzen 7 5800X. This is a very decent CPU; provided the long-term Power Limit is high enough (> 30 W) and the cooling solution is a good one, the i7 will have no trouble chewing through some light video editing and 3D rendering job on the go with a bit of gaming possible as well (even if there is no dedicated graphics card). More on this below.
The Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96 EUs) is based on Intel's Generation 12 architecture. It is a lot faster than the older Iris Plus G7 (Ice Lake) and UHD Graphics 620 (Comet Lake) solutions. The Xe has 96 Execution Units running at 400 MHz to 1,300 MHz, in the case of this Core i7.
The graphics adapter can drive up to 4 monitors in resolutions as high as SUHD [email protected] simultaneously, and the built-in video decoder is AV1-friendly. It will happily decode most other video codecs including HEVC, AVC, VP9, MPEG-2 and so on, too.
The Xe will let you play most games at 1080p / Low quality preset. It's nearly as fast as NVIDIA's GeForce MX350, surpassing anything we have seen from AMD's integrated graphics thus far. It is paramount that fast RAM is used as the iGPU has no VRAM of its own, and, much like with the CPU performance, Power Limits should be high and cooling solution should be decently competent.
The 10 nm manufacturing process and the low core count render the i7 relatively energy-efficient. i7-1165G7 has a default TDP of 12 W to 28 W (OEMs get to set the value according to their needs), thus making the Core i7 a good fit for ultra-portable laptops and high-end tablets alike. The CPU will have performance sustainability issues if cooled passively which is something for OEMs to keep in mind.
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U► remove from comparison
The AMD Ryzen 5 4500U is an upper mid-range, hexa-core processor of the Renoir product family. The APU was unveiled in H1 2020; it is designed for use in thinner, lighter laptops. Its six Zen 2 CPU cores run at 2.3 GHz (base clock speed) to 4.0 GHz (highest Boost frequency possible). Ryzen 5 4500U features the Vega 6 iGPU.
The sole advantage of Ryzen 5 4600U over Ryzen 5 4500U is the thread-doubling SMT technology support. The former has SMT while the latter does not.
Zen 2 is a resounding success, delivering massive improvements over outgoing Zen Plus-based processors. Ryzen 5 4500U is manufactured on the cutting-edge 7 nm TSMC process; it is compatible with dual-channel DDR4-3200 or quad-channel LPDDR4-4266 memory. This processor has 8 MB of Level 3 cache.
While the APU uses Zen 2 cores just like the desktop-grade Ryzen 3000-series processors do, Ryzen 7 3800XT included, it does does not have PCI-Express 4.0 support. It does feature several PCI-Express 3.0 lanes for connecting discrete graphics cards, SSDs and other devices. Four PCI-Express 3.0 lanes allow for read/write rates of up to 3.9 GB/s provided a suitably fast NVMe SSD is used.
Ryzen 5 4500U gets soldered permanently on to the motherboard (FP6 socket interface) and is anything but user-replaceable.
The average Ryzen 5 4500U in our database outpaces Intel's Core i7-1065G7 (4 cores; up to 3.9 GHz), the fastest consumer-level Ice Lake-U family processor, by a comfortable margin while understandably being noticeably slower than the octa-core Ryzen 7 4700U and Ryzen 7 4800U. In fact, the Ryzen 5's real-world performance approaches that of entry-level H-class Intel Core CPUs such as the i5-9300H and i5-11300H. This is a very potent 15 W CPU delivering an undeniably impressive performance jump over the outgoing Ryzen 5 3500U.
Your mileage may vary depending on how high the Power Limits and how competent the cooling solution of a laptop are.
Just like its name suggests, the Radeon RX Vega 6 graphics adapter has 6 Compute Units (6 x 64 = 384 unified shaders). In the case of Ryzen 5 4500U, this graphics adapter runs at up to 1,500 MHz. The iGPU definitely supports UHD 2160p monitors at 60 Hz; it will have no trouble HW-decoding HEVC, AVC, VP9, MPEG-2 and other widespread video codecs. AV1 is not supported though; such a video will have to be software-decoded for much lower energy efficiency.
Vega 6 will let you play many titles of 2020 and 2021 as long as you stick to low settings and low resolutions. F1 2021 (720p, Low) runs at 32 fps; Outriders (720p, Low) runs at 27 fps, to give you an example or two. As the iGPU has no VRAM of its own, it is paramount that fast system RAM is used.
Laptop-grade Ryzen 4000-series processors are rather energy-efficient thanks to the cutting-edge 7 nm process and the mature architecture. Ryzen 5 4500U has a default TDP (also known as the long-term Power Limit) of 15 W that can be changed to anywhere between 10 W and 25 W by an OEM. This makes the chip a good fit for thinner, lighter laptops (with an active cooling solution, preferably) as well as gaming consoles, mini-PCs and other gadgetry.
|Model||Intel Core i7-1165G7||AMD Ryzen 5 4500U|
|Series||Intel Tiger Lake||AMD Renoir (Ryzen 4000 APU)|
|Codename||Tiger Lake UP3||Renoir (Zen 2)|
|Series: Renoir (Ryzen 4000 APU) Renoir (Zen 2)|
|Clock||2800 - 4700 MHz||2300 - 4000 MHz|
|L1 Cache||320 KB||384 KB|
|L2 Cache||5 MB||3 MB|
|L3 Cache||12 MB||8 MB|
|Cores / Threads||4 / 8||6 / 6|
|TDP||28 Watt||15 Watt|
|Technology||10 nm||7 nm|
|max. Temp.||100 °C||105 °C|
|Features||DL Boost, GNA, Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), Thunderbolt 4, DDR4-3200 / LPDDR4x-4266||XFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT|
|iGPU||Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs (400 - 1300 MHz)||AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000) ( - 1500 MHz)|
|Manufacturer||Intel Tiger Lake i7-1165G7||AMD Renoir (Ryzen 4000 APU) R5 4500U|