Intel i7-10875H vs Ryzen 9 4900HS: Which to Buy?

Intel i7-10875H vs Ryzen 9 4900HS

Intel has just launched their new 10th gen processors, let’s find out how the 8 core i7-10875H compares against AMD’s new Ryzen 9 4900HS.

SPECIFICATIONS

RYZEN 9 4900HSINTEL I7-10875H
CORES/THREADS8/168/16
BASE CLOCK3.0GHZ2.3GHZ
BOOST CLOCK4.3GHZ5.1GHZ
CACHE8MB16MB
TDP35W45W
MEMORYDDR4-3200DDR4-2933
ARCHITECTURE7NM ZEN214NM+++COMET LAKE H
UNLOCKEDNONO
RELEASEDQ2 2020Q2 2020
Both are 8 core 16 thread parts, however the i7 has double the L3 cache, a higher power limit, and higher boost speeds, but the Ryzen chip is able to use faster memory and has a higher base clock.

BENCHMARKS

Laptops Used For Benchmarks:

  • Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401IV – RYZEN 9 4900HS
  • Gigabyte Aorus 15G XB – INTEL I7-10875H

CINEBENCH R20

CINEBENCH R20

Let’s start the run of benchmarks with everyone’s favorite Cinebench R20. The 10875H gets dominated by AMD’s RYZEN 9 4900HS. Even if we raise the power, I7-10875H is still 18% behind in multicore performance. However, the story is different for the single thread workload, I7-10875H is 1% ahead of the RYZEN 9 4900HS.

CINEBENCH R15

CINEBENCH R15

I saw very similar performance in Cinebench R15 although here the 10875H is 10% faster than the RYZEN 9 4900HS in single-thread. INTEL I7-10875H is slower in the multi-thread test.

HANDBRAKE

HANDBRAKE

Handbrake is another long-term multi thread workload. Intel i7-10875H falls behind the Ryzen 9 4900HS as well, even when pushing up to 62 watts of power consumption. If you plan on using your laptop for x265 video encoding an 8 core Ryzen 9 4900HS would be a better choice.

BLENDER 2.80

BLENDER 2.80

The 10875H substantially slower than the RYZEN 9 4900HS here. Intel doesn’t have the performance to match AMD in long-term multi thread tasks and doesn’t even come close in terms of efficiency.

7-ZIP

7-ZIP

7-zip is a great example of a short-term multi thread workload that runs entirely in the CPU’s boost state. Comparing Intel and AMD in this test does show AMD pulling well ahead in decompression. However, Intel is 10% faster in compression I suspect helped out significantly by its larger cache at 16MB vs just 8MB on the AMD side.

MICROSOFT EXCEL

MICROSOFT EXCEL

Microsoft Excel with large calculations is another benchmark that is favorable to this new 10875H processor. It was 9% faster than the RYZEN 9 4900HS. This is a short multi-threaded test and with Intel blasting away nicely in it’s boost tape, it takes the win here.

PCMARK 10

PCMARK 10

In PCMark’s productivity workload, the 10875H is around 6% slower than the RYZEN 9 4900HS.

MATLAB R2020a

MATLAB R2020a

One particularly interesting case for the I7-10875H is MATLAB R2020a. Here we are using the built in benchmark. It falls 4% behind the 4900HS.

GAME BENCHMARKS

Laptops Used For Game Benchmarks:

  • ASUS Zephyrus G14 – RYZEN 9 4900HS
  • Gigabyte Aero 17 XB – INTEL I7-10875H

RED DEAD REDEMPTION

RED DEAD REDEMPTION

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark. In this game the INTEL I7-10875H was ahead at ultra settings at 1080p.

BATTLEFIELD V

BATTLEFIELD V

Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode, I prefer testing this as I can more precisely perform the same test run with less variance, however multiplayer does seem to be more CPU intensive. At 1080p, INTEL I7-10875H was 23% ahead than RYZEN 9 4900HS.

CONTROL

CONTROL

Control was also tested with the built in benchmark, and the Intel CPU was ahead here. INTEL I7-10875H was scoring 27% higher average FPS at high settings.

APEX LEGENDS

APEX LEGENDS

Apex Legends was tested with the built in benchmark. At ultra settings the INTEL I7-10875H was 26% ahead of the RYZEN 9 4900HS in terms of average FPS.

CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE

CALL OF DUTY MODERN WARFARE

COD: Modern Warfare was performing good. At maximum settings though the INTEL I7-10875H was 24% ahead of the RYZEN 9 4900HS.

BODERLANDS 3

BODERLANDS 3

Boderlands is a game that loves CPU power, yet is a game that I can personally play just fine with a stable 60 FPS. At maximum settings there was a 28% higher average FPS from the RYZEN 9 4900HS.

FORTNITE

FORTNITE

Fortnite was tested with the replay feature. At epic settings there was a 23% higher average FPS from the RYZEN 9 4900HS.

OVERWATCH

OVERWATCH

I’ve also tested out Overwatch with the built in benchmark. At 1080p we’re looking at almost a 22% higher average frame rate at Epic settings with the INTEL I7-10875H.

FINAL VERDICT

The Ryzen 9 4900HS is faster than i7-10875H. For any long-term multi-threaded workloads, i7-10875H is 25%-30% slower. In lightly threaded tests including short-term ones, the i7-10875H is also either marginally slower or equivalent to AMD’s Ryzen 9 4900HS. i7-10875H is faster in Quick-Sync apps like Adobe premiere exports were faster on the Intel option. At 62 watts workloads, I7-10875H is still slower.

When talking about games, Intel was performing good because of the overall specifications of laptop. But if both the CPU’s were tested in same configuration, then I think AMD would be the winner.

Overall AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS is the winner.

Let me know what you thought of the performance differences between the i7-10875H and Ryzen 9 4900HS down in the comments, which would you get and why?

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