AMD Ryzen 7 2700U vs Intel Core i7-8550U – new competition arrives

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Last year was a memorable one for the CPU market. We witnessed the big comeback of a brand that was once on the top – AMD. The company’s new Zen architecture proved itself to be worth your while.

Later, AMD announced its Raven Ridge mobile APUs that combine a Ryzen CPU and a Vega integrated graphics card. The two available models – Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U can already be found on the market and its time to see how the new competition stacks to the established king of the market – Intel.

Today we will take a look at a comparison between the new AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and the Kaby Lake-Refresh Intel Core i7-8550U.

Specs overview

When it comes to raw specs, the digits of both processors are very similar. They are both built on a 14nm manufacturing process and both go easy on the battery with their low average TDP of 15W. Cache amount is where the Core i7-8550U has an advantage as it sports 8MB while the Ryzen 7 2700U is stuck with 6MB – 4MB of which is L3.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho AMD Ryzen 7 2700U

Despite the low power draw, both processors feature four physical cores and another four logical ones for a total of eight threads. The two models also share similar frequencies, however, the Ryzen 7 2700U starts a bit higher at 2.20GHz versus 1.80GHz on the Core i7-8550U but things take a 180-degree turn when it comes to the maximum clock where the Intel counterpart reaches 4.00GHz compared to 3.80GHz on the Ryzen 7.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Intel Core i7-8550U

Furthermore, we see more similarities – both processors support the SSE 4.2 and AVX2 instructions sets and both feature dual-channel memory with up to 2400Mhz clock.

One interesting feature of the Ryzen 7 2700U is the integrated Radeon RX Vega 10 graphics chip which has its own ten cores with a max frequency of 1300MHz. The APU’s performance is an interesting topic that we will cover in a separate article.

Intel Core i7-8550U – Specs Sheet
Ranking 16
Generation 8th Generation
Base CPU frequency 1.80 GHz
Number of cores 4
Instructions type 64 bits
TDP 15 W
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics 620
Base GPU frequency 300 MHz
Max. operating temperature 100 °C
Memory channels 2
Released Q3 2017
Core / Architecture Coffee Lake
Max. CPU frequency 3.7? GHz
Logical Cores (Threads) 8
LL cache 8192 KB
Lithography 14 nm
Official website ark.intel.com
Max. GPU frequency 1150 MHz
Memory Type DDR4-2400, LPDDR3-2133
Max Memory 32 GB
Supported technologies HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U – Specs Sheet
Ranking 27
Generation
Base CPU frequency 2.2 GHz
Number of cores 4
Instructions type 64 bits
TDP 15 W
Integrated GPU AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
Base GPU frequency
Max. operating temperature
Memory channels 2
Released Q4 2017
Core / Architecture Zen
Max. CPU frequency 3.8 GHz
Logical Cores (Threads) 8
LL cache 4096 KB
Lithography 14 nm
Official website www.amd.com
Max. GPU frequency
Memory Type DDR4
Max Memory
Supported technologies XFR, FMA3, SSE 4.2, AVX2, SMT

Benchmarks

  • 3D Rendering – Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Intel Core i7-8550U – Dell Inspiron 5379

PRICE : $799

PERFORMANCE : 632

AMD Ryzen 7 2700U – Acer Swift 3 (SF315-41)

PRICE : $899.99 (+13%)

PERFORMANCE :609 (-1.7%)

  • Adobe Photoshop – Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

Intel Core i7-8550U – Dell Inspiron 5379

PRICE : $799

PERFORMANCE : 11.63

AMD Ryzen 7 2700U – Acer Swift 3 (SF315-41)

PRICE : $899.99 (+13%)

PERFORMANCE : 12.65(+0.7%)

  • Raw performance – Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

Intel Core i7-8550U – Dell Inspiron 5379

PRICE : $799

PERFORMANCE : 12192

AMD Ryzen 7 2700U – Acer Swift 3 (SF315-41)

PRICE : $899.99 (+13%)

PERFORMANCE : 11147 (-1.9%)

As you can see from the charts above, both the real-life performance like 3D rendering (tested with Cinebench 15) and Adobe Photoshop and the raw synthetic benchmarks (tested with Fritz)nearly identical.

The new competitor – Ryzen 7 2700U – is usually just a couple or so percent behind its counterpart which is virtually indistinguishable when it comes to day-to-day use.

We’ve tested Intel Core i7-8550U on…
# Laptop Cinebench 11 Cinebench 15 Adobe Photoshop Fritz Price
1. LaptopMedia KBL-R 5.40 488 10.5 9876 N/A
2. Dell Inspiron 7570 7.56 672 9.75 12765 N/A
3. Dell Inspiron 7773 7.53 683 9.95 12939 $1299.97
4. Dell XPS 13 9360 6.12 544 10.47 10675 $1249.11
5. Acer Aspire 5 (A517-51G) 5.78 509 11.01 10128 N/A
6. Dell Inspiron 15 5579 7.45 643 10.01 12385 $899.99
7. Dell Inspiron 5379 7.11 632 11.63 12192 $799.00
We’ve tested AMD Ryzen 7 2700U on…
# Laptop Cinebench 11 Cinebench 15 Adobe Photoshop Fritz Price
1. Acer Swift 3 (SF315-41) 6.94 609 12.65 11147 $899.99

Conclusion

It seems that just like in the desktop market, AMD has managed to create a worthy opponent of Intel in the mobile segment too.

The two chips that we compared today, deliver mostly the same performance so your choice should be influenced by other criteria such as price, battery life, and GPU performance if that is important for you.

(laptopmedia.com, https://goo.gl/7vJ45j)

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