It was foreseeable from a distance, and AMD’s dubious strategy with Ryzen 7000 processors for laptops has now become the perfect marketing tool for Intel against deception. We discussed this earlier, and buying an AMD laptop processor today is a lottery for those who are not tech-savvy.
The reason is evident, as depending on which AMD Ryzen 7000 processor you purchase, you might get a modern architecture or an older one. A clear example is that this CPU family combines four different core architectures, ranging from the newest AMD Zen 4, through Zen 3+ and Zen 3, to the much older Zen 2. So, yes, a user who is not tech-savvy may mistakenly buy a laptop with a CPU featuring Zen 2 cores under the false confidence of having a modern CPU because it is in the Ryzen 7000 lineup. In reality, they are buying a CPU based on architecture released almost five years ago.
Intel and the deception of using older cores in current AMD Ryzen 7000 laptops
Basically, Intel has created something like a “Core Truths” guide on the core configuration used by AMD in its CPUs. Obviously, it is ironic that Intel is complaining about cores. However, there is a distinction between refreshes and launching a CPU family with an architectural lottery. This lottery translates into significant differences in both performance and energy consumption levels.
Intel uses the AMD Ryzen 5 7520U as an example, a processor released in September 2022 based on the AMD Zen 2 architecture introduced in July 2019. This architecture is nearly five years old. Intel compares this CPU to its Core i5-1335U, which, of course, uses the Raptor Lake architecture that debuted this year.
It is a deception for consumers, as it seems that the Ryzen 5 7520U competes with the Core i5-1335U. That’s why Intel claims that its CPU is not comparable at all since it is 83% faster, using the CrossMark benchmark as a reference. This difference is quite noticeable, especially in laptops aimed at work and productivity (office use, editing, multimedia, etc.).
Intel equates this Ryzen 5 with an Intel Processor (the replacement for Celeron and Pentium)
Intel emphasizes significant performance differences depending on the processor you choose. This AMD Ryzen 5 7520U actually competes with an Intel Core i3 N305, which has a 9% performance advantage.
An AMD Ryzen 7 7730U with Zen 3 architecture performs similarly to an Intel Core i5-1235U. Then there is a Ryzen 7 7735U (Zen 3+) that is surpassed by the Intel Core i5-1335U. Thus, the Ryzen 7 7735U would actually be the most direct rival for this Intel CPU rather than the Ryzen 5 7520U, which competes with Intel’s current lower-end CPUs.
Lastly, the most powerful low-power laptop CPU is the AMD Ryzen 7 7840U, which does use the company’s most modern architecture known as Zen 4. However, even then, it is outperformed by the Core i7-1355U. This only highlights the differences between using multiple architectures versus using the same one, only changing the number of cores and frequencies.
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