Should you Buy an AMD Ryzen or Intel Laptop?
When it comes to buying a new laptop, one of the key decisions you need to make is choosing between AMD Ryzen and Intel processors. Both AMD and Intel have been competing fiercely in the laptop market, with each offering their own set of advantages and features. In this article, we will delve into the latest product information to demystify the letters and numbers associated with these processors and help you make an informed decision.
The Evolution of Performance
Over the years, Intel has dominated the laptop market, but AMD has been steadily challenging their position. In the past, we witnessed significant performance improvements with each new Intel processor generation. However, the pace of improvement has slowed down in recent years. On the other hand, AMD made a significant breakthrough with their Ryzen processors, especially in the desktop and gaming workstation categories.
Ryzen’s Entry into the Laptop Market
AMD initially focused on desktop processors due to easier cooling and faster release cycles. However, they expanded their efforts into the laptop sector with the launch of the Ryzen 5 2700U and Ryzen 7 2700U in 2017. These processors aimed to surpass the performance of Intel’s i7 7500U, and they succeeded by delivering an 11% performance boost. Subsequently, AMD introduced the Ryzen 3000 series, which gained popularity among budget-conscious consumers. However, they had yet to make a significant impact in the high-end laptop category.
Ryzen’s Pursuit of High-End Performance
To compete in the high-end market, Ryzen needed to improve its processors further. Intel’s processors were still outperforming AMD’s latest offerings. For instance, the Intel i7-9750H surpassed the Ryzen 7 3700U by 38% in performance. The i7-8750H, an older Intel processor, also outperformed the newer Ryzen 7 3700U by 29%. While Ryzen made progress with processors like the Ryzen 7 3780U, Intel’s 10th gen processors, such as the i7-1065G7, remained around 15% faster.
One notable aspect of AMD is their commitment to aggressively improve processor performance compared to Intel. From the Ryzen 2700U to the Ryzen 3700U, they achieved a 13% increase in power and performance within a year. This trend continued with a 10% increase in the Ryzen 3780U the following year. These advancements indicate that AMD is determined to challenge Intel’s dominance in the laptop market.
AMD’s Aggressive Performance Improvements
The Future of AMD Ryzen
While the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted production and availability for both AMD and Intel, it is clear that AMD is making significant strides. As AMD prepares to release its 4000 series processors, it is expected that they will narrow the performance gap and potentially surpass Intel in certain categories. If Ryzen can achieve a 25% increase in performance with its next-generation processors, it could become the top choice for many laptop buyers.
Choosing between an AMD Ryzen or an Intel laptop depends on your specific needs and budget. Intel has long been the market leader, but AMD has been steadily closing the gap with its Ryzen processors.
While Intel currently holds the edge in terms of raw performance, AMD’s aggressive improvements and upcoming releases indicate a promising future for their processors. It is recommended to consult with experts and consider the latest product information to make an informed decision based on your requirements.
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