Ryzen 7 5800U vs. Core i7-1185G7: everything you need to know before buying a laptop

Choosing between Ryzen 5000 desktop chips and 10th or 11th generation Intel Core processors is easy. Nine out of ten choose Ryzen. But in the most popular notebook category, the ultra-light weight under 1.5kg, the choice isn’t clear.

When comparing AMD’s top Ryzen 5800U mobile chip with Intel’s top Core i7-1185G7 mobile chip, it’s not just a faster choice. In order to choose the most suitable CPU, you need to think about the purpose of the ultra-light laptop and then choose the right CPU for the task.

Most users don’t know if their application uses more CPU cores or a high boost clock for single-threaded tasks, so let’s make a choice by defining a usage scenario and looking at the strengths of each CPU. Of course, few people do just one thing, so take a look at all the scenarios that apply to you and see which way you’re leaning.

I am a 3D animator

There is absolutely nothing, but if you actually render 3D models in Blender, Maxon Cinema 4D, you can say that AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800U with 8 cores is better. Sure, there are cases where Intel chips are faster, but for most tasks, it’s always better to have 8 cores instead of 4.
Ryzen CPUs have twice as many cores as Intel Core CPUs. Ⓒ AMD

Encode or convert video

In today’s streaming-based world, converting a video’s resolution or codec isn’t as popular as it was 10-15 years ago. But if you use the cool free HandBrake utility to convert your video, a CPU with more cores is better.

Also, both CPUs have dedicated hardware for encoding video, which is usually much faster. AMD’s Video Coding Engine is connected to the Zen 3 microarchitecture and outperforms Intel Tiger Lake’s Quick Sync. Of course, it is important whether the application is supported. So before choosing, let’s see if your video encoder app supports VCR or QSV. But in general, video encoding is in AMD’s domain.

Edit videos with Adobe Premiere

You might want to put Adobe Premiere into the encoding category, but there are some subtleties. Encoding video using handbrake is a simple conversion. Video editing involves applying exposure compensation, color correction, blurring, or visual effects such as Homer Simpson Star Wipe before exporting the video. In this category, Intel’s 11th-generation Core i7-1185G7 is slightly ahead of AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800U even with four cores. The reason for this is the hardware optimization and the superior graphics core of Intel chips. The Core i7-1185G7 is a little better, but it’s actually a big game.

Edit photos in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic

If editing photos taken with expensive new digital cameras is mainstream, the answer is easy. Everything is good! The Ryzen 7 5800U is a bit better, but it’s thin (usually a 2% difference). And, like Adobe Premiere, there may be differences depending on the work in the application. Depending on the task, either Intel or AMD is advantageous.

I work with Microsoft Office

Most users don’t edit videos or photos for work. Instead, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are important. AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800U is a huge improvement over the Ryzen 7 4800U, and is now a bit ahead of the office. But on the surface only. AMD is strong in most of Excel, especially when it comes to computationally complex tasks by about 30%. In Word and Edge browsers, Intel is 20% ahead of it, while Intel is 20% ahead of it in PowerPoint.

You have to choose a CPU according to your task. If you’re running a hefty spreadsheet with dozens of tabs, AMD is the answer. If you’re an expert in PowerPoint presentations, Intel is great. However, only extreme office users can feel this difference. Most of the average users don’t notice the difference. For heavier Excel, the Ryzen 7 5800U, and for heavier PowerPoints, the Core i7-1185G7 is a better CPU. But if you’re a regular user, both are good.

Play a game

First, if you’re buying a gaming laptop, I recommend buying a bigger, heavier gaming laptop with an external GeForce or Radeon graphics card. The GPU is still important to the game, and it’s well worth the extra cost or weight.
The strongest in built-in graphics is the 11th generation Core i7-1185G7. Ⓒ Intel

Current built-in graphics still have a long way to go for gaming. Among the Ryzen 7 5800U with Ryzen graphics and the Core i7-1185G7 with Iris Xe graphics, the Intel chip is the better. The Ryzen and Radeon combo are sometimes slightly better than the Core i7 and Iris Xe, but PCWorld’s tests show that Intel CPUs are better suited for gaming on ultra-light laptops.

Use advanced AI image processing applications

AI is still unfamiliar to the general consumer and application support is sporadic, but the results were impressive enough to take this into account. If you’re already using this feature in applications from Topaz, Nero, and CyberLink, you should choose an Intel CPU that has already invested in this segment.

Always use your laptop on battery power

Most of the performance tests are done with the laptop connected to the power line, not the battery. When using batteries, it gets a little more complicated as each laptop maker can adjust its lifespan to extend battery life.

When testing the MSI Prestige 14 and Asus ZenBook, the Ryzen-based ZenBook was heavily limited in performance to conserve battery power. Core i7-based laptops performed better on battery level. When running on battery, the Core i7 was often faster than the Ryzen 7.
If you’re using it as a battery and you think Intel is good, remember that battery life decreased when performance increased. When using batteries, the Core i7-1185G7 has a high overall performance, but the Ryzen 7 5800U has a long battery life overall.

Just browse the web

In papers using the Chrome browser, and in several industry standard browser tests, the Ryzen 7 5800U outperformed the Core i7-1185G7 a bit. Was there a big difference? Probably not. If you want to watch Netflix and YouTube videos while watching the news and websites, both CPUs are overfilled. Rather than worrying about the CPU, it’s a good idea to choose a laptop based on screen, keyboard, trackpad, ports, speakers, color, and more. [email protected]

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