Gaming laptop CPU showdown: Intel 11th-gen vs 10th-gen vs AMD Ryzen 5000


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It’s been a long road, but we may finally have an answer to the question of “which CPU is the best gaming laptop chip?”  The short answer: Tiger Lake H.

The long answer is more nuanced, of course, so keep reading. You can also use our handy table of contents below to jump ahead:

The Intel CPUs we tested

Let’s walk you through the journey to get here. When we first reviewed the 11th-gen Core i7-11800H we were unable to load Nvidia’s Game Ready Drivers on the GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop. Instead, we concentrated on its CPU performance.

We then tested the 11th-gen Core i9-11980HK in an Intel reference laptop (essentially an MSI Creator Z16). With its GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, it’s hardly what we would consider a true gaming laptop.

With the MSI GE76 Raider and its 11th-gen Core i9-11980HK and GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop at a blistering 165 watts (it’s 155 watts out of the box), we have a better view into Tiger Lake H’s gaming prowess. Every laptop is different, but the performance of the 11th-gen Core i9 in the MSI GE76 Raider also gives us insight into the value of an 11th-gen Core i9 vs. an 11th-gen Core i7, and how much of a performance boost you get from an 11th-gen Core i9 in a 6-pound-plus thick laptop, versus that same CPU’s performance in a 4.5-pound laptop.

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What’s in a TGP

One important detail worth pointing out is the different Total Graphics Power (TGP) ratings for each laptop. The TGP is the Nvidia spec for what the GPU’s maximum thermal budget is. Nvidia has a wide menu of options for every GPU, making apples-to-apples comparisons very difficult. Even if you could get the same TGP-rated GPU, you can’t divorce the GPU or CPU from the laptop. Ultimately every laptop has its own performance personality.

When you’re considering a 155-watt TGP laptop vs. a 130-watt TGP laptop vs. a 105-watt TGP laptop, it actually doesn’t matter if you can’t buy the one you want. Looking at high-end laptops, we know of only a single Ryzen 9-based laptop with a 155-watt TGP GeForce GPU in it. The vast majority are 130-watt TGP or lower.

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11th gen Core i9-11980HK vs Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU performance

Our first result comes from Maxon’s Cinebench R20, a popular 3D rendering benchmark that loves core and thread counts. AMD’s Ryzen 9 5000 has long been the monster of multi-core performance, and the Ryzen 9 5900HX doesn’t disappoint. It scores a hair faster than, but is basically tied with, Intel’s new 11th-gen Core i9-11980HK chip.

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