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Core i5-1235U Vs Ryzen 7 7730U [Performance Tested 2024]

In this article we will be looking at the architecture, performance, specifications, and pricing of the Core i5-1235U and Ryzen 7 7730U.

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Intel Core i5 1235U

Rated: 7.5/10

AMD Ryzen 7 7730U

Rated: 8/10

Pros And Cons

Core i5-1235Uโœ… Less power-consuming
โœ… DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support
โŒ Worseย 
multi-core performance
โŒ No ECC Memory Support
Ryzen 7 7730Uโœ… Better multi-core performance
โœ… ECC memory support
โŒ Lacks PCIe 5.0 & DDR5 support
โŒ Slower iGPU

Key Takeaways
  • Firstly, the Core i5-1235U uses Intel’s 10nm ESF (Intel 7) node, while the Ryzen 7 7730U uses TSMC’s 7nm FinFET node, as evident from their performances in our benchmarks.
  • In multi-core applications, the Ryzen 7 7730U is 22.6% faster. Meanwhile, in single-core applications, the Core i5-1235U outperformed by 9.1%.
  • Regarding prices, Core i5-1235U laptops are in the $433-$3100 price bracket, while Ryzen 7 7730U laptops cost between $695$1669.
  • The Core i5-1235U has a better overall value as it’s much cheaper at a fraction of the performance difference obtained from our benchmark tests.

Comparison Table

Mobile CPUCore i5-1235URyzen 7 7730U
ArchitectureHybrid CoreZen 3
CodenameAlder LakeCezanne
ECC SupportNoYes
PCIe Revision4.03.0
Integrated GraphicsIntel Iris Xe G7 GraphicsRadeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
GPU Base Clock300MHz1500MHz
GPU Boost Clock1200MHz2000MHz
No. of Shaders640128
No. of TMUs408
No. of ROPs204
No. of Execution Units802
CPU Max Operating Temperature100ยฐC95ยฐC
Price Range$433-$3100$695-$1669
Launch DateFebruary 23, 2022January 5, 2023

Core i5-1235U Vs Ryzen 7 7730U – Architectural Differences

  1. Process Nodes: The Intel Core i5-1235U utilizes the Intel 7 (10nm) processing node, while the Ryzen 7 7730U uses TSMC’s 7nm node. In transistor density, these two nodes are roughly equal.
  2. Core/Thread Counts: The Core i5-1235U has 10 cores, with 2 P-cores and 8 E-cores. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 7 7730U has 8 full-power cores. Regarding thread counts, the Core i5-1235U has 12 (since E-cores don’t have hyperthreading), while the Ryzen CPU has 16.
  3. Clock SpeedsThe AMD Ryzen 7730U has impressive clock speeds, with 2.0GHz at the base and 4.5GHz at the boost mode. In contrast, the Core i5-1235U clocks 1.3GHz (P-cores) and 0.9GHz (E-cores) at base. The Intel Turbo Boost mode pushes these speeds to 4.4GHz and 3.3GHz, respectively. 
  4. Memory: Intel’s Core i5-1235U extends support to DDR5 (up to 5200 MT/s) and LPDDR5 (up to 6400 MT/s) memory. In contrast, the Ryzen 7 CPU is limited to DDR4 and LPDDR4x. Also, the Ryzen 7 7730U supports ECC memory, while the Core i5-1235U does not.
  5. Cache: The Core i5-1235U has higher L1 and L2 Cache per core capacities. In total, it has 928KB of L1 cache and 9.5MB of L2 cache, compared to 512KB and 4MB (respectively) of its Ryzen competitor. As for the L3 Cache, the Ryzen 7 7730U (16MB) betters the Core i5-1235U. (12MB)
  6. TDPThe Core i5-1235U may be less power-consuming than the Ryzen 7 7730U as it can be configured between 12 to 15 watts. On the other hand, the Ryzen 7 7730U has a fixed base TDP rating of 15 watts. Regarding boost TDP, the Core i5-1235U is rated 55 watts, while the Ryzen 7 7730U doesn’t have a boost TDP rating.

AMD recently launched the Ryzen 7 7730U. Branded under the Ryzen 7000 series, it becomes part of the Zen 3 Barcelo lineup. Today, I’ll compare this power-efficient CPU to one from Intel’s Alder Lake arsenal. Read on to find the winner of the Core i5-1235U vs Ryzen 7 7730U competition.

Productivity Benchmarks

Let’s compare the two laptop CPUs in performance.

Cinebench R15

Cinebench R15 multi-core and single-core
Cinebench R15 (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • Starting with Cinebench R15, the AMD Ryzen 7730U starts with a 60% lead, scoring 1893 multi-core points. Meanwhile, the Core i5-1235U managed 1177 points. As for the single-core test, the Ryzen 7 7730U took a narrow 5-point victory.

Cinebench R23

Cinebench R23 multi-core and single-core
Cinebench R23 (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • Moving on to Cinebench R23, we discerned the Ryzen 7 7730U dominating with 10302 points over 6618 of the Core i5-1235U. The Core i5-1235U is the better single-core performer with 1654 points, taking a 14.4% lead over the Ryzen 7 7730U.

Geekbench 5

Geekbench 5 multi-core and single-core 
Geekbench 5 (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • Our next benchmark is Geekbench 5, in which the Ryzen 7 7730U (7454 points) outscores the Core i5-1235U (6333 points) again. The Intel Core i5-1235U has another lead in single-core performance here, with 1580 points over the Ryzen 7 7730U’s score of 1474.

3DMark Time Spy CPU Benchmark

3DMark Time Spy CPU Benchmark 
3DMark Time Spy (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • Moving on, the Ryzen 7 7730U (7112 points) bettered the Core i5-1235U (5647 points) in our 3DMark Time Spy test. Here, the Ryzen 7 7730U has a 26% lead

Blender 3.3 Classroom

Blender 3.3 Classroom render 
Blender 3.3 Classroom (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • In the Blender render benchmark, also our final benchmark of the comparison, the Ryzen 7 7730U rendered the scene in 503 seconds. The Core i5-1235U took much longer, at 846 seconds. The Ryzen 7 7730U rendered the scene 68.1% faster.

Overall Performance

Before moving on to the remaining benchmarks, here’s a look at the average multi-core and single-core scores.

Average multi-core and single-core scores
Overall multi-core and single-core performance (Image by Tech4Gamers) 
  • Multi-core Performance: The AMD Ryzen 7 7730U averaged 8031 points in the three applications, compared to the Core i5-1235U’s score of 6549 points. Thus, on average, the Ryzen 7 7730U is 22.6% faster in multi-core applications. 
  • Single-core Performance: The Core i5-1235U accumulated an average of 1151 points while the Ryzen 7 7730U notched up 1048 points. So, the Core i5-1235U is about 9.1% faster in single-core applications.

Core i5-1235U Vs Ryzen 7 7730U – Better Value?

AMD Ryzen 7 7730U: We’ve observed that the Ryzen 7 7730U generally outperforms the Core i5-1235U in most of our benchmarks. It boasts a faster multi-core performance but lags in single-core performance. However, it’s worth noting that the Ryzen 7 7730U lacks support for DDR5 and high-speed PCIe Gen 4 storage.

Intel Core i5-1235U: We also witnessed that the Ryzen 7 7730U performs better overall, except in single-core tasks, but Core i5-1235U offers better performance per dollar. Core i5-1235U is more efficient, and its laptops are more cheaper. Considering price and performance, the Core i5-1235U provides better value.

If you want high performance, especially for heavier workloads like rendering, we think that the Ryzen 7 7730U will serve you well with its better multi-core performance. If your workloads are lighter, we suggest that the Core i5-1235U will be ideal โ€” and you will get more value for your dollar.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference in memory support between Core i5-1235U and Ryzen 7 7730U?

The Core i5-1235U has DDR5 and LPDDR5 support, while the Ryzen 7 7730U is limited to DDR4 and LPDDR4x. Furthermore, the Ryzen 7 7730U has ECC support while the Core i5-1235U does not.

Is the Ryzen 7 7730U faster than the Core i5-1235U?

The Ryzen 7730U  proved 22.6% faster in multi-core applications but was 9.1% slower in single-core applications.

Is the Core i5-1235U more power efficient than the Ryzen 7 7730U?

Yes. The Core i5-1235U consumed 9.4% less power during the Cinebench R15 multi-core stress test.

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