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Core i5-12500H Vs Ryzen 7 5800H: Productivity Test

In this article, we will be looking into the performance, specs and architecture of the Core i5-12500H and Ryzen 7 5800H to help you make the right decision.

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If you are in the market for a mid-range gaming laptop, then Intel’s Core i5-12500H and AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800H are two solid CPUs to consider. But which one should you look for in your new laptop? Find out as I compare Core i5-12500H vs Ryzen 7 5800H.

Key Takeaways

  • Firstly, Core i5-12500H uses Intel’s 10nm manufacturing node, while AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800H uses TSMC’s 7nm node. However, Intel’s 10nm node has a slightly higher transistor density than TSMC’s 7nm node.
  • In terms of performance, the Core i5-12500H performed 11.1% faster in multi-core tests and 36.6% faster in single-core tests than the Ryzen 7 5800H 
  • Core i5-12500H laptops have a slightly higher starting price-point than Ryzen 7 5800H laptops. However, most options lie in the $800-$1200 for both CPUs. Overall, the Core i5-12500H provides more value

Also Read: Core i5 12500H Vs Core i5 12450H

Comparison Table 

Let’s look at the specifications of the two mobile CPUs.

CPU Core i5-12500H  Ryzen 7 5800H
Architecture Hybrid Core Architecture  Zen 3
Codename Alder Lake-H Cezanne 
Processing Node Intel 7 (10nm)  TSMC 7nm
Socket BGA-1744 FP6
No. of Cores 12 (4P, 8E) 8
No. of Threads 16 (8 + 8) 16
Base Clock 2.5GHz (P cores)
1.8GHz (E cores)
Boost Clock 4.5GHz (P cores)
3.3GHz (E cores)
L1 Cache 80KB per core 64KB per core
L2 Cache 1.25MB per core 512KB per core
L3 Cache 18MB 16MB
Memory Support DDR5 up to 5200 MT/s
DDR4 up to 3200 MT/s 
LPDDR5 up to 5200 MT/s
LPDDR4x up to 4267 MT/s
DDR4 up to 3200 MT/s 
LPDDR4 up to 4266 MT/s
Overclocking Support No No
Integrated Graphics Intel Iris Xe Graphics
80 Execution Units
Radeon RX Vega 8
Max Operating Temperature  100°C 105°C
Base Power 35-45W (configurable) 35-54W (configurable)
Boost Power 95W N/A
Price Range (July 2023) ~$714 to ~$2249 ~$629 to ~$7749 
Launch Date January 4th, 2022 January 12th, 2021

Architectural Differences 

Here’s a look at the key architectural differences. 

  1. Process NodesBoth CPUs use the same processing nodes as their desktop counterparts. The Core i5-12500H uses Intel’s 10nm node, while the Ryzen 7 5800H uses TSMC’s 7nm node. Intel’s “Intel 7” 10nm node can be misleading, though, as it possesses greater transistor density than TSMC’s 7nm node. (approx. 106M transistors/m2 over 97M transistors/m2)     
  2. Core/Thread Counts: The Core i5-12500H boasts an impressive 12 cores, with 4P cores and 8E cores, with a total thread count of 16. In comparison, the Ryzen 7 5800H has 8 full-power cores, also with 16 threads.
  3. Clock SpeedsAMD Ryzen 7 5800H’s cores have a base frequency of 3.2GHz, with the boost frequency going up to 4.4GHz. In contrast, the Core i5-12500H has a base frequency of 2.5GHz and a boost frequency of 4.5 GHz for the P cores. As for the E cores, the base clock is 1.8GHz, while the boost clock is 3.3GHz.
  4. Memory Support: Intel’s Core i5-12500H supports both desktop and mobile DDR5 with speeds up to 5200 MT/s. It also supports the more power-efficient LPDDR4x at transfer rates up to 4267 MT/s. The Ryzen 5 5800H does not support DDR5 OR LPDDR4x but shares the same DDR4 support at up to 3200 MT/s. Lastly, the Ryzen 7 5800H has LPDDR4 support up to 4266 MT/s
  5. Cache: The Core i5-12500H is the clear winner regarding cache capacities. It has 80KB of L1 cache per core, 1.25MB of L2 per core, and an 18MB pool of L3 cache. The Ryzen 7 5800H has 64KB of L1/core, 512KB of L2/core, and an L3 cache pool of 16MB. On top of that, the Core i5-12500H has an overall higher core count, making it a much better CPU in this respect.
  6. TDPThe Core i5-12500H has a base TDP configurable between 35-45W, per the cooling capacity of the particular laptop. In addition, its boost TDP can push its total heat production to 95 watts. On the other hand, the Ryzen 7 5800H has a base TDP configurable between 35 watts and 54 watts

Core i5-12500H Vs Ryzen 7 5800H: Performance Benchmarks 

How do the two laptop CPUs compare in performance? To find out, we’ll compare their single and multi-core scores in three applications: Cinebench R23, Geekbench 5, and Passmark. Let’s look at the scores.

Cinebench R23

Cinbench R23 performance
Cinebench R23 scores (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • Looking at the multi-core scores, the Core i5-12500H scored 13129 points, while the Ryzen 7 5800H scored 12114 points. This makes the Core i5-12500H 8.3% faster.
  • As for the single-core results, the Core i5-12500H amassed 1674 points over 1419 of the Ryzen 7 5800H. That’s a 17.9% difference. 

Geekbench 5

Geekbench 5 performance
Geekbench 5 scores (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • Now on to the Geekbench 5 multi-core scores, the Core i5-12500H scored 10134 points while the Ryzen 7 5800H only managed 7365 points – a 37.5% difference. 
  • In terms of single-core points, the Core i5-12500H racked up 1615 compared to 1442 of the Ryzen 7 5800H. This gives another victory to the Intel CPU, at 12% faster.


Passmark performance
Passmark scores (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • Lastly, in Passmark, the Core i5-12500H scored 21716 multi-core points, while the Ryzen 7 5800H scored 21107 multi-core points. The Core i5-12500H has a 2.8% lead here. 
  • The single-core scores read 3546 points for the Core i5-12500H and 3053 Ryzen 7 5800H – a 16.1% difference. 

Overall Performance

I’ve averaged the multi-core and single-core points across the 3 tests to get a more definitive result. Let’s take a look.

Overall multi-core and single-core performance
Overall scores (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  • Multi-core Performance: The Core i5-12500H averaged 14993 points while the Ryzen 7 5800H averaged 13495 points across the 3 tests. This means the Core i5-12500H is about 11.1% faster in multi-core performance
  • Single-core Performance: Here, the Core i5-12500H scored an average of 1971 points over 1442 of the Ryzen 7 5800H. According to these results, the Core i5-12500H is 36.6% faster in Single-core performance.  

Learn: How To Benchmark Your Gaming PC

Laptop Prices

Next, in our Core i5-12500H vs Ryzen 7 5800H comparison, let’s discuss the prices of laptops using these CPUs.

  • Laptops containing the Core i5-12500H CPU start at around ~$714, going up to $2249 for the most expensive options. However, most laptops lie in the $800-$1200 price range. 
  • As for Ryzen 7 5800H laptops, the starting price is ~$629, while enthusiast options cost up to a whopping $7749. However, like the Core i5-12500H, most options are priced between $800 and $1200.  


The Core i5-12500H was the better performer of the two CPUs, but laptops using this chip start at about $85 higher, a 13.5% difference.

Still, most mid-range options for both CPUs are in the $800-$1200 range, so this difference can be ignored. As for performance, the Core i5-12500H is the clear winner in both multi-core and single-core performance. Thus, the Core i5-12500H provides a much better value than the Ryzen 7 5800H

Ryzen 7 5800H Vs Core i5-12500H: Which One Is Better?  

We can now conclude this comparison. Both CPUs are solid contenders for mid-range gaming laptops. The Core i5-12500H showed much better single-core performance, but there wasn’t a big difference in multi-core performance if the Passmark score is ignored. 

If you find a Ryzen 7 5800H laptop with similar specifications at a much lower price than a Core i5-12500H laptop, it’s the ideal choice. Otherwise, at matching price points, the Core i5-12500H is the better mobile CPU. 

Pros And Cons

CPU Pros Cons
Core i5-12500H
  • Better performance and
  • DDR5 support 
  • More recent
  • Starting price-point is 
    slightly higher
Ryzen 7 5800H
  • Laptops may be somewhat
  • Unimpressive single-core 
  • No DDR5 support 
  • Older

Frequently Asked Questions

What technological advantage does the Core i5-12500H have over the Ryzen 7 5800H?

The Core i5-12500H is a newer CPU, has more cores, and DDR5 memory support.

What is the difference in processing nodes between Intel Core i5-12500H and Ryzen 7 5800H?

Intel’s Core i5-12500H has Intel’s custom 10nm processing node, while AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800H uses TSMC’s 7nm node.

Is the Core i5-12500H faster than AMD Ryzen 7 5800H?

Yes. The Core i5-12500H performs much faster in multi-core and single-core applications than the Ryzen 7 5800H.

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