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Ryzen 7 6800H Vs Core i7 12700H [Benchmarks 2023]

This comparison will focus on testing the Ryzen 7 6800H and the i7 12700H on two power levels, 80 and 45 watts. The tests themselves will comprise some synthetic but mostly productivity benchmarks.

It is important to research while buying newer mobile chips as the two big players, AMD and Intel, have very different approaches to giving high performance to consumers. In this comparison, we will pin the Ryzen 7 6800H vs Core i7 12700H to see which mobile chip should be in your next laptop.

Key Takeaways

  • The Ryzen 7 6800H had almost double the battery life of the i7 12700H in our proprietary test.
  • The i7 12700 had 14% more performance than the Ryzen 7, with the power unlocked to 85 watts.
  • The performance difference continued into the 45-watt tests, with the i7 12700 being 4% more powerful than the Ryzen 7 6800H on average.

Ryzen 7 6800H Vs Core i7 12700H

Comparison Table

  Intel Core i7 12700H  AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
Build process Intel 7nm TSMC 6nm 
Architecture Alder Lake (12th Gen) Zen 3+
Cores/Threads 6P + 8E/20T 8C/16T
CPU Turbo โ€“ All Cores 4.1 GHz (P cores) 4.3 GHz
CPU Turbo โ€“ 1 Core 4.7 GHz (P cores) 4.7 GHz
Cache 24 MB 16 MB
Memory DDR4 and DDR5, up to 64 GB

2 memory channels

DDR5, up to 64 GB

4 memory channels

Graphics Intel Iris Xe Radeon 680M, RDNA2
TDP 45W-115W 45W-85W

Architectural Differences

  1. Core Count: The 12700H and the 6800H have very different core architectures. The i7 uses efficiency and performance cores thanks to using the big.LITTLE hybrid core architecture, whereas the 6800H only has regular performance cores. The i7 has 6 P-cores and 8 E-core, totalling 20 threads, whereas the Ryzen uses only 8 cores and 16 threads.
  2. Clock SpeedsThe i7 can turbo up to 4.70GHz on its boost clock, and the Ryzen 7 matches the i7 in this regard.
  3. Cache: The Intel CPU also beats the Ryzen in terms of cache, with it having 24MB, compared to the 16MB on the 6800H.
  4. Thermal Design Power: Having more cores allows the i7 to have a larger power range, with a TDP of 45-115 watts, whereas the Ryzen 7 can only make use of 45-85 watts of power. Some machines will allow you to increase the TDP of the Ryzen 7 beyond this, but it barely makes a difference in performance.

Core i7 12700H Vs Ryzen 7 6800H: Benchmarks

To keep the testing fair, both processors were configured in the exact same laptop chassis of the Neo 15 from XMG. These processors were paired with Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti mobile GPUs and 32GB of DDR5-4800MT/s memory.

Both the laptops were the exact same, save for the CPU difference. The tests performed in this comparison will be done with the CPUs at both an 80W power cap on these laptops and a 40W power cap.

Battery Life

Battery Life Video Playback Time Performance
Battery Life Video Playback Time (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Starting with one of the most important factors of consideration when buying a new laptop; battery life. The i7 12700H got 317 minutes of video playback in our proprietary video playback test.
  • In contrast to this, AMD almost doubled the battery life with 623 minutes of video playback.

CineBench R23

80 watts

CineBench R23 80 Watts Performance
CineBench R23 80 Watts Performance Single-Core vs Multi-Core (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • While firing up this test with both GPUs limited to 80 watts of power, the i7 had a single core score of 1825 points, whereas the Ryzen 7 had a lower score of 1556 points.
  • With the same limitations in place, the i7 had a multicore score of 17,023, whereas the machine only managed a score of 14,716. This is a 16% higher score for the Intel processor.

45 watts

CineBench R23 45 Watts Performance
CineBench R23 45 Watts Performance Single-Core vs Multi-Core (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Coming to the same test with both processors limited to a lower TDP, the i7 had a single core score of 1821 points, whereas the Ryzen 7 once again scored similarly with 1534 points.
  • Multi-core scores were more or less equalized when we lowered the wattage, with the i7 getting 13,222 points, whereas the Ryzen 7 scored 12,910 points. This works out for a 2% lead for Intel.

Blender

80 watts

Blender 80 watts Performance
Blender 80 watts Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In the Blender render of the Monster scene, the i7 completed the render in 116 seconds, whereas the Ryzen 7 could do it in only 103 seconds.
  • Junkshop had a smaller difference in performance, with the 12700H finishing the render in 68 seconds, while the Ryzen 7 took 63 seconds to do the same.
  • Lastly, the Classroom scene took 53 seconds on Intel to render, whereas the AMD chip managed to finish it in 49 seconds.

45 watts 

Blender 45 Watts Performance
Blender 45 Watts Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Placing a 45-watt limit on both CPUs, the i7 completed the render in 89 seconds in the Monster scene. Surprisingly, the AMD machine was slower than the i7, with a render time of 91 seconds in the same scene.
  • The Junkshop scene also ran slightly better on the i7, with the 6800H completing the render in 56 seconds compared to 54 seconds on the i7.
  • Continuing the trend, the i7 was also slightly faster in the Classroom benchmark, getting a render time of 41 seconds compared to 43 on the Ryzen 7 6800H.

Linux Kernel Compilation – Phoronix Test Suite 10.8.3

80 watts

Linux Kernel Compilation Performance
Linux Kernel Compilation 80 Watts Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • At 80 watts, the compile times of the Ryzen were much slower than the Core CPU. The Ryzen finished the compilation in 92 seconds.
  • In contrast to this, it only took the 12700H 68 seconds to compile the Kernel.

45 watts

Linux Kernel Compilation Performance
Linux Kernel Compilation 45 Watts Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Going down to 45 watts, the pattern still remains. The i7 12700H had a compile time of 85 seconds.
  • The Ryzen 7 6800H came in much slower at 101 seconds at this lower power draw.

7-Zip

80 watts

7-Zip 80 Watts Performance
7-Zip 80 Watts Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • In the 7-Zip compression test, the i7 12700 had about 104,720 MIPS, whereas the Ryzen 7 outperformed it with 108,171 MIPS in decompression.
  • This difference between the performance of the Ryzen 7 6800H vs i7 12700H came out to about 4%.

45 watts

7-Zip 45 Watts Performance
7-Zip 45 Watts Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Lowering the power draw to 45 watts, the i7 had a compression performance of 82,955 MIPS, whereas the Ryzen 7 was much faster with 98,455 MIPS.
  • The difference in performance between these two processors was more significant than what we saw with the 80-watt performance, with a difference of about 12% in favor for the i7.

Davinci Resolve

 80 watts

Davinci Resolve 80 watts Performance
Davinci Resolve 80 watts Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • With the TDP unlocked to 80 watts, the i7 had slightly better performance than the Ryzen 7 processor. It had a score of 1326 points.
  • As mentioned, the Ryzne 7 6800H scored slightly lower, with 1274 points.

45 watts

Davinci Resolve Performance
Davinci Resolve 45 watts Performance (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Lowering the wattage, we saw minimal changes in performance, though the performance between both processors was more or less equalized. The i7 scored 1251 points.
  • The Ryzen 7 6800H more or less maintained its full performance with a score of 1245 points.

Which One Should You Go For?

  • The Core i7 12700H processor is better suited for power users with its 12% better performance compared to the Ryzen 7 6800H.
  • The Ryzen 7 6800H is a capable processor and performs well in most tests, with its real advantage being its power efficiency.
  • For consumers prioritizing power efficiency, the Ryzen 7 6800H is recommended over the i7 12700H due to its significantly lower power consumption, according to our tests.

Want to improve the performance of your gaming laptop without paying for expensive upgrades? Check out our guide on overclocking.

Pros And Cons

i7 12700H Ryzen 7 6800H
Pros Cons Pros Cons
Higher performance in both single and multicore tests Sub-par battery life compared to the Ryzne 7 6800H Unmatched performance in most creative workflows Lower RAW performance than the i7 12700H
The ability to make use of more power than the Ryzen 7 6800H Unimpressive thermal performance A better integrated GPU The inability to use more power when it is available to the processor

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some good laptops using the i7 12700H?

There are many great laptops boasting the i7 12700H, including the HP Spectre 16 x360 ultrabook and the HP Victus 15 gaming laptop.

What are some good options for laptops equipped with the 6800H?

Though a lower number of laptop manufacturers offer this CPU compared to the Intel one solely because of its popularity, you can find good laptops like the Asus TUF A15 and the Strix G15 with this processor.

Which processor has a lower TDP?

Both CPUs can have a lowered TDP by the laptop manufacturers these products are used in, though the power efficiency of the Ryzen 7 6800H is much better compared to the i7 12700H.

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Abdemanaf has been a creative writer since 2011. He first dwelled in the tech world in early 2015 and has since compared many product offerings by different companies. Abdemanaf started working for Tech4Gamers in February 2022 as a blog and comparison writer.

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