Intel Core i3 1215U vs AMD Ryzen 5 5500U

We compared two 6-core laptop CPUs: the 1.2 GHz Intel Core i3 1215U against the 2.1 GHz AMD Ryzen 5 5500U. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.


General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Multi-Core Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of power consumption
Integrated Graphics
iGPU capabilities for gaming and 3D-intensive tasks
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 5500U and 1215U
Advantages of Intel Core i3 1215U
  • Supports up to 64 GB DDR5-4800 RAM
  • Newer - released 1-year and 2-months later
  • Has 2048 KB larger L3 cache size
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • 25% faster in a single-core Geekbench v6 test - 1818 vs 1457 points
  • 10% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.4 GHz vs 4 GHz)
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
  • More modern manufacturing process – 7 versus 10 nanometers

Test in Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs across various tasks

Cinebench R23

Reputable cross-platform benchmark for high-performance processors
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

GeekBench v6

The new version of this benchmark emulates common operations often used in real-world apps
Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)
File compression 495.3 MB/sec 447.7 MB/sec
Clang compilation 30.7 Klines/sec 35.7 Klines/sec
HTML 5 Browser 136 pages/sec 114.7 pages/sec
PDF Renderer 176.2 Mpixels/sec 180.1 Mpixels/sec
Text processing 175.2 pages/sec 114.9 pages/sec
Background blur 27.7 images/sec 27.5 images/sec
Photo processing 51.3 images/sec 40.4 images/sec
Ray tracing 5.51 Mpixels/sec 9.84 Mpixels/sec
Sources: GeekBench [1], [2]


Synthetic test that focuses on raw computational performance for low-level functions
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Integer math 37.6 GOps/sec 46.4 GOps/sec
Floating point math 26.8 GOps/sec 26.8 GOps/sec
Find prime numbers 37M Primes/sec 26M Primes/sec
Random string sorting 13.9M Strings/sec 19.7M Strings/sec
Data encryption 7.4 GBytes/sec 10.8 GBytes/sec
Data compression 122.2 MBytes/sec 179.3 MBytes/sec
Physics 659 Frames/sec 541 Frames/sec
Extended instructions 7.1B Matrices/sec 11.1B Matrices/sec
Sources: PassMark [3], [4]


Full technical specification of Intel Core i3 1215U and AMD Ryzen 5 5500U


Vendor Intel AMD
Released February 23, 2022 January 12, 2021
Type Laptop Laptop
instruction set x86-64 x86-64
Codename Alder Lake Zen 2 (Lucienne)
Model number i3-1215U -
Integrated GPU UHD Graphics (64EU) Radeon RX Vega 7


Performance Cores
P-Cores 2 6
P-Threads 4 12
Base Frequency (P) 1.2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency (P) 4.4 GHz 4 GHz
Efficient Cores
E-Cores 4 -
E-Threads 4 -
Base Frequency (E) 0.9 GHz -
Turbo Boost Frequency (E) 3.3 GHz -
Total Cores 6 6
Total Threads 8 12
Bus Frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 12x 21x
L1 Cache 80K (per core) 64K (per core)
L2 Cache 1280K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 10MB (shared) 8MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No No


Fabrication process 10 nm 7 nm
TDP (PL1) 12-15 W (configurable) 10-25 W (configurable)
Max. Boost TDP (PL2) 55 W -
Socket BGA-1744 FP6
Peak temperature 100°C 105°C


Integrated Graphics Intel UHD Graphics (64EU) Radeon RX Vega 7
GPU Base Clock 300 MHz 300 MHz
GPU Boost Clock 1100 MHz 1800 MHz
Shading Units 512 448
TMUs 32 28
ROPs 16 7
Execution Units 64 -
TGP 45 W 10-45 W
1.108 TFLOPS

Memory Support

Memory types - DDR5-4800
- DDR4-3200
- LPDDR5-5200
- LPDDR4x-4267
- DDR4-3200
- LPDDR4-4266
Memory Size 64 GB 32 GB
Max. Memory Channels 2 2
ECC Support No No


Official site Intel Core i3 1215U official page AMD Ryzen 5 5500U official page
PCI Express Version 4.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 20 12

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So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 5 5500U or Intel Core i3 1215U?
Me-she 13 July 2023 10:08
The AMD Ryzen 5 5500U and Intel Core i3 1215U are very close competitors. The Core i3's igpu is just 14.3% faster that AMD's igpu. In 67 modern popular games: AMD's RX Vega 7 is ahead in 9 tests Intel's UHD Graphics 64EUs is ahead in 48 tests there's a draw in 10 tests So Intel is just a little bit ahead when it comes igpu performance.
+49 Reply
Krish 19 November 2022 18:30
Even iris xe doesn't compare to Vega graphics, the 12th gen did nothing to improve igpu and with i3 u don't even get iris xe.
+72 Reply
Ahem 24 November 2022 18:31
The i3 uses the same graphics as the i5 xe, it's just different branding, the same stuff.
+41 Reply
Kern 05 December 2022 04:18
It still using Xe architect, don't confuse it with the previous Gen ones. I know because i have the i3-1215U in my current laptop.
+72 Reply
Asad 03 February 2023 00:36
Kern, Which laptop do you have? Are you satisfied with core i3's performance in terms of gaming and general use?
+133 Reply
Tharuka 15 February 2023 19:17
Kern, Is it a good laptop?
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Kern 24 March 2023 02:51
Asad, Yes, I'm satisfied. I'm using the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15IAU7 laptop. It is doing everything faster than my last AMD FX-7500 powered Lenovo system including running games like American and Euro Truck simulators better. The internet is also faster, well it can connect to 5G networks. Though it comes with a 256GB SSD and TN Full HD screen.
+16 Reply
Kern 24 March 2023 02:53
Tharuka, Yes, it's good and fasts for a normal business-class laptop.
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Henry 20 August 2022 16:35
Intel sounds better design.
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