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
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Efficiency
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 5500U and 1215U
Advantages of Intel Core i3 1215U
  • Newer - released 1-year and 1-month later
  • Supports up to 64 GB DDR5-4800 RAM
  • 37% faster in a single-core Geekbench v5 test - 1521 vs 1108 points
  • Has 2 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Newer PCI Express version – 4.0
  • 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


Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
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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
Socket BGA-1744 FP6
TDP 12-15 W (configurable) 10-25 W (configurable)
Max. Boost TDP 55 W -
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?
Earthian 20 December 2022 09:26
intel doesn't provide performance as much as it costs
+21 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.
+31 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.
+13 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.
+14 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?
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Henry 20 August 2022 16:35
Intel sounds better design.
+60 Reply