Laptop Processors (CPUs) in Order Of Performance [Updated List]

CG Director Author Alex Glawionby Alex Glawion   /  Updated 

Keeping track of modern Laptop CPUs’ performance and comparing them to their competition can be a frustrating endeavor.

AMD, Intel, and now even Apple are releasing new Laptop CPUs every couple of months, and the naming schemes and technical aspects certainly aren’t getting any less confusing.

Well, we’re here to help! 🙂

We’ve rounded up all modern and most popular Laptop Processors from AMD, Intel, and Apple, tested them, scored them, and ranked them in the below list for easy comparison:

Laptop Processors (CPUs) in Order Of Performance

= AMD   |    = Intel |    = Apple

CPU NameSingle Core PerformanceMulti Core PerformancePerformance Total*
Intel Core i9-12950HX192723019
Intel Core i9-12900HX190218845
Intel Core i9-12900HK193818197
Intel Core i7-12700H180616745
Intel Core i9-12900H191716555
AMD Ryzen 9 6980HS166914736
AMD Ryzen 9 6980HX166914711
AMD Ryzen 9 6950HS166214670
AMD Ryzen 9 6950H166214670
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX166214670
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX166214670
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS157913977
Intel Core i9-11980HK157413977
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX147813875
AMD Ryzen 9 5980HX152413460
AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS152112844
Intel Core i9-11950H157412836
Intel Core i9-11900H154012354
Intel Core i7-11850H151712354
Intel Core i7-11800H149212180
AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS133910472
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H137010123
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U12749555
Intel Core i5-11500H14929532
AMD Ryzen 5 5600HS13429439
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U11656784
Intel Core i5-1185G715386264
Intel Core i5-1165G715046070
Intel Core i5-1135G713435913
Intel Core i7-11370H15175812
Intel Core i5-1145G714195059
Apple M115287799
Apple M217018538
Apple M1 Pro154312170
Apple M1 Max155512422
CPU NameSingle Core PerformanceMulti Core PerformancePerformance Total*

*Weighted. Total Performance (column) is relative to an Intel i7 11700k, weighed equally at 50% single-core and 50% multi-core performance. This weighing will indicate good all-round performance for most workloads.

Note: If you’re running very specific tasks, that you know demand, e.g., many cores, sort the table by multi-core performance. Or, if you’re certain your workloads only need high single-core performance, sort by that column.

Benchmark used for this list is Cinebench R23.

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What do these numbers mean?

So what can you do with these numbers?

First things first: The higher the score, the faster the Laptop CPU will be.

The scoring system is taken from one of the most popular CPU Benchmarks, Cinebench, in the current version R23, and this benchmark gives us two values: One for the Laptop CPU’s single-core performance and one for its multi-core performance.

In other words, in the first benchmark, only a single core (thread) is tested, and in the second part of the benchmark, all cores are tested simultaneously.

We use both of these scores, weighted at 50% each, to come up with a total performance, as can be seen in the right-most column. This weighing will indicate excellent “allrounder” performance.

Because we’re using a desktop-class Intel 11700k CPU as the comparison, anything above a 75 in the “Performance Total” column will give you excellent performance for all kinds of workloads in a mobile form-factor.

Below 75, you might encounter noticeable slowdowns in specific workloads, but more on workloads below.

Do I need high single- or high multi-core performance?

I already mentioned that the benchmark we use for our ranking is running two separate tests. One measures the performance of a single core (thread) of the CPU, and the other measures all cores simultaneously.

This is done to come as close as possible to different kinds of real-world workloads.

The following shows roughly what groups there are in the types of workloads and how well they use a processor’s resources:

  1. Workloads that can only use a single core / thread
  2. Workloads that scale across a couple of cores / threads
  3. Workloads that scale near perfectly over any amount of cores / threads

You see, some workloads just aren’t optimized for using multiple cores of your CPU. They are either not programmed in this way or can’t use more than one core for other reasons (dependencies, hierarchical chains, resource bottlenecks, etc.).

Other workloads, tasks, or Applications are suited to perfectly scale across numerous cores and fully use your CPU’s entire core pool.

Here’s a quick overview:

Workloads that are dependent on high single-core performance:

  • PC Gaming
  • Physics Simulation
  • General Productivity
  • Active work (interacting with a Software’s GUI)

There are exceptions to every rule, and depending on how you set up and optimize certain workloads, you might be able to parallelize specific tasks, but the above workloads tend to run better on CPUs that have a high single-core performance and won’t scale that well on CPUs with a lot of cores.

Here are some typical workloads that can easily be parallelized:

  • 3D Rendering
  • Video Encoding
  • Batch processing
  • Machine learning

What does H, G, and U mean in Laptop Processors?

Intel and AMD CPUs all have at least one letter trailing their SKU number, H, G, and U, which are easily explained.

  • H means High Performance and goes hand in hand with higher power-draw
  • U means Low Power, and the lower power-draw is reflected in lower performance
  • G means the CPU comes with integrated Graphics. Such Laptops generally don’t have a dedicated GPU.

Although H-CPUs lack the letter G, most still have an iGPU.

Over to you

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Alex Glawion - post author

Hi, I’m Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

I’ve built a multitude of Computers, Workstations and Renderfarms and love to optimize them as much as possible.

Feel free to comment and ask for suggestions on your PC-Build or 3D-related Problem, I’ll do my best to help out!

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