How To Decide Between A 12th-Gen Core Or Ryzen 6000 Laptop

How To Decide Between A 12th-Gen Core Or Ryzen 6000 Laptop

As AMD’s Ryzen CPUs gain traction and market share, you can expect to see more laptop manufacturers offering Ryzen 6000 or Intel’s 12th-generation Core,

Alder Lake processors. However, buying a laptop isn’t as simple as picking one chip over another—there are subtle platform differences that can make a difference as well.

Here’s what to look for when choosing between AMD and Intel as we go into the 12th-gen Core / Ryzen 6000 generation of laptops.

In the end, when picking between the two, it’s important reading the list of specifications.


The processor will, of course, be the most important difference between the two.

We can’t say for sure which processor is better than the other right now. We can only rely on what the makers have said until we can test each CPU for ourselves:

For example, Intel says Alder Lake is the “greatest mobile gaming platform,”

But AMD claims that its Ryzen 6000 will deliver twice the 1080p gaming performance of its already excellent Ryzen 7 5800U and will also outperform Intel’s 11th-generation Tiger Lake chip in gaming.


We’re always interested in seeing head-to-head comparisons between PC makers who construct “identical” laptops with AMD’s Ryzen or Intel’s Core processor options, and the new Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop is an excellent example of where the two platforms deviate subtly.

AMD’s Ryzen 6000 only supports DDR5-4800 and low-power DDR5 (LPDDR5-6400) at the chip level, but Alder Lake is significantly more versatile: DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200, DDR4-3200, and LPDDR4x-4267 are all supported.

That, for whatever reason, gave AMD the upper hand: DDR5 memory is included in the Ryzen version of the Acer Nitro 5, whereas DDR4 memory is used in the Core version.

The distinctions between the two memory kinds are subtle, yet they exist.

Storage and the interface for storage

After utilising PCIe 3.0 previously, AMD’s Ryzen 6000 has now brought PCI Express 4.0 to the mobile space.

However, there is a platform difference between Alder Lake and the Ryzen 6000: Ryzen provides an x8 PCIe connection to the GPU, as well as an additional x4 connectivity to either an NVMe SSD or a SATA drive.

The 12th-generation Intel Core has the same x8 PCIe GPU connection, the same x4 NVMe SSD connection, and a second x4 NVMe SSD connector. Intel also provides a separate SATA connection.

On paper, AMD’s new Radeon RX6000S and RX6000M GPUs sound fantastic, but Acer’s decision to partner the Ryzen 6000 with GPUs up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti laptop CPU was a little surprise.

(Acer marketing officials indicated that price, performance, and availability can all influence whether or not a component is chosen.)

In 2022, a CPU-GPU combo could be a fascinating decision. Intel’s Arc CPUs have begun delivering to PC manufacturers, giving Intel the same CPU-GPU combination as AMD.

That’s noteworthy since both AMD and Intel have revealed their own synergies (Intel’s Deep Link and AMD’s SmartAccess or Smart Access Memory), whereby matching CPUs and GPUs from the same firm improves performance. It’s possible that

Vaishabh Jalmi
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