AMD Ryzen 5 5500U vs Intel Core i5-1235U

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AMD Ryzen 5 5500U CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-1235U
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Intel Core i5-1235U

CPU comparison

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U or Intel Core i5-1235U - which processor is faster? In this comparison we look at the differences and analyze which of these two CPUs is better. We compare the technical data and benchmark results.

The AMD Ryzen 5 5500U has 6 cores with 12 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.00 GHz. Up to 32 GB of memory is supported in 2 memory channels. The AMD Ryzen 5 5500U was released in Q1/2021.

The Intel Core i5-1235U has 10 cores with 12 threads and clocks with a maximum frequency of 4.40 GHz. The CPU supports up to 64 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The Intel Core i5-1235U was released in Q1/2022.
AMD Ryzen 5 (86) Family Intel Core i5 (331)
AMD Ryzen 5000U (Lucienne) (3) CPU group Intel Core i 1200P/1200U (21)
4 Generation 12
Lucienne (Zen 2) Architecture Alder Lake U
Mobile Segment Mobile
-- Predecessor --
AMD Ryzen 5 5625U Successor Intel Core i5-1335U

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The AMD Ryzen 5 5500U has 6 CPU cores and can calculate 12 threads in parallel. The clock frequency of the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U is 2.10 GHz (4.00 GHz) while the Intel Core i5-1235U has 10 CPU cores and 12 threads can calculate simultaneously. The clock frequency of the Intel Core i5-1235U is at 1.30 GHz (4.40 GHz).

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Characteristic Intel Core i5-1235U
6 Cores 10
12 Threads 12
normal Core architecture hybrid (big.LITTLE)
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? No
2.10 GHz (4.00 GHz) A-Core 1.30 GHz (4.40 GHz)
2x Golden Cove
-- B-Core 0.90 GHz (3.30 GHz)
8x Gracemont

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Characteristic Intel Core i5-1235U
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

The AMD Ryzen 5 5500U or Intel Core i5-1235U has integrated graphics, called iGPU for short. The iGPU uses the system's main memory as graphics memory and sits on the processor's die.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Renoir) GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics 80 (Alder Lake)
0.40 GHz GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
1.80 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.20 GHz
9 GPU Generation 13
7 nm Technology 10 nm
3 Max. displays 4
7 Compute units 80
448 Shader 640
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
2 GB Max. GPU Memory 32 GB
12 DirectX Version 12.1

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Renoir) GPU Intel Iris Xe Graphics 80 (Alder Lake)
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP9 Decode / Encode
Decode / Encode Codec VP8 Decode
No Codec AV1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode / Encode Codec JPEG Decode / Encode

Memory & PCIe

The AMD Ryzen 5 5500U can use up to 32 GB of memory in 2 memory channels. The maximum memory bandwidth is 51.2 GB/s. The Intel Core i5-1235U supports up to 64 GB of memory in 2 memory channels and achieves a memory bandwidth of up to 83.2 GB/s.

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Characteristic Intel Core i5-1235U
LPDDR4-4266, DDR4-3200 Memory LPDDR5-5200, LPDDR4X-4266, DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200
32 GB Max. Memory 64 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
51.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 83.2 GB/s
Yes ECC No
-- L2 Cache 6.50 MB
8.00 MB L3 Cache 12.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 4.0
12 PCIe lanes 28
11.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 55.1 GB/s

Thermal Management

The thermal design power (TDP for short) of the AMD Ryzen 5 5500U is 15 W, while the Intel Core i5-1235U has a TDP of 15 W. The TDP specifies the necessary cooling solution that is required to cool the processor sufficiently.

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Characteristic Intel Core i5-1235U
15 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 15 W
-- TDP (PL2) 55 W
25 W TDP up --
10 W TDP down --
105 °C Tjunction max. 100 °C

Technical details

The AMD Ryzen 5 5500U is manufactured in 7 nm and has 8.00 MB cache. The Intel Core i5-1235U is manufactured in 10 nm and has a 18.50 MB cache.

AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Characteristic Intel Core i5-1235U
7 nm Technology 10 nm
Chiplet Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4a, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
FP6 Socket BGA 1744
AMD-V, SVM Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Windows 11, Linux
Q1/2021 Release date Q1/2022
-- Release price --
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 4 CPU benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U (72%)
Intel Core i5-1235U (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 5 CPU benchmarks
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U (87%)
Intel Core i5-1235U (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
1165 (70%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
1668 (100%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
6784 (86%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 2.50 GHz
7852 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
1134 (77%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
1479 (100%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
5622 (94%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 2.50 GHz
5977 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
1437 (69%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
2089 (100%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
5237 (81%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 2.50 GHz
6454 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
462 (73%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
637 (100%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
2573 (77%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 2.50 GHz
3321 (100%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 (Renoir) @ 1.80 GHz
1612 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
Intel Iris Xe Graphics 80 (Alder Lake) @ 1.20 GHz
1487 (92%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
13210 (97%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 2.50 GHz
13681 (100%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
66 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
430 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
0 (0%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
89 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 2.50 GHz
0 (0%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
475 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
0 (0%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 2.10 GHz
2728 (100%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 1.30 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 4.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 4.40 GHz
214 (100%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
6C 12T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
10C 12T @ 2.50 GHz
1128 (100%)

CPU performance per watt (efficiency)

Efficiency of the processor under full load in the Cinebench R23 (multi-core) benchmark. The benchmark result is divided by the average energy required (CPU package power in watts). The higher the value, the more efficient the CPU is under full load.
AMD Ryzen 5 5500U AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
2.10 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i5-1235U
7,852 CB R23 MC @ 35 W
222 (100%)

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