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Can AMD beat Intel in the mobile AI PC race? New benchmarks suggest it already has

Last Updated on March 15, 2024
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The heated AI PC battle between AMD and Intel rages on, but it seems one company has already gained an edge. AMD’s latest benchmark comparison results suggest the former’s model offers much better performance than the latter’s at a much more affordable price point.

In AMD’s tests (via Wccftech), the California-based tech company pitted its Ryzen 7 7840U CPU against Intel’s near-equally capable Core Ultra 7 155H. However, it is worth noting that the former was running on 15W while the latter was on 28W. Even with lesser wattage, results skewed in favor of the 7840U, with both processors running LLMs locally, using models like Llama 2, Mistral AI, code llama, and RAG.

AMD AI PC benchmarks indicate a clear performance leader

With the Mistral Instruct 7B and the Llama v2 Chat 7B models, the Ryzen 7 7840U provided up to 17% and 14% faster performance, respectively, compared to Intel’s. Time to First token tests revealed similar results favoring AMD’s offering, providing 79% and 41% faster speeds using the same LLMs. As mentioned before, AMD’s Ryzen AI laptop also comes at a lower cost, retailing at $899. That’s $100 less than the Intel Core Ultra Laptop, which is apparently set to launch with a $999 price tag.

In addition, AMD’s model also boasts a 1TB SSD and an OLED IMAX Enhanced 2.8k 120Hz screen, whereas Intel’s only has an IPS 1920×1200 60Hz screen with 512GB of storage. With all this in mind, AMD does seem to hold the edge over its similar yet slightly less powerful counterpart, providing better specs and performance at a lower price point. Of course, we wouldn’t put it past Intel to release a newer model that trumps AMD’s AI laptop in all aspects at some point. Though, for now, theirs is one that can’t quite compare to its main competitor’s.

Nico is a Tech News Writer for PC Guide. He is also adept at finding a good deal every now and then, stemming from his days penny-pinching as a broke college kid.