AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS vs Intel Core i7-12700H – Is AMD back?


The most popular laptop CPU for gamers and video editors alike, the Core i7-12700H is a fantastic piece of silicon from the day that it was released early last year. However, we’re in the middle of 2023 now, and AMD is showing off what they’ve been cooking. Of course, we’re talking about the new Ryzen 9 7940HS, powered by Zen 4, but carrying AMD’s old-school sensibilities of high clock speeds and efficiency.

Yes, a big chunk of AMD’s CPUs in 2023 now come with a lower 35W power limit, however, this can be very valuable for video editors who work on the go and aren’t close to an outlet all the time. AMD chips have notoriously performed very well even on battery, so with more wiggle room of the power limit, the Smart software from AMD can play around with wattages and clock speeds to optimize everything. On the other hand, the Core i7 has plenty of raw power, as all 14 cores get in on the action when the need arises.

Specs table

AMD Ryzen 9 7940HSIntel Core i7-12700H
ArchitectureZen 4Alder Lake-H
Cores / Threads8/1614/20
Clock Speeds – Base/Boost4.00 – 5.20 GHz1.70 – 4.70 GHz
Memory type

DDR5-5600, LPDDR5x-7500

DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200, DDR4-3200, LPDDR4x-4267
Integrated GPUAMD Radeon 780MIntel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)


In the 3D Rendering benchmark with Cinebench R23, we’ve got the Ryzen 9 leading the charge, being 8% more powerful. Switching to Photoshop shows the Core i7 pick itself up and deliver, finishing first, with a lead of 0.6 seconds.

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