Choosing the best processor can be a difficult decision with a lot of high level options to pick from. Finding the right processor for you takes some due diligence to determine what you need most. Processors are designed to serve the market by addressing specific needs for all potential users.
Some processors are the best choice for gaming. Other processors are better served for creative and media related work. Higher end processors are needed to support larger workstations for optimal performance.
This guide will take these factors into consideration while examining the Ryzen 7 3750h and the i7 8750h. The Ryzen 7 3750h is the preferred choice for lower power consumption. The i7 8750h is a better performer at faster speeds. It handles multiple processes and heavier multi-threaded tasks more efficiently.
We have compiled an in-depth breakdown to view key features that each product has to offer.
|i7 8750h||Ryzen 7 3750h|
|Release Date||April 2018||January 2019|
|Integrated GPU||Intel UHD Graphics 630||Radeon RX Vega 10|
|Base Frequency||2.2 GHz||2.3 GHz|
|Turbo Boost Frequency||4.1 GHz||4.0 GHz|
|Bus Frequency||100 MHz||100 MHz|
|Bus Bandwidth||8 GT/s||–|
|L1 Cache||64K (per core)||128K (per core)|
|L2 Cache||256K (per core)||512K (per core)|
|L3 Cache||9MB (shared)||4MB (shared)|
|Fabrication Process||14 nm||12 nm|
|TDP||45 W||35 W|
|Memory Types||DDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133||DDR4-2400|
|Memory Size||64 GB||32 GB|
|Max. Memory Channels||2||2|
|Max. Memory Bandwidth||41.8 GB/s||35.76 GB/s|
|PCI Express Version||3||3|
|PCI Express Lanes||16||12|
What to expect with the Ryzen 7 3750h?
The Ryzen 7 3750h is a 64-bit quad-core microprocessor developed by AMD. Overall, we would rank this processor as a mid-tier option on the market in comparison to competitors. The 3750h does support ECC memory. This is a rare feature for competitors. ECC memory can detect and fix data corruption. It is used when needed to stop corruption activities, like scientific computing.
It also has an NX bit for better protection against malicious attacks on your hardware. The MMX feature assists in task speed for better performance. The AES feature speeds up encryption and decryption tasks. The 3750h has multithreading technology for better performance to run more than one instruction stream simultaneously.
This is a further, in-depth breakdown of some key features you get with the Ryzen 7 3750h.
|Ryzen 7 3750H|
|Build process||14 nm|
|CPU Base Frequency||2.3 GHz|
|CPU Max Turbo||4.0 GHz|
|L3 Cache||4 MB|
|Memory Type||DDR4 2400 MHz|
|Graphics||Radeo RX Vega 10|
|Graphics Speed||Up to 1400 MHz|
The Ryzen 7 3750h has the worst marks across the board in comparison to other AMD and Intel processors in this space, especially new generation upgrades. Some key downgrades here are the L3 cache, graphics speed, cores/threads, and CPU base frequency. You can expect slower performance and less memory available. Now, let’s take a look at the benchmarking and see how it stacks up.
Benchmarks are a way to test the scores and performance of your processor. We compiled some tests of the Ryzen 7 3750h and the results are unfavorable.
|Ryzen 7 3750H|
|Cinebench R15 CPU – 54W||776 cb|
|Cinebench R15 Single Core – 54W||153 cb|
|Cinebench R15 CPU – 35W||776 cb|
|Cinebench R20 CPU – 54W||1727 cb|
|Cinebench R20 Single Core – 54W||362 cb|
The Ryzen 7 3750h can peak at 54 W, but only for a short time. It quickly comes down and runs steadily at 45 W. It does handle consistency well and runs the same under varying conditions. These benchmarking scores rank about 40% lower than the top performers in the industry. Some key strengths are the single core mixed speeds and average memory latency.
The two biggest weaknesses are the slow multi-core mixed speeds and octa-core mixed speeds. The Ryzen 7 3750h essentially runs the same as the older Ryzen 5 3550h. This is not a strong upgrade by AMD. The benchmarks on the Ryzen 7 are only a slight 7-8% increase. The single-threaded performance is also slow and unreliable. Why did AMD decide to release this second SKU with such few upgrades?
What to expect with the i7 8750h?
The i7 8750h is a strong performer with speeds and clocking. Newer Intel generations still run at relatively similar clock speeds as the 8750h. It also contains an NX bit to help protect against malicious attacks on your computer. The dynamic frequency scaling technology allowed for the 8750h to conserve power with lower noise when the load is lighter. It also contains an MMX to speed up tasks like contrast or volume image adjustments.
The AES feature is added to speed up encryption and decryption protocols. It also uses multithreading technology for an increased performance to run two instruction streams at once. This is done by splitting the processor’s physical cores into virtual cores. Virtual cores are another term for threads.
This is a deep, singular breakdown of some key features you get with the Intel i7 8750h.
|Build process||14++ nm|
|CPU Base Frequency||2.2 GHz|
|CPU Max Turbo (All)||3.9 GHz|
|CPU Max Turbo (Single)||4.1 GHz|
|L3 Cache||9 MB|
|Memory Type||DDR4 – 2666 Mhz|
|Graphics||Intel UHD 630|
Benchmarking is a way to test scores and performance levels of your processor. We compiled some here of the Intel i7 8750h and the results are above average among industry competitors.
|3DMark 11 – Physics||11500|
|3DMark – First Strike||15500|
|Cinebench R20 CPU||2580|
|Cinebench R15 CPU||1110 cb|
|Cinebench R15 CPU – Single||173 cb|
The i7 8750h beats the Ryzen 7 3750h across the board in performance with additional feature add-ons that AMD cannot match with this model. While the Ryzen 7 ranked 40% lower than the industry leader, the i7 8750h came in about 20% lower. This is a significant upgrade and places this Intel product in the above average tier for overall performance.
It excels in benchmarking and features available to users. Some struggles are found in the memory capacity and GPU clock speed.
What is the best choice for gaming?
Our choice for the better gaming processor is the i7 8750h for a few reasons. First, cache capabilities favor the i7 tremendously. The i7-8750H comes with 9MB of cache compared to the Ryzen 7 3750H with only 4MB.
The AMD product does have an edge with their manufacturing technology. Their CPU is built on a 12nm architecture. The Core i7-8750H is built on a 14nm one. This gives slightly more flexibility to AMD users.
Second, raw gaming performance with graphics provided by Intel. It comes with a Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU to provide a higher performance experience for intense gamers
The AMD chip comes with a Radeo RX Vega 10 graphics card. It does not provide the same levels of performance as Intel in this area. Third, the overclocking potential the i7 8750h can offer exceeds the AMD Ryzen. It can clock twelve threads simultaneously and provides an overclocking increase of 50 MHz.
For these reasons, the i7 8750h blows AMD out of the water in total gaming experience and capacity. New models produced by AMD have started to adapt better to gaming performance, overclocking, and graphics capabilities.
What motherboard options are there?
The best gaming motherboard to pair with the Ryzen 7 is MSI MPG X570 Gaming PLUS. It contains a large amount of SATA ports to choose from. It provides ultimate support for the Ryzen 3000 series right out of the box. It has a well laid out interface to understand.
However, the first 2 of the 6 SATA should be avoided. If you have a drive connected to either of these ports, the LAN or GPU driver installers can lock up your PC. The best gaming motherboard to go with the i7 8750h is Z390 AORUS ULTRA. It can support both 9th and 8th generation Intel Core processors. It contains an advanced thermal design with direct touch heat pipe for performance against high temperatures.
There are three M.2 slots which is a nice feature if you want to reduce the overall clutter inside your case. Keep in mind that using some of those M.2 slots in SATA mode disables some of the regular SATA ports.
The Alc1220 vb enhanced 114db(rear)/ 110db(front) SNR in microphone with WIMA audio capacitors is another awesome feature. These are the top two choices we recommend to pair with your processor.
What are the max temperatures these processors can handle?
The Ryzen 7 3750h can handle up to 105 °C before gamers and users need to worry about overheating. If it reaches this temperature, users should expect to see a hard throttle. 80 °C is a perfectly normal temperature to see during stress tests.
The i7 8750h is 100 °C before overheating begins to happen. Intels are strong though and they adjust their overclocking. It can handle the heat and they’ll throttle their own clock speed to bring the temps down if they get too high.
If you do experience throttling, then it’d be time to explore undervolting so that you don’t lose performance. Undervolting is useful because it decreases temperatures, and can potentially prolong the life of your chip. The downside is that it can be slower.
Higher clocks can increase temperatures depending on the type of load. The temperatures are lower compared to running at stock voltages and overclocking. The clock speed is what software tells the component how fast it can go. With overclocking, you are just setting the limit higher on the processor.
What is a better alternative for gamers?
We are big fans of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X. The 5000 lineup by AMD has made an amazing leap. They have finally figured out a way to start beating out Intel in the gaming processor market.
The Ryzen 9 5900X leads the market in 1080p gaming with multithreading performance. It is extremely overclockable with high end performance. It maintains top notch power saving efficiency even for the most intense gamers. You can expect to pay a much higher price for this premium processor but the features support the higher price tag.
- 12/24 – Cores/Threads
- 3.7 / 4.8 GHz – Base/Boost Frequency
- 105W – TDP
- 64MB (2×32) – L3 Cache
The Ryzen 5000 series outperforms Intel across all benchmarking tests ranking in the top 5% of competitor performance. All 6 Ryzen 5000 series processors rank at the top of our list ahead of the highest performing Intel processor, i9 10900k.
The new Ryzen 9 5950X is a Zen 3 generation model. It has PCIe Gen 4.0 Support and 500/400-series compatibility. One downside to this model is there still is no integrated graphics like Intel does offer. There is also no bundled CPU cooler that other competitors offer.
Ultimately, the purchasing decision comes down to what type of price you are willing to pay for performance. Your equipment also is important but we recommend deciding what you need first before analyzing the different options available.