A review of Ryzen 7 7745HX was recently published by the user Golden Pig on the Chinese website Bilibili.com where the 7745HX was compared to equivalent options from Intel namely the Core i7 13650HX and Core i7 13700HX.
While the Ryzen Chip maxes out at 8 cores and 16 threads, the Intel chips feature 14 and 16 cores respectively with over 20 threads for each CPU. This would theoretically mean that the Intel CPUs should outperform the 7745HX at least in productivity if not in gaming.
But the results say otherwise. Except for Cinebench and CPU-Z tests, the 7745HX outperforms or at least stays on par with Intel’s CPUs in Premiere Pro and Adobe Lightroom Classic. When it comes to Adobe Photoshop, the 7745HX is almost 10% faster than both the CPUs from the Blue Team and looks like the extra cores of 13700HX don’t benefit it even over the 13650HX because Adobe Photoshop doesn’t necessarily need a lot of cores for faster rendering.
When it comes to gaming, the laptops were using the RTX 4060 laptop GPU which is not the best for testing the limits of high-end CPUs but it still gives us a rough idea. Here, the 7745HX outperforms Intel CPUs marginally at both 1080p and 1440p but I wouldn’t call it a clear win just going by the numbers.
Most games saw 2-7% higher performance but what makes the 7745HX a better choice here is its power efficiency. Averaging at 51W, the 7745HX was way better than the 13700HX but the 13650HX surely looks like a better deal for consuming 9% less power in gaming tests and still delivering marginally lower gaming performance. The efficiency becomes even better when we consider the 1440p gaming, where the 13650HX is almost 19% more power efficient than the 7745HX and 76% more than the 13700HX.
At this point, you can clearly say that the 16-core 13700HX CPU isn’t the best option if you just want the best gaming performance because it does not benefit a lot from extra cores and also consumes much more power.
This test also shows that games benefit more from the performance cores rather than efficient cores whether you are on a desktop or laptop. The 7745HX to me looks like a strong chip here not only for gaming but also if you work on programs like Premiere Pro for video editing or Photoshop that don’t require a dozen cores.