Which is better for gaming: Asus X560UD with Intel i5-8250U or Asus X570ZD AMD Ryzen R5-2500U

This Kantotip will help you identify which is the better gaming notebook between Asus X560UD with Intel Core i5-8250U or the Asus X570ZD with AMD Ryzen 5 2500U. Suppose you saw an advertisement (or probably one of our blog posts) about an Asus gaming notebook at a sub-Php40,000 price point. Both products being the cheapest nVidia Gtx1050 equipped laptop in the Philippines – you are left with a confusing decision: “Which is better for Gaming? An Intel Core i5 CPU or an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU?

  1. Asus X560UD (Cash: 39,995)
    1. CPU: Intel Core i5-8250U
    1. Memory: 4GB Ram
    1. Graphics Card: GTX1050
    1. Hard Disk: 1TB HDD
  2. Asus X570ZD (Cash: 37,995)
    1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
    1. Memory: 4GB Ram
    1. Graphics Card: GTX1050
    1. Hard Disk: 1TB HDD

Which would you chose that is better for gaming? With this article, we will help you to decide between the two notebooks. Let us list some important details as listed in both brands respective specification:

CPU Model AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Intel Core i5-8250U
Clock speed 2.0 GHz 1.6 GHz
Turbo Speed Up to 3.6 GHz Up to 3.4 GHz
Physical Cores 4 4
Max TDP 15W 15W

In the specifications above, clearly, the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U is the all-out winner. Nevertheless, let us check the CPU mark score for both these processors.


In this specific example, we will be using the site: www.cpubenchmark.net to help us properly compare both CPU performance.

Source: https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/AMD-Ryzen-5-2500U-vs-Intel-i5-8250U/3123vs3042

Explaining the results

These are the compiled average of benchmark scores of end users provided all over the world. In this comparison of both Intel and AMD CPU’s, we can clearly see that the Intel CPU wins in terms of both benchmarks. The only question here is are you willing to pay for an extra 2,000 PHP for a performance difference of 5% increase on CPU Mark Rating, and a performance difference of 16% on CPU Single Thread Rating?

So the verdict? Which is better for gaming?If you have the extra 2,000 PHP budget, you can always go for the Intel CPU Core i5 for the added performance. You definitely will not feel the difference in performance especially in games though, since it’s the GPU that will be doing most of the work, so if you are not in particular with the processor, then the Asus X570ZD is the better choice, with AMD Ryzen 5 2500U.

Extra recommendation

If you still have that extra P2000 budget, we suggest to use it for an extra 4GB ram for better multi-tasking. That is better for gaming!