Intel Ultra 5 125H benchmarks leak, showing off iGPU prowess

IPC gains seem to be minimal, if not null.

Intel Ultra laptop processor
Background by César Couto.

Intel’s new Ultra 5 125H mobile processor has been benchmarked in Cinebench and 3DMark. The numbers show performance on par with AMD’s Ryzen 7 7840HS when configured at 65W.

Intel’s upcoming Core Ultra 100H is just around the corner, and we’re learning a bit more about the CPUs. For starters, Intel aims the Ultra 5 125H at the mid-range segment, packing 4-Performance plus 8-Efficiency plus 2-Low-Power cores. It also comes with 6 Xe cores on its iGPU. We expect Intel to launch four series: Ultra 3, 5, 7, and 9, each offering different core count and frequency.

Fortunately for us, benchmark leaks have started spreading like wildfire. When tested, the Ultra 5 125H lost against the Ryzen 7 7840HS by 10% and 11% in multi-threaded Cinebench R20 and R23 respectively. Using the iGPU, the former takes the win with 17% and 6% in Time Spy and Fire Strike.

Note that AMD recommends configurations between 35W and 54W for this chip, with Intel opting for 28W default TDP. While not representing the best Phoenix-based CPU, the 7840HS is nearly as good as the top dog Ryzen 9 7940HS. The only difference between the two is clock speed.

Intel Ultra 5 125H vs Core i5-13500H vs Ryzen 7 7840HS benchmarks.

Against the Core i5-13500H, the Ultra 5 125H delivered nearly identical CPU performance, with 5,690 multi-core points in Cinebench R20 and 14,771 points in Cinebench R23. That said, this new chip’s strength seems to be the iGPU which brought a 131% increase in 3DMark Time Spy and 71% in 3DMark Fire Strike. Just note that the Ultra 5 125H’s single-core performance is lower than both the i5 and Ryzen 7, so it can thank its higher core/thread count for the win here.

Though to be fair, this i5 is far from being the fastest chip on Intel’s Raptor Lake-H series. This shows that the one taking its spot offers more GPU even if the CPU isn’t much of an upgrade. The new chip could be faster in other tasks like AI or could simply be more efficient at default TDP. At least gamers can enjoy higher frame rates on the go.