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Comparing Ryzen 5 and Intel i5 Mini PCs for CAD and Video Editing

Intel Mini PC for CAD and Video Editing

In the realm of compact computing solutions, Ryzen 5 and Intel i5 Mini PCs emerge as formidable contenders. When it comes to handling resource-intensive tasks like CAD design and video editing, choosing the right mini PC can significantly impact productivity and efficiency. Let’s delve into a comparative analysis of these two powerhouse processors within the context of CAD and video editing.

Processing Power:
Ryzen 5 Mini PCs boast impressive multi-core performance with their advanced Ryzen architecture, offering seamless multitasking capabilities for CAD modeling and video rendering tasks. On the other hand, Intel i5 Mini PCs deliver robust single-core performance, ensuring smooth operation during intricate CAD operations and real-time video editing.

Core Count12 cores6 cores
Thread Count16 threads12 threads
Base Frequency2.7GHz3.3GHz
Boost Frequency4.4GHz4.5GHz
TDP (Thermal Design Power)35W45W
L3 Cache12MB16MB
Please see the below Chart for the CPU

Graphics Performance:

Equipped with powerful integrated Radeon or Intel UHD graphics, Ryzen 5 Mini PCs excel in handling graphic-intensive tasks, providing smooth rendering and playback experiences for CAD designs and high-definition video editing projects. Meanwhile, Intel i5 Mini PCs leverage Intel Iris Xe Graphics for accelerated graphics processing, enhancing visual fidelity and responsiveness in CAD modeling and video editing workflows.

Integrated Graphics Card

The integrated graphics unit of a processor is not only responsible for pure image output on the system but also significantly enhances system efficiency with support from modern video codecs.

AMD Radeon 660MGPU FrequencyIntel Iris Xe Graphics 80 (Alder Lake)
1.40 GHzGPU Frequency0.40 GHz
1.90 GHzGPU (Boost Frequency)1.30 GHz
9GPU Generation13
6 nmProcess10 nm
3Max Displays Supported4
6Compute Units80
YesHardware RaytracingNo
NoFrame GenerationNo
12DirectX Version12.1

AMD Radeon 660M

GPU Frequency

Frequency (Boost Frequency)FP16 (Half Precision)FP32 (Single Precision)FP64 (Double Precision)
1.40 GHz (Boost: 1.90 GHz)2.92 TFLOPS1.46 TFLOPS0.37 TFLOPS

Technical Details

Compute Units6
Max Memory8 GB
Max Displays Supported3
ArchitectureRDNA 2
Release DateQ1/2022
Process6 nm
HDCP-VersionNot specified
Hardware RaytracingYes
Frame GenerationNo
DirectX Version12

Intel Iris Xe Graphics 80 (Alder Lake)

GPU FrequencyFrequency (Boost Frequency)FP16 (Half Precision)FP32 (Single Precision)FP64 (Double Precision)
0.25 GHz0.90 GHz2.23 TFLOPS1.12 TFLOPS0.28 TFLOPS
0.35 GHz1.20 GHz2.97 TFLOPS1.49 TFLOPS0.37 TFLOPS
0.35 GHz1.25 GHz3.10 TFLOPS1.55 TFLOPS0.39 TFLOPS
0.40 GHz1.30 GHz3.22 TFLOPS1.61 TFLOPS0.40 TFLOPS
0.40 GHz1.35 GHz3.35 TFLOPS1.67 TFLOPS0.42 TFLOPS
0.40 GHz1.40 GHz3.47 TFLOPS1.74 TFLOPS0.43 TFLOPS
0.40 GHz1.45 GHz3.59 TFLOPS1.80 TFLOPS0.45 TFLOPS
0.40 GHz1.50 GHz3.72 TFLOPS1.86 TFLOPS0.47 TFLOPS

Technical Specifications

Compute Units80
Max Memory32 GB
Shader Cores640
Max Displays Supported4
Release DateQ1/2022
Process10 nm
HDCP Version2.2

Memory and Storage Options:
Both Ryzen 5 and Intel i5 Mini PCs offer versatile memory and storage configurations to meet the demands of CAD and video editing professionals. With support for high-speed DDR4 memory and PCIe NVMe SSDs, these mini PCs ensure quick data access and seamless multitasking, enabling smoother workflow execution and faster project completion.

AMD Ryzen 5 6600H supports up to 64 GB of memory across 2 memory channels. Intel Core i5-1240P can also connect up to 64 GB of memory across 2 memory channels.

Ryzen 5 6600H MTN-FP750  mini PCFeature12th Gen Core™ i5-1240P AL50 mini PC
64 GBMaximum Memory64 GB
2 (Dual Channel)Memory Channels2 (Dual Channel)
76.8 GB/sMax. Bandwidth83.2 GB/s
3.00 MBL2 Cache9.00 MB
16.00 MBL3 Cache12.00 MB
4PCIe Version4
12PCIe Lanes28
23.6 GB/sPCIe Bandwidth55.1 GB/s
$588/unitPrice(16G RAM AND 512G SSD)$460/unit
Windows 10/11
SystermsWindows 10/11

Connectivity and Expandability:

Ryzen 5 and Intel i5 Mini PCs come equipped with a range of connectivity options, including USB, HDMI, and Ethernet ports, facilitating seamless integration with external devices and peripherals essential for CAD and video editing tasks. Moreover, expandability features such as M.2 slots and SATA ports allow users to customize their mini PCs according to their specific requirements, enhancing versatility and scalability.

MTN-AL50 i5-1240P mini PC interfaces:

This is the MTN-FP750 Mini PC with Ryzen5 6600H Porcessor Ports

So far, our MINI PC has been widely used across various programs, including AutoCAD, 3dsMax, Revit, SketchUp, Rhyno, Blender, BricsCAD, and SolidWorks, with their performance being nearly identical. Most of these programs are single-threaded, meaning they utilize only one core at any given time (which is the case for almost all operations). According to customer feedback, AMD’s performance slightly edges out Intel’s when using CAD software (depending on your specific use case and budget).

In such scenarios, Intel chips tend to offer marginal performance improvements, which are practically imperceptible. The only significant differences may arise when executing rare tasks that leverage multiple cores (such as rendering after modeling for a month).

Mentioning the R5 and i5 suggests that you’re seeking a CPU within a moderate budget range. In this range, we recommend the two products mentioned above for your consideration.

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