A couple of months ago we reported about three Intel Core UC-series processors that seem to have come out of nowhere. Since then, it appears the mysterious chips have fallen back into the shadows, until now. The Core i5-8265UC has cropped up on PassMark, UserBenchmark, and in at least three records on Geekbench. It’s unclear how accurate these benchmarks are, as the sample count is currently very low, which leaves a high margin for error.
Arguably the most interesting benchmark for the sake of comparison is the PassMark test. When placed beside the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 5 3500U, the Intel Core i5-8265UC comes out on top with a CPU mark of 10,117. This is quite surprising as its base clock rate is lower than both the AMD chips, but it does have a higher boost clock at 3.9 GHz. The single-thread rating for the Intel laptop processor is also higher than the Ryzen competition.
Over at UserBenchmark, the Intel Core i5-8265UC zips past the Ryzen 5 2500U once again (the Ryzen 5 3500U isn’t in this benchmark’s database). The processor from the blue team has a reported effective speed of 85.2% compared to the paltry 55.1% for the CPU from AMD. With its average bench of 85.2%, the UC-series processor lands in 64th place (out of 1,159), which also puts it ahead of a Ryzen 5 2500X on 78.6% that has a TDP of 65 W compared to the Ryzen 5 2500U’s 15 W.
Lastly, Geekbench has at least three records that feature the Intel Core i5-8265UC. The highest-scoring entry is for a system labeled “LENOVO 20Q0CTO1WW”, with the single-core score reaching 4,670 points and the multi-core score resting at 15,998 points. It hardly needs pointing out that in both tests the i5-8265UC seems to resoundingly defeat the Ryzen 5 2500U (3,165 points single; 8,633 points multi). AMD has managed to steal so many headlines with its frankly astonishing Ryzen 3000 desktop processors that Intel has almost been overlooked lately, but now maybe it’s Intel’s turn to strike back.